Hozier’s “Wasteland, Baby!” Review 2

To Noise Making (Sing) – It starts with some bursts of guitar, piano and light drums so the focus is on the vocals. It has a very uplifting sound to it. He is once again using the choral harmonies. The bursts kind of carry through it. A couple choruses in they add some clapping. With overlapping of vocals.

 

As It was – There is an eerie blues guitar in the beginning. His vocal tone is dark and quiet. Then piano and violin kick in, the whole vibe is dark. As it progresses there is a standup bass. I like how his vocals build in the chorus. It ends with a cool droning sound. Read More

Billie Eilish: When we all fall asleep, Where do we Go? Album Review

 

After releasing her EP don’t smile at me, March 29, 2019; Billie Eilish released multiple singles separate from this project.

My first impression to her music was that it was a breath of fresh air for the pop genre, the broodiness of the lyrical content doesn’t get in the way of the fun of listening to it while Billie’s performance, personality, and  execution shine through.

The advertising of the album was rather intrusive much like drake’s 2018 release Scorpion, and the social media presence she has had the past year has stirred the topic that she could be an industry plant.

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Sound you can See!

If your into music as much as I am, you go crazy  when you see an new piece of equipment, all the lights and the buttons attorney things play Christmas walking into a music store just one Christmas present that I would encourage you to check out it’s called the  Roland M5000.

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Best Music Production Equipment if you’re on a Budget

Music Production Suite for Beginners – On a Budget

To be involved in music production is a daunting task,  and the choices involved will cost a fortune. The first thing to worry about is the gear you will be picking. So this will determine the budget. For this tutorial we will go over a  recording kit for a solo artist.  In my home I use the Apex 435B, I think this is perfect for vocal recordings,  if you have a filter or a soundproof room it makes it the better.  Opting for the USB input mic is not an option if you need high fidelity, so I use the Scarlet i2 interface, it has 2 XLR Inputs. It can cost between $149-240.  If you have interest in doing MIDI work, I would recommend the Akai mini pad controller for only the reason that it is great for beginners and it’s portable. It is $129. Read More

Working With Audio: Remixing

When working on a project, one of the most important parts of your production is making sure that all of the pieces that you are using work together properly.  This will usually require you to sacrifice some element of your project, whether it be in the visual, audio, or presentation sections. One such method of making your elements fit together just right is the remix tool in Audition.

 

The remix tool is used to alter audio, usually a song, so that the length is longer or shorter than the original composition.  In order to start this process, you need to put the audio into Audition. Once there, you can do the general cleanup (noise reduction, plosives, breaths) directly onto the waveform.  However, you will need to put the piece of audio into a multi-track mixdown in order to remix the track.

 

Once the music track that you want is in the mixdown, you can then go ahead and remix by simply going to the remix tab to the left and pressing “enable remix”.  Once said track is analyzed, you will be free to extend or shorten to your heart’s content.

 

However, there’s one last thing that you should remember about remixes: they will not be the exact length that you specify. Due to how the remixing works, chunks of the song are mixed into and taken out through the song, and since the remix cannot cut into these chunks, the song cannot be the exact time that you want.

 

While this might not be a problem for most projects, if the remix is paired with a visual portion as well, you may need to either cut down or expand the video in order to better fit the music.  Most of the time you’ll be able to cut down parts of shots in order to fit the time, so it won’t be a major issue.

MIDI 2.0 Was Just Announced This Month. What Does That Mean?

On January 18, 2019 at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), it was announced that a new protocol for MIDI will be created. “MIDI 2.0” will aim to have lower latency for faster reactions, backwards compatibility with regular MIDI, 32-bit resolution instead of 7 and also… web? The news on MIDI 2.0 is still behind closed doors as the developers are looking specifically for what it is that they want and also how it’s going to be developed. As far as anyone can guess however, it’s currently just being tested and made for integration. Read More

Imogen Heap’s “MI.MU” Gloves Are Improving The Way Artists Play Music.

Development in music is an ongoing thing and I personally love to see the different ways the people can improve something or simply make something cool. I have a personal attachment to weird and unconventional music and music methodology, so when I came across Imogen Heap’s MI.MU gloves (pronounced: ME-moo) I was captivated by what it could do. Read More

The Big Decision

For first year students, deciding what field you want to specialize in can be a difficult decision.  For Interactive Media Arts students, prior to registering for the program, there were two different sides: Interactive and Media.  Now that we’re in the month of April, both the Media and Interactive students have another decision to make.

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Vaporwave: An Emerging Genre

In recent years, the genre of “Vaporwave” has come to exist as a subgenre of electronic music. In its inception, it typically involved slowing down popular songs from the 70’s and 80’s, dropping the pitch, and basically making entire songs out of mere samples, making use of a multitude of effects to add variety and, in some cases, make the song nearly unrecognizable. Occasionally, artists would instead use types of “elevator music” and edit those in a similar fashion.

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Why Spotify Needs to Follow Netflix

Spotify is a service that you have likely come to know if you’ve spent any time at all on the internet. The popular music streaming service is enjoyed by fans from around the world, boasting a cool one hundred million users as of 2016. However, with how much money the company has spent on royalties since its inception, a change in the way things operate could have the potential to push the company even further. It starts by following in Netflix’s footsteps.

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