Category Archives: Guest Posts

Self-Produced Songwriter Arthur Nasson on Limitations, Listening and 8-Track Recording

Arthur Nasson is a recording artist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer based in Boston, MA. Around the turn of the century, as the digital revolution took hold in earnest, music stores began selling off the very last of their all-analog recorders in order to make way for “the future”. I stood inside of one of those […]

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From The Vaults: Miles Davis – Live-Evil

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. “QUEEN ELIZABETH: Shall I be tempted of the devil thus? KING RICHARD III: Ay, if the devil tempt thee to do good.” – William Shakespeare, Richard III For Miles Davis, tension was the release. By 1970, the famously caustic Davis had grown tired of even saying […]

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Your (Long, Arduous, Doubt-Inducing, Bipolar) Surefire Path to Success

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle The modern musician cares about time, probably because we’re so often reminded, in ways both funny and sad, of how little we actually have. Musicians who feel the pressure of time look outside themselves for shortcuts to success. […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, June 2013, Most Popular, Music: Making it, Listening to it., Rants and Raves | Comments closed

Tales of the Tape: Cassette Culture in the Digital Age

"Restraint" from Seattle band Orca Team, on Cassingle and Loving It

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. In his book The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, psychologist Barry Schwartz slaps us with a provocative theory: The modern consumer’s unlimited freedom of choice is actually a burden that leads to anxiety and unhappiness. Schwartz isn’t culling ideas from Orwell’s 1984, but from […]

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Vanishing Borders: Latin American Music Production in a Globalized World

Vanishing Borders

This is a guest post by Costa Rican musician and engineer, Bruno Cubero. If you page through the calendars of South American music festivals this year, the lineups may seem familiar. Whether in Santiago, Monterrey, Bogotá or San José, you’ll find bands like The Killers, Pearl Jam, DIIV, The Black Keys, Twin Shadow and Ariel […]

Also posted in April 2013, Behind The Release, Featured Stories, Industry Trends, Most Popular | Comments closed

Producer Profile: John McEntire

McEntire, the musician

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. When we spoke, I kept hoping Chicago producer and musician John McEntire would regale me with tales of studio magic, or at least studio mischief. Did he ever mic drums from the top of a stairwell to try and get the booming sounds of his childhood […]

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Analog Analogs: Approximating Vintage Sounds In the Box

Universal Audio's Ampex ATR-102 Emulation

For many, the age of digital audio is also an age of analog nostalgia. Despite the ever-increasing quality of digital audio systems, all those decades of listening to the non-linearities of tubes, transformers, and tape have biased our ears in favor of older, more colored, and more costly recording methods. Unfortunately, fewer and fewer of […]

Also posted in All Stories, April 2013, Beyond The Basics, Featured Stories, Technology | Comments closed

From The Vaults: The Monochrome Set Strange Boutique

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. If you manage to sustain a working band for any period of time, you’ll sometimes meet people who claim you are obviously influenced by an artist or band that you’ve never heard of. Occasionally, something strange and wondrous will come out of these exchanges: In researching […]

Also posted in All Stories, Featured Stories, February 2013, From The Vaults | Comments closed

A Point of Departure with Producer Scott Solter

Scott Solter

This is a guest post by musician Daniel Shuman “I wasn’t interested in recording music because I particularly enjoyed putting up microphones,” says producer and engineer Scott Solter. “I wasn’t somebody who understood anything technical about audio – or anything technical at all.” This might come as something of a surprise to anyone who has […]

Also posted in December 2012, Featured Stories, Producer Profiles | Comments closed

PIPELINE: Surf Music’s Rocky Rise, Untimely Death, and Unlikely Return

Dick Dale and his Del-Tones: Surfer's Choice

This is a post by associate editor Blake Madden. “Sliding a wave removes our brains out of the ordinary and slips us into the extra ordinary of being there now. No more worries about mortgages or strife of being poor or rich. When you enter the domain of an ocean cylinder, that moment, those split […]

Also posted in December 2012, Featured Stories, From The Vaults | Comments closed
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