To date we’ve done 9 RE:VIVE workshops. For those of you that haven’t been to one they’re epic sprints of forced creativity. Producers of all skill sets and styles come in and are given a sample pack of archival sounds followed by a crash course in sound design. From there everyone is plugged in for 2-3 hours and have to make a track (or as much of a track as possible) using only the provided sounds. Every sound requires some level of sculpting and sometimes there’s hours of material to sift through. The whole event is an exercise in critical listening, decision making, composition and stamina. Everyone walks away with something new, and while we encourage all the producers to finish up their tracks and send them over we rarely ever hear from them again (ghosting much?).
Every now and then the workshops lead to new friendships and partnerships. See for instance Mill Burray or SAE instructor Torgue. Today we sat down with Dutch up-and-comer ARTICI who got his intro to sound design and field recordings at our ADE Sampling Workshop and has grown exceptionally in the months since then, incorporating his own field recordings into his floor filling brand of techno.
This is your 3rd track I believe for RE:VIVE, when you started producing was sound design and sampling field recordings even on your radar?
Yes I believe so, I think it’s the second track I shared on my SoundCloud, but I made a couple more tracks with the samples you guys provided.
When I started producing I always tried to create my own unique sounds. When I started producing I began with no knowledge in FL Studio and didn’t have the gear or hadn’t even heard of the possibility to record field samples. When I later switched to Ableton Live 9 I started experimenting more, that’s how I ended up at the workshop conceptual sampling during ADE and fell in love with the possibilities of field recordings and using archival samples.
What’s the most useful trick or approach you’ve learned through working with these sounds that has become a regular part of your production process?
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