Music Technology Posts from February, 2009

Music Forum Gold

Friday, February 27th, 2009

No matter how niche your interests, you’ll find a forum dedicated to them. Usually, the best way to find the solution to a particular problem is to ask someone who has already solved it. For music production and general music business knowledge, the Reaper forum recently produced a thread of immense value…

Music Samples For Fun Or Profit

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Plagiarism is an age-old tradition, but sampling is a very recent technique that allows musicians to directly lift sounds and phrases from another’s work. Is this any different from Ben Johnson‘s advice, to wit: observe how the masters have imitated, and imitate likewise?

Ableton Live RPM Update

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

With ten days remaining until the end of this year’s RPM challenge, the latest Canabrism album has reached the end of phase one. The first draft tracks have been created, and now it’s time to fine-tune their Ableton-inspired skeletons…

A New Direction For Sound

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Since the invention of the lightbulb, science has made a lot of progress in optics – we have managed to focus and amplify light to such a degree that it can cut through metal. However, a recent invention shows that we can also put sound exactly where we want it…

TED Sparks Organic Synthesis

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

The 2009 TED conference took place last week, replete with its usual barrage of genius, innovation and insight. There were also a few musical angles thrown into the mix for good measure…

Music PC Upgrade Spiral

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Moore’s law states that the number of transistors on commercial computer circuits will double every two years – a prediction that has held true since Moore first proclaimed it in 1965. This increase in density brings a commensurate increase in power, but does this really mean we need to upgrade our music computers every other year?

More Music, Less Attention

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The Internet has been hailed as a revolutionary tool for independent music, and accused of causing the demise of the established order. There is no doubt that it has changed the way we interact with music, but is the emerging trend of ‘continuous partial attention’ actually an improvement?