from “Amen, Brother” by the Winstons – the AMEN BREAK:

and from “Funky Drummer” by James Brown:

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Microphones – Digital Audio

On May 17, 2017, in tech, by mugen

More resources for teaching digital audio – Microphone basics.

Very basic stuff, good starting point and terminology – E-Home Recording Studio

More basics, includes directionality diagrams – Yamaha Pro Audio

More depth and detail – envato tuts+

Broader, more than just mics – Streamer Square

Real language notes on recording speech for a beginner with some FAQ – Peter L. Patrick (British)

Much more technical and in-depth, more directionality diagrams – Gearank

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Shamisen, again

On May 17, 2017, in Japan, Music, song, by mugen

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Redesigning Apple Music

On May 17, 2017, in Music, tech, by mugen

I don’t use Apple Music. Hell, for the last 8 months, I haven’t even had most of my music in iTunes, and have stuck with mostly vinyl and Spotify. But I’ve been playing around with Medium (and crossposting there from my music blog, and spotted this post about a young designer who, after being turned down for an internship with Apple, decided to turn his rejection into a reason to practice better, more thoughtful design – by redesigning Apple Music for iOS. Looks pretty good to me.

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Weird Babymetal Tour

On May 17, 2017, in Concert, Japan, Music, by mugen

Babymetal is “touring” Japan this summer (playing multiple shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka). I’ll be in Japan from July 23 – August 12, so I’m considering trying to catch the show… but…

I’ll have to see them in Nagoya, and I’ll need to be wearing corpse paint.

They’ve set restrictions on sex, age, and/or attire for each show. I wonder about the price of tickets…

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Foley – Digital Audio

On May 17, 2017, in tech, by mugen

I’ll be teaching Digital Audio soon, so here are some links to useful resources.

I’ll be breaking Digital Audio into voice/radio/podcasting | live music studio recording | foley FX for video games & film | DJ & remixing

First off: FOLEY Foley Artistry

Premium Beat “Recording Foley and Sound Effects: The Fundamentals”

Leslie Bloome – Foley Artist

The Magic of Making Sound | That’s Amazing (Warner Bros.)

Foley Artists: How Movie Sound Effects are Made | Academy Originals (explains streamers)

What is Foley Sound by Sound Ideas

Behind the Scenes: Holey Foley (Earth Touch)

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“Boombayah” by BLACKPINK

On May 17, 2017, in Music, by mugen

First Thai member of a KPOP girl group – Lalisa Manoban. First girl group signed by YG Entertainment in seven years after the debut of 2NE1.

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Dagny – “Backbeat”

On February 22, 2017, in Music, song, by mugen

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Bandcamp Defends Immigration

On February 4, 2017, in Music, by mugen

Bandcamp will give their share to the ACLU.


Fuck Tha Police

On August 13, 2016, in Music, song, by mugen

In college, I had some very negative associations with the music of NWA, as I was being schooled about sexism and homophobia by people who helped me grow up. I had some antagonists down the hall in my dorm who blasted NWA and Eazy-E, and musical tastes set people apart a bit more then than now. I remember clearly freaking out about the first Gulf War, which shifted from Desert Shield to Desert Storm just a day or two after my second semester of college started in January 1991. I have vague recollections of the Rodney King tape on the news in the lounge down the hall – March 3, 1991.

It’s 25 years, 5 months, and 9 days since Rodney King was beaten by police. It took watching Straight Outta Compton tonight for me to really understand the gravity of those numbers.


And still, we need ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ . Still, we have reports weekly of police overreach and worse. Still, people can’t, won’t, or don’t admit that these problems exist. And now, we see those who want power fanning these flames because a race war is a known factor, but a class war would upend their system. Is it 2016 or 1956 or 1864?

“Son, do you know what I’m stopping you for?”
“‘Cause I’m young, and I’m black, and my hat’s real low?”

So I want to know – you guys from Darrow Hall who blasted NWA – are you still down with Ice Cube and E? And from the late 1990s – all you guys who blasted Rage Against the Machine – still got a bullet in your head? How is it people can hear the passion in those lyrics every day for years and yet still we’re here, now, 25 years later?

“Fuck Tha Police”

“Some of those that run Forces are the same that burn crosses.
Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.”

These aren’t idle threats or glorifications of violence – they’re calls to action. They’re depictions – though abstractions – of perceptions of reality that I can’t really get my head around because they will never. happen. to. me. They’re Picasso’s Guernica. They’re To Kill a Mockingbird. They’re The Bluest Eye. They’re “The Star Spangled Banner.” Don’t Tread on Me, indeed. Anybody seen Abraham, Martin, or John? How about Freddie, Jamar, and Sandra?

How can we backslide this far? Sadly, I’m actually more afraid that it’s not a backslide – we just never made the progress I thought we made.