Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is THE BEST. - Frank Zappa
I was born in 1971 on a planet whose name I have already forgotten.
Shortly after that in I played guitar and bass in bad but loud punk bands. At some point I also sang in a band but that was an experiment :D
When I was 20 I started to produce my own songs and little radio plays with the help of a 4 track tape recorder, a small hardware sequencer, a guitar and the worst microphone that was available at that time.
I stopped doing that at some point, partly out of frustration with the limited technical possibilities I could afford and partly because I didn't know what to do with it; that was before the internet :)
About 10 years ago I bought my first iPhone and discovered GarageBand for myself ... you can listen to the result here https://open.spotify.com/album/4sV9SBau9czOVkbzOuAOZg?si=wBF_aFGsSwmpjnsUf6UO6w
My second release one year later was not completely done on the smartphone, I got a Mac then :)
Since then I studied audio engineering at the S.A.E. in Stuttgart for two years, working part-time at a radio station as a lecturer for the digital editing suite and pre-production
Now in my Pro Tools based Studio I have rather too much than too little equipment and work on future releases, creating a lot of instrumentals that I don't want to use for myself and that I would love to make available and adapt for films etc.
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Interview with Beathoven
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: when I work on my own stuff, it's often based around a lyric. Sometimes i sit on the balcony with a guitar and play a bit until i find a suitable musical motif. I then sit down at the piano and work it out further. So, even before I start recording sometimes completely opposite ideas evolve, which I try to combine.sometimes that works and sometimes two different things evolve from it. I often dream of some music or hear it in my head when I'm awake. Then I also like to sit down at the piano and try to find out what it is. Sometimes i create music by accident from the beginning in the box, for example when i try out a new software instrument. On request i can also create music in the style of ... (enter cool name here) that is part of the game ;)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At the moment I mainly produce in protools. Although i like to keep it simple i am surrounded by guitars, electric basses, keyboards, some analog synths, guitar pedals, taperecorders and other soundtoys. Of course i use virtual instruments but also sometimes a real farfisa organ ... i should really sort out here :D When i occasionally work for the radio i use Logic, there i also have access to a Telefunken tape machine, also a nice toy :)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: keep it as simple as possible
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am equally inspired by works of people like György Ligeti, Karl Heinz Stockhausen and the whole classical avant-garde gang as well as by people like Frank Zappa,Hendrix,Pink Floyd,Tangerine Dream, the late John Coltrane, the late Beatles I also find people like Steve Reich, Phillip Class, Brian Eno,Kraftwerk,Radiohead,the collapsing Neubauten very interesting. I'm sure I've forgotten someone :)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to mix electronics with "real instruments" even if that means that I have to practice for example a bass motif that would be programmed in a few minutes for one or two hours. Or I annoy my neighbor because I record a saxophone although I could also use samples ... otherwise i don't like to commit myself. as a guitarist i can sound like hendrix, santana or david gilmoure if i want to, in my own work i try to avoid such clichés as much as possible. as a composer and producer i'm constantly trying to evolve which means i'm often on uncharted territory for me. for example, i'm incorporating jazz elements into the pieces i'm working on at the moment. of course i don't know anything about jazz but i think it sounds good :D
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: magic ;)