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Calico Sky – One Of These Nights (Eagles cover)

Don Henley turned 70 this weekend! Here’s our tribute to our favorite Texas Songwriter.

Enjoy!

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Moby – Porcelain (Visual Memoir)

This was my first time to mix audio for film/tv.  This was a bit trying since I wasn’t onsite to record the original audio.  In some of the urban scenes, we had to cut out all extraneous sounds using iZotope noise reduction software and rebuild the ambient soundscapes using foley.

RIP Sir George Martin

Sir-George-Martin-with-the-BeatlesSir George Martin has died.

It’s difficult to measure his influence. Growing up I hardly listened to popular music until I was introduced to The Beatles as a teenager. The first time I heard his horn arrangement in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band I think I nearly fainted. I joined a Beatles cover band and the records he produced defined my high school years. He taught me it was okay to cross the line between “classical” and “popular” music. Like Mozart and Monteverdi, he influenced my decision to pursue a career in music.

As producer he made the greatest rock band of all time better. His orchestrations masterfully colored the songs of Lennon and McCartney without overshadowing them. His creative studio techniques changed the sound of popular music. It was no longer enough for a recording to merely mimic a live performance. Under his influence the record became a separate and sometimes superior work of art. He elevated the role of producer from technician to artist.

History will cite George Martin as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Rest in peace Sir George Martin. Your music will never be forgotten.

-Joel Nesvadba

March 09, 2017

Robin Thicke Verdict Sets a Dangerous Precedent for Creators

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I don’t like Robin Thicke and I’m not a fan of his music. But I’m upset that he lost the recent case against the Marvin Gaye estate for supposed copyright infringement with Blurred Lines. This sets a dangerous precedent for music creators.

Composers and songwriters have been borrowing musical elements from each other since antiquity. Medieval and Renaissance composers wrote polyphonic motets based on well known chants (referred to as cantus firmus). Classical and Romantic composers wrote entire pieces based on themes written by their colleagues. And early rock-and-roll borrowed form and harmony from the 12-bar blues.

That’s why song copyright typically covered just the melody and lyrics. You couldn’t copyright instrumentation, key signatures, chords, chord progressions, tempos, time signatures, or a groove; otherwise composers wouldn’t be able to legally write anything at all. In the case of Blurred Lines only the instrumentation and groove were borrowed from Got To Give It Up. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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