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Time traveller’s archive

Some cool stuff to read and watch on the weekends. This is a sort of bookmarks of anything I find on the Internet on music production, industry insights, DJ culture, marketing, management, technologies, science, and other fields of my interests. New posts are coming out on Fridays.

Time traveller’s archive — 14

Some stuff to read (and watch) on the weekend

Aleksey aka Sonic Elysium on sound design
  1. Ultimate Kick and Bass Tutorial by Sonic Elysium. Kick and bass are probably two of the most frequently asked topics, people asking how to synthesise it, how to EQ, how to fit them together. And I’ve written pretty much all about it, see “Kick and bass” tag. However, if you prefer to watch rather than read, I highly recommend watching this tutorial by Sonic Elysium, he nailed it.
  2. TechMuze Academy podcast with Budi Voogt. Interesting talk about marketing, promo campaigns, and automations. “Do you see a benefit in paid ad campaigns for producers? I’m actually inclined to say no to Facebook and Instagram [...] Revenue streams in music are very indirect. ”
  3. Is DJing just about beat matching? Great blog, as always from John 00 Fleming. I’ve also written about it before, see Vinyl vs. Sync button.
  4. A Beginner’s Guide To Audio Cables. If you don’t know what is balanced or unbalanced cable or what the difference between RCA and XLR — this article on DJ TechTools is right for you.
2017   DJing and performance   Marketing   Music industry   Music production   Time traveller's archive

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Some stuff to read (and watch) on the weekend

Eduardo Briceño talk at TEDx Manhattan Beach
  1. Eduardo Briceño: How to get better at the things you care about. I like how Eduardo separate activity between learning and performing, and funny enough, I’ve been using pretty much the same technique for quite some time. “Research shows that after the first couple of years working in a profession, performance usually plateaus. This has been shown to be true in teaching, general medicine, nursing and other fields, and it happens because once we think we have become good enough, adequate, then we stop spending time in the learning zone. We focus all our time on just doing our job, performing, which turns out not to be a great way to improve. But the people who continue to spend time in the learning zone do continue to always improve. The best salespeople at least once a week do activities with the goal of improvement. They read to extend their knowledge, consult with colleagues or domain experts, try out new strategies, solicit feedback and reflect. The best chess players spend a lot of time not playing games of chess, which would be their performance zone, but trying to predict the moves grand masters made and analyzing them. Each of us has probably spent many, many, many hours typing on a computer without getting faster, but if we spent 10 to 20 minutes each day fully concentrating on typing 10 to 20 percent faster than our current reliable speed, we would get faster, especially if we also identified what mistakes we’re making and practiced typing those words. That’s deliberate practice.”
  2. Research this music industry. Great blog, as always from John 00 Fleming. It’s posted in 2013 but its value hasn’t become any less since then: “Also look into the mechanics of how this industry works, many will have a track released and expect the label to get them bookings? The job of a label is to get your track (and name) marketed making sure it gets to the right DJ’s, into the right shops for sale, air play on radio shows and online and in magazines. Labels don’t have databases full of promoters and club owners, they have no need? The gig side of things falls to agents, its two completely different businesses that many think are one. A good label with assist an agent due to the marketing they provide, it makes the agent’s job easier to get gigs due to the exposure the label is giving the artist. ”
  3. Native Instruments: Making strummed acoustic 2. If you ever wondered how those guitar samples that you probably have in your library has been made of, this is gonna be interesting reading for you: “For the recording sessions, we teamed up with three different guitarists – each brought a fresh perspective and lots of great input. We focused on staying in the creative spirit as we wanted every recording to have the feel of a real take on a real track. So we would always warm up with a jam, and instead of recording to clicktrack, we used various drum tracks to help the guitarists perform each pattern with a distinct attitude. It makes sense that the more musicality goes into the recordings, the more comes out in the final product. Recording lasted around 6 months.”
2017   Music industry   Personal development   Sound design   Time traveller's archive

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Some stuff to read (and watch) on the weekend

