Sampling The World Of Music

October 28th, 2016

There are still those who dismiss sampling as derivative re-hashing of other people’s work, but in truth the potential of sampling extends the reach of musicians into new avenues much as (then) new technologies like the piano once did…

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Making Music Production Accessible

March 9th, 2016

Creating (and indeed listening to) music has wide-reaching benefits which extend from the personal to the social; it can enhance wellbeing, increase interpersonal bonds and provides a valuable outlet for creativity. But what if you are unable to play any traditional instruments?

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Ukulele Rampage In Dublin

September 10th, 2015

There are times when a guitar is simply too cumbersome, and all you want to do is belt out some tunes in a public place without any inhibitions. In such a situation, a ukulele might be just the ticket…

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Has Stradivarius Finally Met His Match?

April 25th, 2014

Stradivarius has long been synonymous with musical instruments of the highest quality, and countless craftsmen have tried to emulate his efforts, with varying degrees of success. But has his craftsmanship now been matched?

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Four Tet Live Setup

August 1st, 2013

Fans of electronic music – and particularly performers of electronic music – may find one or two items of interest in this short demonstration by Kieron Hebden…

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Eno Generates iPad Composition

October 2nd, 2012

Brian Eno is credited with inventing the genre of ambient music, but he has really been more focused on the concept of generative music – from software such as KOAN to other rule-based generative systems across a variety of platforms, he now takes it to the iPad with a new app called Scape…

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Singing Lessons – The Power Of Voice

December 14th, 2011

There is something both primal and exquisitely civilised in the human voice; it has the power to move us in ways that no other instrument can. Indeed, the scope of communication afforded by this seemingly crude vibratory mechanism is truly remarkable, as demonstrated here by Claron McFadden…

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Santa’s Songwriting Secrets

December 21st, 2010

If the current spate of arctic blizzards have instilled a desire to dabble in some filigree songsmithery, but you are at a loss when it comes to choosing chord progressions, then fear not – help is at hand…

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Using Loopers For Live Music

November 11th, 2010

Loops and samples are two of the mainstays of modern music production. Particularly over the last decade, loop machines (both hardware and software based) have become a very popular means of creating a layered live performance for solo artists…

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The Organ Of Corti

November 2nd, 2010

The organ of corti is the part of the inner ear of mammals which contains auditory sensory cells, but more recently it is also the name of an experimental artwork by Liminal which won this year’s PRS New Music Award…

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