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Live Audio: The Art of Mixing a Show by Dave Swallow

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CHAPTER 15

The Mix

INSTINCTIVE BEHAVIOR

Nature

There is something very natural about music—it brings people together. If you love music, you’ll likely have met people because of the music you love. This is something that applies to nature as well. Look at songbirds, for example. Their songs help them attract mates; songbirds kept in captivity have no interaction with other songbirds and will never learn their birdsong. Music isn’t genetically passed down—it must be learned, and when the song is passed down, it gets changed ever so slightly, so over time the song evolves.

You must understand the natural elements of music and how we respond to it. Once you understand that, you can manipulate the way your audience reacts to it, just by making them ...

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