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Tuesday
Oct042011

STAYING AWAY FROM GLUTEN BUT STAYING CLOSE TO SINGING 

Los Angeles – Amanda Marie uses her 20+ years of musical talent to sing for a variety of non-profit organizations but it’s only possible after a diagnosis of Celiac Disease (auto-immune disease & gluten intolerance). So what’s Celiac? An allergy to gluten, wheat, flour, barley, & hops.

Physical complications inhibited Amanda Marie to sing & perform optimally until the recent diagnosis of Celiac. The overall vitality is affected; voice inhibited coupled with esophageal problems for singers suffering from Celiac is common.

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Tuesday
Oct042011

myShuffle - an iPhone app that lets you play the music you like

myShuffle, an app that lets you shuffle through your music library while learning your music taste to maximise your musical experience. myShuffle puts you in control of your shuffle. With its simple and intuitive interface, myShuffle allows you to change the likelihood of songs and artists to be played again. With one-touch, myShuffle learns your musical taste and tailors your shuffling experience to match your very own musical taste.

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Monday
Oct032011

Online mastering - advice on choosing the right service for your music

Online mastering studios have been around for a number of years now and many musicians maybe be attracted to the lower prices. There is no doubt that saving some money is on a lot of peoples minds these days. This is understandable, however the online mastering services you can find on the internet are wide and varied along with the pricing that you can find. As an operator of a professional online mastering studio myself I find it quite alarming when looking at the websites of some people offering online mastering services. It is very obvious to a mastering professional what studios seem ill equipped or lacking in experience and skill that mastering requires. As such I thought it would be a good idea to list some of the things to look out for when choosing mastering. Firstly I will clarify what mastering is. Mastering is preparing a body of music works for final release medium. This involves fades, spacing, tonal sonic tweaks, tweaks to the dynamic range of the material, entering sub code data such as ISRC codes and UPC/EAN codes  and quality control. (click, glitch removal etc) A master format might be a CD-R pre master disk or a DDP file or .wav and MP3 files.

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Monday
Oct032011

Musicians Takeout - Online resources for all musicians

Musicians Takeout was created by musicians for all musicians. People of all ages and musical diversities are able to benefit from the resources we have presented on our website. Musicians Takeout was launched December of 2010 with the intension to compile useful tools, lessons and information for the benefit of all musicians.

Friday
Sep302011

Why you need to be on Google Plus now

The music blogs lately have been wallowing in pessimism about the new social network from Google. The general line of thought seems to be that Google + is yet another added burden along with Twitter, Facebook, that old website called Myspace, etc. However, Google Plus has several features that no other website or social network offers.

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Thursday
Sep292011

Daniel Levi Goans, NC folk artist released new album! Get a free download!

After seven years of touring and writing with Nashville based outfit The War, Daniel Levi Goans recorded Choice Cannonballs in the heat and humidity of a North Carolina summer in the very basement where he discovered his love for playing music as a child. His early explorations of the piano evolved into an attempt to capture the rich tradition of American folk. The songs are stripped down tributes to the folk storytelling tradition with sparse soundscapes that evoke the feverish density of the summer in which it was recorded.

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Wednesday
Sep282011

What To Wear When Nominated For An Award

“Something warm and comfortable” I replied when someone asked me what I was wearing to the Exposure Music Awards. The awards show is in mid-October. There is no way I’m walking around England… half-dressed, trying to look sexy, when in reality I’m freezing and probably wet from the cold, drizzly rain! When you’re nomiated for an award, the least you can do is treat yourself well. I think it’s important to feel physically comfortable in the clothes that you’re wearing because it’s highly likely someone will be staring at you whether your name is called or not when the prize winner is announced.

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Tuesday
Sep272011

Every Piece of Music Has a Story

Every piece of music has a story. Mikael Mutti reverse engineers found electronics and game controllers to create instruments.

“When I find things like this, I am like a child. When I found that circular keyboard in New York, I immediately started playing it like a pandeiro (Brazilian hand drum) and the guy at the store was like, ‘what the %^(+!’”

This piece of music was made entirely with the controllers you see in the video.

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Monday
Sep262011

New Facebook App Lights The Fuse For A Full-blown Music Revolution

Most of all, we need artists and fans to really take ownership of this community, and take advantage of the free options we’re putting out there. This really does need to be a team effort, and I think we have the strength and the ability as indie artists to build something huge, so we can have the kind of impact that we need in order to benefit all of the incredibly talented independent artists out there that are struggling right now, and also to impact the fans that are missing out on a lot of great music because of it. We’ve had a great response from artists so far, and we’re confident that these solutions will bring some big changes to the way the music industry operates in the coming years. The best is yet to come!”

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Saturday
Sep242011

Attend Major A&R Listening Session at Sony Music NYC

Artists, Song Writers, and Producers of all genres of music, this is your exclusive and rare opportunity to showcase the SINGLE BEST song or video clip of your live performance to get heard and discovered by executive A&R’s of JIVE/ RCA/ SONY MUSIC and BMI. These A&Rs have the power to immediately sign a Recording Contract with you.


Submission Timeline: Submissions start on September 21st and end on December 21st.

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Friday
Sep232011

Music Isn't Dead........

She’s not dead, but she isn’t well. I don’t want to be like any one of the other Nine Million Music blog posters out there and write about a day gone by like it was perfect, or even that great for music herself. Long ago, music lived in the air, for free, no matter where, no matter what. The only way you could hear instruments being played, is by proximity to a performer, or do it yourself. This is not the time so many seem to sing the praises of. They sing praises of a funnel system, that advocated control of music, and mechanical rights licensing and other dirty words.. They sing of the 50s or 60’s or 70’s or God forbid the 80’s as the hey day for music. I strongly disagree…

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Thursday
Sep222011

Biz: Tour Preparation Checklist

OMG you’re going on tour? Congrats! It can be one of the best experiences of your life. However, if your tour isn’t managed correctly, that show in Austin, TX, that you’ve been looking forward to all these months might not happen. Have you changed your oil? Can your van make it the entire distance of the tour without breaking down? Have you confirmed ALL of your dates with the booking agent AND club manager? These are all things we’ll be covering in this article.

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Thursday
Sep222011

Chico Hamilton 90th Birthday Nine Twenty 2011 Interview With Jon Hammond HammondCast

Chico Hamilton 90th Birthday Nine Twenty 2011 Interview With Jon Hammond HammondCast *LISTEN TO AUDIO: Chico Hamilton Interview With Jon Hammond http://www.archive.org/details/JonHammondChicoHamiltononHammondCastKYOURadio Chico Hamilton center with Anita O’Day, Gerald Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, James Moody, Dave Brubeck at top in New York - photo by Jon Hammond

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Wednesday
Sep212011

Entropic Strategies for Music Marketing : navigating the noise

While Entropic Strategist may merely be my own word to describe the style of scatter-storm marketing I use for myself and other artists, it’s a style that was proven in the business and startup world many times over long before the Wild West of the Music Industry we have today.

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