Creating Soundscapes with Music Technology
During September's Open Studio workshop, I discussed how to create a receptive experience for clients to use at their homes. There are many reasons, especially these days, why a client may have to stay at home. Receptive listening experience can help with relaxation, stress relief, or even processing thoughts and emotions.
Basic Equipment Needed
- A computer with a digital audio workstation (DAW) such as Garage Band, Pro Tools, or any other platform that can record and edit audio
- A quality microphone and a digital interface (DI). A DI is a device that is used to connect your microphone to your computer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What platform do I deliver my soundscape on to my client?
I personally use YouTube as it seems most accessible to everybody. You can also directly share the soundscape to the client via phone/email or on a CD.
What instruments can I use?
I use resonant instruments such as singing bowls, chimes, and soft drums.
What is the intention for creating a soundscape recording?
It’s important to have your client's clinical needs in mind when creating this experience.
How can you tailor the soundscape to the needs of each client?
How you go about creating your experience can be different from client to client. Sometimes it is useful to include a medium other than just audio. For example, I tend to make photography slideshows as well as offer basic art supplies for the client in case they would like to draw while listening. I recommend pastels or markers and blank paper. The most important detail is having intention behind each music element or instrument. Don’t get too overwhelmed by the endless choices - simplicity usually works best!
Click here to listen to an example of a receptive music experience. Happy music-making!