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constructionist viewpoint that encourages multiple realities to intersect and this promotes
the kind of cross-talk that invigorates creative exchange.
A Cross-disciplinary Education Is Essential
Bill who has been sound mixing through his independent company, RazorMix, for nationally
and internationally recognized studios, production houses, and museums exemplifies the
social constructionist spirit of creative engagement across multiple disciplines. Even in a
youth-fixated industry, he manages to secure name-brand clients such as MTV and VH1
because he is not only technically astute and musically gifted but possesses a zealous
curiosity about how the world works and has an overabundance of enthusiasm for the
creative and relational process.
When I asked Bill what advice would you give an up-and-coming recording engineer on
how to navigate freelance he said, “I don’t consider myself only a recording engineer. My
recommendation to anyone coming up is that your education should not only be technical
but also heavy on content and cross-disciplined. If you live in a specialized technical
education box like a recording engineer it’s not enough. You won’t be able to understand
billing -- business concepts how things fit in the world how cash flow works financials
sales. . . .” Bill stressed the need to understand human beings and notes, “that comes
with experience. . .I’m not condemning youth. I’m just saying the schools are narrowly
educating people under job training lines and not within the classical liberal arts education.
I happened to have good people in college who taught me and said you can never
understand Beethoven without understanding the politics, economics of his time. Knowing
the history of where it came from in terms of the technical and understanding enough when
it comes to other subjects that relate will help you to run a business as a freelancer and
it’s through helping clients understand choices such as ‘I want classical jazz.’ My music
teacher said, ‘you cannot understand anything unless you understand the entire context
around a piece of music.’ So when I was studying master classes, I was given the ‘Rite of
Spring’ by Stravinsky to analyze. Stravinsky was using four-dimensional art and trying to
create pictures at the same time Picasso was trying to show in a two-dimensional
painting that there was a four-dimensional aspect. At the same time, Einstein was out
there with space-time. They were all hanging around together in Paris talking about this
idea that space and time were the same thing. They were all cross-disciplined and that’s
what we’re not doing now. Everything is specialized, technical education. It seems college
has become more about job training than education. They’re picking up skills and
information but they’re not gaining knowledge.”
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