Home Recording in 2022
The central idea explored in this project is contemporary DIY music and how to record at home with minimal equipment and experience. The project is aimed at people with an interest in home recording. My project is centred around a printed publication released alongside a printed record. I utilised low-cost home recording techniques in order to showcase the possibilities of DIY home recording. The project is based on past DIY music culture of punk and how this informed the current day genres and conventions present in music packaging and production. The aim of this project is to present two recorded pieces of music that showcase home recording techniques and to print it in vinyl format. I developed and printed an accompanying booklet that explains the techniques used in the project and how to carry out the recording techniques themselves. The goal is to empower the user to carry out their own recording projects.
I mixed a variety of visual mediums from the past and present such as photocopier art, digital typography, analog typography, typewriter art, low-cost modes of image creation such as using phone cameras and what is available to the user in order to showcase just how democratic the current landscape of music production is. The objectives of the project are to draw upon the techniques of both contemporary and older DIY musicians in order to show a rounded picture of what DIY music is and can be. How analog and digital recording differs is of interest to me as both mediums come with advantages and drawbacks.
My aim was to incorporate a variety of recording techniques into my audio pieces, including digital midi samplers, field recording, scratching, feedback looping, digital and physical instruments in order to show a vibrant picture of the possibilities of music. The project utilises affordable materials, keeping the project low cost. This is as a result of my target audience being people without the money to afford a full studio of equipment. My release is a relatively short vinyl single cut on a lathe keeping the overall cost down. I used a visual vocabulary that is in keeping with DIY music, utilising materials that are available to everybody.