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This will be the banner I am taking to Washington, DC as I meet up with our friends from the Trail of Dreams ( http://www.trail2010.org )

Read the article found here and leave a comment on whether you think Google could create an operating system that could threaten Windows and/or Macintosh.

Read the article at the following link and post a comment stating your opinion.

MP3’s come in different sizes and bitrates, but can you hear the difference between an MP3 encoded in 320 kbps and one that is only 64 kbps?  (kbps = kilobytes per second)

Go to www.mp3ornot.com and listen to both clips.  One of them is 320 kbps and the other is at a lower bitrate (128 kbps).  Put your ears to the test and use that as practice.

Then go to www.playbackradio.com/Mp3bitrate.html and come back here to leave a comment on what you think.

Audio Technology


Click here to go to Chapter 1 of Kenn Nesbitt’s online book.

Something to Think About: Can anyone learn to write a poem? Why or why not?

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Fill out and Answer the questions found here.  You must read the CNN article first (link provided in form).

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  • Producing Natural-Sounding MIDI Notes
    When making electronically-produced music, you’ll find yourself often programming notes rather than playing them. People who don’t understand the medium will say that this makes the music cold, mechanical and lifeless, but they simply don’t understand the amount of work and craftsmanship that goes into manually arranging notes. A composer needs to take into […]
  • Weekly Music Writing – Like lifting weights made of creativity
    A while back I wrote about writing music constantly in order to build your skills and flex your creativity. I’ve been making music for several years now and my biggest project had been a 16 track score for a tragically unreleased computer game, which I finished in about 6 months. This was a great exercise, […]
  • Microphones, Cables and Everything Else in Your Studio
    This is the final part of the Makeshift Musician’s Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Own Studio So, you’ve got your room for your studio, you’ve set up your computer, hooked up your audio interface and installed your recording software. What’s next? Actually, a lot of stuff. Microphones Unless you’re an all-software kind of musician, you need […] […]
  • Audio Recording Software for Your Studio
    This is Part 4 of the Makeshift Musician’s Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Own Studio We’re now down to the last big component of your beast of a studio. To add this last piece, we need to dive into the prickly, sometimes confusing realm of software. Luckily for you, though, there are a lot of easy […]
  • Audio Interface, or, How to Get Sound into Your Computer
    This is Part 3 of the Makeshift Musician’s Comprehensive Guide to Building Your Own Studio Now that you’ve got a computer, it’s entirely possible that you’re now standing in front of it with your guitar or piano or whatever, your eyes slowly moving back and forth between the two objects in a confused manner, wondering how […]

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  • Just Blaze on Ghost Production, Musical Styles
    Just Blaze on the evolution of musical styles, the state of New York hip-hop, DJ‘ing, and ghot production. “A lot of these guys employ people who do their music for them.” “Some of these DJ’s that are constantly on the road are also constantly putting out new music.  How… because they have guys under them [...] Related posts:Chris Styles/Dangerous LLC Talks […]
  • Battle Of The Americas Beat Battle f/ Young Guru
    The Beat Academy presents The Battle of The Americas Beat Battle featuring judges Young Guru, Symbolyc One (S1), and Jake One. On Saturday June 21st 24 producers from USA and Canada will go to war in the ultimate team beat battle! Grab tickets or visit Beat Academy for more info. Video of The Road to [...] Related posts:Young Guru @ Miltown Beat Down Battle […]
  • DJ Premier Explains Iconic Gangstarr Logo
    DJ Premier explains how Guru and Big Shug designed the Gangstarr logo and how it’s been used throughout all of their albums.  Primo also talks about how Mass Appeal was created with the intention of being a radio hit. Related posts:DJ Premier On “Mass Appeal”, Forming Gangstarr, Mandela The Significance of DJ Premier DJ Premier Speaks [...] Related posts:DJ […]

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