What an overwhelmingly helpful and thought-out collection of responses already, thanks so much. I’ll read and respond to each in turn (while making my own notes)…
tehn: I’ve had a skim through these and they look excellent. Very nice to see something tying in the philosophy aspect, which will definitely help me fine-tune my ideas (something I would have assumed I’d have to do through trial and error).
Andrew_S: I like what you say about your ‘take what you can get philosophy’, and I’m happy that you’ve reminded me of the most crucial part of this project. It’s all an experiment, for starters, and ultimately for the benefit of the end listener, and my ego as the organiser needs to be completely out of the picture. You also raise an interesting point about how much/whether to pay the musicians, particularly as we’re all probably operating in a pretty niche space! I think I’d offer to pay for the expenses of travelling over and staying here, and hope that was my only recurring expense (though I imagine it’s won’t be).
With regards to promotion, have you found any route to be more effective than others? The benefit of living in Amsterdam is that everything is pretty close, and flyers at local music venues and meditation spaces could be worthwhile.
wheelersounds: Thanks for your input, really helpful to know what might be essential and what would be a ‘nice to have’. Let’s say I’d be looking to buy as much as I can afford, to avoid renting everything each time, which might you recommend investing in first? I have two Yamaha studio monitors which could fill a medium-sized room comfortably, a cheap audio interface, and a DJ mixer (if that is ever any use at all).
jnoble: Great shout on the tables. I know at least from DJing at clubs and parties that it can be all the difference how low you have to arch your neck for the evening!
Regarding the DI box, this reminds me: I’m ideally planning on livestreaming the events - am I right in assuming a quality DI box would be essential for ensuring the sound is transmitted well? I imagine my cheap U22XT audio interface (which I bought by accident a while ago) will not cut the mustard.
I’ve made a note of all your other suggestions on equipment, really helpful to have it all spelled out. I will be gathering everything and working out a total budget. If you have an answer to my above question on what to invest in first, please let me know!
andrew: Appreciate your simplified take on things, particular for a starter. Is it really possible with just a mixer and studio monitors?
I was also thinking of doing donation-based, to start with at least, not least as it’s in line with the overall message of the project. Hopefully I can find enough people willing to get involved on passion alone. Great idea to get someone else to record!
I’ve put out some messages to find addition musicians willing to play, but I have a number already that I’ve been in contact with about the general project. Not only does this mean I have a decent network (some of whom I regard to be some of the best in ambient at the moment), but they’re also already aware of the aims and message of it all; hopefully this would help convince them to give it a go, as it’s not solely for the purposes doing something with my spare time! If anyone’s interested, it’s currently started as a basic YouTube channel for music, meditation and insightful talks, and I will be releasing music as a label in the near future. There is also an Instagram account (which couldn’t be more out of my depth) for further promotional purposes and general positive, enriching stuff.
Again, thank you all so much for taking the time to respond in such detail. Any follow up you might have to my further questioning is hugely appreciated.