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Blog: Limitators - Creative Limitations Introduction
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Chris    Said...

This is a top post, really got me thinking about turning limitations into an asset.

Equally, I'm still using relatively old Tracker software to make music with so I'm glad that big name artists do use things other than Logic, Live etc.

18-Jun-13 07:58 AM

Nick B    Said...

Yeah its a great concept for a series, Ian has just sent me the first mix of his track using these creative limitations - I'm hoping others will attempt to have a go too.

18-Jun-13 11:11 AM

Tribrix    Said...

Limitations RULE! Why else would I ditch the DAW for an analog 4 track tape recorder. Don't get me wrong, getting to play inside a DAW is a great, low cost, way to learn, but now I want more and in this case less is so much more. Having only four tracks forces me to make difficult decisions early and stick with them. Being analog forces me to "play" rather than program most of my tracks. In playing them, they become more interesting than when the machine does it, leading to more discoveries and mistakes. Mistakes are like gold, to be mined for. Machines don't make them. Some of the best stuff comes from mistakes. I could go on all day.

18-Jun-13 11:36 AM

Flex    Said...

Well, I had that idea of creating a song from sine waves before... Never got round doing it though... Always had to check out this or that plug before :(

Sometimes I listen to old song I did in the nineties on a tascam portastudio. I was out of tune a lot, but what I crammed into four tracks with just a guitar, a dynamic and whatever was lying around was kinda cool. And the "mix" didn't sound half bad either - easy, I had just a simple 2-band EQ and a nano verb for effects, not tons of plugins and lots of signals to clutter up the frequencies.

18-Jun-13 02:37 PM

Greg Cole    Said...

Really looking forward to this series, excellent concept and nicely written. Couldn't agree more, limitations inspire creativity. Top job sir!

18-Jun-13 04:21 PM

Daniel Oakfield    Said...

Limitations are a way, an option; while cleaning my hd I listened to some of my early digital tunes, old midi files, worst sounds ever but still a lot of effort was put in arrangement and groove, never more than 5 tracks because they where thought to be played by humans. And I must admit I still can relate to some of the ideas.

Today we are amazed by the aesthetic of the box, the cooler sounds, and we don't focus so much on the content anymore, that's the main point, putting a limit is a patch to our behaviour but I think we should do this in a more natural way that just set hard limitations.

In someway I sometime set a limit on my tasks today too for example using just one synth to produce all the sounds of a song, but that's a real exercise in style, a game... What I really do when I have ideas now is grab one instrument and play that idea, doesn't matter what's the genre of the song, if notes and rhythm work they do in every sauce you cook them.

I am pretty sure as well some new ideas could born from experimenting with presets or just tweaking, but then again they are ideas with deep roots on the technology and who's not into that could never really taste all the shades. Exactly like some virtuoso experimental classical-jazzy stuff for skilled musicians listeners only, which I respect but I have no tools to understand!

So, they are different ways, different outcomes, no best way in my opinion, it is just a matter of taste and fashion... just ask yourself: what was my opinion fifteen years ago? - or if you are younger than me just wait fifteen years and see how your life will influence your creativeness and relationship with technology... which by the way will change itself and eventually will start thinking about its relationship with us ;)

19-Jun-13 02:53 AM

Ian Afflec    Said...

There's some really good stuff mentioned in the comments so I'll definitely include some of them in future episodes.

I've tried to make the challenges as accessible as possible and I hope people will have a go once the first episode is out.

Thanks for the kind words, Enjoy your weekend guys.

21-Jun-13 08:50 AM

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