Sound Design Tutorial w/ BT Pt. 1: Digital Signal Processing Using Mac OS X Terminal

Dubspot recently presented a special sound design workshop with prolific electronic music producer and software programmer BT at Cielo nightclub in New York City. In part one of a two-part video recap, BT demonstrates a deceptively simple Digital Signal Processing method using Mac OS X Terminal and offers a glimpse into his production process.

Accomplished electronic music producer and software designer BT was in town last year promoting his latest album A Song Across Wires. A long time friend of Dubspot, we invited BT to host a sound design workshop for our students at one of New York City’s finest music establishments, Cielo. In the first of a two-part video recap, BT demonstrates some unorthodox sound design techniques using Mac OS X Terminal as a Digital Signal Processing tool with CDP (Composer’s Desktop Project). He also talked about his unique approach to sound design and offered tips and advice for young artists and sound design enthusiasts.

BT is the earliest of early adopters and widely accredited as a maven of modern sound techniques. “There is a very specific lineage of great composers who blazed a new path in music because they weren’t afraid to experiment with new sounds, new techniques and new technologies. These progenitors – Cage, Stockhausen, Xenakis – are the people who set the foundation. Let’s not forget that the piano was a radical new technology in it’s time. I had a music theory teacher as a boy who once said to me, ‘Nothing new will ever happen in the arts again. It’s all about studying what’s already been done and how you combine things.’ I don’t think I slept for weeks after that. I knew that was an incomplete idea and set out to prove it wrong ever since.”

An avid lover of both mathematics and physics, BT looks for inspiration by experiencing natural phenomena, frequently discovering complex mathematical patterns and structural relationships in everyday objects and environments that are often taken for granted. “I find things in the natural world that resonate with me on a very humanist level, those things are typically the core drive for the creation process. My music is an expression of that awe and admiration of the natural world”, he explains. “Quite simply, music is applied mathematics. It is aesthetically beautiful as well as practically beautiful. Rhythm, harmony and structure are all mathematical and math, quite simply, is beautiful.” Read more at btmusic.com


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