End Brand Supported Music Piracy
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End Brand Supported Music Piracy

If you truly want to put a dent in illegal music downloading, cut off the piracy websites' revenue streams.

Making Money With Your Music in 2012
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Making Money With Your Music in 2012

Hint; not by revenue on Spotify.

Royal Dead CD Go Bat Go! Out Now
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Royal Dead CD Go Bat Go! Out Now

New songs for 2012 from Royal Dead.

Why You Are Not On Commercial Radio
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Why You Are Not On Commercial Radio

Why commercial radio isn't playing what you want to hear and why as an artist you're not going to get played.

Face the Beat Volume 1
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Doom Generation song “Possessed” available now!

Debut track by Doom Generation, "Possessed" now available as part of compilation.

A Critique Of Adele’s 21 Album

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A Critique Of Adele’s 21 Album

Posted on July 31, 2014


I’m a huge fan of Adele’s 21 album. The production on it is immaculate. Every song is genuinely well constructed and the melodies are a joy to listen to. However, the auto-tune processing on the vocals drives me up the wall! She doesn’t need it! They excessively corrected the vocal tracks. When you hear Adele perform the same songs live she hits her notes but there’s a soul to the performance that has been stripped out of the studio album in favor of perfection. A voice is an organic entity, when it drifts a few cents flat on a note you don’t need to fix that.

Also, the mastering on the album. I don’t care for it. I understand the commercial-driven purpose of haven’t it processed that way but there’s no breathing room in the dynamics on that song. Which is a same because the composition is so great. Instead of being an obviously modern interpretation of 60’s soul they could have taken it a step further to get the sound closer to vintage. Instead we have a overly-processed, safe and uninteresting gloss over what could be a classic record for the ages. Adele has the vocal chops to pull these songs off, she doesn’t need the extra digital manipulation. I prefer a performance with feeling and flaws over an unnatural perfect sounding recording.

Here’s Adele singing live on KCRW

As you can see a great performance, unlike most pop singers she doesn’t need help.

I hope her next album which is due to be released soon doesn’t play it as safe.

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To twerk or not to twerk…

Posted on August 26, 2013

So this whole Miley Cyrus this…since everyone is talking about it. I watched the performance online today, I’m not that shocked by it. It’s no more shocking than the the the antics that Madonna did in the early 90’s and in some ways much less. People are gasping because it’s a complete 180 from her Disney persona that was cultivated for many years. As an entertainer and especially a former child-star it’s difficult to establish an evolved identity once you have moved on, the public wants to forever pigeon-hole you as what you once were. Don’t think for a second that this move wasn’t carefully planned by her. She got exactly what she wanted out of it: controversy, discussion and smashing her former persona into dust. Now did I think the performance itself was good? Not really, the choreography was atrocious, her voice was off and the songs themselves were unmemorable. Not to mention the whole sexy-rebel bit felt forced (because it was). However, there is this double-standard in entertainment where it’s expected and perfectly acceptable for men to shove their packages into people’s faces and gyrate. Once a woman crosses the line from sultry to uncomfortably in your face people are quick to label her a slut. It’s easier to be dismissive than to look at the message behind the performance. It’s not about being a slut, it’s about being empowered and her owning her sexuality. Bravo for her at least having the guts to take control and do this rather than playing it safe. Somebody needs to shake things up every few years.

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Bits and bits

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Bits and bits

Posted on July 30, 2013

A great explanation of how bit depth, sample rate and dither affect digital audio recordings.

I’m sure some studio rats who hang on certain forums will argue that they can feel more presence and air in soundstage recording at 192Khz or some other ridiculousness, this video pretty much explains what most of us knew; that it’s a waste of disk space.

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Tip of the Week: Mistakes Bands Make

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Tip of the Week: Mistakes Bands Make

Posted on November 29, 2012

There are common mistakes a lot of bands make that end up sapping the enthusiasm out of being in a gigging band. By making simple shifts in behavior you can make your band more successful than it currently is.

Mistake 1: Failure To Make Sales

I see this happening all the time. A band makes great music yet doesn’t release anything for sale. It’s great that you want to play shows but if you aren’t selling your music the fans have no way to take that experience home with them and you’ll soon be forgotten. Related to this are bands that do release music but feel guilty or nervous about pushing sales. You need to get your music out there and charge something for it. Do you value your music? If you want your fans to value it then sell it.

Mistake 2: Playing Terrible Shows


By playing terrible shows, I don’t mean the band had a shitty performance. I mean taking every gig offered without thinking things through. Yes, it’s important to be working hard and getting out there but it’s pointless to play shows if no one shows up. Playing a lot of shows early on is important in order to get experience but once you are past that phase you need to be more selective. Playing to empty venues where you are not making money is not only a waste of time but it kills the band’s enthusiasm for their music career. Instead of playing a crap gig where no one is going to show up, spend that evening working on booking a better show. One really great show is worth a dozen bad ones.

Mistake 3: Not Marketing Consistently

Do one thing per day to push your music. It doesn’t have to be huge but do something. It’s not fun and you’d rather be doing something else but it’s important that you are out there reminding people of your existence. You may have the greatest songs in the world but if nobody knows about them what’s the point? If you focus on making an effort daily it will pay off.

Mistake 4: Jealousy

The little green monster. It’s natural and it happens to the best of us. You’re out there playing shows, working hard and you see another band get ahead because they have a connection you don’t. It’s easy to fall into the pattern of jealousy and anger but a simple shift in perspective can turn this negativity into something that can benefit your career. The next time you see another band becoming successful, just have the mindset of “Hey, if this band can get do [X] then so can I” and then work towards that goal. Competition is good and it breeds better music. If it’s a band in the same genre as you, set up a Google Alert to help track what they are doing. You can see where and how they are connecting with their fans and then come up with your own plan of attack for getting exposure.

Mistake 5: Being Boring

Don’t play the same set at every show. Seriously. If your hardcore fans are coming to all of your shows they are going to get bored as shit hearing the same exact songs in the same exact order every week. One good set is not enough. Write more songs. Working on writing every day.

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The beautiful Haken Audio Continuum

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The beautiful Haken Audio Continuum

Posted on August 06, 2012

Usable as both a standalone programmable synth and as a controller, the Continuum is a synth performance dream. The Continuum is similar to a ribbon controller but it’s much greater. Instead of restricting to one axis you are able to exert continuous control over three dimensions FOR EACH FINGER.

Yes, it’s multi-touch and multi-axis. It’s available in both eight octave and four octave versions via hakenaudio.com; pricing starts at $3390.00.

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Herman Gillis on the genesis of the Sherman Filterbank

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Herman Gillis on the genesis of the Sherman Filterbank

Posted on July 18, 2012

Herman Gillis formerly of the Belgian New Beat group Morton / Sherman / Bellucci discusses the influences and origin of his infamous Sherman Filterbank.

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Bristol Jungle Documentary

Posted on March 16, 2012

My friend DJ Mad Wax over at City of Bass shared this amazing documentary on the early Jungle/Drum and Bass scene that emerged in Bristol during the 1990s. This documentary takes you through the scene as it was in 1996. Some great interviews and some classic tracks.

Untitled from Eduardo Sanchez on Vimeo.

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