Archive for 2013

How to Succeed as a Voiceover Artist in the Digital Age

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In most people’s thinking, being in a small padded room would not be a good thing. But to voiceover artists, such as the incomparable Mel Blanc of Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes fame, such a room is the best place on earth. Continue reading →

League of Legends – The Making of Freljord Music

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League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, inspired by the mod Defense of the Ancients for the video game Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. It is a free-to-play game, supported by micro-transactions. It was first announced on October 7, 2008, and released on October 27, 2009. League of Legends was generally well received at release, and has grown in popularity in the years since. According to a 2012 Forbes article, League of Legends is the most played PC game in the world in terms of the number of hours played.

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What is the Difference between Mixing and Mastering?

Question: What is the Difference between Mixing and Mastering?

This look at mixing and mastering gives you a brief overview of the difference between the two processes. If you want a more in depth look at record mixing and record mastering, plus advice on how to do it yourself, please visit About.com’s Home Recording site. Continue reading →

Troy Baker

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Baker at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Troy E. Baker (born April 1, 1976, Dallas, Texas) is an American actor, musician and voice actor who works with anime films, television series, and video games. He is best known for his roles as Joel in The Last of Us, Booker DeWitt in BioShock Infinite, The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins, Vincent Brooks in Catherine, Snow Villiers in Final Fantasy XIII, Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4, Batman in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Two-Face in Batman: Arkham City, the Marvel Comics superhero Hawkeye and villain Loki in Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider-Man, and Delsin in Infamous: Second Son.
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Thor: The Dark World, soundtrack by Brian Tyler

Thor: The Dark World – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the film score for the Marvel Studios film, Thor: The Dark World by Brian Tyler, which was released digitally by Hollywood Records in Europe on October 28, 2013. The album was released digitally in the United States on November 5, followed by a CD release on November 12, 2013. It is the first soundtrack in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to feature the “Marvel Studios Fanfare”. All music was performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra of London and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Vocals were performed by Azam Ali.
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El Caracol Machupichu, HBO – Original music by soundtrackmakers.com

Howard Shore talks about composing the score for The Hobbit

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Shore in New York on October 7, 2010

Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is a Canadian composer, notable for his film scores. He has composed the scores for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, for which he won three Academy Awards. He is also a consistent collaborator with director David Cronenberg, having scored all but one of his films since 1979. Continue reading →

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys performing at INmusic festival on 25 June 2013. The concert was a part of the AM Tour.

Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm/lead guitar), Nick O’Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals). Former member Andy Nicholson (bass guitar, backing vocals) left the band in 2006 shortly after its debut album was released.

The band have released five studio albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006), Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009), Suck It and See (2011) and AM (2013), as well as one live album At the Apollo (2008).

The band’s debut album became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history, surpassing Elastica’s self-titled album and remains the fastest-selling debut album by a group in the UK. The band have won five Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. The band also won the Mercury Prize for its debut album, in addition to receiving two nominations in 2007 and 2013.

Arctic Monkeys were heralded as one of the first group of acts to come to the public attention via the Internet (fan-based sites rather than from the band), with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way in which new bands are promoted and marketed. The band are also regarded as one of the most prominent bands to be part of the post-punk revival in the UK, after achieving commercial success and spawning two number one singles with its debut album.
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Katy B

Katy B performing 2011.

Kathleen Anne Brien (born 8 May 1989), better known as Katy B, is a English singer-songwriter and a graduate of the BRIT School. She is a dubstep, R&B, funky, house and UK garage singer and has also performed under the name Baby Katy. She released her first single with the label Rinse in 2010. The same year, she completed a degree in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. She was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize.
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Solar powered building doubles as "urban musical instrument"

Kimberley Mok
Design / Green Architecture
December 4, 2013

In the traditional sense, built environments offer shelter and act as transmitters of culture. Thanks to new technologies and materials, buildings are now becoming interactive spaces, capable of adapting to users’ needs or whims quicker than ever. Playing with the idea of creating a building that doubles as a very large musical instrument, Herault Arnod Architectes of France constructed the Metaphone, which they envision as “a building to be looked at and listened to,” thanks to special acoustical materials which form the building’s skin.


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