Category Archives: Guest Posts

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

By さかおり (Myself) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/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 […]

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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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Letters From Smart People: Some of Our Best Mail From 2013

You might have noticed that we don’t really have a “comments” section on Scientist. That’s by design. If you want to let us know what you think, we welcome you to write us an email anytime. Here are a few of our favorite letters from 2013: The article on working for free kills. Thank you! […]

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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 […]

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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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Picking Your Plectrum: An Audio Comparison of Odd and Unusual Guitar Picks

This is a guest post by guitarist and composer Rich Bennett Keys to the Kingdom In an expectant moment before my first guitar lesson, I quickly grabbed a pick out of the tin at the front desk of my local music store. I can’t be sure if it was a Fender, Dava, Peavey, whether it […]

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Extraordinary Desire: How Child Prodigies Are Made

Image by Flickr user David Simmonds

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 […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, Producer Profiles, September 2013 | Comments closed
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