Peter Huebner

Subject: Peter Huebner
From: Dominique Bassal (
Date: Tue Apr 19 2005 - 23:02:08 EDT

It seems that I did a lousy job in explaining the context of my first
question to the list about Huebner. I will try again:

I have a calibrated room+speakers situation, which means that I enjoy a
rather flat monitoring. In this room, the Huebner mp3 creates a
curiously "empty minded", but still very effective fascination,
although I personally hate everything about the music, the guy, the
sites, the pretentious prose and the whole cultist scene. But if this
was a "standard" new age production, I estimate that I would have
listened for about 30 seconds and then push the space bar once and for
all. Instead I found myself listening - on and off - to maybe a total
of 10 minutes. Let's say that this creates, in my case, a
"sound-vs-musical-interest" ratio of 20:1.

Now, if whatever Huebner does in his studios can only develop its full
manipulative power in a "flat" listening situation like mine, it's one
thing, but if it "works" about everywhere, I feel that this is
something that EA composers have to know about, only for the technical
aspect of it. This is part of our job... So my idea is to take
advantage of the wide variety of monitoring situations available among
composers to find out what is happening here, and to ask everyone who
wishes to participate to listen to this example:

...and just post back to the list how many more minutes than normally,
if any, you have listened to it for pure "audio" reasons: 2:1, 3:1,
10:1, etc.

We can do guessing about his production "tricks" later on, if the
results show a good proportion of very high ratios... but we should
certainly not summarily dismiss Huebner's very specific audio
production competences just because he is an arrogant guru. I happen to
own the Miroslav Vitous collection, along with a good selection of
stereo wideners, software and hardware, and it is quite evident to me
that Huebner's "technique" involves a little more than that.


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Dominique Bassal

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