Creating music and sharing it with the world… the remote way
A Brief History of remote recording…
Remote recording started with the advent of home studios. Musicians recording themselves at home has revolutionised the way music is created. This means you no longer need to sink thousands into renting a studio for weeks to create your masterpieces. There will always be a place for big studios and big budget projects, but for the majority of musicians that world is out of reach.
A New Era
The music industry has changed, and as a result there’s an exciting new wave of independant artists in control. These musicians have no one to answer to and can create for art’s sake. This is made possible using simple, modest setups in controlled environments. Many artists have been discovered or defined by their rough or lowfi production techniques. An example of this is someone like Bon Iver. His breakthrough 2007 album ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ paved the way for gritty, rough and unrefined production. Consequently this became a popular production style for mainstream artists attempting to appeal to wider, alternative audiences.
In addition to the recording process there are other ways to avoid the mainstream but still make your voice heard. Organisations like AWAL exist to support artists who do not have representation. They supply advice and guidance, plus distribution and play listing opportunities. Thanks to organisations such as this, survival and exposure is very much possible without record labels.
As a result of this progression, many session musicians are also recording themselves using home studio setups. This process is known as remote recording, and is a brilliant way to connect musicians across the world. With the ability to record yourself, you open up the possibility of working with anyone, anywhere. This method of recording eliminates obstacles such as location and availability.
Imagine a global web of musicians that can be accessed at any time, all collaborating on multiple projects. Sounds good right? We thought so too! It was one of the main reasons behind the creation of HCH Studios. We wanted to give all artists access to world class musicians from the comfort of their own home.
Remote recording is the process of collaborating with a musician or producer without them being physically present. For example, say you’re an artist based in London, and you want to work with a great bass player in Germany. You send them over the track, and they set about recording their ideas. They send you back your track complete with a bad-ass bass line. Listening back to your track reminds you of a drummer in Manchester. It’d be great to have them grooving along with your new bass line. So you send the track off again to be added to. Hey presto, you have drums and bass on your song! And on it continues. Eventually you have a fully developed track featuring incredible musicians from far and wide.
With today’s powerful connectivity, you can even live-stream your recording process. The client or artist can watch you perform and you can discuss musical ideas in real time. As a result the client feels like they maintain creative control, and feel involved in the entire process.
HCH Studios specialises in this kind of workflow. We’ve removed the barriers of booking studio time and spending huge amounts transporting your chosen musicians to the session. The idea is to give anyone anywhere access to the recording process. You can collaborate with musicians far and wide, and achieve the best results possible. Let the music be the deciding factor and not logistics or geography!
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