Here is an excellent video with Pharrell Williams interviewing Daniel Lanois. Lanois talks about his vast musical history and gives us a glimpse into his personal studio. Highlights to look for: Lanois gives us an demonstration of his pedal steel playing and shows us some cool vintage gear. It is definitely worth the taking the time to watch the entire program.
Musicians, whether they are recording or just playing music, need to understand the importance of “room treatment” and how it plays a key role in the sound you hear. I have had mixed results trying to explain this concept to others. In my own case, I noticed the difference immediately after I hung my first homemade absorber over my listening position at Tangled Wire Studios. Since then I have added several absorbers and bass traps to my recording space. I can say with confidence, I have a decent sounding room.
I recently cam across an excellent and short video that explains how sound travels within a room. (Hat tip to the Tape Op Blog) The explanation is concise and the terminology used is simple enough for non-scientific minds like mine.
Today we lost another treasure, Pete Seeger. Rest in peace, Pete!
Here’s a classic video, of Pete’s Rainbow Quest show, with the legendary Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
Here’s something I came across while browsing Youtube. I remember watching Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert when I was a kid. I have no recollection of this episode, though. Maybe Black Sabbath was too much for my local TV station in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I consider it really amazing, seeing audience’s enthusiastic reception to Black Sabbath’s high energy performance. I especially like the band’s rendition of “Hole in The Sky,” from the underrated record, “Sabotage.”
Here’s the setlist:
2. Killing Yourself To Live
3. Hole In The Sky
5. War Pigs
Here’s a fascinating video showing the genius of Brian Wilson during the Pet Sounds sessions. Wouldn’t Be Nice was the first song recorded for this classic album and this video gives us a glimpse into the complexity and brilliance of Wilson’s musical arrangement skills.
Here’s an interesting video showing the songwriting process of the Rolling Stones creating their classic song, “Sympathy for the Devil.” What’s not to like about this clip? You get to see the Stones at their prime in 1968 working on their classic record, “Beggar’s Banquet.” The footage was shot by French new wave cinema icon, Jean-Luc Godard.
I find it interesting to see the song develop from it’s original concept to the classic song we all know and love.
H/T to the always excellent site, openculture.com
Here’s a great little film featuring one of my favorite songwriters, Jim White. Filmed during a recent U.K. tour, we get a glimpse into Jim’s music and his personality. I have had the good fortune to see him perform several times and was never disappointed. Check out the film and look for his records. You won’t be sorry.
This is something to behold! This clip is entertaining and educational on so many levels. Note how the songs and the harmonies are constructed. This is how singing should be – from the heart without autotune. This video clip is a must watch for anyone who writes and arranges song!
Here’s something a little different. This is a short story I wrote based on some real life events. This story is about Ronald Reagan, the 1980′s and LSD. All names have been changed to protect the not so innocent.
Sorry I have been lax in updating the blog. I have been busy over the last couple of months mixing my latest release, “Waiting for the Rain.”
Now that my project is completed, I will be posting more on the blog. Check back for more gear related reviews and other posts relating to music.