Mobile computers, particularly a 2-in-1 laptop, allow a digital music artist to capture original sounds while on the streets and out in the wild.
Ho-hum sounds most of us ignore everyday are just the things Fresh Big Mouf records and mixes into his mesmerizing rhythmic repertoire.
Truck tires, machine shop tools and just about anything he can bang on becomes fodder that he edits together to create irresistible, pulsating and swirling beats.
The stranger the setting, the more he enjoys the work.
“I’m the most creative when I’m in an unfamiliar location,” he said.
“It’s during those experiences that I’m most fired up.”
This creative energy is the vehicle for “The Fire,” a new video by Kina Grannis.
Rather than deep base and electronic drums, the beat is created entirely from firework sounds captured and syncopated by Fresh Big Mouf.
Fresh Big Mouf recorded the fireworks in the hills of Trona, Calif., a small town north of Los Angeles, on the outskirts of Death Valley National Park.
To create the fireworks beat, Intel equipped Fresh Big Mouf with a 2-in-1 device powered by the new Intel Core M processor, which he used as a recording device and mixing board.
It’s the same kind of thin touchscreen laptop that transforms into tablet, and is available later this month.
“If I’m collecting sounds and my phone or tablet runs out of batteries, then my day is over, even if I don’t want it to be,” he says.
“It’s only recently that technology has caught up to our creativity. The more powerful my tablet is, the longer battery life it has, and the more thin and mobile it becomes — I can do even more creatively.”
Born Aaron Hatch, Fresh Big Mouf works as a producer and musician in Los Angeles. A few years ago, while working with a folk-musician friend, he got the idea to record the musician playing a song in the desert and then layer some of those sounds to create an original song.
Thus, the “Beat Scout” concept was born. In August, 2013, Fresh Big Mouf posted on YouTube a version of “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers, made entirely with sounds he recorded at a hamburger stand.
He’s since recorded songs using sounds collected in a church, at the beach and riding in and banging on a Chinese box taxi.
“Everything around you — the rocks, the trees, that pole — seems generic, but there’s music in them,” he said. “Anyone has the power to tap into that, taking the ordinary and turning it into something wonderful.”
These technological advances mean that artists can easily bring their creative work out of the studio and closer to their points of inspiration.
“I think that’s the point that all of us, as creatives, are trying to get to,” says Fresh Big Mouf.
He said the performance of the Intel Core M processor is something that allows him to come up with something on the spot, when and where inspiration strikes.
“It’s got the power of the things that are in my home and studio — but I’m out here with it right now, so why do I have to wait to go there?”