The Power of Labels

Degrade -d  

  • treat or regard with contempt or disrespect
  • lower the character or quality of
  • reduce to a lower rank, especially as a punishment

Synonyms: demean, debase, cheapen, devalue, shame, humiliate, mortify, abase, dishonor, dehumanize, brutalize, lossy

 


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You Touch Me I Hear The Sound of Mandolins

Awesome rendition of this magical song written for a 1957 movie that I personally first heard performed by David Bowie in the 70’s. This is the amazing Nina Simone going way back to 1959:

[I’m having deja vu on this …

A Tale Of Two Setups

I was in my new all-analog studio last night with a simple task – dump from the 4-track tape machine to something digital so I could share the tracks just recorded with the artists.


 

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First I needed to do …

Room Acoustics 101

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Here’s a simple to understand, visual version of basic room acoustic properties. People argue about gear and formats and often times forget to deal with the most important aspect of what they are hearing – the room.

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We Will See What The Digital Age Has In Store For Us

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Records, record stores, record sales … it’s all gone.

It’s up to the young musicians to try an’ figure it out.

There’s no money in it. There’s no record companies.

It’s free! You can download it. Nobody gets paid, so …

Dawg Gone Analog

It’s happening. I’ve considered and planned and anticipated this for 15+ years. But always compromised.

I’m going analog at the studio. Direct to tape. Outboard gear. No DAW. No computers needed at all.

The real deal. Why wait any longer?…

Cliff Notes on the Loudness Wars

With master quality HD audio getting into people’s ears and getting more buzz every day, I think its important to look into one of the related issues in recorded music: The Loudness Wars.

It really does get to the core …

A Girl Like That

The obvious back story to “Jessie’s Girl”

Loudness Wars Research

I’ve really been exploring my music collection lately* and along with the playback quality of the PonoPlayer, I’ve learned some things about the hated concept of “loudness wars”:

 

  1. I can really hear it start up in the early 90’s

Recording Quality Rule Of Thumb

Allow me to speak some truth about the recording arts — the overall quality of music production has been going down since before I started. I’ve done nothing to reverse the trend ;-).

This is due to multiple factors not …

Best Thing Ever

Lofty headline, no?

Music is life. Perhaps we should all play music to each other, that might be a better world.

Instead we developed technology to record the music so we can play it on demand without musicians present.

After …

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Lots of Gadgets Are Spying On You


I covered it last week here. Samsung gets called out for their smart TV’s listening and transmitting everything we say to a third party. Very 1984. You might have thought ‘Samsung isn’t the only one doing it’ – and …

Word of the Day: Provenance

Provenance - Noun : originsourceplace of originbirthplace, fountrootspedigreederivationroot

You hear it on antiques shows and now you hear about it in digital music, and it’s …

Pure Sound Quality

Quality:

  1. GoodMusic as MP3  =  sounds pretty good – get your jam on!
  2. GoodMusic as 16bit FLAC  or   CD  =  sounds better – damn listen to that bass! – time to dance – pure and clean and timeless
  3. GoodMusic as

Pre-CD Grandeur

Great write up on a classic opera recording finally being released properly in HD/Hi-Res audio:

Rediscovering Maria Callas in High-Resolution Audio

Internet experts continue to argue and debate about hi-res, but music lovers that consider themselves real listeners (not just …

40 Years of Recorded Music Distribution

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Vintage jams

Quick history lesson —

Digital audio made it’s public debut with the CD standard known as “RedBook”, started in 1978. A collaboration between Phillips & Sony, the CD standard was originally going to be 14bit/40k with error correction …

To Keep You Satisfied

I love music. I love Beatles. I love studios. I love lamp.

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Kickstart The Funk With The Bump

Freekbass and his new band The Bump Assembly are doing a new record, and it’s being crowdsourced with a nice kickstarter campaign.

So find a little extra gift money and pre-buy yourself some brand new funk for the new year!…

Quick Studio Funk with Larry Dunn & Foley

Just a glimpse into the sessions for Foley’s killer 1993 release “7 Years Ago….Directions In Smart-Alec Music” featuring some keyboard love from original EWF player Larry Dunn, with a quick glimpse of GC at the end.

Hey was that Foley …

Meganutt With The Hens – Weapon of Choice In The Studio

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Introducing The Spiderbots

No they are not from Mars. Here’s an extended piece I have worked on for many years: Music for Spiderbots, in Three Parts. Na zdrowie!

That Was Really Super Laid Back

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The Pressure Is On, or Why I Decided To Record An Entire Album In One Weekend

I’ve produced quite a few songs at this point for a variety of artists and styles. I’ve also released many of my own productions – countless hours in the dark studio clicking, sliding, and space bar-ing my life away.

This …

Roaming Crazy Available on iTunes – Put it on your walkman now!

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We are all roaming crazy

Aw yeah, it’s official — Roaming Crazy is alive on iTunes! Only $.99 to put it on your walkman.
Search and destroy, or just click this link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stares-2020-single/id424596034
If you like it hard and fast …

He Beat Me To It (Again!)

My boy Damon from Gorillaz is rambling forward yet again, pushing to release the first major project recorded on an iPad this holiday season. I’ve messed around with the 4-track recorders and many of the synthesizers and other iOS instrument …

Progress/Process… ps “I am not a whore” haha

Wow, the 2MERIMIX OPEN MIND NITE @ The Duck last night has left all involved groggy and probably a bit irritable, but time marches on, the beat goes on, the show must go on, etc..?Thankfully two bits of progress in

Books and Music – So much on the way

Yo humans
I’ve been feeling prolific and proficient lately
got those legs pumping and ain’t giving up no ground.So many opportunites with so little cash,
so much fun to be had makin the dash,
but I have big billskys, crying …

The Augmented Future Starring Headtronics

I’ve been peddling myself around town since the weather broke and damn what a beautiful city Cleveland is.

 

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The view of the east side of Cleveland, from above Cleveland Heights.

 

The near east side by bike has to

technology lets me…

..post while tracking. Nice, very nice. Finally got the wifi working down at The Flux-adel Recording Division! Hopefully this doesn’t cut into our productivity (er what productivity). But anyway right now as I type this we are tracking and I …

Spring has sprung!

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So its been a long while i know
But much has been happening around me
Since i last opened my space
And your face to my reality

A new studio has sprung
Bigger harder stronger than the last one
The …