Your New Robot Overlord Turns Out To Be A Pretty Good Marimba Player
A group of Austrian, Czech, and Swedish researchers sought out to examine the Queen singer’s incredible vocals
Modern violins, violas, cellos and bass instruments owe much of their design heritage to their early forebear, the viol. The viol was, in itself, a tremendous technological leap forward in bowed stringed instrument design over it’s 13th century contemporaries like rebecs, Byzantine lira (or lūrā) and Arabic rebabs which were the popular bowed instruments of the day. By utilizing a carved top, back, and planed side ribs, as well as the introduction of the soundpost, the construction of the viol in the 15th century allowed for a sweeter, brighter sound than was previously possible with earlier instruments, and by that time Europe had grown tired of the harsh tone produced by the rebec. Chaucer’s Friar in The Canterbury Tales comments that a woman’s voice was “shrill lyke a rebekke,” Continue reading
Rockmore was a master of the theremin – the world’s first electronic music instrument and first instrument that could be played without being touched. The theremin inspired the likes of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and the Beach Boys. And was the instrument that led to the creation of the first synthesizer.
On what would have been her 105th birthday, Rockmore has been commemorated with a Google Doodle. The interactive game teaches you to play the theremin by hovering your mouse over the notes to play a melody. Continue reading
Have you ever listened to a song on a Broadway cast recording and thought, “This singing sounds almost TOO perfect”? That’s because, in many cases, it is. Just as nearly all pop singles today are heavily edited, mixed, compressed, equalized, etc. before release, so too are the songs on the vast majority of Broadway recordings. That may seem like a common sense statement, but the implications are wide-reaching for us as performers and teachers. Dr. Matthew Edwards, a Professor of Voice and Musical Theatre at Shenandoah Conservatory, explains further: Continue reading
As we become more interconnected, as out mobile technology becomes more sophisticated, its becoming easier and easier to outsource tasks to qualified experts in a variety of fields at the touch of a button. This is a story about how Alec Wiggs took his guitar riff, using Garage Band on his iPhone as a mobile recording and mixing interface, and fleshed out an entire song for minimal financial investment.
In the span of 10 days with $230, “Hydrangea” was made with five strangers spread out across the United States—all of whom love their craft enough to do it for an affordable price. Continue reading