Production of Music

(1)—in a sence is the art of "doing" and making music.

This page's main inspiration is the city of Billings, but is not bound by this 'Magic City', the inspiration that follows has no boundry.

There are many aspects to music in that the production, making, of it may extend to. Here are a few examples:

- Bands - How they come together to create music.

- Recording studios - How intricate recording can be.

- Home recording - How simple recording can be.

- Instruments - How and who makes and repairs them.

- Rentals - Who loans, who pays, and why they do.

- Practice - Where it takes place and how musical ideas are formed.

- CD art - Who makes it, why, and the inspiration behind it.

(2)---This is an example of how simple home production can be---
It sounds best LOUD

(3) -Home Recording-
The previous entry was simply made with Live 7

—Live 7 is a program that allows the user to record audio, create beats, play virtual instruments, DJ, and has the ability to connect with some music instruments.

—If the musicians just wanted to record then a program like Audacity would work wonders.

—On the Hip-Hop/Rap side Fruity Loops is excellent for creating beats.

—A Classic example of producing "new" music from old music is mixing. Programs like Virtual DJ are perfect.

This is a video music remix to help better explain what mixing is:

Thank Kutiman for this video.

(4) Recording Studios

- Peak recording studios: Bozeman

  • Record a wide spectrum of music genre and welcome all varieties (country,rock,christian rock, punk, jazz, etc.).
  • Are not involved in video production, just cutting audio into video.
  • Are involved heavily with advertising recording.
  • Feel that as technology has become increasingly cheaper and accesible to more people, the overall quality of music in all genres has

also decreased, because most home equipment is not as good as quality as that of the recording studio. On the otherhand, they say

that it is better to have a qualified engineer and bad equipment, than a bad engineer with good equipment.

  • Approx. 95%-99% of clientele are located in region, although a significant amount of business comes from international (e.g. Canadian

broadcasting channel) and intranational ( National Public Radio; California) broadcaster's.

  • Base recording charge is $65, but increases wiyh use of studio's instruments, and for recording over a Live Feed Network.
  • Most musicians are considered to be amatuers, but are actually on the musical level of a lot of professionals, it is just that for

whatever reason, they don't necessarily make their living from it.

  • The recording studio actually has very little regulation in general, and absolutely no responsibility for as far as obsenity laws are


- Jester Sound and Video: Billings

  • Feel that the majority of people just don't want to pay for recording studio production, and don't have to now, with all the accesible

home recording equipment.

  • There are very few full musical recording sessions now. Most of business has gone to short talent agency recordings and commercial

advertising. They guess that 99% of people are home recording. They have actually had to get rid of grand piano, because they

couldn't justify the cost of maintenance with so litte use.

  • Have also scaled down the overall studio square footeage from 2000 to 500, because of lost recording business directly correlated

to home recording.

  • Incorporated video production into business in 1980, and is now a major portion of business, due to the lage amount of commercial


  • Approx. 80% of clientele are located within region, and remainder are spread out of state.
  • Do not specialize in recording one type of music genre over another, but since luqidation of some instruments, facilitating certain

types or portons of a genre is difficult.

  • Studio is not subjected to a certain business district by local ordinances.
  • Are not required to report that they are recording any obsenities, and are in no way accountable for the public release of

obscenities without proper identification.

(5) Recording Studios Cont… MVP Studios: Steve Zediker

* Feels that among the active musicians in Billings, there are a significant number who can perform at the professional level.

Their amatuer status really comes in the context that most musicians in Billings are involved in some kind of occupation

other than performing music.This seems to stem from just the general economics involved in the music industry.

There needs to be a large enough demographic that is interested enough in a certain type of music that they are willing to

contiunually (or if not continually, a larger population is required for the same amount of capital flow) invest money

to see live performances, buy recorded albums, etc. There is just not the population in Billings and surrounding area to

support the wide variety of music genres. Again, all of this boils down to musicians having to at least supplement their

income by means other than music performance.

* Case in point: Owner is still a practicing musician, but went into recording, because he could not make it financially

as strictly a "professional" musicain when he moved to Billings. In contrast to Billings, the owner was able to

have a substantial income when only performing music and theatre when he lived in metropolitan areas such

as Portland and San Fransisco.

* Does not specialize in recording a certain genre of music, and does not seem to sense an overwhelming interest in one

particular genre by people in Billings and surrounding communities.

* Although he has observed the inverse relationship between home recording and traditional studio recording, he has not

had to scale back the music recording section of the studio. At the current industry stage, he sees decreases in music

recording as just the normal troughs in a cyclic sytem that vary throughout different times of the year. At some points, his

work is focused on the Video production ( 1/4 of his business), while at other times the majority of his work is the recording

of music.

* The video side of his business does not involve live feed programs. The music cut-ins, commercial advertisements and

promotions are mainly done at the actual recording studio, but take advantage of the quick sending and recieving technology

that is available to transfer work between studio and clientele.

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