Music Production: Original Sounds vs. Preset – The Beauty of Human Error
by on August 3, 2017 in articles Bio DIYmusician
Drum Cardboard box - Olivia Hadjiioannou - Oh.

Music Production:

Using various objects in your production in order to create a sound or rhythm can give a unique texture to your music. In the song, “I’m in Love”, for example, I used the cardboard box above for the drums.

After playing a few measures of that sound, you can either create a loop or just record yourself playing live for the entire song, depending on the circumstance.

When you are creating a song, sometimes you have the entire song in your head from the beginning — at other times you have only the sound… and sometimes just a melody.

If your initial inspiration appears as a certain sound or texture ‘in your head’, you might want to avoid using preset sounds. If you start with the preset sounds you might ‘sell-out’ to them because even those sounds might help you get down your composition faster, your original inspiration might get lost. I prefer to try to create the sound first I have in my head before I start to create the song if possible. Starting from scratch with a “original sound” texture.

I don’t just press a key on the midi. I record myself playing the instrument/box/bottle to create the sound for the song. While I’m playing it live, I feel it, and that feeling translates to the sound.

Even though you can make a song “technically perfect” – using preset sounds, a metronome etc etc, that isn’t what really interests me the most. It’s the “energy” that is more important. Preset sounds don’t give the dynamic my hand or my foot gives — the small mistake I will make. It’s that small human error, like one foot pressing down less on the boot, that gives a special dynamic. The music then becomes a part of one’s life.

A computer can probably make the best and most technically perfect song on the planet, so there’s no meaning in creating musically what has already been done or can be done by a machine. I feel it is within the human error, you can find the perfection.

Original Sounds or Preset - Oh.

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Olivia Hadjiioannou, Ολίβια Χατζηιωάννου, Oh., Press photos, Official Photos, Music, News, Greece, metal, RockMulti-instrumentalist and director Olivia Hadjiioannou as the artist Oh. has been honored for her ingenuity, innovation and creativity in music and video with multiple international awards. She made her debut as Oh. on the international music scene with the award-winning music video, "Trials" in 2013 – cited as one of the 50 top events to mark Greece during the economic crisis. With the advances of immersive video, she released her single "Love of Avalanches", mentioned in Huffington Post as one of first 360-degree immersive VR videos released by a Greek artist on YouTube in 2016.

The music video "Red Lion" is presently a winner and official selection in 12 film festivals worldwide. Winner of Best Music Video award in the inaugural French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) in Cannes, France. Winner Best Music Video at the Cosmocinema Film Festival in London. Winner of the Best Music Video Short in The Psychedelic and Transpersonal Film and Music Festival that took place on May 25, 2019 at The Producer’s Club in New York City. Winner Best Experimental Mixed Media Short Film at the Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in Southwestern Crete in Greece. Read more in her Bio and EPK

The EP “Metallia” has received over 32 reviews from 13 countries worldwide, is in top 10 progressive rock and metal charts and listed as one of the best albums of the year for 2018 on Metal Nation Radio.

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This instrumental progressive metal album will reveal its intricacies and hidden depths over time. It will extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.

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