Minimum wage woes have been a complaint of the ages. Even when they increase, it seems that there is always something to complain about. In the 1960’s, minimum wage hovered right around the $1 mark, never getting above $1.60. Today, that amount has fortunately increased significantly but for most, it is still not enough. This battle of wages is similar to what is plaguing the music streaming industry right now.
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Much like ‘The Internet’ in the 90s, ‘The Cloud’ seems to be today’s often-used-but-only-partially-understood techie term. Once a vague conceptual evolution of enterprise computing that struck as much fear as it did curiosity (so I’m just uploading my files into the ether?!?!), it is now something most of us interact with every single day, sometimes without even realizing. “Everything’s gonna move to the Cloud soon man…” …”what’s ‘the Cloud?’” … “not sure” - A conversation I probably had sometime in the early 2000s - Any time you check your email, post a pic to Instagram, add a contact to the address book on your iPhone or watch 5 episodes of Extreme Cheapskates in a row on Netflix (what am I doing with my life?!) you are effectively interacting with the Cloud. That said, there is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to explaining what the Cloud actually is. Ignoring any heavy-handed meteorological metaphors and as a Product Manager at Triplay, who specializes in Mobile UX, here are 3 things I think you need to know about the Cloud.
About 8 months ago, me and an amateur musician friend of mine living in Toronto were trying to collaborate on a few tracks for his upcoming album.
I created instrumentals and he wanted to sing over them.
We were both excited about working together on a project, but when it came time to communicate our musical ideas online, the process proved to be a daunting task.
Are you one of those unfortunate creative souls who has difficulties finding the time to play music in a band? Zeebraamusic.com, a recently launched online music collaboration platform, turns music-making process into a simple, social and fun activity.
Today, I was checking out a Sonicbids EPK that was emailed to me. Much to my surprise, the layout for a Sonicbids artist profile completely changed – there was no quick bio, music player on top, or a useful set of links (press, stage plot, etc.). Instead, I found a Pinterest-like layout with navigational tiles. I thought it was just some lame option that the artist chose, but decided to check using my own band’s profile.
This is what I found:
According to AdAge, Facebook openly states that fan page owners should expect their organic reach to continue to decline over time… and the best way to get your stuff seen is to pay for reach. In my opinion, that’s true. I personally noticed that my Facebook updates were getting about 20% of the reach that they usually get. If you are a musician, you are probably using a business system in which you are providing free value. Therefore, it does not make sense to pay to reach your own fans. Is there a solution?
No music would be complete in the absence of its accompaniers, namely bass, drum, tempo and others. A proper mix of all these could give a soothing output to the listener. But, if you are still unable to produce a mix that could be up to the mark, it is better to have a look at this post. It is a fact that if you don’t diversify yourself, you could soon find your sun setting. Regardless of the experience you have in this business, the below mentioned tips would guide you towards becoming a sound pro:
• Play at a little lower level: No other sound equipment is as good in the recording studio as your ears. It is better to check the volume at lower levels by inserting the ear plugs. Long run in the recording industry means better hearing for decades.
• Consistency would pay you the result: A Craftsman delivers his craft after working over it with dedication. His good result or quality delivered can’t be a matter of accident. His hard work is involved at every aspect, i.e. systematizing the signal flow, setting up the control room, choosing the right track, receiving the sounds and even in the act of pressing the record button. He would be responsible for all the aforementioned sessions to make it run smoothly.
The quality of a sound is in the hands of a recording engineer. The final goal should be to be in a recording studio in Massachusetts and all over the world in such a way that every individual uses your vibe, expertise, hearing skill and your impressive collections.
• Have a good set up: The key to understanding the nature of sound is to know how sound travels in your room and how it reaches your microphone. The knowledge regarding flutter echo, reflections and other acoustical problems are required for a great musical experience. A comfortable and creative environment would give you great productivity and great audio.
• Know about microphones: The strength and weaknesses differ with respect to the type of microphone you choose; hence if you are skilled in selecting the right microphone for the job, it would be invaluable as an engineer.
• Editing: Generally editing is overlooked because it’s tedious and boring, as the whole task requires listening, cutting out irrelevant noises and realistic fades. An abrupt start and end would clearly show the signs of an amateur engineer.
