New music studio a place to turn dreams into realityDecember 9, 2019
By LEANN BURKE
FERDINAND — Nestled in a dimly lit, cozy room on the second floor of the J. Herman building in Ferdinand, Phil Hipskind is weaving people’s audio dreams into reality.
The recently retired Wabash, Indiana native has been performing music of all styles for 40 years and producing music for 20. He currently performs with his partner, Leah Robling, in the duo Turquoise Dream. The two currently reside in Derby. Earlier this year, he decided to expand his hobby — he made his career teaching English and U.S. history, most recently in Bloomington — by opening Dreamweaver Music Studio, a small recording studio in Ferdinand where Hipskind plans to help artists of all kinds record their work.
“I always told Leah I wanted to be a dreamweaver,” he said. “I want to help people create their musical ideas.”
Whether you’re a singer/songwriter wanting to record your first tracks, a writer with poetry or a short story you want to record or someone with an idea you want to turn into something more, Hipskind is there to help. His first goal, he said, is to make people feel welcome and give them a safe space to express their ideas and be creative. That’s why he set up his studio to feel like someone’s living room, complete with a soft couch and a coffee table. Along one wall is his computer and sound board, the blank canvas where he creates what he calls “audio paintings.” He also has a synthesizer that can mimic any instrument. That piece helps him create the songs and sounds he hears in his head while his clients play or speak their piece.
“As a music producer, I hear things,” he said. “So maybe someone’s playing their guitar, and I think, ‘Oh, that could really use some strings here.”
His second goal is to make his creative space as available to people as possible. In addition to recording services, he also offers guitar lessons and a monthly free singer/songwriter circle on the third Thursday at 6 p.m. where artists can test out their material.
“I personally think that poetry and music is something you have to share,” he said.
Although still in its beginning stages, Hipskind envisions the singer/songwriter circle to be a place where people can bring fully developed songs or just a few lines of a poem or seconds of music to get feedback from like-minded individuals to hone their craft.
“I think that we’re all creative in different ways,” he said. “I try to encourage people and get the best out of them.”
Mostly importantly, Hipskind wants people to understand that his recording studio is for everyone, not just professional musicians. If you’re someone who needs help developing an idea, want to record your poetry or family stories to pass down to your children or someone with a few songs that you want to enhance, Dreamweaver Music Studio is for you.
“I’m very fortunate I get to write songs and record them on the computer,” he said. “People have these ideas, and I get to help them create those and pass them down to their families.”
Dreamweaver Music Studio is open by appointment. Hipskind can be reached at 812-929-2204.
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