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Don’t make music. Make experiences.

by Kim Lajoie on August 27, 2012

When most people hear music, they’re not listening to each individual note. They’re not paying attention to the mix. They’re not tuned into the intricate harmony structures or waveform modulation. When most people hear music, they’re having an experience. Chances are, you fell in love with music for the same reason – the amazing feeling […]

Bare Toes Into Soil – The Dust We Share [video]

by Kim Lajoie on August 23, 2012

This is not the 135BPM techno project that I’ve recently started. This is an atmospheric electronic project I’ve been working on all year. The first video has just been finished (above), and the debut four-track EP is on Bandcamp. Believe it or not, the Bare Toes Into Soil concept began as minimal electronica. Aside form […]

A true story

by Kim Lajoie on May 22, 2012

Seth Godin: There’s no such thing as a true story. As soon as you start telling a story, making it relevant and interesting to me, hooking it into my worldviews and generating emotions and memories, it ceases to be true, at least if we define true as the whole truth, every possible fact, non-localized and […]

Monitoring with reverb

by Kim Lajoie on May 18, 2012

No, not that monitoring. I’m talking about feeding a reverb-processed version of a singer’s voice back into her/his headphones as s/he is recording. Don’t do it For years I’ve preferred to give singers no reverb in their headphones. The intent is that they can clearly hear the details in their voice and thus deliver a […]

What do you do when no-one’s watching?

by Kim Lajoie on May 4, 2012

Sometimes clients cancel. Sometimes it’s not because they’re flaky and don’t believe in themselves. Sometimes people just get sick. It’s ok. Anyway, this post isn’t about self-esteem and motivation. Or maybe it is. Occasionally, I find myself with some time on my hands. Occasionally, you might too. What do you do? Do nothing Ha, you […]

Mileage and headlines

by Kim Lajoie on March 27, 2012

Andrew Kim: The most valuable tip I can give is to just practice. Any form of drawing really is more about mileage than anything. This applies to any creative endeavour, and making music is no exception. The more you do, the better you get (so long as you’re aware enough not to repeat your mistakes). […]

Do something different

by Kim Lajoie on March 22, 2012

Jon Tidey: running the vocals through all my guitar pedals at once Sometimes it’s that simple. Do something different. Even the most minimal studio setup has vast possibilities. Even the most minimal studio setup gives you the scope to do something you’ve never done before. Sometimes a creative rut is the result of exhausting the […]

Give yourself permission to be imperfect

by Kim Lajoie on February 21, 2012

Gary Ewer: Give yourself permission to be imperfect (write a draft) I’ve written about writer’s block and enhancing creativity, but Gary sums it up perfectly with one line. Give yourself permission to be imperfect. It’s ok to create something that’s doesn’t meet your dreams and expectations. Really, it is. Just pick yourself back up and […]

Creativity comes after the fact

by Kim Lajoie on February 1, 2012

Hugh MacLeod: The way to be crea­tive is to make stuff. You wake up in the mor­ning, have some break­fast, hit the work bench and get on it with it. […] You can’t plan for crea­ti­vity. You can only plan to do the work. Don’t wait for inspiration. Get working and you’ll be ready for inspiration when […]

Find a big room

by Kim Lajoie on November 7, 2011

Find a big room and go record something in it! It doesn’t matter where it is, or what you record… just find a large space and record something in it. Large spaces usually have a very distinct sound to them. They also often have a noticeable reverberation. If you’ve chosen a public place as your big […]