My outlandish love for synth-filled music has brought me here

written August 1, 2018

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In terms of sounds that please me, that liven up my senses, synths top the list. That's a broad statement in regards to the near-infinite amount of synth-filled music out there. But I was born in the 80s. Creepy Jim Henson creatures and dark, dreamy synths permeate my unconscious. I’m no historian of the instruments nor the genres, I only know what’s a hit to me, what makes my soul catch neon fire and my heart leap from my chest in nostalgic euphoria.

The 80s are synonymous with both analog and digital synthesizers thanks to the advent of more portable, more affordable and more widely available technology at the time. But the love for the instruments and all the varying genres that encompass them have kept on growing beyond that beautifully strange, cosmetic decade. Many artists and composers have continued to embrace and improve the storytelling abilities of synths on into the 21st century.

I was able to meet one of those very inventive composers at a recording session for Warner/Chappell Production Music a few months back thanks to a friend, Marc Daniel Nelson, who is an extraordinarily talented audio engineer and producer currently working at LA East Studios in Salt Lake City. It was another brilliant friend of mine, Wes Johnson, a local audio engineer and studio owner (Archive Recordings), who initially put me in contact with Marc earlier this year.

I had the privilege of capturing behind the scenes at LA East studios while brass and strings and synths took their dark, shadowy shape. Once I heard the thoughtful placement of sounds and instruments that the composer, Brian S. Carr (pictured below), was able to conjure up from the depths of his psyche I was overtaken. From the super cinematic and explosive to the introspective and meditative, there was no doubt he was taking us on a cosmic exploration of self and space, the very real kind of space that holds stars and planets and black holes and all the crushing infinity we have yet to know.

  This photo was not taken by Big American Story.

This photo was not taken by Big American Story.

See the studio highlight video and interview with Brian S. Carr below for a rare look at a recording session that involved some remarkable talent. From the musicians, to the composer, to the audio engineer and producers, and to the builders of LA East Studios themselves*, thank you for the opportunity.

an inside look at la east studios

meet the composer, brian s. carr

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*In order of appearance:
Bryan Hofheins - Chief Creative Officer
Judd Maher - VP of Creative
Eric Boulanger - 1st Violinist/Founder & Mastering Engineer at The Bakery in Los Angeles
Marc Daniel Nelson - Producer/Engineer
Brian S. Carr - Composer/WaxLab Music in Los Angeles
Glen Neibaur - Senior Engineer
Jamen Brooks - Content Producer