Computer is my main tool.
I have created
many dubs with the use of only my computer
carrying a sound card and although I have
exterior equipment, it is fair to say that
none of my other devices will allow me to
create a dub track. They will let me either
mix signals, put echo's or other effects in
them, or record music, but there is no other
device that I have, which will let me do all
these things together.
The computer is the
digital "heart" of my set-up and I
think it will remain to be just that for a
long time to come. I use it to record and to
mix. I believe, the reason why the computer
is such a helpful tool, is because it is a
perfect simulator. The computer can
re-create almost any device in a digital
environment. You need a tape-recorder, a
mixing board, instruments, and effects in
order to be able to create dub music. And
the computer can "pretend to be"
one or more of those devices. Not only this,
but the computer can go further.
simulates a "real situation", it
doesn't necessarily have to limit itself to
the physical boundaries. I can mix my music
as if I had 10 or 20 hands, I can make
copies without getting audio loss, et
cetera. I treat my computer as a simulator
in the first place. But I also know that the
computer can do things not possible in the
Yet, if I keep my principle,
that the computer simulates, I think I
create a solid foundation for creating my
If you put too much things in your
music that are "unreal", your
music will become "unreal", and
remember, the goal of making music in a
serious manner is to satisfy your audience.
And they are not digital! Therefore, your
music must always be connected to reality,
because in this context, people are the
reality. And there are not many people that
can watch three different movies, while
reading a book and conversing with brethren
in the same time.
When you put too many
things in your music, this can perhaps be
technically impressive, but too difficult
for us, "simple humans" to
comprehend. What use is there in a device
that will let you watch 3 movies, read a
book and talk with some in the same time?
Nobody wants to have that.
So, to summarize
this chapter, I would say that the computer
is a simulator in the first place, a
simulator with extra possibilities, and
these possibilities have to be used in doses
where the perception of the human ear and
soul are the measure.