Eclectic electronic music producer Kieran Hebdan, commonly known as Four Tet, revealed his secrets to FutureMusic Magazine in a fascinating and intimate behind-the-scenes retrospective on the making of Sing and Love Cry from the 2010 Domino Records release There is Love in You.
This video reveals just how sample-based Kieran Hebden's approach is when creating the music of Four Tet. The majority of his production is done in Pro Tools or Ableton Live using just the mouse. There’s also very little MIDI. It’s nearly all recorded audio which has been chopped up and manipulated. When MIDI is actually used, he doesn't perform the parts with a keyboard or another hands-on controller of some sort, it’s again done sitting at the computer using just the mouse.
I wanted it to sound live and spontaneous... even though the reality of it is... that everything is meticulously arranged.
This is a surprising discovery since the music of Four Tet sounds so live and performed. In actuality, he’s sitting at a computer and composing using chopped-up bits of audio the way a classical music composer would use notes on a manuscript.