UK lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease and it’s no coincidence that we’ve chosen now to turn our attention away from the studio with a cover feature focused on the creative potential of recording the world around you. After all, who wants to be indoors hunched over a DAW when the pubs have reopened and spring is finally bringing us some sun?
Our focus on field recording and found sounds is more than just a shoehorned excuse to get outside though. Electronic music has a long history of creatively manipulating real world sounds to create unique textures and effects, from the early pioneers of the Radiophonic Workshop right up to some of the forward-thinking artists we’ve spoken to this issue.
Now is the perfect time to grab your recorder, get outside and get creative – and we’re not going to judge you if you grab a pint while you’re there.
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Hainbach – German producer Stefan Goetsch tells all on his lifelong love affair with tactile tech, making music with test equipment and new LP Landfill Totems
Soul Clap – Eco-awareness gets an electro-funk makeover with the new LP for the US house duo
The Track: Joal – The Berlin-based artist shows us how he created some of the effects on his track Eighty Four in Ableton Live
Classic Album – Ben Westbeech talks us through his classic LP There’s More To Life Than This
Natural Soundscapes – The outside world is your sound design oyster – here’s how to take advantage through field recording and found sound sampling
Producer’s Guide – Get to grips with the deeper elements of Novation Circuit Tracks
Retrospective – Get to know the blog-born sounds of Chillwave
Soma Labs Pulsar-23
Mutable Instruments Beads
Roundup: Channel strip plugins
M-Audio M-Track Duo and Solo
Testbench: Steven Slate Audio VSX
Moog Sound Studio
’70s Synths – Part 1 – We’re delving back into bygone decades for the first in an epic anthology of classic synth sounds, starting with analogue’s early days.
Micro Modulars – We get patching with pint-sized synths from Bastl, Korg and more for this fresh pack of oddball modular loops and texture.
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