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5 Powerful Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block • Songwriting Inspiration

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Writer’s block can be very disheartening and can last for extended periods of timeHere is an article showing 5 Powerful Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block. Writer’s block can be very disheartening and can last for extended periods of time.


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Learn Songwriting's curator insight, November 28, 2017 7:33 PM
If you are ever stuck for inspiration or ideas here are some way you can get over the hurdle of writers block
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Ladbroke Grove banned from making 'violent drill music'

Ladbroke Grove banned from making 'violent drill music' | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Five gang members are banned from mentioning death or injury in songs or on social media.
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I wonder if this is a free speech issue... This is in the UK,
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Why This New Form of Funding Has the Music Industry Amped Up

Why This New Form of Funding Has the Music Industry Amped Up | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
The music industry tests a new way to fund growth.
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Music Business: How To Make Yourself A More Attractive Artist

Music Business: How To Make Yourself A More Attractive Artist | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it

So you want to be a success in the music business? You need to become more attractive to your audience and labels... and Jesse Pacheco is here with ti


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Steve Russell Jr.'s curator insight, September 16, 2016 2:09 PM

While the masses of media grows rapidly, identifying the avenues towards success is key in the "Information Technology" generation. Social Media, Sales & Shows will deliver the proper guidance in becoming a successful artist today.  

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Songwriters: How to Demo Your Songs for Maximum Effect

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Expert Advice: Songwriters: How to Demo Your Songs for Maximum Effect
 
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There are many things that come into play when deciding what kind of demo you want to make.

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The music science trifecta - O'Reilly Radar

The music science trifecta - O'Reilly Radar | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Download our new free report Music Science: How Data and Digital Content are Changing Music, by Alistair Croll, to learn more about music, data, and music science. Today's...
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Prosoundnetwork Blogs - VIDEO: Recalling Recording Springsteen’s “Born To Run”

Prosoundnetwork Blogs - VIDEO: Recalling Recording Springsteen’s “Born To Run” | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Home of ProSound News and ProAudio Review
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A great article and video on the 914 studio that recorded "Born To Run".

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Homeless to Participate in Songwriting Jam Session

On June 16th New Orleans Homeless will have the opportunity to write a song with top Louisiana songwriters including Rockin' Dopsie Jr, Eli Seals, Scott Lee ...
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Awesomeness!

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NI Massive Free House & EDM presets | FatLoops.com

NI Massive Free House & EDM presets | FatLoops.com | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Massive in da House Vol 1 is high quality collection of free NI Massive presets suitable for House, Electro, Dubstep and any other EDM related genre.
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great set of free downloads of royalty free loops and midi! I've downloaded some for my songwriting.

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Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
When a song triggers both anticipation and reward, it moves us like nothing else.
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"So each act of listening to music may be thought of as both recapitulating the past and predicting the future. When we listen to music, these brain networks actively create expectations based on our stored knowledge. Composers and performers intuitively understand this: they manipulate these prediction mechanisms to give us what we want — or to surprise us, perhaps even with something better."

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Young Guru Is the Most Influential Man in Hip-Hop You've Never Heard Of - Wall Street Journal

Young Guru Is the Most Influential Man in Hip-Hop You've Never Heard Of - Wall Street Journal | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Hip-hop’s most trusted sound engineer—he’s worked with Jay-Z for the past 16 years—is lending his talents to Silicon Valley and the next generation of sound innovators.
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“He asks producer questions, which lead us to talking about engineering, I ask him engineering questions, and we end up talking about production. There are not too many people with whom I trust that conversation.”

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Your EDM Exclusive: Midnight Tyrannosaurus - Your EDM

Your EDM Exclusive: Midnight Tyrannosaurus - Your EDM | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
In the current state of EDM, several genres are clouded by monotony and thoughtless imitation. If you've been a fan of electronic music for a decent amount
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So true...life could be added to the quickly "mechanizing" of EDM.

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Epic Photos Offer a God-Like View of EDM Festival Chaos - Wired

Epic Photos Offer a God-Like View of EDM Festival Chaos - Wired | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Felix R. Cid splices together hundreds of images from EDM festivals around the world.
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Hip Hop Orchestra Loops Sample Pack - Hex Loops

Hip Hop Orchestra Loops Sample Pack - Hex Loops | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Hex Loops brings the Hip Hop Orchestra, an extensive collection of over 170 orchestral, symphony loops and samples ready to be mixed into your latest hip hop.

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HipHop Orchestra!

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Joy Division- photographed by Paul Slattery, Stockport, England 1979

Joy Division- photographed by Paul Slattery, Stockport, England 1979 | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Joy Division- photographed by Paul Slattery, Stockport, England 1979

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5 Powerful Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block • Songwriting Inspiration

5 Powerful Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block • Songwriting Inspiration | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it

Writer’s block can be very disheartening and can last for extended periods of timeHere is an article showing 5 Powerful Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block. Writer’s block can be very disheartening and can last for extended periods of time.


