September 30, 2015


by Chris Randall

This article on Engadget caught my eye this morning. The tl;dr version: Deadmau5 is streaming his studio work (and gaming, I guess) on Twitch.

Now, everyone reading this is no doubt familiar with my love of process, and while I don't particularly care about Mr. Zimmerman's process in particular, I like the general idea of sharing your work while you do it. I'm a visual thinker, and I get way more out of watching someone do something than reading an article or instruction manual. The vast majority of my learning comes from watching process videos and talks on YouTube. In point of fact, my favorite YouTube channels are Jimmy Diresta and I Like To Make Stuff, both of which are (while not music related, even a tiny bit) 100% about process.

I don't have any particular problem with people watching me work; in point of fact, the results are generally better because of the audience. (As long as I'm not doing vocals. That's a different story.) My questions about this idea is thus: is this something other people find interesting? I mean, would you sit on your couch for an hour and watch someone patch a Euro system or program beats on Twitch or YouTube Live? I personally don't generally watch music production process videos, because they are (and I am in no way tooting my own horn here; just stating a fact) usually put up by people that are far less experienced than I in electronic music production.

It wouldn't be that much trouble for me to pull this off. I have a commercial broadband connection here you can drive a truck through, and the technical knowledge to provide pretty good video and audio streams. However, I honestly have no idea if it's something you guys would be interested in, and thus worth the trouble.

(It would, however, be an excellent impetus to keep my office clean.)


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Oct.01.2015 @ 10:55 AM
dj empirical
@chris i'd be way into this. (i'm assuming they'd be archived somewhere?)

Oct.01.2015 @ 12:37 PM
I am just glad you were able to work impetus into the post. That word sounds so dirty.

Oct.01.2015 @ 1:54 PM
D' MacKinnon
I was just watching the Deadmau5 stream for about 30 minutes. It was definitely interesting but I've watched game streams longer.

Oct.09.2015 @ 7:00 AM
I'd be into this, but trying to think practically: how would I know when it was happening (assuming no archive)? Would you have a schedule? Would I just have to keep an eye out? Would I have to get a Twitter?

Of course, you could always just hit record and archive them somewhere.

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