Task 3 – Patchwork Research Task

Resource 1: 5 Ways to Ensure Your Mixes Sound Great Everywhere
             by Matthew Weiss (13/6/2018)

a. What the source is about (describe what the resource is about and also clearly state when the information was published; if possible also discuss whether the time the resource was published provides any interesting or important context)

– In this article, it explains how to balance out a mix (track, beat .etc) and making everything come together so everything can harmonize together and can be up to standard. This article was published on 13/06/2018.

b. What interests you about the discovered information (clearly discuss what specific information from the source itself is of interest to you and why)

– What I like about this article is how simplistic easy the definitions are to understand. I believe this is targeted towards those who have no knowledge or very minimal knowledge of music creating. It gives you straight to the point answers and instructions so you wouldn’t need to waste time continually reading, such as, “Once your mix is near complete, put a low-pass filter on your mix at 250Hz so you’re focused in on the bass region.” Matthew also gives you his own opinion which can be seen in the text “I do this with a 12 dB/octave slope.” Even though this is an instructional article Matthew still manages to share some of his knowledge with readers.

c. What information is relevant to your own interests in relation to audio (clearly discuss how the discovered information is relevant to your own audio related interests)

The information I found that are relevant to me are:
– “There tend to be two levels in which mixes don’t translate. One level is big picture stuff — bass is under-represented in the mix environment, so we mix it too loud. Treble is overemphasized in the room, so we mix too dull. The other level is the more nuanced side of the frequency spectrum. There’s a 240 Hz room mode so we tend to over-thin the lower midrange. The bass range isn’t well represented, so we mix bass rings that woof out club speakers.” This paragraph explains how that the correct environment is needed or essential in creating music without the correct surroundings or headphones.
– The second paragraph explains what is needed and what isn’t on a track. This is really helpful for people who struggle to critique their own work. “This idea piggybacks off of learning our room. Learning how to really judge what needs to be removed and what doesn’t is extremely important in translation. A thin humming ring might be completely missed on what system, and totally overload another. Getting rid of tones we don’t need helps in translation, but it also helps in killing the life of the record — so we have to learn how to be judicious and decisive with our subtractive EQ moves.”

Resource 2 : 6 Steps for Getting Great Recordings Every Time
              by Matthew Weiss (1/05/2018)

a. What the source is about (describe what the resource is about and also clearly state when the information was published; if possible also discuss whether the time the resource was published provides any interesting or important context)

– This article is explaining how to make great tracks through simple steps/methods. Matthew Weiss explains how keeping your mind one simple step rather than on multiple complicated steps you will achieve much more. This article was published on 1/05/2018.

b. What interests you about the discovered information (clearly discuss what specific information from the source itself is of interest to you and why)

– What I really liked about this article is how it tells you specifically to “focus your efforts on doing something simple than to divide your efforts doing something complex.”. This I feel is really important for beginners who are just getting into the music area, as many beginners tend to think that they would need to learn everything in such a short amount of time rather than taking it one step at a time.

c. What information is relevant to your own interests in relation to audio (clearly discuss how the discovered information is relevant to your own audio related interests)

– What I found really interesting about this article is everything. All five points that Matthew points out are all very accurate and makes a lot of sense. He really explains how easy it is to make music once you have the knowledge on how to create tracks. The paragraph  “On the flip side — going for simple, reliable techniques allows a session to move along quickly. And that’s good for keeping up energy and moral. If the musicians are feeling confident and don’t have to wait a long time to get into playing the performances will turn out better.”, has shown me that even with a simple or basic understanding of the hardware/software I will be learning it is still enough for me as a creator to make something somewhat decent.

Resource 3: Finding Your Signature Sound
           by Matthew Weiss (24/03/2018)

a. What the source is about (describe what the resource is about and also clearly state when the information was published; if possible also discuss whether the time the resource was published provides any interesting or important context)

– This article explains how we can create our own ‘signature sound’, “ A “signature” sound is a set of attributes in someone’s music that identify the artist.”. The only way I can explain this is through Rappers, every single rapper has their own certain way of rapping/flow and this is a major part of who they are (He explains it better in the article). Unfortunately, although Matthew explains to create your own signature sound he also says that it takes time, that it won’t be a process that can happen overnight, in a week or even a year. This article was published on 24/03/2018.

b. What interests you about the discovered information (clearly discuss what specific information from the source itself is of interest to you and why)

– What I found interesting about this article is that a unique sound that I as a creator has created will eventually be a big part of who I will become and will eventually become a ‘Signature Sound’ if I continue to use it more often, this will identify me in a way. He explains how that that it does take time and is something that is developed over years “we don’t find a signature sound, we develop one.”

c. What information is relevant to your own interests in relation to audio (clearly discuss how the discovered information is relevant to your own audio related interests)

