Category Archives: September 2013

How to Become the Best at What You Do (In Music, Sound, Writing, or Anything Else)


We now live in a global economy. This means that no matter what path you take in life, if you want anything that resembles a sustainable and fulfilling career, chances are that you’re going to have to become among the best in the world at what you do. This wasn’t always the case. There was […]

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

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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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