My friend Morgan Bryan posted a video on my FaceBook wall the other day, of a girl singing.
I noted her voice was swamped in a Cathedral like reverb, yet the guitar was almost dry.
I found it distracting and while listening to the song, went to great lengths to point it out in the comment.
At the end of the song I had a realisation. I had listened to an entire production but missed the song.
Over ten million people can’t be wrong. And they were hearing something I wasn’t listening to, the content and not the wrapper.
As music professionals we get so caught up in the production that we sometimes fail to see what we are producing.
I don’t know how to unravel my producer mind, to get back to a place of being a niave listener.
It is as if I entered the magic circle many years ago and card tricks no longer hold any magic for me.
Or I am so busy trying to work out the trick that I miss the simplicity of the message and the song.
Sorry about that!
If I could step back through time, I don’t think I would change it.
I find insects and rusty things entertaining. So until I understand how they are produced, I can find joy in the world yet.
Some ideas outlive others,
Mark Tinley is a music technologist and sound artist (est. 1982) and appears as a regular panelist on SonicTalk, the SonicState Podcast