The Hybrid Journey
The hardest thing about starting this journey was knowing what to call it! Synthesis, modular synthesis, semi-modular synthesis, digital hybrid syn……. you get the picture. I’m not sure there is a one size fits all solution and as I have no idea where this journey will take me I settled on ‘The Hybrid Journey’.
Hopefully, I will be combining several musical sources together to create cohesive and evolving music or something that loosely passes as music anyway! I’m not famed for my award-winning patience, so this could be the shortest journey of all time, but is a scratch I just have to itch.
My reasons for taking this journey are quite simple. I have been DJing and mixing for decades and have got to a place where I need more from my musical experience. I see the future in long evolving musical journies that tell a story (akin to classical music of yesteryear) rather than wham bam thank you, mam, 3 or 4 minutes of prescribed beats, builds and drops. Inspired by Youtube videos from the likes of Slenterende Beer, VØSNE, Junkie XL and more.
I have reservations. Those who know me are very aware of my equipment addiction. over DJ 25 mixers in two years is just the tip of the iceberg and I am under no illusions that if this scene grabs me, it could very easily get way out of hand. Obsession can become very real, just check out Junki XL for example:
Other reservations include time. It’s very easy to get lost in music (pardon the pun) and minutes very quickly turn to hours. Mostly though, this is a test of my ability to break new ground in music and prove to myself that I have creative ideas and the ability to see this through to producing material I regard as finished and publish-worthy. Quite possibly a defining moment in my musical journey.
So now I’ve well and truly piled on the pressure lets get started. The plan is to produce simple videos on Youtube, documenting my progress. At the moment I think I’ll aim to record the fruits (fresh or rotten) of the labour of each session. In an ideal world, this will hopefully serve as an inspiration to some and a good old laugh for others.
Starting kit list
I’ve had a root around the studio for redundant bits of kit I can start my journey with. I know I would like a mixing desk where all the audio sources will come together and I have a couple of Soundcraft desks to choose between. One has built-in effects sends as well as external send and return so I’ll start off with that. I also have a Korg Volca Drum and Korg Volca FM (which I will control with a Novation Launchkey 25 key controller). I have a couple of guitar effects pedals, which I’ll throw into the mix. I have Cubase and Ableton DAWs to fall back on if I go down that route, but I’d like to steer away from the software if at all possible in the creation portion of the process. I will be happy to use DAWs if I decide to produce actual tracks off the back of my musical sketches.