Kim Lajoie's blog

Rap it in a Grid

by Kim Lajoie on June 2, 2012

Nishant Kothary: Users want a predictable experience. When something is a link, users want to know it without having to think about it. A link should behave like other links. But users demand that these expected experiences simultaneously be delightful. For most people, this idea is somewhere on a tangent, living on the opposite end […]

Fragile chord progressions

by Kim Lajoie on March 16, 2012

Gary Ewer: Some would argue that fragile progressions have the greater potential for creating interesting musical moments, as they are a little less predictable. But how exactly do you create a fragile progression? Read the whole post. I love fragile chord progressions. As a composer, they give me opportunities to create unexpected harmonies, sudden turns […]

Does your arrangement suit your singer?

by Kim Lajoie on March 13, 2012

Sometimes I work with low-pitched singers. Low-pitched singers can have lovely voices. They can be deep, rich and expressive. They often have a very ‘personal’ sound – one that makes the listener feel as if they’re the only person in the room and the singer is performing directly for her/him. For a producer or engineer, […]

A sense of movement

by Kim Lajoie on January 13, 2012

Mark Strauss: One of the most valuable production techniques an electronic musician can learn is the sense of movement or subtle variation applied to individual sounds of a given track. Subtle variation is what brings sounds to life. It’s why live performance is so interesting. It’s why complex ‘flawed’ compressors have vibe and mojo. It’s […]

Proportion and variety

by Kim Lajoie on October 17, 2011

It’s a funny word, but it’s critically important. Proportion in music best understood as the relationship between the amount of musical material in a song and the length of time that the song goes for. By ‘musical material’, I’m referring to the unique ideas – not counting repeats or slight variations. Another way of thinking […]

Hierarchy of production, and why mastering is overrated

by Kim Lajoie on June 6, 2011

Mastering is the least influential part of making a recording. It has the least effect on the effectiveness of your creative expression – your ‘sound’. It might sound obvious, but if you want a particular kind of sound, it starts early in the processes – as early as possible. Every subsequent stage of production has […]

How long should your song be?

by Kim Lajoie on March 7, 2011

This is a deceptively simple question. Will some of you will answer “3:30” without hesitation? Do you even have a standard length that you aim for? Nothing wrong with having a standard length, by the way. Some genres call for it. Hard to have a club hit that’s 2:30 (unless you have an extended version […]