I was recently reading an article about Robopop – the dynamic duo behind Lana Del Ray’s early viral success – when I got to thinking about what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Not just about the style of music, popular chord structures, or even types of songs. It’s a much deeper understanding that reaches past the surface-like genres and into the fundamental core of what it means to create music. And believe it or not, […]
I’d like you to listen to (at least a minute of) each of these songs: Yesterday – The Beatles Lollipop – Lil Wayne Teenage Dream – Katy Perry What do these all have in common? Two things – for one, they all peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard charts. That’s a pretty big deal. The second thing they all have in common is that the production truly showcases the song – it fits just right, making each song […]
Ever wonder what it’s like watching a Grammy winning producer create a beat? Native Instruments let’s us see it here! Neff-U works through a multitude of NI products as he creates this amazing beat. Whenever I see a video like this, I always find it extremely inspiring. I hear a certain rhythm, part, or patch and instantly want to start working on a new track. Hopefully this will inspire you as well!
Bugs are creepy. Why are we (sometimes) so afraid of them? They’re tiny in comparison to us, and many times we don’t even know they are there! They only seem to bother us when we know they’re around. I was just reading through some posts on Bloomberg Businessweek the other day and came across a really cool photo blog – check it out here: http://images.businessweek.com/photos/2013-10-02/in-your-face-the-gorgeous-gruesome-world-of-bug-photography#slide1 While these pics are extremely cool, they’re also a bit frightening – especially if you […]
A few people have asked me recently if it’s legally OK to use Apple Loops in Logic or Garageband in their music. The easy answer is “yes, you can legally do it!” But that brings up another discussion – should you use them to create your music? It’s a similar question (though ultimately quite different) from sampling other people’s music. So, the question now is, should you use Apple Loops in your music? There are two ways to answer this […]
This past weekend, I watched an insane film. It was an indie film called “Escape From Tomorrow.” I saw the cover and thought it looked interesting. So I Googled it. I read that it was trippy, odd, and that the filmmaker employed some truly guerrilla techniques to make the film. And I was hooked. I actually enjoyed the film – even though it wasn’t the highest production quality or the most realistic plot line. But I learned a pretty valuable […]
Well, it’s finally available. Let me be clear. I like Steven Slate. I’ve got to chat with him on several occasions through the Grammy foundation and at NAMM. I tried an early version of the MTi and though the idea is super cool, the act of trying to edit on a touch screen was still somewhat difficult. Mixing wasn’t a whole lot better. Now in fairness, it was 9 months before launch, so they may have made it flow a […]
Tidal – just another competitor in the “streaming” marketplace. But they’re offering something audio folks like ourselves might actually be interested in. The highest quality streaming you can find elsewhere doesn’t compare to the FLAC and full-res WAV streaming that Tidal offers. And as of yesterday, it’s available in the US. What do you think – do you care enough about the quality of your streaming to go to a service like this? Tell us your thoughts! Check out the […]
Well, if you’ve never tried making a song with trash, maybe you’re missing out. Check this video out: Isn’t it pretty amazing that you can make pretty incredible music with just about any sound? This is just one example of how you can manipulate just about any sound to make something cool. Try it out and make something amazing this weekend with at least one unique sound. You’ll be surprised at what you can come up with.
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be a voice over artist? I was asked the other day by a friend who was thinking about getting into some freelance work about the audio equipment necessary to create quality voice overs. This is a great thing to think about – even if you’re not into voice over work – because you can apply these same methods to your music recordings. The first thing you need if you’re doing voice […]