– The only major information I took from this article is that making your own unique sound takes time and will be developed over years. He also explains that it’s definitely not ok to copy and use someone’s sound, but its ok to try and emulate it, and by doing so you learn to create your own, “While imitating is a “no-no” in finding our own sense of style — emulation is a “yes-yes”. It’s a must.”. He also says that its a big learning experience through trying to recreate music or sounds that influenced you because it will help you grow as a creator to find new ways on making music, “If you’ve never sat down and attempted to recreate a song you really like, you’re missing out on a huge part of personal growth. One of the absolute most important aspects of developing your own sound is finding the aspects of other music that you like and allowing that to be ingrained into your sensibilities.”.

 

 

Task 2:

(Kanye)

http://ew.com/article/2007/09/07/graduation/

https://web.archive.org/web/20060615083612/http://www.gale.com/free_resources/bhm/bio/west_k.htm

https://musicianstools.wordpress.com/2008/12/09/kanye-west-this-is-how-he-does-it/

http://equipboard.com/pros/kanye-west

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanye_West

(Post)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_Malone

https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/garysuarez/2015/10/06/post-malone-white-iverson/&refURL=https://en.wikipedia.org/&referrer=https://en.wikipedia.org/#7d0ed0ab37f4

http://www.thefader.com/2015/05/14/everything-you-need-to-know-about-post-malone

http://equipboard.com/pros/post-malone

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beerbongs_%26_Bentleys

(Avicii)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avicii#In_popular_culture

http://equipboard.com/pros/avicii

http://www.idolator.com/6097162/2012-grammy-nominations?chrome=1

http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/celebrity_news/2018/04/avicii_s_hits_brought_electronic_dance_music_to_mainstream

https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/entertainment/top-dj-avicii-dead-at-28

http://www.mtv.com/artists/avicii

Task 3:

  1. https://theproaudiofiles.com/mix-translation/

    5 Ways to Ensure Your Mixes Sound Great Everywhere
                 by Matthew Weiss (13/6/2018)

    “Once your mix is near complete, put a low-pass filter on your mix at 250Hz so you’re focused in on the bass region.” – (Point 4. ‘Filter the Mix for Reference’ 1st para)

    “I do this with a 12 dB/octave slope.” – (Point 4. ‘Filter the Mix for Reference’ 1st para)

    “There tend to be two levels in which mixes don’t translate. One level is big picture stuff — bass is under-represented in the mix environment, so we mix it too loud. Treble is overemphasized in the room, so we mix too dull. The other level is the more nuanced side of the frequency spectrum. There’s a 240 Hz room mode so we tend to over-thin the lower midrange. The bass range isn’t well represented, so we mix bass rings that woof out club speakers.” – (Point 5. ‘Be Judicious with Subtractive EQ’ 1st Para)

    “This idea piggybacks off of learning our room. Learning how to really judge what needs to be removed and what doesn’t is extremely important in translation. A thin humming ring might be completely missed on what system, and totally overload another. Getting rid of tones we don’t need helps in translation, but it also helps in killing the life of the record — so we have to learn how to be judicious and decisive with our subtractive EQ moves.”  – (Point 5. ‘Be Judicious with Subtractive EQ’ 2nd Para)

  1. https://theproaudiofiles.com/6-steps-for-getting-great-recordings-every-time/

    6 Steps for Getting Great Recordings Every Time
                  by Matthew Weiss (1/05/2018)

    “focus your efforts on doing something simple than to divide your efforts doing something complex.” – (‘Intro’ 2nd Para)

    “On the flip side — going for simple, reliable techniques allows a session to move along quickly. And that’s good for keeping up energy and moral. If the musicians are feeling confident and don’t have to wait a long time to get into playing the performances will turn out better.”, has shown me that even with simple or basic understanding on the hardware/software I will be learning it is still enough for me as a creator to make something somewhat decent. – (‘Intro’ 7th Para)

  1. https://theproaudiofiles.com/finding-your-signature-sound/

Finding Your Signature Sound
           by Matthew Weiss (24/03/2018)

“signature” sound is a set of attributes in someone’s music that identify the artist.” – (‘Intro’ 2nd line (or para))

“we don’t find a signature sound, we develop one.” – (Last Line)

“While imitating is a “no-no” in finding our own sense of style — emulation is a “yes-yes”. It’s a must.” – (Point 1. ‘Our Influences’ 1st para)

“If you’ve never sat down and attempted to recreate a song you really like, you’re missing out on a huge part of personal growth. One of the absolute most important aspects of developing your own sound is finding the aspects of other music that you like and allowing that to be ingrained into your sensibilities.” – (Point 1. ‘Our Influences’ 2nd para)

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