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OUT NOW: The Lost Tunes Vol. 2 By Hibernate

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OUT NOW: The Lost Tunes Vol 2 By HibernateThe Lost Tunes vol 2 includes ‘Hot Revolver’, a smokin’ hot, spaghetti-western-esque progressive masterpiece, and ‘Somebody Somewhere is Cool’ a song named after the mysterious drunk girl who’s clumsy antics fried Hibernate’s studio computer.

While the first volume of The Lost Tunes was embedded inside a tekkier, more electro-inspired form of expression, the final four tracks of the duology shine with the melodic brilliance and musical creativity Hibernate has become known for. Djs and EDM enthusiasts will find some seriously intense grooves in this archeological discovery, namely on ‘Hot Revolver’ with its vintage pitch-bending sound FX, which are somehow reminiscent of something Ennio Morricone would have composed for ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.

‘Somebody Somewhere Is Cool’ was named after the intoxicated person who destroyed the earlier incarnations of this album as she tripped over Hibernate’s main studio power feed, causing a deadly surge. Minutes before the disaster – as she walked in the studio’s main room – she uttered the phrase “wow somebody is super cool” in awe of the massive display of production gear. Later, Hibernate (Joseph Borg) mused on the irony of the fact that he was not feeling ‘super cool’ at the moment, having just lost his unsaved work in the disaster. The track is another melodic bouquet that blossoms into its musical climax with the help of some interestingly bleepy, analog tones…courtesy of Joseph’s favourite synth: the Roland Mks-80. The entire track, beginning to end, was created with vintage synthesizers without the use of plug-in sound generation, unlike the majority of compositions in today’s electronic music.

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Joseph Borg, who is also know for making some seriously ‘out of the box’ electronic beats, also creates music under the aliases of Angry Muffin and Les Grooves. Under these pseudonyms he explores genre-expanded expression, with little or no regard for current trends and public attention. Angry Muffin is also featured in a self titled mocumentary viewable on YouTube: 

The Lost Tunes’ is now available on Hibernate’s very own imprint Alpha Milk Recordings. Vol. 1 and 2 of the duology are available on all reputable online outlets such as iTunes, Amazon, Juno, and will arrive on the Beatport catalogue in early to mid January.

Get volume one here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lost-tunes-vol.-1-ep/id948036548
Get volume two here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-lost-tunes-vol.-2-ep/id948765122

Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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1 Simple Rule To Boost Your Musical Creativity Is By Walking

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1 Simple Rule To Boost Your Musical Creativity Is By Walking

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Walking is the best possible exercise to boost your musical creativity. If you’re a singer, producer, or songwriter you should habituate yourself to walk very far. Researchers have traced numerous connections between walking and generating ideas. A Stanford University study found that participants were 81% more creative when walking as opposed to sitting. According to the study, walking outside versus on a treadmill produces the most novel and highest-quality analogies in participants who walked and then sat down to do creative work.

The movement aspect of walking is obviously key. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “exercise your creativity,” which refers to the brain as a muscle. Our creative mindset is triggered by physical movement, which is exactly why walking with your dog, a friend, or alone feeds creative thinking, especially in the musical field.

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But the scenery is almost as important as the sweat. The National Human Activity Pattern survey reveals that Americans spend 87% of their time indoors. Being inside, you’re more prone to stagnation, the antithesis of energy. Without energy, you can’t create new songs or write unique lyrics. Disrupting your routine with a walk can be a catalyst for garnering fresh insights into problems or projects.

Just by going outside, you are stepping out of your habitual surroundings and your comfort zone, which is necessary if you want to open your mind to original ideas for your music projects. You can walk through a tree-filled neighborhood. You can walk through a park and observe people sauntering or birds singing. Even when you walk down a busy street, you can’t help but get distracted by the sweet cinnamon smells wafting from a food cart.

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Our brains work harder to process in different environments, so walking outside fosters our ability to glean fresh ideas, to take in new sights, sounds, smells, and flavors. Shinrin-yoku is a common form of relaxation and medicine in Japan. It was developed in 1982, and recent studies demonstrate that being in the forest and walking among the trees lowers your stress levels. The effects are so powerful that shinrin-yoku is now a government-endorsed policy over there. But you don’t have to live near a forest to receive the psychological benefits.

Research has shown that immersion in nature, and the corresponding disconnection from multimedia and technology, increased performance on a creative problem-solving task by a full 50% in a group of hikers.

So instead of setting a fitness goal, why not set a creativity goal that starts with walking? Engage more closely with your surroundings for the next four weeks. Turn off your phone and give yourself the chance to be present in the world, to hear conversations and natural sounds, to notice the way people move, the way the sun reflects in a puddle. Walk not just for exercise.

Are you still sitting there reading this? Get walking now!

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These 4 Considerations Will Help You Buy The Perfect DJ Turntable

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The mental image of a DJ churning out fresh tracks is too strong. DJ’ing fits the bill of a second job, a business you can run on weekends or as the occasion demands. Who knows, your next gig may be at a large music festival.

That being said, you are eyeing a turntable to add to your plethora of DJ equipment on your table. How do you end up buying the right one for you? Stop by here a moment, and find the answer to your question.

Do DJs Still Use Turntables?