John 00 Fleming doing his first Facebook livestream
  1. John 00 Fleming Q&A talk. John gave a nice almost 1,5 hours-long Q&A session prior to his set at Avalon and people asked a lot about the Trance scene which was quite interesting to listen. I like his advice for bedroom producers: “Best advice is keep it as a hobby and stay in love of it because a lot of people think they gonna hit ‘X-factor’, like a quick romantic story. It’s like you get a track, three months later you gonna be touring around the world, and that’s how the magic happens. But it is much more than that. It only happens for certain people. You’ll get angry, you’ll get stressed if you think that. Sort your day-to-day life first, get your day-time job which pays your bills, and slowly invest some extra money in music. At some point you’ll notice that your hobby will become more serious. But it takes a long time”.
  2. Making of “The Prodigy – Voodoo People” in Ableton by Jim Pavloff. This is quite an old video but I just stumbled across it recently. Great job on sampling. I didn’t know Liam Howlett sampled so many songs back then. Watching this video makes realize how I love Ableton, working with audio channels and processing are so convenient in this DAW. Watch also the other two tracks recreated by Jim Pavloff, you can find it on this YouTube channel.
  3. The Berghain Backstory: Building Berlin’s Most Legendary Nightclub. Some nice behind the scenes of one of the most important nightclubs in the world of underground Techno music.
  4. Rewriting bad writing. Nice advice, as always from the Basecamp team. This time on writing: “While writing isn’t an easy skill, people make it way harder than it needs to be. They think choosing complex language shows skill and smarts. It doesn’t! Writing plainly and clearly does.”
2017   Music industry   Music production   Sound design   Time traveller's archive

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Some stuff to read (and watch) on the weekend

Richie Hawtin explains his DJ setup with gestures
  1. How I play: Richie Hawtin Model-1 DJ Setup. Despite that this video has a solo marketing purpose for promoting the Model-1 mixer, it’s still nice to know what happening in the mind of such an experienced DJ as Richie Hawtin.
  2. Roland TB-303 vs. TT-303 vs. TB-3 vs. TB-03. Great audio and visual comparison of the legendary TB-303 with its modern reincarnations, made by ADSR. This might be useful especially for those who planning to buy one of these synthesizers.
  3. Everything you hear on film is a lie. Nice and entertaining insights at TED from sound effects designer Tasos Frantzolas on how our mind tricks us when we hearing sounds; most “authentic” sounds (to our ears and brain) are actually fake. Now every time I watch a rainy scene I hear crispy bacon.
  4. 7 Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me About Releasing Music. It’s good to read a confirmation of what I’ve written about myself. Particularly, this part: “There are lots of labels out there who may offer to release your music, but the reality is, unless they’re really putting in some serious promotion efforts, and have a strong, well established fanbase who are keen to follow the label, and not just the producers they have released, then you’ll probably not see much come from it.”.

    And this: “Let’s face it, you’re highly unlikely to make enough to live on just from selling music. Those making money from music are doing LOADS more than just releasing. We’re talking releasing music, remixing, DJing or performing live, doing sample packs or patches, tutoring, licensing, producing for other people, running events, and more. And even then, some will be doing other things to supplement income that are not related to music.”
2017   DJing and performance   Music industry   Sound design   Time traveller's archive

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Some stuff to read (and watch) on the weekend

Millennium Falcon. I love this ship since I was a kid.
  1. Millennium Falcon’s hyperdrive malfunction SFX. Nice and funny insights from sound designer Ben Burtt. It’s also a great example of the layering technique.
  2. The Truth About Popular Music. “The diversity of transitions between notes, chords, melodies, and other sounds has diminished over the last fifty years. [...] The study also found that producers are baking volume into songs at the production stage making them artificially louder. This over-compression has the effect of sucking all the dynamics out of a song. Everything is beginning to sound the same. [...] Now any stupid fucking bimbo or brain-dead twag can be dragged-off a reality show, chopped into a recording studio and have their shrill wobbling auto-tune for mass consumption.”
  3. The Biggest Home Studio Lie We Tell Ourselves. Good points from Graham Cochrane on being lazy: whether you’re composing, doing arrangement or mixing, never say “I’ll make it better later”. It’s like taking a bad picture on a smartphone hoping that Photoshop will fix it. You got to get it right in the first place.
  4. If you want to follow your dreams, you have to say no to all the alternatives. This is something I have problems with: I want to achieve so many goals, so sometimes I feel like I’m going nowhere. This article shows why you should focus on only one big dream in a funny visual way.
2017   Music industry   Music production   Personal development   Sound design   Time traveller's archive

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Some stuff to read (and watch) on the weekend

