Photo Illustration by Tanner Nypen ’15 – Kyle Scheuring ’15 pieces together audio to create and produce his own songs.
By Tanner D. Nypen ’15
Over the past summer, senior Kyle Scheuring ’15 expanded his music interests, which led him to begin stringing together various pieces of music into one splice and producing his own songs.
“First I got into hip hop, then I kind of got into the roots of hip hop where all these artists don’t listen to as much hip hop as they listen to jazz and funk,” Scheuring said. “So I got into that kind of music, and I saw the connection between the two and I just went with that.”
Each song that Scheuring pieces together can take well beyond a month to put together.
“First I find a hip hop song that already exists that I want to mimic in a way, or copy the structure of it,” Scheuring said. “Then I go about listening to random music, sometimes that is just walking into record stores and buying a bunch of $1 records.”
Scheuring describes the process like fitting pieces of a puzzle together.
“It’s slowly finding more and more pieces that fit in a puzzle, slowly adding more parts to create a structure for the song,” Scheuring said. “It’s a really long process but it’s a lot of fun.”
Sometimes some pieces don’t fit into the production as originally thought.
“Sometimes I could spend three hours finding a sample that ends up not fitting well and I just have to trash it,” Scheuring said. “It’s a really long process.”
Scheuring hasn’t shared his music with very many people quite yet but one student who has gotten to hear it is Calvin Higgins ’15.
“He’ll take old voice recordings, like from old TV shows, and an alternative song and repeat parts that are cool,” Higgins said.
Higgins said the songs are a mix of familiar and new beats.
“I’ve heard a lot of beats before, from rap and other songs, and Kyle’s are definitely on par with today’s hip hop.”