February 13, 2007
You Hear That? That’s Studio Silence
I think I may have dreamed this, but I would swear that someone told me there was something called “studio silence”.
I asked Google if it new what it was … Yoo hoo, Yahoo? … and even MSN, but none of them could confirm what is in my brain. Was it all a strange dream?
Basically, it goes like this. There is actually something that studio musicians and people who work in recording studios call “Studio Silence” and it is the actual recording of silence from within a recording studio. Since that time, whenever a song like The Cars “You Might Think” is on and Ric Ocasek gets to the lyric:
But you kept it going
‘Til the sun fell down
You kept it…
I’ll say with confidence, “You know that silence in between those lyrics? That’s what they call studio silence.”
And people look at me and seem impressed like I know what I’m talking about. They really do.
I’m somehow convinced that someone really knowledgable told me about this and I’m thinking it may be my friend and college roommate, Matt, so perhaps he’ll chime in and back me up or confirm that I’m losing my mind and have been lying to people for years about studio silence. He’s such a good friend, that he may be thinking the latter but say the former just to protect me.
I guess if it’s complete B.S., at least I looked really smart to a lot of people and that’s something, isn’t it?