Patrick Chen sharing insights about Psytrance scene
  1. Behind the Scenes: FM Booking. Some interesting insights from Patrick Chen: “In Psy scene, per an artist, DJ, or producer, the average price rate is about €2000 per gig. Nevertheless, prices can oscillate hugely. [...] price range can be from €500 up to €10 000 or €12 000, it all depends on the artist popularity. The most popular countries in Psy scene at this moment are Switzerland, France, Australia, Germany, Portugal, Israel. [...] There is something very important that an artist should have always: unique style”.
  2. D-Nox interview for Psymedia: “I run my labels to have a platform for my music or for my friend’s music. I don’t see it as a big business much more but rather as a space for the people I like.” Yet another confirmation of The truth about music sales I’ve written earlier.
  3. The Illusion of Truth, a nice talk from Veritasium about human psychology. I like this one: “The things we’re exposed to repeatedly feel more true”. It explains a lot of public figures.
  4. Will Music + DJ Gear Manufacturers Adopt USB-C?. It seems I will have to replace my old MacBook Pro for a newer model in the near future, so really hope to see a wider adoption of USB-C port among gear manufacturers.
2016   Music industry   Psy scene   Science   Time traveller's archive

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Some stuff to read (and watch) on the weekend

Jean-Michel Jarre in studio
  1. Jean-Michel Jarre on the evolution of music technology: Part 1 and Part 2. A nice talk from the master of sound design evolution. I enjoyed these videos despite the fact it’s being sponsored by Native Instruments.
  2. Nasty Gremlins in the mix? Clean them up with Hannes Bieger. A small but useful tip on cleaning up TR-909’s high end.
  3. Airwave – My typical Software Setup Today. It’s always a pleasure to find behind the scenes details from such talented producer.
  4. Music Is My Drug : Psychedelic Trance. Documentary movie from 1996 with rare footage of old raves and interviews with Astral Projection, Raja Ram, and more great artists.
  5. Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video. Some truth behind success of native Facebook videos. I can confirm this too: “If I embed a YouTube video or Vine on Facebook, only a tiny fraction of my audience will actually see it. But if I post the same video natively on Facebook, suddenly it’s in everyone’s feed everywhere”.
2015   Marketing   Music production   Time traveller's archive

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Some stuff to read (and watch) on the weekend

The Wikisinger in the quiet room with no reverb
  1. The Wikisinger’s reverb difference in action. Clear visual explanation of acoustics in actions, great for educational purpose. Bonus: behind the scenes video.
  2. “Interspecies” music interface. This is really weird.
  3. Ableton Reverb Techniques: In The Studio With Mad Zach. I’ll just put it here.
  4. Free-to-use space sounds from ESA, European Space Agency.
2015   Ableton   Music production   Time traveller's archive

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Some stuff to read (and watch) on the weekend

Laidback Luke
  1. Laidback Luke – Seminar ‘Real DJ-ing’ @ Dancefair. Good points. Despite I don’t like the music Laidback Luke plays, to me he is one of the most respected DJ and seems like a nice person. I like that Luke compares DJ set with a deck of cards, pretty accurate. I laugh aloud at the moment at 56th minute (about warming up DJs).
  2. How To Create Record Scratching. Well done “how-to” by Tom Cosm.
  3. Recreate The Github Search Box. Pretty cool trick with sliding up search box on mouse focus. I was thinking to make a search box exactly the same way on my website.
  4. Facebook Pages’ Organic Reach Is Not Quite Dead. According to this study, Facebook posts reach only about 5-10% of your total followers. This analysis actually confirms my recent video experiment.
2015   DJing and performance   Facebook   Marketing   Music production   Time traveller's archive

Time traveller’s archive — 5

  1. Reasons You Should Never Scrimp On Your Photo Shoot: Part 1 and Part 2. Useful advice.
  2. Kollektivet: 2manybuttons. Hilarious video parody on modern DJs setup.
  3. Do you really need to be online all the time?. One more “anti-social” networks video.
  4. Weav by Cute Little Apps. A short teaser video of brand new audio format called “Weav”, which allows to play audio at any speed without quality loss. I didn’t get the full potential yet, but looks interesting so far.
  5. The Perfect Pump: 3 Sidechain Compression Plug-ins Compared — good detailed article from Dj Tech Tools.
2015   DJing and performance   Fun   Marketing   Music production   Social media   Time traveller's archive
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