When pitching to venues, being completely honest about what you can deliver is essential for building trust and solid relationships for years to come. A promoter might ask: “What’s your draw for Kansas City?” If it’s 25, say 25, even if that means you won’t get booked. If it’s zero, say zero, but say you’re willing to boost Facebook ads in the area and send a bunch of press releases out.
In this OpEd from a former Soundfly student, we explore the effective active learning approaches key to getting the most out of any learning experience.
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Here are a few tips for upping your practicing game every day. But getting ready for a recording session requires doing things a little differently, so here are a few quick tips for how to make the most of your time in the studio:
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Next is an excellent arrangement of the New Order classic “Blue Monday” by Japanese chiptune superstar Hally (it starts at 3:09 in the video). And if you’re into New Order chiptune covers, be sure to check out my own version of “Bizarre Love Triangle.”
Morricone, Rota, Cipriani, Umiliani, Piccioni, Ortolani, Trovajoli: They’ve all influenced my work in countless ways, and not just in their shared collaboration with Edda Dell’Orso. Starting with Morricone and working my way down the line, I’ve tried to study the work of these composers as deeply as I can, and discover what it is about the kind of music they made which speaks to me on such a profound level.
Okay all this is super cool, but the thing is that Björk says, “first and foremost, Biophilia, is an album”. No matter how we view the creation and dissemination of the album and its concepts, it is true that Biophilia, like Magna Carta Holy Grail, is fundamentally available as a mass-produced musical product. The ingenuity and approach that went into these albums may end up influencing as many people as, say, Sgt. Peppers or Metal Machine Music, or Graceland, but they are all in the same family.
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Nothing makes a listener hit the back button faster than poor sound quality, which is why a professional podcasting microphone is an essential tool for both growing your audience and keeping them tuned in. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current microphone or start your first podcast, these mics are going to help you sound your best from the get-go.
Residencies help us feel renewed and able to dive right into our practice, removing the excess stress of everyday life. Sometimes you just have to get away to get inspired. So we’ve put together a delectable list of some of North America’s most captivating arts and music residencies, in case you’re on the hunt for your next creative adventure. Enjoy!
Most importantly, become familiar with your internal dialogue. What are your thoughts? What are the phrases you tell yourself? Are they positive? Are they negative? Are they rational or irrational? Are they something along the lines of: “You suck Susan!” (I hope not)?
The theremin is an instrument invented by Léon Theremin (Lev Sergeyevich Termen in Russian) in 1919. It has two metal antennae, and you play it not by touching it, but by moving your hands in the air between the antennae to control both the pitch and volume of the sound produced. We’ve written about the instrument in a past article, so head here to learn a bit more if you’re interested.
There are plenty of ways to have more fun on tour, but these were the first 10 I could think of that don’t cost a ton. Money does not buy fun, but it sure can help — so I tried to list the cheapest tactics. Thanks for reading!