http://www.ted.com Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2012/8210.html Excerpt: The love song of an extinct cricket that lived 165 million years ago has been brought back to life by scientists at the University of Bristol. The song – possibly the most ancient known musical song documented to date – was reconstructed from microscopic wing features on a fossil discovered in North East [...]
Email question received: no problem getting my site to play mp3 files, but what do you do if you’ve got an AAC file that you want people to hear. ************************ Response: Hey there, great question! What I found is that Adobe Flash supports AAC, so you could use a flashplayer to stream your AAC music [...]
As part of my Critical Listening class with Berklee Music Online I’ve been spending a lot of time tweaking my audio mixing room. The point is to level out the environment at the listening position for an audio response that minimizes comb filtering and nodes that cancel out frequencies. If the problem is not minimized, [...]
Audio engineer Bruce Swedien talks about keeping the mix primitive. Years ago I had his video series on microphone usage. The big tip I picked up from that was to use microphones to capture part of the room. Using microphone pairs to combine the source and ambient reflections. Also started to record keyboard parts going [...]
Pan Law, in practical application, states that an audio source, of equal amplitude and phase, that is played in both channels of a stereo system and panned from center to left or right will sound natural to increase 3db. Read the Wikipedia link below for more details. (Actual change is 6.02db for perfect response and [...]
Email question received: I read quite a few articles on the internet but still not sure who actually first composed Ave Maria, despite so many name changes to the music. I read that Bach, Schubert and Gounod were at least the three persons associated with Ave Maria but separated by hundreds of years apart. The [...]
David Foster’s 10 tips for songwriters from his speech upon accepting the BMI Icon Award.
Original organ improvisations by Gaylord Carter for the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. If you’re into vintage theater organ improvisation I think you’ll really enjoy this video. Learn how this man created the spooky organ music in the Ballroom of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Find out how it was made, who wrote the music, who played [...]
I’m really amazed at the changes in music production software and gear over the past 20 years, especially the ten years from 2001 to 2011. Long story short: I can do almost as much with about $8,000 of gear in 2011 that it took me $50,000 of gear in 2001. Let’s go back to 1988 [...]
WHAT: Auditions for the Northwest Boychoir WHO: Boys Kindergarten – Third Grades. No previous music training needed WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2011. WHERE: By appointment at 5031 University Way NE, NB2 at the University Heights Community Center WHAT ELSE: Call 206-524-3234 to make an appointment and learn more about the Northwest Boychoir – or email [...]
I have an endless list of silly things that I think I might do someday and I’m going to add this to the list: Building an Electric Laser Harp. A friend of mine is an expert electrician so that might be possible. Of course after I master astro photography, my grand musical/opera and a host [...]
There’s been a lot of talk about how streams can affect an artist’s income for audio downloads. When an artist puts music up on the internet for paid downloads they usually release a full CD (the “Release”) which customers can download either in full or the individual songs (the “Songs”) at a lower rate.
Better than videos of babies giggling – here’s a dog playing a piano and howling. If you want real news go to CNN. If you want silly stuff come here. I especially like the last couple seconds where the dog seems to contemplate whether he’s truly finished expressing himself or not. It’s a serious moment.
At 44 there seems to still be an endless stream of lessons that I need to learn. The latest is “Content Dictates Form”. I first came across that several times while reading interviews with Stephen Sondheim (part of my endless quest to glean everything I can from Sondheim’s wonderful brilliance).
Orchestrations of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway Musicals
I found this on YouTube and thought it was just so great. And yes, I’ve heard some of these same questions and comments before. Here’s the description from the video: A collection of some of my strangest conversations with the press, all boiled down to one interview. Yes, I was really asked all of these [...]
Hey kids, it’s Christmas time again. You know what that means. Time to dig out your favorite Christmas Fart CD. May I recommend a Farting Christmas by Santa’s Farting Elves. Yes, I produced this. Yes, I think it’s funny. No, I do not think it is offensive to the Christmas spirit. Ok, that should pre-empt [...]
Do you need a college education to be a music producer? I really can’t say there’s a “right” answer to this question. I am addressing this question partly because of very heated comments and opinions on music education schools in my blog post here: http://www.conradaskland.com/blog/2009/01/is-full-sail-a-scam
The Art of Noise released some of my favorite music in the early 1980′s. At that time it was a very new sound and uber cool. I still enjoy it. Here are videos of Close To The Edit and their version of the Peter Gunn Theme.