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SPEEDING UP EVOLUTION

I read every article that appears in EQ , but have yet to see the following exchange in any interviews with big-name artists or producers: Question: “So, how did you get that particular sound?” Answer: “I’m not going to tell you, it’s a secret.” In fact, the only time I see “secret” mentioned is when the person b
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I read every article that appears in EQ, but have yet to see the following exchange in any interviews with big-name artists or producers:
Question: “So, how did you get that particular sound?”
Answer: “I’m not going to tell you, it’s a secret.”
In fact, the only time I see “secret” mentioned is when the person being interviewed says “Well, the big secret to that particular sound is . . .” and then proceeds to make sure that it’s a secret no longer — if indeed it ever was.
There are many reasons for sharing knowledge. One is because, well, it really is better to give than to receive. But even if you’re the most selfish person in the world, sharing makes sense: There’s something about giving knowledge away that causes more knowledge to come back to you. This seems to be an immutable law of the universe, just like “it only rains if you don’t bring an umbrella.” Some people call it karma, some people say “you reap what you sow,” while others simply have seen too many episodes of My Name is Earl.
But there’s another slant on this. Many years ago, I was a staff synthesist for a dance company called Group Motion Berlin. One of their founders was into the concept of “speeding up evolution,” and it’s an idea that’s always stuck with me. Basically, he felt that if we learned something, it was our duty to pass it along so that people wouldn’t have to spend time learning the same lessons we did, and could therefore learn new things that would get us all to the “next level” more quickly.
Any success I’ve had in this life can invariably be traced back to people who lived the concept of “speeding up evolution,” regardless of whether that’s what they called it. And there are more such people than the cynical might think. Take the article we ran in the May issue, where a bunch of readers contributed their favorite miking tips. They were all willing to share what they knew for the benefit of others (they certainly weren’t doing it for the big bucks!), and I learned a lot from it.
So keep an eye out for any options that present you with a chance to “speed up evolution.” One good thing about improving the world is that we get to live in the improved version.