Chuck­ing it all out and start­ing again

Computer Music - - Interview / Rüfüs Du Sol -

“If you’ve been mak­ing mu­sic for a few years, the chances are that you’ve prob­a­bly built up a mas­sive li­brary of drum sam­ples. All those kicks and snares that you’ve been re­ly­ing on when­ever it comes to start­ing a new song. When we even­tu­ally sat down in the stu­dio and be­gan work on this new al­bum, that’s ex­actly what we did. But noth­ing felt right. Pulling up the same old kicks and shak­ers wasn’t in­spir­ing us.

“So we got rid of ev­ery­thing – all the sam­ples and sam­ple packs that we’d used up un­til that point. We sim­ply started again. First, we de­cided to find a cou­ple of new drum ma­chines to work with and got hold of the TR-8 and the TR-8S. That was in­ter­est­ing… pro­gram­ming rhythms with­out look­ing at the screen! Then, we set up a de­cent mic and started record­ing stuff. Hit­ting wooden blocks and metal ‘things’. Record­ing the drum kit.

“Start­ing from scratch was scary at first, but the end re­sult was very lib­er­at­ing.”

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