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The Technology VS Humanity In Songwriting Debate

“Is this the end of art as we know it?”

No, it’s not a parody of an REM song but the title of an article from Myles Wakeham, studio engineer and producer who is well known in Adelaide, Australia and Los Angeles, USA through his Troubled Clef Studios.

In his article he brings up some interesting points on the technology vs humanity in songwriting debate…

For me, technology is a tool for nurturing creativity, not the sole means for creativity to exist. Using technology can enable a songwriter to see and hear their song from a different angle.

Sometimes looking at something through different eyes and hearing through different ears can change your perspective on your songwriting greatly.

In his article, Myles talks about the overuse of technology taking away the human-ness of the songs that are written today and cites this overuse of tech as one of the possible reasons why music from past decades are still so very popular and the bands that performed those songs (Myles talks about the Blue Oyster Cult) are still in very high demand.

I found this proposed connection to be very thought provoking, so much so it sparked off a lightbulb moment in me. He writes about the humanity in the song being the very thing that is contagious about music in general.

Take the humanity away and you take away a songs power to connect people.

I’m fortunate enough to have put together a really nice home recording studio for myself. It’s a place where I can put down my songwriting ideas or, to use as a tool to enhance any song collaborations that I am involved with.

Coming across this article was timely reminder for me that technology is good if it is used correctly not as a means to cover up a songs limitations.

Myles Wakeham’s article is not an article that bashes technology it merely brings home the fact that no matter how much technology you have at your disposal, the humanity of the song and its writer technology will never be replaced by it. As Myles says in the last paragraph of his article…

“… delve deep inside of yourself and find what’s human. Not what is fabricated or eased because of a damn computer. I want to feel your pain, not be protected from it.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Read the full article “Is This The End Of Art As We Know It?”

The Making Of “Bohemian Rhapsody”

I want to thank Chris Foster for turning me on to this video

Bohemian Rhapsody is an amazing song, Queen is an amazing band and Freddie Mercury is a musical genius but this video shows that even the most complex songs have to start from somewhere.

Lady Antebellum – Writing Songs While On The Road

Lady Antebellum was a band I had not heard of before however, after discovering their Webicode Wednesday series of videos on YouTube, I was most impressed by this video of some of the band members demonstrating their songwriting process while on tour.

I really love their inventiveness and the simplicity of their recording setup plus, watch out for the bass amp that’s used in the recording. I want one of those.

Oh, and they use Macs too… What more can I say.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting