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Toontrack announces Songwriters Month 2013

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Toontrack Songwriters Month

Toontrack Music has announced that this May will see another installment of the company’s popular campaign month Songwriters Month: a month filled to the brim with new sounds, tools and inspiration.

Already now, users can participate by submitting their own songs for a chance to be published on the site.

“Songwriting is at the heart of what our users do. We think a great way of showing the multitude of fantastic music that is created with our tools is to have a customer-generated music player. This is also a chance for our users to expose their music to thousands and thousands of people”, said Mattias Eklund, Toontrack’s co-founder and Head of Sound Design.

Songwriters Month terms for participation

  • Send material to sw2013@toontrack.com
  • Song must be written by you or your band/co-writer(s)
  • Include song title in filename
  • Song must be in MP3 format
  • Include photo or artwork
  • Email can not be larger than 7 MB

Further information/disclaimer will be available with auto-reply upon participation.

More information: Toontrack

Diego Stocco’s Duet for Leaves & Turntable

Diego Stocco posted Duet for Leaves & Turntable, another brilliant demonstration of the beauty of music made with everyday objects.

Recently I bought a turntable to use it for an experiment, but that didn’t turn out as I was expecting. Then, I noticed the equally spaced ridges on the plate and got an idea for something else.

For about an hour I recorded short musical phrases by rubbing leaves against the turntable (the type of leaf, angle, pressure and fold determined the sound), then I combined the different takes together. Every element comes from those recordings, including the bass, kick and snare sounds (shaped with EQ, compression and resonators).

More information: Diego Stocco

Ohm Force announces Odd Nights Ohm Studio Collab Weekend

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Ohm Studio Odd Nights

Ohm Force has announced its 37th Ohm Studio Collab Weekend scheduled for March 29th, 2013.

This week, everybody will use a great synth included in Ohm Studio’s default arsenal. Participants will have the choice between different projects, each of them named after one of GForce Oddity’s presets. This particular preset will serve as a basis for the musicians in the project to build a collaboratively inspired track. Of course, switching projects during and after sessions will be possible, as easily as joining and leaving a chatroom.

Newcomers are required to download and install Ohm Studio, create an account and log in between 8:00 PM and 2:00 AM (GMT). Red_Force and Jamie will be waiting for people here.

More information: Ohm Studio

Hal Leonard publishes Less Noise, More Soul

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Hal Leonard has announced it has published Less Noise, More Soul, a collection of thought-provoking essays on the search for balance in the art, technology, and commerce of music.

Less Noise, More Soul

Less Noise, More Soul features the unique perspectives of highly accomplished performers, engineers, and producers on the question how modern technology has influenced and shaped the way we create and consume music today.

The digital revolution has enabled the creation and distribution of music in ways previously unimagined. Paradoxically, it has also made possible better and better recordings of less and less substance. Artists, engineers, and producers have begun to raise questions about the balance between the profoundly human undertaking that is the creation of music and the ever-more-antiseptic means by which it is translated into recordings.

Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music brings together original challenging and though-provoking essays by a select group of industry professionals, many of them award winners, who share a wealth of experience, passion, and insight into where popular music has been, where it currently finds itself, and where it’s going.

The book is designed to be a portable vehicle for generating discussion: not too long, and replete with the poignant, thought-provoking commentary of many “brand-name” players in the industry. Perfect for the office or the college classroom, Less Noise, More Soul will enhance the understanding of music as a medium and a business for students, artists, producers, and other industry professionals. Contributors include Bob Ludwig, Adam Ayan, Kenny Aronoff, Lydia Hutchinson, and more.

If used in an academic setting, this book will provide relevant content for courses like Sound Recording Theory and Practice, Analysis of Recordings, Writing and Production in the Pop/Rock Idiom, Advanced Production for Writers, Sound Processing Application for Writers, Principles of Production for Musicians, Creative Production Skills, and others.

The book is available to purchase for $18.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard / Less Noise, More Soul

London Electronic Music Event announces 2013 dates and line-up

London Electronic Music Event

The London Electronic Music Event (LEME) has announced the dates and line-up for its 2013 Event, with sessions from Beatport, Radio Slave, SoundCloud, Andi Durrant, Your Army, Mr Bongo, Sharooz and more.

LEME is a weekend of production workshops, business sessions, keynote panels and networking events bringing together artists, labels, entrepreneurs and like-minded electronic music lovers from around the world. Now in its second year, LEME will take place 13-14 April, 2013 in Rich Mix, London.

