John Belushi struck up a relationship with Fear after becoming a quick fan seeing them on another TV show and commissioned them to write a song for the movie Neighbors. The band, however, wrote the song for Belushi himself to sing, which he recorded reluctantly. The movie’s producers refused to use it, but Belushi still wanted to do right by Fear, so he booked them on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest for the Halloween Special in 1981.
Alongside the environmental sounds of forest streams, crickets, and birdsong, Yoshimura recorded an incredibly unobtrusive, ambient tapestry of synthesized tones using a Yamaha DX7, TX7, and FB01, and a Roland MSQ-700 Sequencer in his home studio. Immerse yourself in this one!
There is most definitely a way to manage this terrible affliction known as nerves, and push through your vocal performance successfully. The key is to minimize the surprise factor.
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If you plan far enough ahead, however, you can possibly avoid this issue. Sit down with your accountant before you file and tell them you’re planning on buying a house. You may decide together to take fewer deductions than you’re actually due in order to make your returns more palatable to a bank. Or they may have other ideas to help you out. Either way, it’s worth your time to have a conversation about your status.
Patrick McGuire is a writer, musician and human man. He lives nowhere in particular, creates music under the name Straight White Teeth, and has a great affinity for dogs and putting his hands in his pockets.
In an increasingly DIY industry, crowdfunding is also talked about as an option to raise money for working capital to fund new projects. Songwriters and musicians have used platforms like Kickstarter or Patreon to promote projects they believe in and offer incentives, such as a thank you in the liner notes to a copy of the finished album to fans and investors who donate to make their vision a reality.
Imagine you have a synth bass line that’s a combination of a sine and a saw wave instrument. You like the vibe, but when you turn them both up you aren’t feeling the fatness. That’s likely because the low frequencies of the combined signal are suffering from destructive interference.
In the above video, courtesy of our brand new Mainstage course, TheoryWorks II: Sight Singing & Harmony Essentials, New York City vocal teacher and actor Amy Marie Stewart gives her take on why singing actors need to be able to grasp at least a fundamental understanding of music theory in order to maximize their chances of nailing an audition.
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I think “Musica Ricercata” represents a little compendium in advanced composition. The absence, or the reduction to a minimum, of three of the main and most recognizable parameters in music (harmony, melody, timbre) clearly shows how it is possible to use the other parameters (dynamics, tempo, register, articulation, and rhythm) to create a sense of directionality, growth, and change to the music.
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Evan Zwisler is a NYC-based musician who is most notably known for his work with The Values as a songwriter and guitarist. He is an active member of the Brooklyn music scene, throwing fundraisers and organizing compilations for Planned Parenthood and the Anti-Violence Project. He started playing music in the underground punk scene of Shanghai with various local bands when he was in high school before going to California for college and finally moving to New York in 2012.
I mean, I would’ve loved to have been there, and I would’ve relished that sacred moment of being in bodily proximity to Jigga. But what did Jay Z really do here that is so unlike the typical process of recording and producing an album, and then throwing a killer party to release it?