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Debate: Bedroom Producers

In the 21st century, the world’s musical hits and trends are often created in bedrooms, where musicians exchange files online without meeting and jamming together. Therefore we asked people from the Norient network: can a bedroom producer change the world? A virtual debate from the Norient exhibition Seismographic Sounds (see and order corresponding book here [1]).

Bedroom inside Castle Howard in Yorkshire (Photo © by Mdbeckwith)

Complete Debate: The Video

Excerpt: Quotes

«Bedroom, toilet. Mega studio, dungeon. It doesn’t matter. It all starts and ends with the head. The problem stays with the platform on which the materials are being projected. YouTube, SoundCloud and such… this is not enough. Realtime physical interaction is the crucial generator of change. You all know that.»

Meira Asher, [2] Sound Artist (Israel)

«I don’t think so, if you stay in your bedroom. Making a bedroom production is like making a CD or a vinyl release; it is just one step. So, if you upload a video do not expect – as some people do – to have done all your work; do not wait for success, or wait for the world to change.»

Geert-Jan Hobijn, Founder of the Label Staalplaat [3] (the Netherlands)

«The question is: can there be seven billion different forms of expression? I guess so. The bedroom is a great and safe place to test this out, so go ahead.»

Antye Greie-Ripatti aka AGF/Poemproducer [4], Musician (Finland)

Antye Greie-Ripatti performing at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with Gudrun-Gut (Photo © by GanMed64, 2010)

«You might worry your song is not being heard, that it's just a little grain of sand. But think about what the beach is made out of.»

Minuit De Lacroix [5], Singer, Producer and Multidisciplinary Artist (Mexico/Germany)

«With enormous talent, perseverance, and lots of luck, a bedroom producer can change the world. Most of the evolution I notice in music stems from the work of bedroom producers. Often they are very young with little or no experience with professional music, no concern for how their music should sound or where it might fit. They just create what they want to hear. However I don’t believe anybody can change the world alone. The greatest beat is most likely to get immediately lost in the shuffle online unless a core of people, or better yet, an influential figure, sheds light on it.»

Benjamin Lebrave [6], Producer (Ghana)

«Change happens from the most insignificant things and bedroom producers can do insignificant things. So, change is not just a big bang. It’s usually kind of a phased change.»

Jesse Samba Wheeler [7], Ethnomusicologist (USA/Brazil)

«Maybe they can’t change the world, but they give more details to it.»

Effy B, Radio Producer (France)

«Change comes locally and individually. And that will hopefully have a butterflyy effect and change the world for the better.»

Salome MC [8], Rapper (Iran/Japan)

Video Debate Statements by

Meira Asher [9], Sound Artist (Israel)
Effy B, Radio Producer (France)
Giacomo Bottà [10], Scholar (Finland)
James Costello, Artist (Ireland)
Minuit De Lacroix [5], Composer and Singer/Songwriter (Mexico/Germany)
Rona Geffen [11], DIY Musician & Artist (Germany)
Gregg Michael Gillis aka Girl Talk [12], Mashup Artist (USA)
Antye Greie-Ripatti [4] aka Poemproducer/AGF, Musician (Finland)
Geert-Jan Hobijn [3], Founder of the Label Staalplaat (the Netherlands)
FrankJavCee [13], Blooger and Musician (USA)
Benjamin Lebrave [6], Producer (Ghana)
Wayne Marshall [14], Technomusicologist (USA)
Salome MC [8], Rapper (Japan/Iran)
Merz [15], Artist (Switzerland/UK)
Javier Polo [16], Director (Spain)
Marilou Polymeropoulou [17], Graduate Student University of Oxford (UK)
Cande Sánchez Olmos [18], Music Scholar University of Alicante (Spain)
Bit-Tuner [19], Musician (Switzerland)
Jesse Samba Wheeler [7], Ethnomusicologist (USA/Brazil)

Video Cut: Stephan Hermann, Coupdoeil [20]

Some quotes from this debate were published in the second Norient book Seismographic Sounds [21].