Have you ever wondered what your posture can do for your mixing? I have.
I was so intrigued by the thought that I spent some time looking into how your posture and body language can affect your mind and how others perceive you. This is the most interesting article I found.
“Postures aren’t just an expression of how we feel. They can also inform the brain by changing our physiology. If you hold an open and expansive pose for a few minutes before an important situation, it can increase the dominance hormone testosterone and decrease the stress hormone cortisol.” – Dana Carney, University of California’s Haas School of Business
I find this extremely interesting, and here’s why: this can apply to almost anything – especially mixing.
When you’re slouched down in your chair, uncomfortable and aching, you’re not focusing on your mix. Your physiology is saying “I’m uncomfortable right now,” and your brain is getting the message loud and clear.
Not to mention the fact that you’re probably not as alert as you would be in you were sitting up with great posture.
So, to test my little theory, I did two mixes. One where I had good posture, one where I had bad posture. The results? Surprisingly, there were some critical differences.
In the good-posture setting, I noticed that I was noticing a lot of things – a lot more details were being fixed up. I was also able to work faster and get (slightly) better results.
When I was slouching, so were my ears. Ultimately, I missed a note I should have pocketed and wasn’t super pleased with the mix.
So try this out next time you’re working on your music – you’ll be surprised at what you might find!