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I. True/False

1. _____You want as much clipping as possible in every recording.

2. _____You never want to have ambience in a recording.

3. _____MP3’s are superior in quality and larger than wav files.

4. _____Crossfade is a technique used to transition from one audio source to the next.

5. _____You listen for the attack at the beginning of a sound and the decay at the end.

6. _____The properties of a room is comping.

7. _____Frequency and volume are one in the same.

8. _____Crosstalk is talking over another performer.

9. _____Ergonomics is unwanted signal leakage from one signal to another.

10. _____A goal in recording is to reproduce the original sound as close as possible.

11. _____All microphones record sound the same way.

12. _____Rooms vary in the way they effect a recording.

13. _____You use a cue sheet to plan out placement of performers and microphones.

14. _____Treble is the opposite of bass.

15. _____An omnidirectional microphone hears in all directions.

16. _____A Bidirectional microphone has a pickup from the front and back.

17. _____Deesser is a compressor used to reduce the “S” sound in a recording.

18. _____Blocking is taking the best parts of tracks and combining into one.

19. _____Clipping is audible distortion that occurs when a signals level exceeds the limits of a device.

20. _____A mixing network that combines outputs of other channels is a bus.

How important is a name?  Can you imagine going through life with a completely different name?  Do you think your life would be different if your parents decided on a different name?  How much does your name shape who you are?  Would you change your name if given the chance, if yes to what?

Have you ever googled your name?  What comes up when you google your name?  Think about it for a few minutes and respond in a few paragraphs.

Also, check out the article from CNN found at this link (or click the picture below.)

1. What act has had more CONSECUTIVE #1 hits than any other in the history of Rock and Roll?
Elvis Presley
The Beatles
Bee Gees
Michael Jackson
Whitney Houston
2. What act holds the record for most #1 hits?
Elton John
Michael Jackson
Elvis Presley
The Supremes
The Beatles
3. Which act holds the record for most #2 records without hitting #1?
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Blood, Sweat & Tears
The Carpenters
4. What Beatles’ song held the #1 position the longest?
“I Want To Hold Your Hand”
“Can’t Buy Me Love”
“Hey Jude”
“Get Back”
5. All of these Beatles’ songs hit #1, but one of them only held the top spot for one week. Which one?
“Paperback Writer”
“We Can Work It Out”
“All You Need Is Love”
“Eight Days A Week”
“I Feel Fine”
6. What is the only song in the rock era to ever hit #1 twice?
“Mack The Knife” by Bobby Darin
“The Twist” by Chubby Checker
“Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
“Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers
“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
7. What was the first rap song to ever hit #1?
“U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
“Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
“Rapture” by Blondie
“Walk This Way” by Run DMC
“Rapper’s Delight” by Sugar Hill Gang
8. What duo has had more #1 hits than any other duo in the Rock and Roll era?
Sonny & Cher
Ashford & Simpson
Everly Brothers
Simon & Garfunkel
Hall & Oates

  1. Which was the album the Beatles recorded the last time together?
  2. Which instrument did Miles Davis, the jazz musician, play?
  3. Which is the country where reggae music originated?
  4. AC/DC released an album of their classic songs as the soundtrack to which 2010 movie?
    a.  Iron Man 2
    b.  The Book of Eli
    c.  Shutter Island
    d.  The A-Team
  5. ‘When I was younger, so much younger than today’ is the first line from which song?
    a. Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
    b. Help! – Beatles
    c. You Can’t Hurry Love – Supremes
  6. Which word is missing in this line from ‘Help!’ by the Beatles: ‘And I do ___ you being around’?
    a. Understand
    b. Anticipate
    c. Facilitate
    d. Appreciate
  7. What is a B-side?
  8. What was the B-side of the Beatles’ ‘Help!’ single?
    a.  Day Tripper
    b.  I’m Down
    c.  Yes It Is
    d.  Rain
  9. Who had a world tour called the ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’?
    a.  Britney Spears
    b.  Beyonce
    c.  Madonna
    d.  Rihanna
  10. Raymond v. Raymond is a 2010 album by whom?
    a.  Chris Brown
    b.  R. Kelly
    c.  Usher
    d.  Ne-Yo

BONUS:  What was the first music video to air on MTV?

PC or Mac and why? This is a simple prompt, but so many people are extremely passionate about this choice, I figured it might even yield more writing than some of the others. Have fun with this one. For an extra bonus, have it as a conversation between the PC guy and the Mac guy from the television commercials.

Music is probably as old as man is and has gone through just as many changes – from the earliest days, when voices were the only instruments – to today, when they are a myriad from which to choose.

To find out how the different periods of music are classified and what makes them special, go to the following Web sites:

“The History of Music” at

“Online Music Encyclopedia: History of Musical Instruments” at

“The Catalogue of Classical Composers” at

Create a timeline depicting the various periods through which music has gone. Make sure to include the following details:  ̧ Name of musical period, Dateş Types of instruments used, Musical forms written, Sound quality and rhythm, Any significant workş Composers from that period

Compare and contrast the preceding musical period. How are they similar or different?

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