My digital music world

by Christoffer Høyer | 1 January 2018

I embrace and welcome the digital world.

I grew up listening to music played by real musicians who were put in front of microphones, playing real instruments in a real physical room. Today, most recording budgets are simply not big enough for this sort of extravaganza. Instead, records are made in project studios like my own. And moreover, a lot of the time, you don’t even have to be able to play a real instrument. This is really helpful if you are not a musician who has been practicing your craft for ages.

An obvious trap for me, I guess, would be to turn into a grumpy old man who would sit in a corner and make bitter remarks like: “Today, no one can really play instruments anymore…” etc. Especially if you, like me, have spent years and years – practically my entire childhood and youth! – practicing on my instrument(s). But I don’t do that at all. In fact, I embrace and welcome the digital world. For one thing, were it not for digital technology, there is no way that I would be able to run my own studio on the sophisticated level I do today. I compose, produce, arrange, record, engineer, mix and master music, film scores and songs I create most of the time singlehandedly. I can send music and songs straight out of my studio to a Hollywood film, an album by an artist, a worldwide TV show, a film or a theatre/dance performance. When I score music to films I simply drag and drop the movie into my digital workstation (DAW) and record the music directly to the movie I see on my screen.

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