Dyslexic Guide to Music

I have dyslexia. It is not a disability or a weakness, it is a different way to look at things. It challenges you to think out side of the box, use creativity to solve problems and most of the time, it makes you to use your visual and auditive senses.

Therefore, I see it can only benefit me in my career in producing and music composition as I can picture music visually. But not everyone will agree, because I see this stigma on the studio environment in music engineering, which says you need to be all scientifically talented to work in sound production. So sometimes when I try to enter a conversation about music equipment I face a problem: I can’t remember any of the real names of the hardware.

See, as a dyslexic person numbers and letters don’t make any sense to me. They are just symbols that I need to put together to write and communicate, but otherwise they annoy me as they are nothing that exist in the 3D world naturally. It is bit like Grammar. I know how to use words that are describing actions in sentences, but when people are talking about “verbs” I’m like “verb what.?”. I struggle to remember the difference between the action and the title of the action.

That’s why, when I start talking to you about music gear, I might say “you know the grey microphone which is a pen one, which looks like this and this…”. Don’t think I don’t know how to use it or I don’t know how to produce. I just don’t know what it is called.

My mother is a painter and I was thinking about this subject the other day. She has so many brushes all of which have their own names, but the only thing she needs to know about them, is not the name, but how does it work with the paint.

This is how I see the music production: the microphones are my brushes, Ableton Live is my canvas and the sound is the paint.

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