Category Archives: Featured Stories

Industry Intel: 2015 Recording Engineer Salaries (By Industry and Region)


It’s that time of year again: Time when audio students begin graduating into the workforce en masse. Also: Time to review the past years’ jobs data to see where the best prospects in the audio industry lie. Each spring—not too long before schools let out—the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases its latest job […]

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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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Building the Practice Habit: 6 Science-Supported Steps to Great Musicianship

Django Reinhardt

“Good habits are worth being fanatical about.” ―John Irving Research shows that developing a skill is nothing like cramming for an exam. Creative ability, like physical strength, is something that develops slowly, almost unconsciously over time, given the right stimulus. Because of this, the most fundamental determinant of how great your musicianship will become lies […]

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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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Music Business Lessons From The Beatles

Image courtesy of Flickr user AndyWithCamera

“Of course I’m ambitious. What’s wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.” -Ringo Starr 50 years ago this week, The Beatles touched down in New York City for the first time. It is a cliché, but a truthful one, to say that the pop music world has never been the same since. By any […]

Also posted in All Stories, February 2014, Industry Trends | Comments closed

Why Music Education Actually Matters

By さかおり (Myself) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

“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 […]

Also posted in All Stories, February 2014, Guest Posts | Comments closed

Recently on Justin’s Blog


One of my personal goals for the new year was to try writing a daily blog to see how I’d like it. So, in 40 days, from December 20th to January 30th, I wrote 40 blog posts. (Okay technically, those dates are 42 days apart. I did take 2 days off one weekend just to […]

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Learning from Social Media Failures

(Or: How To Take Control of Your Online Life Without Burning Your Hand on The Stove) For the amount that Social Media has come to dominate many of our everyday lives, we know precious little about what it’s doing to us. Though at times it’s unnervingly easy to forget what life was like before social […]

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The Science of Effective Social Media Use

(A by-the-numbers look at controlling your media feed instead of having it control you.) In “Learning from Social Media Failures” we explored so many of the ways social media can go wrong and erode your quality of life. But how about a little focus on the ways to use it right? Whether you’re a content […]

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