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Songwriters are most susceptible to writer's block...this can help!
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Learn Songwriting's curator insight, November 28, 2017 7:33 PM
If you are ever stuck for inspiration or ideas here are some way you can get over the hurdle of writers block
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How To Make Sub Bass That Sits In The Mix like a PRO

How To Make Sub Bass That Sits In The Mix like a PRO | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Are you still struggling with mixing your Bass sounds with another element in the music? All the genres of music use Bass instruments and sounds in their compositions, be it EDM or an orchestral piece Bass is always required to fill in the low end of the Audio spectrum. Audio spectrum range for humans is …

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Just-In Santiago's curator insight, February 10, 2016 11:33 PM

Awesome tips for perfecting that key sub-bass sound that any producer wants in their instrumentals. There are 3 different bass genres: Sub-Bass (any bass below 50Hz to 60Hz) rather felt than heard, Mid-Range Bass: (50Hz to 2KHz) big sounding bass, this is where layering your bass lines comes into play, and finally Upper Bass: Frequencies above 1 KHz to 18 KHz which gives the sharp texture after some modulations and effects are added to the sample. The human ear can hear no lower than 20Hz and no higher than 20KHz. This article taught me how to tweak my bass sounds to sound more precise, clean-cut, and professional.

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Music Vault Offers More Than 13,000 Live Videos on YouTube | Rolling Stone

Music Vault Offers More Than 13,000 Live Videos on YouTube | Rolling Stone | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
The people behind Wolfgang's Vault have remastered concert performances by Bob Dylan, James Brown and more

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Open the vault!

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Kyle Ernst's curator insight, April 13, 2015 9:50 PM

Artists have been posting footage of their live shows to social media sites like Youtube for a while. This is no doubt an effort to show what they're like live in comparison to a recording. They want fans to see them playing well so they will hopefully come out to their shows. A company called Music Vault is remastering old concerts of a multitude of bands and posting them on Youtube. The enhanced quality and postings, in my opinion, will intrigue the younger and older generations alike. This could lead to a resurgence in some of these artists music which could lead to monetary gain for some of the artists and labels that are presented. Interesting read!

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Hardwell Talks About The Future Of EDM - Focus News

Hardwell Talks About The Future Of EDM - Focus News | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Hardwell sat down and discussed various topics, including the future of EDM and some of the future assignments he’s been working on.
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"I am Hardwell. I play Hardwell music."

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Prosound Network: U2 Tour Manager Sheehan Passes

Prosound Network: U2 Tour Manager Sheehan Passes | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Prosound Network by Clive Young. U2’s longtime tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, 68, died early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, just hours after the band completed the first concert of a five-show stand at The Forum. A permanent part of U2’s team, Sheehan had worked with the band for more than 30 years.
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U2's tour manager Dennis Sheehan died laat Wednesday, at 68. I thought there would be more coverage than what he got. Better late than never.

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Shadow House Ableton/Maschine Sample Pack by Niche Audio

Shadow House Ableton/Maschine Sample Pack by Niche Audio | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Niche Audio presents Shadow House, a bunch of authentic House samples, Ableton & Maschine kits and patterns, inspired by the current sound of the House music.

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Nice sounds...nice kit!

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Life on Planets: "So Much Modern Dance Music Lacks Poetry" - Miami New Times

Life on Planets: "So Much Modern Dance Music Lacks Poetry" - Miami New Times | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Like fellow boogie meisters PillowTalk and Nick Monaco in the Crew Love collective, Life on Planets is bringing a fresh if retro approach to dance music, self-described as "dawning a long-awaited return to authentic songwriting" in the genre.
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True insight into dance music's lack of artistry from my hometown of Baltimore.

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Classic Boxes - VST Plugins Collection by D16 Group

Classic Boxes - VST Plugins Collection by D16 Group | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it

D16 Group and Plugin Boutique bring the Classic Boxes, a collection of four drum plugins that emulates the Roland's 303, 606, 909 and 808 famous drum machines.


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If you are looking for classic 303, 606, 909 and 808 sounds - Check out this bundle!

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Ufology - YouTube

From a glitchfilter project I produced in 2008.
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I saw a 100 square foot luminescent machine go slowly and silently over my head and across a field in NC. It came over the tree line behind where we were standing then moved across a field 3 football fields wide. Me and a friend watched it for quite a while. I don't know whether it was terrestrial or not but it was weird.

 

Here is a song I produced that was inspired by that experience.

 

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Common Music Production and Audio Engineering Myths

Common Music Production and Audio Engineering Myths | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Here are a couple of the greatest myths I come across about music production and audio engineering. As a musician and audio engineer I'll do anything to make sure I get the best results. But there'...
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Good myth-busting about music production and engineering.

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Deshaun Cayo's curator insight, December 6, 2015 6:52 PM

This article talked about the myths being said about mixing and mastering. That the two are similar but deal with two different parts of the song. Mastering is the final stages making sure its balanced. While mixing is getting the levels right making sure the vocals and drums basically the guts of the song. It also explained that you dont expensive eqiupment that the right experience should be good with any equipment.

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Musikmesse 2015: Best Audio Interfaces On Show

Musikmesse 2015: Best Audio Interfaces On Show | Thoughts on Music and Music Production | Scoop.it
Here are some of the best Audio Interfaces presented this year at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2015: Babyface Pro Audio Interface, Apollo Audio Interfaces, WM-1 interface.

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Mark Kbc's curator insight, May 17, 2015 9:43 PM


This interface is what I need to make my mixing a lot easier. No delays or anything that I deal with what I have at the moment.