Creativity through Recording Technology

Recently I’ve discovered a new outlet for my creativity… or should I say a combination of skills (passions) that are resulting in new-found creative expression. Vivian and I have been “working” on a CD recording project for the last several years. It’s about half finished. We’d been working with a producer (an old friend) who lives in Golden, Colorado––a six hour drive from where we live. It has been very difficult to find the time, let alone the money to finish the project.

A few weeks ago at the request of a friend and neighbor, Viv and I decided to record a version of one of her songs called “Seeking Mercy.” We did, and it came out beautifully. It suddenly occurred to me (duhhh!) that the Pro Tools editing skills that I’d been honing through producing our weekly radio show Art of the Song, could be transferred to recording a John & Viv CD. I had been laboring under the misconception that we needed an outside producer to get a good quality recording. With the advancements in technology and new plug-ins, Pro Tools updated version 8 gives me an incredible recording studio in our home. Drum sounds, B3 organ, synth, and guitar amp modeling are but a few of the new tools available to the Pro Tools 8 user. And, I’m learning to be a pretty good producer myself!

This technology and my editing skills combined with with my guitar playing and singing have opened an incredible opportunity for creative expression. I see our collection of guitars (half of which I made) and the Pro Tools sounds as a virtual palette of colors and brushes with which to sonically paint on my digital canvass. Now fully committed to a new John & Viv CD, I find myself working in my digital lab for hours while Vivian goes to her acting classes. Starting at 10:30 in the morning, I often look up and it’s mid afternoon and I hadn’t even taken a lunch break. Time seems to stand still while I am immersed in the recording process. This must be the “flow” spoken of when one is truly engaged in a creative act.

I’m incredibly grateful to have discovered this new passion and expression for music, and will keep you updated as to the progress of the recording project.


~ by John Dillon on April 6, 2009.

2 Responses to “Creativity through Recording Technology”

  1. good for you on the home engineering and production. I have always encouraged people who work with me to find ways to make music with the new technologies out there. Protools on a laptop can make great music.

    Good luck and if you need help with any of it, don’t hesitate to ask.

    I helped you on some of your recordings years ago at my studio in Bloomington, Indiana.

    rich morpurgo

  2. Hey Rich… thanks for your comment. Good to hear from you. Finishing the John & Viv CD is still on the back burner as my main project now is finishing my book entitled Art of the Song: Life Lessons from Songwriters to Empower Your Natural Creativity.

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