By Jye Smith Sep.24.2008
In: Commentary, Production
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Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and his guitars

The wavecaster has my vote by far — even if he is as high as a kite when he’s talking about it, he appears to like it too.

By Stuart McPhee Sep.8.2008
In: Commentary, Opinion
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All we need is a little patience

Something for the Gunners fans there (and don’t they need it). But while they sit on forums and ruminate as to the epicness of Chinese Democracy, us normal souls are being spoiled by guerrilla tactics from the likes of Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and now Bloc Party.

The latter’s 3rd album Intimacy dropped online a little over a week ago with very short notice from the band.  The only clue as to its sound were the dancy between album release ‘Flux’ and first single ‘Mercury’. In an era of albums leaking like the entire music industry is run by the Keystone Cops (complete with Suge Knight in the Fatty Arbuckle role) this method of releasing new material will soon become the norm.

The only thing that doesn’t fly with me in the case of Bloc Party is the way they have decided to hold the physical release of the album back about 2 months. I am still a material guy in a digital world so I need to be convinced that what I am getting by clicking on a paid download is exactly what I would receive if I went in to my local record store (sound quality aside). So when it was mentioned that the disc version of Intimacy would contain extra tracks not found on the digital release, I decided to wait it out for late October to purchase the entire box and dice.

Until that time, apart from ‘Mercury’, I will be completely shut off from the album. I do know that it has already divided listeners but after enjoying their first two efforts I will purchase Intimacy on past history alone. It certainly isn’t the first time I have made such a foolish decision and it will not be the last.

By Jye Smith Aug.23.2008
In: Commentary
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T-Pain held back by auto-tune?

Found a great video on YouTube with some examples of T-Pain singing live following my previous post on auto-tune.  Looks like he can sing very well and probably won’t be able to escape this auto-tune stigma and get the credit he just may deserve.

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By Jye Smith Aug.4.2008
In: Commentary

2008 the year for key specific auto-tune in pop

Now, let’s get one thing straight – auto-tune is very real in today’s music. The more I learn about recording and the sharper my ears become, the more I notice the layers and levels in every day pop tunes.  Listen to anything on TodayFM and you’ll instantly hear the artificial layers and harmonies, and the disgustingly obvious auto-tune.

Auto-Tune  – It seems that in today’s pop music this is no longer a dirty word. It’s very acceptable.  For someone like me, it’s a great way to save time if there’s a couple of off notes on an otherwise decent demo recording. There’s also a great effect that allows you to remove any frequency from the recording that isn’t strictly in the song’s key.

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By Jye Smith Oct.12.2007
In: Commentary

Better music is now better known

What do you think of downloading music? After watching this week’s Whaddyareckon? I came away with a little gem of philosophy:

Better music, is now better known.

I’ve always agreed that the internet, torrents and P2P are great ways to discover artists; and if you end up enjoying their work, you’ll buy their album. I guess how many of us actually get around to it is another question.