How to Make Industrial Music


Industrial music is a classic case of art imitating life. It was initially created as a form of protest against the trappings of an increasingly industrialized world. Initially considered obscure and experimental, it is still with us today. Industrial music is meant to reflect a mechanized, industrial process, so that almost any mechanical noise can be used as a sound source when creating it. Advancements in audio recording equipment and the more recent use of computers now offer limitless possibilities in sound manipulation. This has led to the creation of new forms of industrial music. Musicians now use digitally altered sound snippets, loops, effects processors and synthesizers to create many varieties of industrial music.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Multiple tracking software
  • Microphone
  • Tools (ex: hammer, drill, saw, blender)
  • Synthesizer (optional)
  • Additional players (optional)
  • Capture and store all the sounds and beats you create on your computer, utilizing recording software, unless you are only performing live. Create and record a rhythm or loop, which you will be using as a bed track or basic beat. Use an acoustic source such as a hammer on metal, a drill, saw or other machines to give your bed track an industrial sound. If you prefer digital sound sources, generate custom sounds from a synthesizer or sampler.

  • Play and record other sound elements on separate tracks, to flesh out the song as the bed track is playing. Generate sounds digitally or use a microphone to capture samples from unconventional sound sources of your choice. Think of factories and machines when creating and recording sounds.

  • Edit your tracks individually and then mix the tracks together until you are satisfied with the levels of each instrument or sound. Render your finished mix to file and burn it to a CD. Listen to the results in different sound systems. This is the best way to check and improve your recordings. If something sounds wrong, go back to the tracks and remix.

  • Get feedback by playing your music to others. Play your music wherever possible. Send your finished work to college radio stations. The more feedback you get, the better you will know how people feel about your work.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using computer software is a quick and efficient way to record and mix your music.
  • Knowing about the history and meaning of industrial music will help you decide which type of industrial music you want to make.
  • Use proper safety precautions when using tools and other objects to create sounds.

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