Propellerhead Video Challenge: Create a Song From Scratch

propellerhead-record-softwarePropellerhead Software is holding a contest: they are asking songwriters to submit a video tutorial (via YouTube), no more than 5 minutes in length, showing how you create a song from scratch.

The winner’s video gets featured on the Propellerhead site. Deadline is March 25, 2014.

Rules and more information are at this link.

Record A Song In Two Days

Shaking Through is a documentary series about the Birth of a Song. Each year, the producers give 10 independent musicians a challenge: record a song in two days. First take to final mix. No extensions. No safety net. Continue reading

Korg microArranger Keyboard Workstation (Official Intro)

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Korg has released this official intro video for the new microArranger keyboard workstation, a portable mini-keyboard synth workstation.

Features:

  • Compact composing/performing keyboard that acts as your musical arranger
  • 61-key Natural Touch mini keyboard; Velocity sensing
  • Built-in stereo speaker system
  • 4 Stereo Effect Processors with 89 effect programs.
  • 304 Styles; each is a complete and interactive musical environment for capturing your inspirations
  • Each Style includes Intros, Endings, Fills, and four Variations, all are completely editable
  • Styles follow your chords, voice leading, and tempo settings – you are always in control!
  • 660 Preset Sound Programs and 128 User Programs provide excellent Korg sounds
  • 32 Drumkits; 64 User Drumkits;
  • SD/SDHC card slot for data storage, importing Styles, sharing data with a computer DAW, etc.

Audio demos are available at the Korg site. Pricing and availability are to be announced.

Beginner’s Guide To Experimentation With Propellerhead Reason

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This video is a year old, but does a good job of demonstrating how you can experiment and explore within Propellerhead Reason.

Reason expert and electronic producer James Bernard demonstrates building up a track, showing along the way how trying new things can lead to new sounds and idea.

Thomas Dolby On Songwriting

Thomas DolbyThomas Dolby has some interesting thoughts to share on songwriting in a recent interview:

Since I have returned to music, I am focused on the essence of the song, not the frills. I have no desire to wow the audience with my production technique. There’s plenty of that out there.

But there’s a dearth of real songwriting talent, lyrics and structure and storytelling, and that’s something I actually do rather well.

When I look back at the first chapter of my career I certainly touched the largest number of people with my quirky synthpop persona, as in She Blinded Me With Science and Hyperactive.

But I touched people the most deeply with my more intimate, atmospheric stuff, like Screen Kiss and I Love You Goodbye. Those are the songs that people kept listening to over the years I was away.

They endured.

Whereas the more poppy stuff has been supplanted and overwritten a thousand times.

Now I have little patience. And I have no record company to demand I keep feeding them pop fluff.

So I’m not going to waste any time, I’m just getting to the heart of the matter.

Thoughtful comments – though we do still really like his quirky synthpop persona work.

via entertainmentrealm

In Bed With Hypnotique, Mistress Of The Theremin

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Musician, writer and thereminist Ms Hypnotique discusses the role of women in electronic music, and other topics.

Originally produced for an Austrian TV documentary in 2007.

For more of Hypnotique, see our interview Hypnotique: Mistress Of The Theremin.

Music: The One Man, Hypnotique from album The Hanging Garden.

via misshypnotique