Project Pitch Reflection

A key component in support of the planning development and preparation for my major project this trimester was to present this project to my lecturer and peers to glean feedback on the direction and methodologies being deployed in a quest to fine tune the plan and rectify any shortcomings. This pitch was in the form … Continue reading Project Pitch Reflection

Commit to it!

Just completed an interesting task for the first time; mixing a song provided to me with a one hour time constraint applied. I gotta' say, this was to be the quickest hour of my life! The learning outcomes were to practice moving quickly, identify shortfalls in your workflow / DAW skills and most importantly hone … Continue reading Commit to it!

Mixing ‘Zed Leppelin’: What Is And What Should Never Be

The third song we were to mix was not actually one we had planned on recording ,but when the band wanted to begin with it as it was one that would get Tony's voice warmed up for the harder vocals, we agreed. Unexpectedly, it was one that the band played really well and had good … Continue reading Mixing ‘Zed Leppelin’: What Is And What Should Never Be

Music Genre Analysis: Aussie Pub Rock – (1970 – 1990)

"And the music was good and the music was loud, and the singer turned and he said to  the crowd...Let there be Rock"!!! (ACDC - Let there be Rock). Blood Sweat and Beers! Aussie Pub Rock is a genre that reveled in the rebellious times of Australian society in the 70's and 80's capitulating in … Continue reading Music Genre Analysis: Aussie Pub Rock – (1970 – 1990)

Consumerism: How much is enough?

Our world over the past 50 years has experienced a meteoric increase in consumption. Why? We are still the same species that at our core, require the same resources to survive as our ancestors did thousands of years ago. A mystery indeed! The first definition describes the well-being and protection of rights by consumer groups … Continue reading Consumerism: How much is enough?

Production Techniques: Shepard Tone

The 'Shepard Tone' named after psychologist and cognitive scientist Roger Shepard, is an auditory illusion involving a sound that appears to ascend (or descend), in pitch without actually leaving its preset range. Also an artist, here are some of Roger Shepard's more famous (and disturbing), sketches of visual illusions. The shepard tone has been used … Continue reading Production Techniques: Shepard Tone

Production Techniques: Parallel Compression

Parallel compression is one of the oldest and most widely used mixing techniques in the history of recorded music. It dates back to 1965 when Dolby A noise reduction engineers included in the system's internal circuitry parallel buses with one containing heavy compression. The basic idea of parallel processing is to duplicate the track you … Continue reading Production Techniques: Parallel Compression