Baauer has easily set the standard for going against the grain through the creation of his latest album. He had an idea: he knew that “[he] wanted to do a project where [he] could go record sounds [him]self and try to capture the rarest, craziest sounds and build the ultimate sample pack.” Thanks to a partnership with Red Bull, Baauers dream was able to come to fruition.
Comparing these new samples to new paint colors, Baauer encouraged more people to try the same, “There’s a whole new world of stuff to use, we just need to go out and interact with it.” Traveling the globe and recording everything was the easy part; the hard part was turning those raw materials into finished goods. “Basically, I have a load of little bits and pieces. The big job I have now is to bring them all together into one cohesive package. That’s where it at right now.”
Baauer’s endeavor also showcases the power music has to connect people, language barrier or not. Bauer explains further, “Even though we were strangers from a different part of the world they were happy to show us their old traditions.”
Going out and recording something in real life rather than pulling something from the internet and knowing the story behind a certain sound before using it, that changed the way I make music a whole lot. It also opened my mind to what kind of sounds I can use in from various kinds of contexts. Being able to work with something and make it totally different.
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