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Beyonce's Drummer Quits & Files Restraining Order Over "Extreme Witchcraft"

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In today's weird but true news, Beyoncé's ex-drummer Kimberly Thompson has filed a restraining order against the singer over allegations of "extreme witchcraft" and even the death of her baby kitten on tour. Kimberly Thompson, Beyoncé's Drummer of 7 Years The Background Development Beyoncé, who in her early days with Destiny's Child was a devout Christian who refused to compromise her morals, but we saw […]

The Music Modernization Act is One Step Closer to Paying Us Fair Streaming Royalties

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Music licensing laws have been screwed up for a long time now... on the order of decades. So many people get their flat fees when an album is recorded, pressed, and sold. The mixing, mastering, and recording engineers, the record executives, the marketing team, video directors and editors... even the roadies on tour are on salaries. So why is it that the songwriters and recording […]

Metallica Makes Peace With Cover Band After Sending Threatening 41 Page Letter

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Here we go now with another silly Metallica legal scandal. File this one under 'Legal Lessons.' Before you get your pitchforks out and start to burn your Black Album (if St. Anger didn't get it first), I want to offer up some context into this sort of thing. When you get to Metallica's level, you aren't just a band anymore... you're a corporation, it's big […]

Autechre's Flutter Vs. The Criminal Justice & Public Order Act of 1994

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In the United Kingdom, circa the late 1980's and early 1990's, the rave culture had grown to its peak manifestation. From the party-goers' perspective, ravers were mostly young people having a good time. But from the viewpoint of the local and national governments it wasn't quite such a simple picture. The Rave Problem of the 80's & 90's UK To the law enforcement officers, politicians, […]

The Eagles Soar Past Michael Jackson's Thriller for Best-Selling Album

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It was only a few days ago when I mentioned once again that Michael Jackson's Thriller album was the best-selling album of all time. Things can change seemingly fast, but it was a long road for The Eagles before they finally usurped the King of Pop's number one spot. The Eagles Dethrone Thriller Today is August 20th, 2018, the fateful Monday when the Recording Industry […]

Childish Gambino Accused of Copyright Infringement in 'This is America'

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Life comes at you fast. And we all know what they say about Karma. Donald Glover, performing as Childish Gambino, vocalist on 'This is America' This is America's Success Childish Gambino experienced a tremendous success with his recent outrage-baiting single and music video entitled 'This is America,' in which he repeats a lot of nonsensical phrases paired with imagery that insinuates the worst about the […]

Clarinet Student Awarded $350,000 After Girlfriend Sabotages His Career

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Eric Abramovitz Clarinet Lawsuit Winner

Get ready to take an emotional rollercoaster. There are some real despicable people out there doing horrible things for selfish reasons, but in the end justice can prevail when given the opportunity. Eric Abramovitz, Rising Clarinet Star The Context - Mastering the Clarinet That's how it went down for Eric Abramovitz. From the early age of seven he'd already earned the privilege of studying under […]

Should I Upgrade My Mastering Equalizer?

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A fun question came in yesterday regarding upgrading a mastering equalizer. EQ's are always used in mastering, and while this question asked about specific models, I couldn't help myself but offer my opinion on EQ's in this capacity in general. Special thanks to the readers who have emailed in with corrections and suggestions regarding ways to expand older articles. Although I failed to take note […]

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize Makes History for Rappers

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History was made today as it was announced that Kendrick Lamar, an intellectual rapper from Compton, California who made his rise through the ranks a reality around 2014, won the first ever Pulitzer Prize awarded to a rapper. Kendrick's Pulitzer Prize As a matter of fact, he's the first musician to win that wasn't a jazz or classical act. The award was offered to him […]

The Aztec Death Whistle Will Give You Horrific Nightmares

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The Aztecs made countless types of noisemakers and musical instruments. Using clay, sugar cane, turkey feathers, ores, frog skins, and much more, they were able to create sounds to be associated with many life events. They had conch shells for ceremonies, ocarinas for making animal grunts to attract deer, flutes for traditional music entertainment. Some researchers even believe sounds were used to treat physical and […]

Weird Instruments - 21 Musical Monstrosities That Actually Work

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Weird musical instruments abound. Strings, brass, percussion... even ones with animals in them exist in the present, and that's not even counting the theoretical ones throughout history that got a little too bizarre. 21 Weird Instruments Let's take a look at the strangest and most unusual instruments out there, in no particular order. Now, there are some crazy choices we could include, like the bagpipes […]

CD Baby celebrates 20th Birthday & $600 Million in Artist Payouts

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If you're like me, you probably remember the old days of uploading your songs to MySpace and Soundcloud.  It was cool to hit the charts and get a ton of plays, but there wasn't a readily available way of monetizing those plays.  The best you could do on these streaming sites was link people out to your own shoddily built website and hope people trusted […]

5 True Music Myths People Want to Be False

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The history of modern music is draped in the power of myth and rumor, from the “Paul is dead” buzz to Led Zeppelin’s filthy mud shark incident. Sometimes, the stories that serve as the foundation for such mythos are so fantastic, so cool, or so flat out weird, it doesn’t much matter whether they’re true, they’re false, or they exist in the space in between […]

Can We Mix the Kick Drum & Bass in Stereo?

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A fantastic email came in today that was so good that I dropped everything else I was doing to address the question at hand. The question involves the information found in one of our most popular and earliest articles called Mixing Bass and Kick for Low-End Balance. With nearly every genre now emphasizing the low-end to drive the groove and create the sensation of power […]

How to Set Up Your Audio Interface to Record Audio

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Our most recent question that was generalizable enough to benefit the entire community is a very fundamental hurdle that nearly everyone runs into.   Being a musician usually involves learning an instrument and some music theory, but rarely do we anticipate needing to learn our way around computers to enhance our hobby.  But that's what happens when you decide to start recording your own songs […]