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6 of the Best: Inspirational Books for Musicians

<b>If you spend enough time doing anything you’ll eventually become tired and bored of it. At one point or another we’ve all looked up from our computer</b> …

West Side Story

This 2-step, 10-minute exercise creates immediate self-awareness

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire …

The 10 qualities of an emotionally intelligent person

There are many different kinds of intelligence, and it’s our job to discover what they are and how to integrate them into our lives. Sources of …

Review: Snail Mail’s ‘Lush’ Is The Work of An Indie-Rock Prodigy

With Snail Mail’s <i>Lush</i>, indie rock has officially entered its “Black Crowes era,” where young artists refigure music from the decade they were born. …

How an 18-Year-Old Uncovered Tim Ferriss's Secret Cold Email Template to Reach CEOs and VIPs

Never email someone and ask to 'jump on the phone,' 'get coffee' or 'pick your brain.'<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>My journey began when I was an 18-year-old college freshman. The day before my final exams, I hacked The Price Is Right, won a sailboat, sold it and</i> …

Success

The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year

98<p>The Foo Fighters, “Walking After You”<p>A lost Dave Grohl classic – “Walking After You” should not be confused with “Walk,” not to be confused with …

Meet the NZ Producers Making Hits From Their Bedrooms

LMC, Haan808, Villette and Montell2099 are part of the growing professional class of local beatmakers.<p>Kiwi artists are increasingly scoring musical placements with major names like Rihanna, 21 Savage, Rich the Kid, Young Thug and Soulection. We spoke to a bunch of our local bedroom producers who …

How to lead with influence instead of authority

Clearly, leadership potential exists within each of us. That potential can be triggered by outside events, or it can be learned by exploring …

Gig Economy

The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time

By 2007, the New York trio Blonde Redhead had been celebrated for over a decade as cerebral art-rockers, cult favorites of their lane; the upending of their tight, neurotic structures on <i>23</i> <i></i>was a release of reigns. The group’s seventh (and first self-produced) album, it’s a thrilling spread that …

Shadow Child Forms Promo Mix

13 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence

Wonder what emotional intelligence looks like in everyday life? Here are 13 examples.<p>In 1995, psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman published a book introducing most of the world to the nascent concept of emotional intelligence. The idea--that an ability to understand and manage …

Emotional Intelligence

The two mental shifts highly successful people make

• Their focus shifts from <i>why</i> they’re writing music to <i>what</i> their music has brought them. Consequently, they are either satisfied with their results and no longer have the drive to write more. Or, they desire to make more music but the fire (their “why”) is gone, and thus, they can’t create the same …

Success

50 Remarkably Wise Quotes That Will Inspire You to Success in Life

Get inspired by these wise words and make the very best out of your life, each and every day.<p>Life is a gift that has been given to you. It is in your hands to make the best out of it--dare to believe that you can. Through the ups and downs, you'll find a lesson to learn that will make you a better …

How Hip-Hop’s Generation Gap Became a War for Its Soul

Times change and sounds change. Genres and cultures change. But the constant sniping between old heads and younger hip-hop fans is only selling the …

This is Why Patterns Look Great In B&W

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their photos with patterns in B&W in the Patterns In Black And White Photo contest with chances to win …

Black & White Photography

Feng Shui Decorating Tips

Think arranging your rooms according to an age-old Chinese system is too out-there for you? Think again. There are plenty of elements in this …

This New Brain Study Shows Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Mapping the creative network in the brain.<p>Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can …

Creativity

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song for 15 Seconds Will Instantly Make You More Creative

Want to be more creative and feel a little happier? Play this song for 15 seconds.<p>Innovation matters. Creativity matters. Finding new solutions to old problems is what businesses -- and careers -- are often built on.<p>Sound therapy is a popular way to relax and reduce stress. But now you can use the …

Learning Modular – An Introduction to Modular Synthesis by Chris Meyer

by | | Articles | 0 Comments<p>Two of the older module designs around are the VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier) and the Ring Modulator (sometimes …

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Method Promises Maximum Productivity

When you’re writing your to-do list, it’s tempting to write down all the tasks you might <i>possibly</i> get done the following day. But where do you even …

9 Synth Artists Who Defined Eastern Europe’s Post-Soviet Sound

The Georgian DJ, promoter and label head Irakli Kiziria shares the producers pivotal to the region’s late-20th century experimental movement.<p>I was born in the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, which by the time I was a teenager had become post-Soviet Georgia. After the Wall fell we had a bit more …

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark.<p>"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," Walker …

University of California

18 Hard Things to Do If You Want to Be a Successful Leader

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated about what they do.<p>Nobody ever said that being a leader would be easy. If you've taken more than a couple of steps down the path, you know that leadership comes with challenges and complications at every …

Hokusai: the influential work of Japanese artist famous for 'the great wave' – in pictures

The work of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), one of Japan’s most prolific and enduringly popular artists, are in Australia for the first time in a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Hokusai produced a body of work comprising some of the most recognisable and reproduced images in …

11 practical ways to improve your song arrangements

<b>Arrangement is one of the trickiest aspects of music production to get right. Abandoning the comfort of the eight-bar loop to strike out into the</b> …

Ableton Live Tutorial: Advanced Guide to Sampler

Ableton is renowned for its ability to manipulate audio, but with so many forward-thinking options often the old-skool techniques and functions get …

June 2017

Illustration by Clay Hickson<p>“Jazz doesn’t sound like jazz anymore.” That’s the criticism most often leveled at the modern jazz scene. It’s also the …

Horns

Between Two Coasts: Underground club music is thriving in America's heartland

Underground club music has a penchant for existing beneath the radar. Its parties squat in the sweat-soaked shadows of unsuspecting dive bars and …

San Antonio

10 easy music theory tricks that every producer should know

Theory queries<p>This bad rep is entirely unjustified, however, since regardless of whether you're a composer, songwriter, producer or DJ, shoring up …

Ableton Live Techniques: Creating Complex Sequences

<i>Dubspot’s Rory PQ explores Generative Music and demonstrates an effective technique used to generate complex sequences of music using Ableton Live’s</i> …

Music Production