How Sound Affects You: Toning

Relationship between sound and health. Lynda Arnold focuses on the instrument we all have—our voice—and how it can be used to positive effect.

If you attend yoga classes on a regular basis, you may have had a teacher that started or ended the class with a group ‘Om’ or two. ‘Om’ is one of the most important of the toning syllables because it is believed to be the sound of the origin of the universe or the sound of creation. ‘Om’ is often sung as part of the Bija Mantra series of syllabic toning. The foundation of Toning and the focus of this article, however, are the vowels. Continue reading

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Spirit Catcher’s Studio Space

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Welcome to producer-wonderland! Have you already booked your vacation for this year? If not, this studio could probably help you for the most creative producing session, ever. Spirit Catcher, the Belgian duo consisting of Jean Vanesse and Thomas Sohet are the owners of this fairytale house in Beaumont Belgium. You already should know them for several high quality productions on 20:20 Vision, Systematic Recordings, Moodmusic and NRK and for their cool DJ sets. Lean back and enjoy 8 stunning pictures of their professional studio in collaboration with our friends from TURNLAB.

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Hello Jean, Hello Thomas, we’re still overwhelmed from the pictures of your studio. But let’s get back in the days. When did you start DJing and producing?
That was in 1996. Continue reading

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Vinyl records are far from dead, now you can 3D-print your own

You can use 3D printers and custom software to make everything from houses to pizzas, but did you know you could also 3D-print vinyl records?

Developer Amanda Ghassaei from Instructables is known for her alogorithm that converts audio data into 3D geometry data. She has subsequently used that alogorithm to manufacture 3D vinyl records for singles from artists like Nirvana, Pixies, Daft Punk, and Radiohead. More recently, the track Down Boy, performed by Bobbie Gordon and produced by Kele Okereke, was put onto a 3D-printed vinyl record using her alogorithm.

An Objet500 Connex 3D printer generated the disc for Down Boy, at fine settings like 600 dpi, with 16 micron steps. Gordon recently performed the tune at a launch party for the world’s first 3D-printing record store, where the limited-edition, 3D-printed version of her track went up for sale. Down Boy was a sponsored and documented project by Bacardi Beginnings, and it marked the first time that an original song had been released and sold as a 3D-printed album.

Ghassaei’s algorithim uses an 11 Khz sampling rate however, so the resolution of Down Boy is quite low. In fact, the final output is around 25 per cent of what you could get from an MP3. With such a poor rate, the Objet500 Connex actually cuts off high-range tones in most songs. It’s been said that 3D-printed records have a sound that is audible and distinguishable but still distant and hollow. Watch the video below for an example.

READ: Ten houses 3D printed in 24 hours

Ghassaei also said the resin residue of 3D-printed albums will eventually wear down a turntable’s needle, but she insisted it is still “really cool to kind of push the technology.” Furthermore, it takes more than a gigabyte of data to 3D print an entire song, meaning a standard 12-inch LP can only hold one single. Her DIY website on Instructables explains in detail how to convert audio files into 33 RPM resin records. It also demonstrates how 3D printers create albums, layer by layer.

Although 3D-printed albums are thicker and stiffer and sound horrible when compared to vinyl records, you must think of all this as a stepping stone of sorts. The technology to produce 3D objects is still new and will likely be honed over time. Maybe one day it’ll be responsible for the full comeback of vinyl records. After all, music has been experiencing a vinyl revival over the last decade as audiophiles seek a warm and authentic music sound.

You can view Bacardi Beginnings’ video documentary for both Down Boy and the first 3D-printing record store (called The Vinyl Factory in central London), below.

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SHINE FEST 25-27. Julijs @ Liepaja

Shine Fest 2014” ir vadošais elektroniskās mūzikas festivāls Latvijā, kas notiek jau piekto gadu pēc kārtas Liepājā. Festivāls ir kļuvis par Latvijas elektroniskās mūzikas cienītāju un Liepājas pilsētas kultūras programmas neatņemamu sastāvdaļu – no dīdžeju setiem pludmales kafejnīcā “Shine Cafe” tas dažu gadu laikā ir izaudzis līdz Latvijā nozīmīgākajam elektroniskās mūzikas kopienas pasākumam. Festivāls „Shine Fest” ietver sevī plašu mūzikas stilu daudzveidību – techno, house, drum’n’bass, dubstep, funk, reggae u.c. apvienojumā ar pozitīvu atmosfēru un neaizmirstamiem mirkļiem pašā Baltijas jūras krastā.  Continue reading

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German police have discovered what they reckon to be one of the largest illegal pressing plants in Europe.

Several properties were raided in both Bavaria and Hessen after preliminary investigations led by anti-piracy organisation proMedia at the instigation of the German record industry trade group BVMI, with support from global trade body IFPI.

BVMI CEO Dr Florian Drücke said: “Thanks to the excellent preparatory work and above all the precise work of the prosecutor and police, this raid has enabled us to pull the plug on the largest-ever undercover pressing plant for music in Europe. The equipment found here demonstrates once again that this is not the work of petty criminals, but of professional organisations whose criminal activities inflict massive damage on artists and the recording industry”.


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6 Tips for Making Digital Sound Analog (Analog Warmth From Software Plug-Ins)

The deeper we delve into the digital direction for music production, the more we seem to crave that analog, unpredictable, warm treatment for our sounds. Joe Albano shares 6 ways to achieve this.

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10 Mixing Mistakes Everyone Makes – And How to Avoid Them

Over the last 20 years, Point Blank has seen it all. Despite the vast changes in production technology and methods, beginner producers, students and even some veterans often trip up on the same mixing mistakes time and time again. As more and more tools and channels become available at affordable prices, often the fundamental production techniques are forgotten, which can leave your music sounding flat, thin and harsh. Continue reading

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