Author Archives: Blake Madden

Inside The Great Stalacpipe Organ: The World’s Largest Instrument

The Great Stalacpipe Organ

In 1954, on his 5th birthday, Robert Sprinkle was given a choice by his father, Leland Sprinkle: have a traditional birthday party, or take a tour of one of Virginia’s most famous caves, Luray Caverns. Robert chose the cave tour, and soon the Sprinkle family descended below the surface of the small town of Luray […]

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How to Build Your Own Soundproof Rehearsal Room (When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing)

Most paid rehearsal spaces stink, if not literally, then at least figuratively. For several years, my band rehearsed in one: A windowless room slapped together with drywall inside of a warehouse space in a sad and desolate part of town. We played two nights a week in that rented space, sharing the room with up […]

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Brian Eno – “Ambient 1: Music For Airports”

Music for Airports

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. It’s early 1975, and Brian Eno strains to hear the recording of 18th century harp music a friend has given him. Eno is in recovery after being hit by a car and can barely get out of bed. After putting the record on with great difficulty […]

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Why Music Education Actually Matters

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“We favor the inclusion of music in the curriculum on an equality with other basic subjects. We believe that with the growing complexity of civilization, more attention must be given to the arts, and that music offers possibilities as yet but partially realized for developing an appreciation of the finer things of life.” —First Resolution […]

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Build Your Own Rat Park (A Better Approach to the Internet)

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. In July of 2013 Alexis Madrigal wrote an article for The Atlantic titled “The Machine Zone: This Is Where You Go When You Just Can’t Stop Looking at Pictures on Facebook”. Calling on research from MIT anthropologist Natasha Schüll, Madrigal makes overt what some of us […]

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A Brief History of Popular Home Recordings

For recording musicians of my generation, the first experience of turning a dual cassette deck stereo into a multi-track recording device, by dubbing the output of one deck to the input of the other while playing a new instrument through the stereo’s mic/line input, was a bit like sorcery. Sure, the original Casio drumbeat is […]

Posted in All Stories, December 2013, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, Industry Trends, Music: Making it, Listening to it., Producers and Studios, Technology | Comments closed

An Inconvenient Fee: The Legacy of Pearl Jam Vs. Ticketmaster

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden Two weeks ago, Pearl Jam released Lightning Bolt, their tenth studio album in a career that has spanned more than 20 years. A predictable wave of retrospectives from rock critics followed. Always mentioned – but only in passing – is what many of them dismiss as […]

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Extraordinary Desire: How Child Prodigies Are Made

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This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden When I was just above child-age, and not at all close to being a prodigious musician, stories of musical child prodigies seemed to pop up like clockwork. There I would be: 12 years old, just having finished struggling my way through the opening to Nirvana’s “Come […]

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Print the Legend: Kevin Shields and My Bloody Valentine

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” – Mr. Scott, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance The legend of Kevin Shields is one of a tortured genius, a Salinger-like recluse incapable of handling the spoils of his one masterpiece, My […]

Posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Guest Posts, Producer Profiles, September 2013 | Comments closed

Playing Fair: How Musicians and Live Music Venues Can Get Along

The High Dive

In January of 2011, singer/songwriter Gabriel Mintz performed at a popular Seattle music venue. At the end of the night, the venue gave Mintz a printout of incomes and expenses associated with the show. The gross revenue from ticket sales was a promising $825, yet Mintz received no cash to go along with his printout. […]

Posted in All Stories, August 2013, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, Most Popular | Comments closed
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