Vienna based audio/mixing/mastering engineer. Experimental sounddesign and custom solutions with Max/MSP.
I studied electroacoustic music at the mdw university in vienna and am a certified sound artist. I did a lot of mixdowns & masterings the last 3 years, but I gained my customers only by mouth - propaganda. So this is my first step to the international market. I'm good at mixing and I love it, but because I'm new to this kind of websites, I'll make a really good price for my first customers.
Have a listen to the sound examples, I uploaded some exerpts of the mixdowns I did for the amazing artist "Zolf & Saturn".
My own works as artists include sound installations shown in Italy, Vienna and London, impro gigs, idm productions, programming for the leap motion and many more.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Interview with Thomas Oeggl
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Quite recently I mixed two ep's for "Zolf & Saturn" an italian artist. He is very creative and I love his sound, it was a pleasure to work with him. Also he was the first teacher I had regarding electronic music and now, years later he asks me to mix and master his songs. Feeling very proud! And it sounds amazing :)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A lot of own productions and sound design.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No, I'm quite new.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love analog sounds (and field recordings!), but I think it depends on the situation. Analog can make a big difference but it's not always practical and also it needs a looot of know-how. I prefer a good mix.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To offer them the best quality they can get for that price.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I can work with music! Love the infinite variety of styles and artists and emotions I see at work.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "The budget is thight... we need the song yesterday, can you do magic?" "Will find a fair price. I can't travel in time and I'm not a wizard, but I try to get as close as I can ;)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There are limits. Some errors at the recording/producing stage can't be fixed. And I don't do your wedding mixtapes ;)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of message to you want the song to have? Do you want me to work technical and clean, is there a clear sound reference or shall I be creative?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I can do every style, but I'll be best at mixing electronic music. Didn't see a lot of "underground - genre" mixing engineers here, so consider me. I love the dark club styles.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My small field recorder, a serge modular rack, my microbrute, my loved headphones and the universitys manleys passive eq.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Played violin and piano since I was six, then I started as bedroom producer and dj and then decided to study experimental electronic music and sound art. It was a place of extremly creative and playful people. Did a lot of different projects and tried a lot of different approaches to music. Specialized on mixing and sounddesign. I finished a few months ago, so I'm quite in the beginning, but already have gained a lot experience.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Regarding to my own music: deep rolling, subtle, playful, most of the time thoughtful and dark. Regarding mixdowns: a lot of nuances and a strong & clear message.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Burial. He seems to be a very interesting person. And Infected Mushrooms, they are fucking crazy.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I like a playful experimental approach. And just listen to your feelings and try to work with them.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Ambient, Techno, Bass Music, Experimental Sound Art
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My synaesthetic hearing. I see and feel and hear sound.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try not to just work on a song, but treat it as a living creature that should be able to unleash it's potential.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First I have a listen and think about the potential and feeling of the song and the artists desires. Then I sort the tracks by category and importance. Often I do a subtle cleaning of every track, issues get fixed and then creativity happens. It's my personal most important desire to give every song the best it can get.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's growing. I don't have a lot of gear, but I the devices I have I know very well. I work a lot with emulations, since I don't have the money yet to buy a lot of high price stuff. I've been working a lot with legendary analog hardware at the university and should the need arise I can use high price studios of my friends.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Burial, Phace, Black Sun Empire, Trentemoller, Infected Mushroom, Eskmo, Eprom, Plasticman, Primordial Ooze, David Bowie
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do mixdowns in a broad variety of genres and most of the time I also master the same songs.