Midcentury Modular – Drones

John Mitchell (Midcentury Modular) reached out to me based on the work I had done with Wildhoney in the past. It was a nice email to get when someone finds you based on other work you’ve done. John also enjoyed talking about his process and sound and what he was going for. It was a great way to get to know his work and figure out how he wanted me to approach his recordings.

Ambient and drone music can be tough to approach for mastering. If you influence it too much like a rock record, it will lose some of it’s character or entirely become something it wasn’t intended to sound like. I tried to approach this project as balancing and ensuring the frequencies felt balanced, especially once I started boosting. The bonus is John had tapes made and the extra saturation and natural compression makes the music really sing on cassette.