This week a good friend of mine and fellow sound designer tuned me into a musician by the name of Jonathan Dagan and I've been absolutely captivated by his approach to music and recording. This year, Jonathan who is better known as j.viewz began an incentive called "The DNA Project" in which he documents the making of his next album step by step. Over time, The DNA Project has become a platform in which he collaborates with his listeners, posts videos and audio samples of his progress, and even shares samples from recordings he has done on the field.
Here are some links to some of my favorites but feel free to explore the website to its entirety! Hope you enjoy it!
The DNA Project Homepage
Here is a video detailing the collection of ice samples. When people complain about the quality of recordings you can get on a ZOOM recorder I want to show them this video. Sure it isn't exceptional but sometimes its all you have and you can get really creative with it! I loved how he used the recorder as a contact mic by placing it directly on top of the surface of the ice. The sounds he was able to record are extremely textural!
Jonathan then went ahead and created a beat using the ice samples he collected from the previous week. He also provided a download link for the samples he collected under the Creative Commons license.