Archive for January, 2017

John DiMaggio


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John William DiMaggio (born September 4, 1968) is an American actor, voice artist and comedian, known for his gruff voice, and for his work as Bender from the television show Futurama, Jake the Dog on Adventure Time, and Marcus Fenix in the hit Xbox video game Gears Of War. Other voice-over roles of his include Dr. Drakken and Motor Ed on Kim Possible, Brother Blood on Teen Titans, Rico in The Penguins of Madagascar, Fu Dog and Ogre In American Dragon: Jake Long, Niblet on Pound Puppies, and as the voice of Shnitzel on Chowder. Continue reading →

Mixing and Mastering Music: What’s the Difference?


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As you start to finish your first tracks, you’ll enter into what is known as the Mixing and Mastering phase. Put simply, once you finish composing and arranging your song, you will mix, and then master your tracks. Continue reading →

Bruno Zamborlin


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A technologist, researcher, designer and musician, Bruno Zamborlin is a pioneer in the growing field of music technology. Continue reading →

Brian Eno


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Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI (/ˈiːnoʊ/; born 15 May 1948 and originally christened Brian Peter George Eno) is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist. He is best known for his pioneering work in ambient and electronic music as well as his contributions to rock, worldbeat, chance, and generative music styles. A self-described “non-musician”, Eno has advocated a methodology of “theory over practice” throughout his career, and has helped to introduce a variety of unique recording techniques and conceptual approaches into contemporary music. He has been described as one of popular music’s most influential and innovative figures. Continue reading →

Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman at Comic Con

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Daniel Robert “Danny” Elfman (born May 29, 1953) is an American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. From 1974 to 1995 he was the lead singer and songwriter for the band Oingo Boingo.

In 1976 Elfman entered the film industry as an actor. In 1982 he scored his first film, Forbidden Zone, directed by his older brother Richard Elfman. Among his honours are four Academy Award nominations, a Grammy for Batman, an Emmy for Desperate Housewives, the 2002 Richard Kirk Award, and the Disney Legend Award. Continue reading →

5 Tips for Capturing Great Field Recordings

Field recording from the top of Hoogh Catherijne, Utrecht
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You might spend most of your recording time inside a studio and trying to get as clean and isolated a sound as possible, but there’s a whole world of recording that takes place outside. Field recording as it is known can have many uses, from capturing sound effects and atmospherics for music tracks or sound libraries to recording location sound for video or film projects. Let’s look at some of the key things to know if you ever decide to do any field recording. Continue reading →

Robert Moog

1st commercial Moog synthesizer (1964, commissioned by the Alwin Nikolai Dance Theater of NY) @ Stearns Collection (Stearns 2035), University of Michigan
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Robert Arthur “Bob” Moog (May 23, 1934 – August 21, 2005), founder of Moog Music, was an American engineer and pioneer of electronic music, best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer. Continue reading →

Understanding Foley


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Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. The best Foley art is so well integrated into a film that it goes unnoticed by the audience. It helps to create a sense of reality within a scene. Without these crucial background noises, movies feel unnaturally quiet and uncomfortable. Continue reading →

James Horner


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James Roy Horner (August 14, 1953 – June 22, 2015) was an American composer, conductor and orchestrator of film scores. He was known for the integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for his frequent use of motifs associated with Celtic music. Continue reading →

Jaco Pastorius


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Early life

Pastorius was born December 1, 1951, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Jack Pastorius (big band singer and drummer) and Stephanie Katherine Haapala Pastorius; and was the first of their three children. Jaco’s grandmother was a Finn, named Kaisa Eriika Isojärvi. Jaco Pastorius was of Finnish, Sami,[4] German, Swedish and Irish ancestry. Continue reading →