The first time I used a computer for music was in the early 1980s. This was long before most computers had any sort of built-in sound generator, besides a single-tone feeping speaker. I used the trick invented by geeks several decades earlier: set an AM radio next to the computer, write a looping program that sleeps a certain time between iterations, and listen to the somewhat-musical radio interference emitted by the CPU and picked up by the radio.
Perhaps I should set the context here. After all, a recording studio exists to record sound, and here I am writing about the studio. What about the sound? What, in the end, am I producing?
Recently I decided to build a recording studio. This was not a completely new idea, as I’d built up a small 8-track studio back in the late 1980s, and often considered re-building. But times and technologies have changed, as have I, in the last couple of decades. Over the years, I’ve dabbled in digital recording, but found the products and workflow to be frustrating, and not conducive to creating music. My efforts usually ended with frustration or boredom.