The Record Producer
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Chapter 3
Production Theory
So, it is important to broaden our stylistic horizons at an early age. It
is important to broaden our eclectic extent. If we only listen to
country in our youth, classical will never be as powerful to us as it is
to one who experienced classical in their youth.

I realise that this hypothesis is depressing for the music appreciator.
On the
flipside, I believe that our diminished emotional responses to
NEW music are balanced by our ability to equate OLD music to
periods in our lives and the emotions we felt during those periods. A
recurring emotion is sometimes more powerful to us than the initial.

Broaden your eclectic extent

Assuming that you understand why you like the music you like, these
concepts will help you understand the music you do not like. When
the average listener has no appreciation for certain styles, it is
understandable. However, a producer should understand that
culture develops around new styles of music. So, as you attempt to
broaden your horizons, you should try to appreciate the styles that
do not move your body (because they move someone else’s).

Your job as a producer is to
translate the creative for the collective,
remember? Your ability to do this well is directly linked to your
understanding of both. You will not be a good translator if you only
speak one language. History will measure the quality of your
production by the number of people it appeals to. Making recordings
that appeal to many generations and many cultures is the goal. The
eclectic advantage, if you will.