Last weekend I headed up to a worship conference run by New Wine, called “Plugged In”. The following points brought up by Tim Costley builds on my previous post but possibly in a more succinct way.

High and Low Dynamics

Tim Costley began his seminar showing us a graph where different instruments fit between high and low. Low Range being things like the kick drum and bass guitar. Mid Range being the snare drum, acoustic guitar. High Range being hi-hats, cymbals, violin, electric guitar. Keys or piano, of course, will fit across all of these ranges.

Tims major point of the seminar was that instruments shouldnt compete for what he calls sonic space. Competing for this space causes a bit of tension and conflict. Instead, instruments in the same dynamic range should work together and compliment each other. We all know (or should do, at least) that the bass and kick drum should always lock in. But the reason is, not that its what we do, but because both are in the same dynamic range and should work together. Likewise the acoustic guitar and the snare drum. Instruments such as keys which can fit anywhere should therefore fit into the spaces that are not filled by other instruments, as they are the most dynamic. Some instruments, such as the violin, can only fill one dynamic range; the High end, and therefore itd be unreasonable to expect them to fit anywhere else.

All in all, it was great to hear some similar viewpoints that I have coming from other people, if ever so slightly annoying that he was able to put it much more aptly and succinctly than I ever could.