Making a Record? Or Making a Demo?

In cd, npr, recording studio by manifold_admin

Last night as I was driving home, I heard Bryan Adams interviewed on the CBC’s program q.  In the course of that interview, he went into some details about his three-step process for making a record: Write the song Record the demo Make the record His 12 studio albums have been extremely successful, …

A spiritual beginning to 2011

In creativity, npr, technique by manifold_admin

I think we all look for auspicious signs around the time of the New Year–signs of good fortune to come, signs of disasters to avoid, signs of hope. Indeed, there are many rituals from many cultures intended to tilt the cosmic game in one’s own favor.  For the start of …

The (Musical) Gift of Haiku

In creative commons, creativity, npr by Michael Tiemann

Fleur-de-Lisa is an a capella quartet based in Durham, North Carolina, and they were guests today on WUNC‘s The State of Things. Frank Stasio talked with them about Hai Ka, which can be translated as Haiku Song.

Weathervane Music points to a new future

In +1/-1, culture, Miraverse, music industry, npr, recording studio by Michael Tiemann

Weathervane Music is a non-profit, community supported production company, making music and video to support and advance the careers of amazing independent musicians. Unlike traditional for-profit production or record companies, the vast majority of proceeds from the recordings of this music go straight to the artists, which Weathervane Music selects. …

The Jazz Loft Project

In books, creativity, culture, Miraverse, npr by Michael Tiemann

On December 3rd I attended the Jazz Loft Project book and website launch event at the West End Wine Bar in Durham, NC.  WUNC’s Frank Stasio, always on top of local goings on, clued me in.  It was packed, despite the venue being situated by LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY signs from …

Who (or what) killed rock and roll?

In culture, movie, music industry, npr by Michael Tiemann

Like the old man in Bring Out Your Dead scene in Monty Python’s Holy Grail, rock and roll continues to protest that it’s not dead yet.  But the number of ingrates willing to club it on the head, toss it on the cart, and wheel it out of town is …