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Taking breaks from music-making

It's strange how some topics seem to pop up in the music world again and again, both online and in person—taking breaks from music being one of them. During the summer in Canada most people—including musicians—don't want stay indoors as much. Many musicians seem to get FOMO this time...

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Why should you make music?

Why make music? This simple question might seem like it has an easy answer, but when I was asked recently why I make music, I realized that the more I started thinking about it, the more complex the answer became. Today it can feel like everything in the modern...

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“How do I get started with modular?”

Modular synths are fascinating, complex, and alluring machines, but to the uninitiated they can also be enigmatic and confusing. The vast range of available modules, the high price of entry, the obscure interfaces, and the images of gigantic, room-filling systems can make modular synthesis seem like a hobby mainly reserved...

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Honing your production skills before releasing music

For music producers, specifically those interested in releasing music, gratification is one of the most complex topics to address. From the moment you complete your first track, it becomes all about showing it to people to see how they react and to get feedback. As you progress with producing, more...

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Using MIDI controllers in the studio

People often say that MIDI controllers are mostly for performing live, but they can also be your studio's most useful tool. My advice to people who want to invest in gear—especially those who aren't happy working only on a computer and dream of having tons of synths (modular and such)—is...

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Creating a kick drum from scratch with an analog feel

There's no doubt that a kick is an important part of electronic music, and in the last few years, it seems like more and more people are creating kick drums from scratch—analog or digital—with lots of depth. The difference between 90s production and modern production is the increased quality of...

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Creating tension in music

Electronic music—oriented for dance-floors—mainly relies on the use of tension to create excitement. I was recently asked how I personally approach tension-building in my work. In this post I'd like to share my point of view on the subject, but before writing this I also spent some time reading articles...

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Experimentation in music: how far can you go?

If you're a regular read of this blog, you know that I encourage people to indulge in experimentation in music and to think "outside-the-box"; to try out new ideas in their music. That said, sometimes it's difficult to judge how experimental one can get, and to understand the potential downfalls...

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Workflow Suggestions for Music Collaborations

One of the most underestimated approaches to electronic music is collaboration. It seems to me that because of electronic music's DIY approach people believe they need to do absolutely everything themselves. However, almost every time I've collaborated with others I hear them say "wow, I can't believe I haven't done...

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Using Quad Chaos

I'm proud to announce the release of our first patch - Quad Chaos. I met Armando, the programmer, on the Max/MSP group on Facebook and his background was exactly what I was looking for and we got along very well. Quad Chaos is basically a patch version of what this...

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Choosing a genre for your music

Every now and then I encounter people I work with who have trouble choosing a genre to produce in because they like a wide variety of different genres and have too many ideas. I've also experienced this myself in my early years of DJing, and it was a bit of...

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Synthesizer Basics

I've realized that using synths is a bit of an esoteric process for many (for me it definitely was for a while), so I'd like to share with you some synth basics. I used to read things online in-depth about synths, but didn't feel like it was really helping me...

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Balancing a Mix

Balancing a mix is simple "mixing 101" theory; it's usually fast and simple to do. I could go into a lot of detail about mix balancing, but the point here is to provide you with some quick information that you easily can put to practice to get quick results yourself....

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Common mindsets of musicians who have writer’s block and how to solve them

We've recently restarted group coaching after a few month hiatus. The initial idea for group coaching is to explore the participant's current intentions and obstacles in their work, including overcoming writer's block in music-making. Passionate producers spend a lot of time music-making; it's a central part of their lifestyle, which...

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Social Media for Musicians

I'd like to reiterate what many have been saying lately: social media for musicians can be a curse. Most people are aware that platforms like Facebook have become more controversial than ever before; Attack Magazine, for example, has written about how difficult it has been lately. I've been asked to...

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Learning how to make melodies

One of most difficult things for a self-taught musician to get the hang of is writing melodies. Even for a trained musician I believe melody is still a challenge; using theoretical knowledge to come up with the right melodic vocabulary to really express what one wants to express can be...

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