Riffing off the self imposed limitations thread…
Really, there are as many musical genres as there are producers. Does anyone find themselves using a very minimal sound palate and trying to work within the chosen sounds?
I find, for myself, that throwing more and more and more into a track and it just becomes an uninspired few minutes of mush that never gets finished. It’s hard for me with so many variables to choose a path through.
Don’t get me wrong, I love me some John Hopkins and some Tipper and some Rone and some Christian Loefller… those guys do amaaaaazing things with a ton of sounds and a ton of sound design. In fact when I first heard John Hopkins, I couldn’t listen intently for an entire song. Just toooooo much happening and I couldn’t take it all in.
So along with paring back my gear, I’m also paring back my sounds. Trying, hopefully, to make a little Haiku, instead of a Stephen King novel. Again, that’s not to take anything at all away from the people who do it differently. It’s just how my brain works.
So my question to the group is, those of you who find yourself in the “less is more” camp: Any thoughts? Did you figure it out early and work within that framework? Any other artists that work in this way? One act that comes to mind is Ritchie Hawtin / Plastikman - which I enjoyed when I was younger.