Psykick Lyrikah, is my deepest artistic experience and my first commissioned work as a composer under the nickname “mr.teddybear”. It also is the period of time where I did all the necessary mistakes to pretend being professionnal. Still, that work is considered being a success by many. I learnt some good tricks though.
Communication is the key when working with anyone, especially when there is an overwhelming amount of feelings to express, as in this project. Even if interpretation is required, just as a sound designer does with a director, a musician translates words in notes. So, to put a bit of yourself in a project is good, but losing yourself in too much guessing can lead to be off topic. Talking to your boss / colleagues / artist will allow to stay in the rail and you’ll gain the bonus opportunity to take relevant liberties with what you’re asked for.
Order in your work. It’s part of the basics. A sorted sound library, sorted projects and track folders within projects, sorted tracks within your audio projects, backup audio sources and every other kind of organization will make any other part of the project happy, especially your sound engineer, even if that’s you.
Cleaning or not cleaning. The point is that some parasites in your sources bring something, and others are just parasites … When sampling from a vinyl, it can be good to keep a bit of that special hiss and crackles. On the opposite, leaving a click at the end of a sample, or at an editing point, is considered a mistake in most cases.
There is no real technical point in evoking our mixtape Lyrikal Teknik, except maybe for the very adventurous way of invading my friends’ homes to finalize the tracks. I had no real computer at the time, no way to arrange my tracks, no way to properly edit the samples. Cherry on the cake : due to my “computer”‘s limitation, my samples were all 4 measures long. Yep. Peace to all those people for their support and patience..
Soundmaker, by Alberto Ricci, plus all the Michael Norris’s plug ins, used to synchronize and edit small samples, then export everything. Michael Norris is still developping plugs ins, some very interesting, especially the “spectral gate and hold”, which has the ability to ghostify everything he goes through. Reason, for effects and arrangements. Logic Audio or Samplitude for the mixing process.
At first, a performa macintosh with 16MB RAM then an old and noisy powermac (G4 MDD for those interested). Plus, I had no keyboard or controller of any kind, so everything that’s not sampled is pointed and clicked.
Thank God those times are over.
Alberto Ricci / http://www.riccisoft.com/soundeffects/
Michael Norris / http://www.michaelnorris.info/software/soundmagic-spectral
Psykick Lyrikah / http://www.psykicklyrikah.com