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Larry Crane is the recording engineer behind some of the most popular and critically acclaimed music of the last 20 years. But in the beginning of his career, no one was writing about the kind of music he wanted to make—low-budget, artfully made records. Founding Tape Op magazine and his own music studio allowed him to both produce these kinds of records and teach others about recording. In this Creative Spark, Larry retraces his self-taught, largely trial-and-error path in the music industry, and shares what he learned along the way.
Larry Crane: I opened a commercial studio when I was 33 years old. Nobody taught me how to record; really it was like, a lot of trial and error. I've studied electronics when I was young. I played in a band for, like, nine years. I would run the band through, like, demos. We'd demo stuff in our practice space on my four track cassette recorder. All these home recordings I co-produced in the studio. I was just obsessed, it all made sense to me. Here's the short history of Tape Op; there were so many low-fi records and nobody was writing about that kind of thing.
They weren't even writing about the smaller studios that those records were being made in. And I thought, well there's a wide open door. It's really just about the art of making records.
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