Daily Archives: August 4, 2010

16 Articles for Indie Band/Artist Promotion Help

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Plasma Speaker! – Early Prototype

This is ridiculous..can’t wait to see where this goes..

The TENORI-ON

The TENORI-ON 16 x 16 LED button matrix is simultaneously a performance input controller and display. By operating and interacting with the LED buttons and the light they produce you gain access to the TENORI-ON’s numerous performance capabilities.
The TENORI-ON provides six different performance and sound / light modes for broad performance versatility, and these modes can be combined and used simultaneously for rich, complex musical expression.

The Six Modes

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5 Year Old Blind Pianist Incredibly Playing Mozart – No Lessons

This really speaks for itself. It’s incredible, but somehow I’m not surprised. Are you? People are amazing, and obviously rediculously adaptable. I guess the incredible threshold is getting more and more common place these days. Still, this is awesome!

Giant Free Audio Plug-in Database!

Awesome resource for free VST plug-ins, instrument patches, and effects! Wow I wish I would have seen this before!!

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DJ Notation – What and Why

DJ notation is an easy way to mark up your tracks.

Thanks to DJ notation, you can quickly scan the list of your tracks and instantly know what would be best/easiest to play next.

DJs have hundreds and thousands of songs in their libraries nowadays. What’s more, thanks to CDJs and digital DJing technology, they can bring them all to the club. While it’s great to have such a broad choice of songs, it makes it almost impossible to remember them all.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to look at your song’s listing during a gig and instantly know:

  • whether the song you’re playing is ending with beats only or if it fades out or if there’s melody up to the very end
  • which other song will be easy to mix in next
  • which one is very hard or almost impossible to mix into your currently playing song
  • when exactly comes the major build up / break down of that particular song
  • and much more?

Learn DJ notation at http://www.djnotation.org/

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Buddy Guy – “Money” – What a live performance should look like

Seriously.

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The History of Jazz

Chapter One: The Prehistory of Jazz

The Africanization of American Music

An elderly black man sits astride a large cylindrical drum. Using his fingers and the edge of his hand, he jabs repeatedly at the drum head–which is around a foot in diameter and probably made from an animal skin–evoking a throbbing pulsation with rapid, sharp strokes. A second drummer, holding his instrument between his knees, joins in, playing with the same staccato attack. A third black man, seated on the ground, plucks at a string instrument, the body of which is roughly fashioned from a calabash. Another calabash has been made into a drum, and a woman heats at it with two short sticks. One voice, then other voices join in. A dance of seeming contradictions accompanies this musical give-and-take, a moving hieroglyph that appears, on the one hand, informal and spontaneous yet, on closer inspection, ritualized and precise. It is a dance of massive proportions. A dense crowd of dark bodies forms into circular groups–perhaps five or six hundred individuals moving in time to the pulsations of the music, some swaying gently, others aggressively stomping their feet. A number of women in the group begin chanting. Continue reading