Category Archives: May 2012

The Return of the 90s and the Twenty-Year Itch

When the New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik cited a handful of pop-culture novelties in “The Forty Year Itch” to make the case that American culture operates on a forty-year cultural cycle, I wasn’t the only one left scratching my head. Despite the isolated success of Mad Men, 1960s culture wasn’t an especially popular motif in the […]

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Audio School: Salaries, Opportunities and Graduation Rates for Sound Engineers

We’ve heard our share of studio sob stories over the past decade. Since 2000, multi-room facilities have closed all over major metropolitan areas, and here in the NY Tri-state area alone we lost Hit Factory, Sony, and Bennett Studios, just to name a few. All the while, audio schools pumped out record numbers of graduates, […]

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String Section: Rob Moose & yMusic

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Violinist Rob Moose was a sophomore in college when he responded to a classified ad that read “Britten, Buckley, Boulez, Bjork.” That single ad led him to songwriter Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and in the years that followed, to gigs with Antony and the Johnsons, The National and Bon Iver. In 2007, Moose […]

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The Best of Both Worlds: “Mid-Fi” Recording with DIIV & Daniel James Schlett

Daniel James Schlett is probably one of the best engineers I know under age thirty. I don’t say this because he works out of one of my favorite studios, Brooklyn’s Strange Weather Recording, but in spite of it. The more work he gets, the harder it is for me to book the place for myself. […]

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Studio Toolbox: The Best Ribbon Mics In The World

As digital recording has become the norm, many of the tools that engineers once took for granted have disappeared from  recording studios. But it’s one of the ironies of the DAW-age that the embrace of computer recording has led directly to the comeback of one technology that’s even older than tape itself. That’s right: Today, […]

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Behind The Release: Lost in the Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs

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Ari Picker, the singer and principal writer for Lost in the Trees was older than most students when he got started in the film scoring program at Berklee College. Now he’s 30, a recent graduate with a bachelor’s in music, and probably one of the only members of his class who has a record deal […]

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Results from our Audio Poll: Neil Young and High-Definition Sound

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Last issue, we took a look at some big claims that Neil Young made back in February about the sound quality of contemporary music files. Within 48 hours, several other journals rekindled this dusty old story as well. By April 4th, Rolling Stone ran a much–cited piece detailing how Neil Young filed trademarks for terms including […]

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Remembering Adam Yauch

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. Who is the last famous person you can remember who died young? Not from a freak accident or an overdose, not from suicide or murder — someone who just got sick and died? For now, it’s hard to remember any further back than Adam Yauch. At age […]

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