Category Archives: 2013

What to Practice (For Musicians, Writers, Audio Engineers, Entrepreneurs)

Learning Zone

This month, we’ve looked at the “why” and “how” of deliberate practice. It’s the only kind of activity that’s been shown, over decades of research, to make you dramatically better at the things you care most about doing. Deliberate practice is different than on-the-job experience, and in many ways, it can be even more effective. […]

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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 […]

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Think You Have Golden Ears? Take the Scientist Challenge!

Take the Scientist Challenge: If you can reliably hear a difference between either CD or 320kbps mp3 and any higher resolution format, (and prove it!) we will publish a glowing, feature-length article about you. Whenever we write about subjects like bit depth, sample rates, high resolution mp3s, or the quality of contemporary audio technology, we […]

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Why (Almost) Everything You Thought You Knew About Bit Depth Is Probably Wrong

A lot of competent audio engineers working in the field today have some real misconceptions and gaps in their knowledge around digital audio. Not a month goes by that I don’t encounter an otherwise capable music professional who makes simple errors about all sorts of basic digital audio principles – The very kinds of fundamental […]

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NYC Indie Labels: Kanine Records

It’s been ten years since Lio and Kay Kanine put out their first release: a compilation of 20 undiscovered bands, most of them from Brooklyn, titled NY: The Next Wave. Lio Kanine (then known by his real name, Lio Cerezo) had landed a job with the indie distributor Alternative Distribution Alliance not long after moving […]

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Why Vinyl Is NOT Going To Save The Music Industry (And What Will)


Vinyl sales have exploded over the past six years. They grew by 44% in 2010, 39% in 2011 and 19% in 2012. At first glance, this seems huge — Especially when you take into account that music sales in general have dropped over 60% from their peak. But here’s the dirty little secret you probably haven’t […]

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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. […]

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Modern Hi-Fi: What Really Happened to the High-End Stereo Market


Old people complaining about ‘the kids these days with their so-called music’ goes back to at least the time of the ancient Greeks, when Plato griped that: “Music was once divided into its proper forms…not permitted to exchange the melodic styles of these established forms and others…The rule was to listen silently and learn; But […]

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Merch Table: Supplementing Music Income Through T-Shirt Sales

People form intense emotional attachments to concert Tees. This Led Zeppelin T-shirt recently sold for $10,000, making it the

The short-sleeved T-shirt, first made for the US Navy in 1913, turns 100 this year. Theoretically, there are dozens of ways a musician could make money. In a survey that began in 2012, the non-profit group Future of Music Coalition identified 42 of them. Their exhaustive list included everything from session fees to teaching engagements, […]

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InputOutput Podcast: The Ian MacKaye Interview

As a member of seminal hardcore punk bands The Teen Idles, Minor Threat and Fugazi, and a founder of the pioneering indie label, Dischord Records, Ian MacKaye led a musical movement out of Washington, D.C. in the early 80s that continues to ignite and inspire bands all over the world. With Dischord as its engine, […]

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