• Mixing a long way: Levels, panning, EQ, compression and depths would sum up your 80% of the mixes. Neither jump EQ nor compression before you set up the levels because pushing things up and down would surely delay and reverb each instrument in two dimensional spectrum. You would be overwhelmed if you take one at a time.
• Get mastered: If you are creating a record for professional mastering, it is better to mix it properly for a mastering engineer. Don’t be an amateur, and consider each and every aspect before preparing a mix.
• Present it well: It is an art and no engineer could master it by just putting up the microphone and a little bit mix. Presentation is a part of package; hence work on every pro and con so that your clients and co workers remember you for long as a good engineer.
Finally the ultimate goal is to be a pro sound engineer because when you would be in the studio with multiple hits, it would breed up your success a long way.
Nathen Allis, director of a music studio and an engineer in recording studio in Massachusetts is keen to share his thoughts and tips to amateurs and professionals for a better music.
The internet is littered with accounts of the world’s craziest drummers- Keith Moon’s marathon drug and drinking binges, trail of shattered hotel rooms and early death; John Bonham’s… pretty much the same thing; Ginger Baker being the subject of a recent biopic which both explores and document’s his often fantastically unhinged behavior, etc. However, there are far fewer accounts of those guys who just do their thing without all the fuss and muss and have done for years. Don’t they deserve some of the limelight for being so consistently… consistent? Well it’s to be hoped they do, because that’s what this article is about.
ANNOUNCEMENT for BOB CRAWFORD’S NEWLY PUBLISHED MUSIC THEORY BOOK ”SYMMETRIC CYCLES” NEW TOOLS FOR ADVANCED IMPROVISATION AND COMPOSITION FOR ALL MELODIC INSTRUMENTS
Announcing the release of Bob Crawford’s newly published John Coltrane/Pat Martino-inspired music theory book “Symmetric Cycles” (Foreward by Mick Taylor -Rolling Stones/John Mayall) by RMCO MUSIC/Charles Colin Publications.
“Symmetric Cycles” offers new ways of stretching the melodic and harmonic boundaries of Modal Jazz, Blues, Pentatonic Rock, Latin (Montunos, etc.) Reggae, World Music, etc., creating sound colors that will open your ears in ways you may not have experienced before. It also is extremely useful compositionally—connecting chords in very unique ways, adding emotional sound colors to original musical works. As a teaching tool, it is very valuable for advanced students as well as seasoned players.
If you’re studying modern music, particularly popular music, you’ll want to learn a bit about marketing and how the information related to marketing might be skewing your view of music a bit. Remember that, where popular music is concerned, music is a product. It’s designed to be marketed and sold to a particular demographic. As a serious student of music, you’ll need to learn to separate the music from the marketing that goes along with it.
Every day, I get to wake up and go to work at my favourite place in the world with my favourite people. Every day I shake myself and say - HEY THIS IS REAL LIFE. YOU AREN’T DREAMING!
My brand and artist development company Audio Blood is turning 5 years old next month and I can’t help but do some reflecting. 5 years somehow feels like it has just flown right by. I can see 10 in the not so distant future, and 15 and 20 thereafter. But, when you look carefully at each year it also feels like it’s been so long since starting out on my own in my little bedroom on Salem Ave in Toronto to our new downtown office with 7 full time staffers. It kinda blows my mind.
Since launching in August 2013, Music Gateway has grown by 62% to over 10,000 registered users. The unique business platform has served over 750 music project opportunities and received +2,800 pitches to date.
“I must start by thanking all of our founder members for their continued support and help in making Music Gateway happen. It is of fundamental importance to me personally that, as we grow, I look to include them in our success.
Our current investors aren’t musicians, therefore don’t fully understand or appreciate a musician’s mindset or the degree of passion and dedication taken to create good original music. We are quite simply a breed apart and it’s a bloody good job for the music industry we are too.”
Coffee House Sessions is a new music initiative, exposing the hottest in upcoming UK music talent to the student market via daytime performances in University coffee shops around the country: http://youtu.be/CZRp_MoTqhM.
With a carefully designed touring circuit taking place in 40 universities, Coffee House Sessions holds acoustic performances at two different campuses a day over a ten day period and provides promotion for the showcased artists through student media outlets such as student newspapers, student radio and student TV at each university.