So after five years of seeing my therapist regularly, today I am proud to say that I didn’t make another appointment because I don’t feel like I need to see her anymore
When I first started seeing my therapist I didn’t know when there would come a time that I wouldn’t need to talk to her about my depression or anxiety or stress, and now I’m in a place where I feel like I can properly manage myself and keep my mind healthy
This is a big step!!!!
Super proud of Katie right now, ya’ll. It’s crazy to think I’ve been following her blog for most of those five years and she’s right; she’s come a long way!
Ah wow, so much to address here so I better get started,
First off, thank you so so much for your interest in my work! The idea of having “fans” of my music and weird sound projects is kinda intimidating but also extremely encouraging. I love hearing from people who listen to my sounds so thank you thank you thank you!
Second, please don’t feel that have to apologize for being self-conscious about your work. Trust me, there are several days when I want to just delete everything I’ve ever produced and start from scratch almost as if to erase any evidence of a time when I wasn’t as capable an artist as I am now. To be fair, when I listen to older stuff that I’ve made, I do hear aspects both major and minor that (to me) retain their appeal. However, I also hear a lot of rookie mistakes and mixing issues that bug the crap out of me. That being said, I believe it is important to measure one’s artistic progression and maturity by making comparisons to older output; no artist is extremely proud/pleased with everything they’ve ever made, but that doesn’t mean that previous works are invalid! Though I respect your choice to remain anonymous, I encourage you to be brave and value the sounds you make just as you value mine! Celebrate both your achievements and your short-comings; both serve to foster growth!
Now then, to actually ANSWER your question: while there is no universal method to my process, there are usually a handful of general directions I try to approach with. In terms of sound design work, I find that I most often take my initial inspiration from sounds that I am familiar with. Sometimes these sounds are common like blowing wind, drum hits, or ticking clocks. However, my favorite sounds to make are those that reflect a complex and diverse texture. Spacious caverns, clanging metals, scraping abrasive rocks, I love ambient sounds that can paint a picture of an environment. That environment could be entirely fantastic or based on elements that are realistic and memorable. My sounds tend to rely heavily on ambient devices and minimal melodic activity that put the texture and tone of the sonic landscape at the forefront.