Enjoyed a really good tutoring session Tuesday night at the home studio of a world renowned field recording professional, a guy who has been there from the start of electronic music but now more recognised for his worldwide audio recordings of wildlife and their natural habitat.
Chris Watson of Cabaret Voltaire and the more current – field sound recorder for the Frozen Planet series with David Attenborough, really inspired me last night with his imagination. Currently working on a performance for BBC Radio he asked me to help him setup Ableton Live and show him around the workflow of the software.
Whilst I can’t say much about the project he is currently working on, he has taken on board what Ableton Live is all about and what it can do for him triggering his recorded samples (pre mixed in Steinberg Nuendo) such as crayfish and seagulls at the right time during a story narrated for the BBC Radio.
The reason I have been inspired by this guy, not simply because of his professionalism and enthusiasm towards his work, but most of all because of his imagination. I mean who would of thought to record the back of a refrigerator for the sound of a North Korean nuclear reactor.
Whilst I was certainly in awe of his accolades and adventures, it was nice to know that Chris is a very modest person but always shares parts of these wonderful adventures with great excitement. I certainly left his home studio wanting to know more about his adventures and on the technical side about his art of recording.