Music Technology Posts from August, 2010

Is Music Bad For Brains?

Friday, August 27th, 2010

It has often been suggested that listening to music while studying distracts from the learning process, while others argue that it makes the learning environment more comfortable – and in fact, research shows that music can actually increase cognitive functioning in certain cases. A recent study from Applied Cognitive Psychology aimed to find out whether listening to liked music had a greater effect than listening to disliked music…

Four Tet – Composer, Producer, Musician?

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Following his breakthrough album Pause in 2001, Kieran Hebden has established himself as something of a cult figure on the electronic music scene, even being credited with creating the genre known as ‘folktronica’. However, his production techniques are well worth a closer look…

Return To The Foley Room

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The Foley artist is responsible for the vast array of incidental or atmospheric sound effects that occur in a movie or TV production; this is where Amon Tobin’s album Foley Room gets its name, but it’s quite surprising that he had been so unfamiliar with microphones up until this point…

Going Native With Kontakt Tutorials

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

I recently splashed out on Native Instruments’ flagship box-set, Komplete 6 – which has just been updated to version 7, featuring even more digital goodies. Included in Komplete is one of the most powerful samplers on the market, Kontakt…