LEME gives 200 delegates the chance to custom-build their own timetable from 22 sessions led by expert speakers from all sectors of the electronic music industry.

Highlights of the 2013 programme include: Bigger Beatport Sales; Running a Label; How To Break Through; Business Basics for the Freelance Musician; Making Your Mix Slam; The Perfect Arrangement; Mastering Alchemy: the Gold Standard and What Goes Where? The EQ Masterclass.

Weekend tickets are availabe for the earlybird price of £140 GBP.

More information: London Electronic Music Event

Hal Leonard publishes Minding Your Business

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Hal Leonard Books has published Minding Your Business, a guide to money and taxes for creative professionals by Martin Kamenski.

Hal Leonard Minding Your Business

If there is anything a creative person tends to dislike more than talking about money, it’s talking about taxes. But paying attention to the business side of your art is important, and author and practicing CPA, Martin Kamenski, takes you by the hand and leads you through the tangled web of the IRS.

This book will end your fear of taxes and will help you lead the life you crave as a creative professional. The language is easy to understand for even the most number-illiterate. Minding Your Business provides guidance about when to treat yourself as a business, including all important considerations before incorporating and shattering some of the most prevalent (and costly) myths existing in the artistic community.

Minding Your Business is suitable for any actor, writer, musician, dancer, photographer, director, model, visual artist, band, or production company. The author’s Chicago-based practice serves clients nationwide and offers artists and creative professionals the explanations they need. Kamenski has taken the very fine-tuned method of explaining taxes that made his practice successful and condensed it in a book that will pay for itself tenfold. The playing field is about to be leveled. Prepare to feel in control of your financial future!

The book is available to purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Minding Your Business

Anytune music slow downer app updated to v3.5

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Anytune 3.5

Anystone Technologies has updated the Anytune music slow downer practice app to version 3.5.

Slow down music, choose the perfect pitch, and learn to play by ear. Slow Downer Music Practice Perfected. Anytune Pro+ is a universal app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Changes in Anytune v3.5

  • ReTune – Associate a tempo, pitch or delay time with marks.
  • Built-in Recording.
  • Export a tuned track via Email or Open-In.
  • Search for Tunes, Songs, Playlists, Artists and Albums.
  • Change sort order of Tunes list: Manual, Alphabetical, Date Imported, Date Last Played.
  • Delayed playback start.
  • User defined preset names for audio marks.
  • Autoplay option on mark selection.
  • Ability to shift loop from A->B or B->A and 1/2 or x2 the size of the loop.
  • Set default tempo, pitch and gain for newly imported songs.
  • Enhanced help menu.
  • Improved Facebook and Twitter sharing options.
  • Loop once option.
  • Graphical UI enhancements.

As of the launch of Anytune 3.5 the app is available as Anytune (free), and Anytune Pro+ (previously Anytune Pro HQ), priced at $16.99 USD.

More information: Anytune

Hal Leonard Books introduces Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Klein

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Hal Leonard Books has announced it is now shipping Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Klein, a guide for freelancers who want to succeed in the music and audio industries.

Jim Klein Welcome to the Jungle

Thousands of people try to make a living as musicians and audio professionals. Most of them fail, and not because they lack talent or the will to succeed. They fail because no matter how much training they’ve received or how hard they’ve practiced, they don’t know how to face the challenges that await them in the “real world.” No matter how much technical or musical skill aspirants may have acquired, there is always a huge gap in their understanding of how that world works.

Do they understand how to behave in a professional environment? When to talk and when to listen? What about developing a personal work ethic, a support system, and a reasonable set of immediate and future plans to make goals into realities? In his dual role as a successful music and audio freelancer of over 30 years and tenured college professor, Jim Klein has not only the knowledge of what it takes to succeed as a freelancer in the competitive fields of music and audio, but also the understanding of exactly what the new aspirant needs to know to take on that world.

Klein has crafted his advice into a book that is detailed, complete, and easy to understand. Welcome to the Jungle includes chapters on setting goals, networking, building a portfolio, time management, personal and professional finances, and dealing with the ups and downs of the freelance career. The book also includes interviews with successful music and audio freelancers, such as legendary producer Howard Benson (Kelly Clarkson, Santana, Daughtry), producer/engineer Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, U2, Elvis Costello), bassist Julie Slick, and others.

The book is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books / Welcome to the Jungle