Originally Posted by LFlood
Boy, I've lately been reading a bit about Quincy, his composing habits, general views on recording and so on.
He seems to have a savant type of mind when it comes to his work. By that, he almost seems like he doesn't really "compose", so much as write down, as quickly as he has to, the "PICTURE" he hears in his head. It's almost like the entire song or album is already in there and he can visualize it from the first note on paper all the way through to mastering and airplay. In so doing, he has incredible vision and intuition that simply adds up to everything he touches turning into gems.
Truly one of the masters. I think a lot of the sound on those records is due to this phenomenon.
So, to make it sound like that, just become Quincy Jones.
Thanks for these comments. Good to hear what others think of this.
I've been on a similar journey studying the craft of recording, production and musical creativity, as a seed for my own creative ambitions.
I conclude that all great music and recordings are unique, a specific "one time only" junction of a unique set of ears, emotions, unity, hands, minds, equipment, finances, time, sponsors, intentions, that will never be created again.
Like a good book, if you ask the writer to do it again, the words will never come out exactly the same.
Like a portrait of the same face by the same painter, each one is a unique expression.
I feel the compulsion to simply create, and not compare.
Like nature, each flower, of even the same specie, could be similar yet each is slightly different in its own way.
I think I now understand it. In Quincy's time, music was a collaboration, of usually highly skilled artists, each bringing their own persona and life force, and we hear in the music these micro variations that make the music so interesting.
In our current world of quantised, sample accurate, soft synths, mostly all played by the same mind, it's no wonder that music no longer sounds quite as life like and engaging.
You are right, I have to become my own Quincy. Do my own thing. Express my unique self, and help others express themselves. That's music.