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"Voice messages are just stupid" - the unwanted monologue

In my everyday life as an audio engineer, consultant and project organizer, I find myself somewhere between work, family and my private life throughout the day. That means I change my "hat" several times a day and always take on a different role, have a different view of things. In order not to sink into chaos and above all into absolute unproductivity, a lot of self-discipline and, above all, calm is required. And so for a number of years I have imposed a few rules on myself that help me to sharpen my focus and keep track of things. As [...]

The Value of Creative Work - Part 2: How You Could Define the Job

The Value of Creative Work - Part 2: How You Could Define the Job

It's about the value of creative work. In my last article on this topic , I told a story that helped me a lot and changed a lot in my head. The good thing about this story is that there is a way to get the "customer" to understand the value of creative work. The bad finding is that of course this doesn't apply to all jobs. So let's look at another example today. Afterwards I summarized my approaches in four separate evaluations. I hope this helps you. LARGE PROJECT - OR: THE TOTAL EXPENSE A few years ago I [...]

Pi-hole - The perfect ad blocker

Pi-hole - The perfect ad blocker

Do you know that, too? You are looking for something specific on the internet and your first click on the Google search page will take you to a homepage on which you will see more advertising than content. So suddenly you can't see the forest for the trees! A nice example of such a page that is certainly well known to many is the "wetter.com" homepage! All around there are many small boxes with unnecessary and distracting advertising and in the middle you can find the weather forecast. Either you just accept that and always look for that little bit [...]

The Value of Creative Work - Part 1: The Story with the Designer

The Value of Creative Work - Part 1: The Story with the Designer

I am a songwriter. I write texts, songs, toplines for or with artists. Or just for myself. I publish music in a team. Sounds cool and easy at first, but when it comes to money it wasn't always. Over the years I have come across very often situations in which there was anger or I was madly annoyed myself. It's about defining the value of your creative work, and ultimately getting paid. Defining that is not that easy. PROBLEMS You can't define it. It is just as worth nothing as immeasurably much. Artist and perfectionism? Good trap! Where do you [...]

Sayings from the rurton

Sayings from the rurton "bubble" - Merch music production

DO YOU KNOW THAT, TOO? Such colleagues are also a social “bubble”. And sometimes you don't even notice how incredibly nerdy this bubble is. We have often noticed that someone can think we are insane if he comes “into the basement” at the end of a working day and sees these over-excited people there. Such highly concentrated work has to be compensated for somehow. Over the years some sayings have been uttered again and again. Friends, colleagues, musicians, audio nerds and customers have motivated us to make them a little more tangible. And this gave rise to the idea of [...]

Order in DAW - music production on a new level

Order in DAW - music production on a new level

I learned very early on that order and good organization in and around a audio production are a good thing. Since I was allowed to work for a long time at Torus in Cologne, in a large team of sound designers, technicians and sound mixers, it was just one of my compulsory tasks to prepare my own work for exchange, to bring it together with others and of course to "back up my own work “To always be on the safe side! That was a good "school" for me, because especially in such a large team and when you work [...]

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