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Recording Studio Pet Peeves

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You know what really butters my biscuit?  You know what really grinds my gears in the studio?  Let me tell you... Not wrapping long cables in the over-under fashion.  I'm aware that not everyone is aware that there's a better way to wind a cable in a circle.  Ignorance is no excuse.  A 50 foot Mogami cable isn't cheap, and you're stressing the internals and […]

The Top 10 Best Mixed Albums I've Ever Heard

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Before we jump right into my list of best mixed albums, let's remind the jimmy rustlers... this is an opinion post.  And since it's based around my opinion, it's limited to the albums that I've had the fortune to listen to and become intimately familiar with.  These are my favorite in terms of mixing, and that means that it started with top of the line […]

Human Speech From a Piano...

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I, for one, welcome our new piano overlords. In 2009 at the World Venice Forum, an Austrian composer named Peter Ablinger unveiled his crazy talking piano contraption.  While everyone was wondering what exactly was about to happen, he had it read the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court in a human voice: The video is in German but there are subtitles and the piano […]

The Curse of the 27 Club

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Chance?  Conspiracy?  Synchronicity? These are words tossed around by those of us in the know who want to get to the bottom of this mystery.  Why have so many musicians fallen to the curse of... What is the 27 Club? During a tumultuous time for music when artists were again using their voices for social action in the fight against corruption, four of the largest […]

Instant Karma: Staind, Christina Aguilera, & the National Anthem!

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As John Lennon once wisely told us: "Instant Karma's gonna get you, gonna knock you right on the head!" And that's precisely what happened to Aaron Lewis, the singer from Staind. Hey, Aaron.  How do you like your justice served?  Scrambled or fried? Christina Aguilera Flubs the National Anthem Now look, seriously... I can't even think about public speaking without my hands shaking and my […]

How 13 Famous Bands Got Their Names

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Without a doubt, the most important aspect to marketing anything is the name. Movies, books, magazines, bands, etc... you have to grab someones attention and keep it.  You have to create curiosity and make them want to explore your offering.  You could have the best art in the world, but if you can't get anyone to give it a fair shake then it will go […]

Start a Record Label with Ease: Record Label in a Box

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Setting up and running a record label is a dream venture for many budding music entrepreneurs. Any of us who've had experience with the major label industry knows things are not always what they seem.  From being locked into crazy contracts, ripped off, and being censored "guided" on how to express our art, it tends to turn our passion into a job and suck the […]

Funklogic's Palindrometer - Silly 3 Space Rack Filler!

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If there's any spot in the studio that lends itself to being anal-retentive and obsessive its the ordering and look of your rack. For me, I have to have each piece mounted in the right order with the right color combinations going on.  I'll even turn off the lights and see how all of the LED lights look!  That's all completely unnecessary, which is where […]

Kind Lady Helps Man w/ Broken Bike Make it to Dave Matthews Concert...

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Twas another hot, slightly overcast day in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  The sweat was beading up as even the birds were seeking the shade of the surrounding trees. Emily Kraus rolled along in her car with the windows down, jamming her favorite Dave Matthews Band album as she inched closer to the venue... Emily had been a fan of the DMB since the wee age of 9 […]

Chap Hop & the Gentleman's Battle Beef

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Most of you likely have never even heard of Chap Hop, let alone realized there's already a feud amongst the two leaders of the rap sub-genre. This feud is between Professor Elemental and Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer, already leading to battle tracks and disses in various songs. Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer (Left) & Professor Elemental (Right) Of course, the beef is satire just […]

Zildjian is One of the Oldest Companies In the World!

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Anyone even slightly familiar with music instruments knows about Zildjian.  Their name is synonymous with the cymbals that can be found on almost every drum set you come across.  That's amazing and is likely due to one of the most interesting facts about them... Beyond totally dominating an entire sector of the music instrument industry... The Avedis Zildjian Company is among the oldest companies in the […]

25 Crazy Science-Supported Facts About Music

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The mental_floss magazine tasked John Green of their List Show to compile 25 Facts About the Science of Music... He went above and beyond to make sure these were actually surprising, amazing, and conversation-inducing.  Check out the 10 minute video below or scroll down for our TL;DR version: While won't suck all the life out of the video above because it deserves a watch, we'll […]

Technical Prowess or Authenticity? What's More Enjoyable in Music?

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This is a question I've been pondering since I was a teenager and found myself becoming involved with music.  There seems to be three classes of musicians: Those who focus on technical prowess. Those who focus on authenticity and expression. Those who've mastered both. Now completely disregard the pop star machine that compartmentalizes these factors.  I'm not talking about music that has 50 writers and […]

Chord Maps - How to Choose Chord Progressions

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Chord maps are the secret to the musical universe. All musicians face a set of similar challenges.  We've already provided a shortcut on musical key characteristics, which helps you match specific emotions to certain keys to achieve the feeling you're looking for in your song.  But what about after that?  You still need a chord progression or two for your song!  These chord diagrams make […]

Musical Key Characteristics & Emotions

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Musical key characteristics are something that are never talked about for some odd reason.  It's not like professional songwriters choose a random key and slap some random chord changes in there and magically end up with the perfect feeling that matches the lyrics. It's not some hidden secret.  I can almost guarantee you most songwriters think "Is this a positive emotion or a negative one?" […]