"Once you take it out of its visual and physical concept, you use your ears and go with the sound and minds respond to that," says Justin Collins, who plays his part in the Denton music scene as sound engineer at Hailey's, recording engineer at The Echo Lab and as a musician himself in the band Old Snack. Collins says that at Hailey's most of the found sounds the bands use have already been sampled, a la Blay's Sleep Whale. When attempted to be recreated live, well, that's where the band can run into problems, Collins continues. "At one session, there was a band whose producer was trying to find the perfect shake or sound and the percussionist scratched his arm with all of the mics turned all the way up and he said, 'That's it! That's the sound!' So the drummer had to sit there for four minutes and scratch his arm."

But what is it about these found sounds? Do they really take listeners front and center into their own musical?

Even after professional recording, Judson Valdez takes
Baruch the Scribe’s music home to add in found sounds.
Danny Fulgencio
Even after professional recording, Judson Valdez takes Baruch the Scribe’s music home to add in found sounds.

"I guess I look at it that way," Valdez says. "Like using sound as part of the music and not just some [random] sound."

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