EM Editor's Note: Breaking the Rules

Many great albums are born of tried-and-true recording techniques. Certainly, plenty of situations demand approaches that yield predictable, high-quality results. But, to quote a friend of mine, “there are all kinds of pretty.” So to that end, we''re all about shaking things up this month:
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Many great albums are born of tried-and-true recording techniques. Certainly, plenty of situations demand approaches that yield predictable, high-quality results. But, to quote a friend of mine, “there are all kinds of pretty.” So to that end, we''re all about shaking things up this month:

In our cover story (“Freaky and Fearless”), we find studio inspiration in The Flaming Lips, those revelers in the bizarre who continually seek new ways to shatter recording conventions (cassette 4-tracks, movie projector speakers, and cymbals behind the drummer, anyone?) and defy expectations.

And in our “Learn: Piano” column we take a look at prepared piano, the technique of weaving foreign objects around the inner workings of the instrument to create unusual timbres. Feeling adventurous? Adding an atmospheric or percussive element to your song can be as easy as wedging a golf tee between two strings.

Finally, Craig Anderton puts some old audio myths to bed once and for all in “Craig''s List”.

Getting outside your comfort zone is the only way you''re going to grow. Remember, technology is there to serve you, not the other way around. Break some rules, take some chances, embrace your mistakes. You''ll be better for it.