Archive for February, 2014

How Do Microphones Work?

The Basics

Microphones are a type of transducer – a device which converts energy from one form to another. Microphones convert acoustical energy (sound waves) into electrical energy (the audio signal).

Different types of microphone have different ways of converting energy but they all share one thing in common: The diaphragm. This is a thin piece of material (such as paper, plastic or aluminium) which vibrates when it is struck by sound waves. In a typical hand-held mic like the one below, the diaphragm is located in the head of the microphone. Continue reading →

Anna Calvi

Anna Margaret Michelle Calvi is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. Originally from Twickenham, Calvi began playing guitar as a child and studied music in college. Calvi worked as a guitar instructor while recording her eponymous debut album over a period of several years. The album was released in the United Kingdom in January 2011 to critical praise, entering the Album Charts at number 40 and later being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the BRIT Award.

Her second album, One Breath was released on 7 October 2013 in the United Kingdom and United States through Domino Records. Calvi has gained critical attention for her voice, guitar playing and live performances.
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William Close Play's Amazing Instruments That He Invented

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey is a soundtrack album to the film of the same name, released in 1968. The soundtrack is known for its use of many classical and orchestral pieces, and credited for giving many classical pieces resurgences in popularity, such as Johann Strauss II’s 1866 Blue Danube Waltz, Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem Also sprach Zarathustra (inspired by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche), and György Ligeti’s Atmosphères. The soundtrack has been re-issued multiple times: including a 1996 version and a digitally remastered version in 2010.
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The voices behind the characters in Frozen, Epic and Despicable Me 2

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Following on from last week’s piece about the rise of celebrity voice-overs, we take a closer look at some of the biggest animated films of 2013. This article – the first of two – focuses on the voices behind Frozen, Epic and Despicable Me 2. Continue reading →

"The Shining" and its soundtrack

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The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers. The film is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, though there are significant changes.

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Regal, Valentina Quintero – Original Music by soundtrackmakers.com

Buika

Maria Concepción Balboa Buika (born May 11, 1972, in Palma de Mallorca) known as Concha Buika and by the stage name Buika, is a Spanish singer. Her album Niña de Fuego was nominated for the 2008 Latin Grammy Award for Album of the Year and La Noche Mas Larga is nominated for Best Latin Jazz Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
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How Steven Wilson's latest record was made

We’ve compiled a couple of videos showing how several tracks from “The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)”, Steven Wilson’s latest release, were recorded. For this album, Steven Wilson got together with other very talented musicians like Guthrie Govan and Marco Minnemann. Enjoy looking behind the scenes of this great record.

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The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) by Steven Wilson

The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) is the third solo album by British musician Steven Wilson, released by Kscope Music Records on 25 February 2013. Each track on the album is based on a story of the supernatural. Alan Parsons, well known in part for his involvement in Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, was responsible for engineering the album.

There is a deluxe 4 disc edition of the album, which is “a 128 page hardback book containing lyrics and ghost stories, illustrated by Hajo Mueller”. In addition to this, the album is also available in stand alone double-vinyl, CD and Blu-ray editions.
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