Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Being a gamer I recently worked on the game "Split", which was the first game of a small New-Zealan studio. The game didn't sell well but the artistic side of it was very well done and the collaboration went great. I guess I'm proud to have worked on a beautiful game and that the work provided added so much to the game's feel.
What are you working on at the moment?
- A video game that will be distributed on the Playstation Network
- A documentary about a crazy NY artist
- A promotional video for the department of education
- A very poetic animation short
- Mastering an album for a pop band
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I know no-one here for now
Analog or digital and why?
I actually hate the trend going on now that analogue is better than digital. Most people saying this will then pull out an old piece of gear with burnt capacitors and humming power-supplies and say something along the lines of "it sounds so warm!". I think both worlds have their ups and down, but one doesn't sound better than the other. In the end, being a lo-fi fan, I probably enjoy digital more because it's cheaper and offers unthinkable creative possibilities that just can't be achieved with analog gear. Look at companies like OTO Machines, Teenager Engineering, Twisted-Electros or MeeBlip to name a few incredible digital creators.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
This is gonna be cool. Really!
What do you like most about your job?
Being creative, finding solutions to problems
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Can you fix this? Answer: yes
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I'm not capable of doing anything.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Tell me about your dream
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
This is gonna be cool!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
1. Teenage Engineering's OP-1 (most versatile piece of gear... ever!)
2. An upright bass (well I am a bassist...)
3. Kalimba (such a relaxing instrument to play, goes great with beaches)
4. My studio chair (really, that thing is ridiculously comfy)
5. Coffee machine (this one doesn't need an explanation right?)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started music in the conservatory when I was 6 years old playing the violin and studying solfeggio. Since I've studied sound engineering in SAE but mostly have been working independently on many different projects in many different styles. I feel like I'm mostly self-taught.
How would you describe your style?
Pretty nerdy. In a good way.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Probably Danger Mouse, I would love to get a detailed look on his creative process
Can you share one music production tip?
Free your mind, love your work
What type of music do you usually work on?
That's a tough one, it really depends on who walks in the studio! But my most influential genres would be rock and electronic music
What's your strongest skill?
Pro Tools master, very sensitive ear
What do you bring to a song?
A musician's ear and an engineer's brain
What's your typical work process?
1. Wake Up
2. Drink Coffee
3. Make killer tracks
Tell us about your studio setup.
I run a pro tools HD rig with some great outboard and a nice mic collection, there is a full list on my site www.tortion.ch
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Danger Mouse for the sound, Jack White for his independent and super "rock" vibe
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Music production and sound design (I work a lot for films and video games but also produce bands)