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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 [...]

Communication in a team - the next step

Communication in a team - the next step

When you work together in a team, one thing is most important, namely communication with one another. Missing or incorrect communication can bring everything to a standstill. Misunderstandings, disappointments or false expectations arise. In short, I would describe good communication based on respect for the other as the most important thing in teamwork. Nowadays we have endless possibilities to communicate with each other. The digital world puts everything at our feet, from a simple phone call to the currently much-used video call to face-to-face meetings in reality! But I often observe in my environment that we only use what, in [...]

Organize creatively? - Tools for more productivity in songwriting

Organize creatively? - Tools for more productivity in songwriting

I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU ARE DOING Maybe you have had experiences similar to mine. I've been grappling with the subject of creativity and effectiveness for many years. Maybe you know that too? There are of course a lot of approaches and premises for songwriting: Order song or your own idea? Who do you want to reach? Rewriting? How high is the claim? Who is the addressee? Are you trying to "get on the radio" or are you writing about a personal feeling? Are you writing for an entire album or a single song? Even if it is difficult [...]

Recording vocals - with or without a compressor

Recording vocals - with or without a compressor

Recording vocals or speech is certainly one of the supreme disciplines in audio production. Above all, I would like to focus on the vocal recording. A lot of factors during the recording determine the technical and musical quality of what is afterwards on the “record”. On the technical side, these are the quality of the entire signal chain, from the room to the microphone to the cable, preamp and converter, as well as the listening situation of the producer or sound engineer. On the content side, the experience of the singer and the “social skills”, the empathy of the producer [...]

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