Yes, despite the digitalization of music coupled with the rise of more complicated equipment. Turntables and DJ’ing go a long way back, so these devices never go out of style:

● Scratch. Nothing beats doing the scratching and spinning on a real analog player. The large platter contributes to the tactile and raw experience.
● Sound. Vinyl records are at the heart of turntables. This graph shows that the music on vinyl is better than on CDs or cassettes.
● SL-1200. This record player has become a standard for DJ’ing. Turntablism is proof.

The merits of the device for practitioners like you have been discussed. What would factor in your choice?

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Consider Your Type of a Turntable

If you have little to no knowledge of this DJ equipment, do your research first. You will come across lots of details, including but not limited to the following:

● A belt drive or a direct drive? Each turntable has a platter where the record rests and a motor that rotates the platter directly or through a belt. The sound quality is a common point of divergence for audiophiles and DJs where the belt-drive type offers little to noise vibrations while the other one provides interesting sounds that DJs appreciate.
● Is it manual or automatic? The choice sometimes boils down to convenience and preference in moving the tonearm and turning the device on/off.
● Is a cartridge included? The cartridge fulfills a critical role in playing the record. If you are buying a new one, you are likely getting it with the unit. But play safe and ask.

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Look Into Your Needs

The turntable is arguably the foundation of DJ’ing. Whether you want to specialize in scratching or mixing your beats, get the unit that lets you do that. As far as learning to scratch is concerned, direct-drive turntables have been the go-to choice. Some, however, use the belt-drive counterparts.

Think of Features

Don’t be misled by the traditional label of turntables. They have evolved to cater to the ever-changing demands in the world of music and disk jockeys, aiming to combine the analog and the digital.

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That being said, modern DJ turntables often have these:

● USB connectivity when you want to digitize your vinyl records
● DVS to vinyl switching
● Compatibility with DJ software
● High torque
● Pitch control

The list can go on, and you have to go over the technical aspects and features of each product.

Factor In the Money

How much do you plan to spend on a DJ turntable? Your budget will more or less determine your choice, taking into account the quality. If the more sophisticated ones are out of the question, you can opt for entry-level to practice. Also, look into buying a used turntable or financing the purchase.

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Don’t be surprised if you ever need another unit, though.

There’s Another Kind of Table

You are pretty much excited to own a turntable. The next question is, how’s your setup looking so far when you perform? DJ equipment is no joke, and you want to set it down somewhere safe and stable, as well as sleek and stylish for the audience to see.

Pick a reliable DJ table. It can be a foldable type that you can bring to any stage or event or a full-fledged DJ’s booth that is still portable. The look always matters, and facades or screens provide the quintessential setup for a night of dancing and partying.

We hope you find the perfect turntable soon and expand your DJ skills.

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Top 10 Cool Musical Instruments

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Every musical instrument is special in its way. It depends more on the musician how he/she plays it such that it sounds cool and attractive to the audience. Be it classical music shows to operas to live pop concerts, the same instrument can be used to produce a variety of tones as per the requirement that fits the occasion best. While it is very difficult to choose the top 10 coolest instruments of them all, here is a list based on how some of these instruments are played in a funky way to give a song that additional boost it requires.harmonica instrument

Harmonica/Melodica

You will always see a harmonica or a melodica accompanying jazz and blues musicians. The harmonica takes the winds out of the sails. The harmonica is a reed instrument and is commonly known as a mouth organ in several parts of the world. The various air holes are sized in such a fashion that when you blow air, the seven notes of the natural scale are played. Scale changing harmonicas are also available that let you play more than one scale at a time. The Melodica is a similar instrument but has keys in it. It is like a keyboard that has a pipe where you blow air into. The classic Piano Man by Billy Joel uses Harmonica extensively.

Cello

The Cello is much cooler than you think it to be. Predominantly used as an accompanying instrument, the Cello is the backbone of any orchestra. It can be considered to be the equivalent of an acoustic bass guitar in an orchestra. With the advent of the electric Cello, there are no boundaries to what can be done on a cello. Apocalyptica has infused the Cello in heavy metal songs. 2Cellos is a band of two cellists that has blown the roof of some of the biggest stages of the world by belting out solos on Cellos taking center stage.

violin instrumentViolin

The Violin is one of the oldest stringed instruments known to mankind. While the general notion of the sound of Violin is sweet and mellow, some of the greatest violin players of the world have proven it to be otherwise. One of the best violin performances of today’s time is by Lindsey Stirling when she performed Phantom of the Opera. Electric versions of the Violin are more in trend now, but the acoustic ones are still to be matched for sound. Not to mention, Albert Einstein loved playing the violin. If it could intrigue one of the best minds of the human race, it ought to be special!

Bass Guitar

Bass Guitar is the spinal cord of every rock and pop band. Although the sound of a bass guitar fades amongst the other instruments, without it, any song would crumble. Traditional bass guitars have 4 thick strings. These are available in both acoustic and electric variants. Paul McCartney of the Beatles was one of the first musicians to show to the world the variations and playing styles that one can use on a Bass. The ‘slap’ playing style has led to bassists now playing solos in rock gigs. Mohini Dey, the bassist in AR Rahman’s ensemble is currently one of the best bass players in the world.

saxophone instrumentSaxophone

The saxophone is a thing of sheer beauty. It belongs to the wood-wind instrument family and is usually made of brass. It is played with a single-reed mouthpiece. The saxophone became cool right when Louis Armstrong walked on to the stage with a saxophone and sang ‘What a Wonderful World’ which is known to be one of the best performances of all times. Louis Armstrong’s rendition of La Vie En Rose also has some serious saxophone in it. This instrument is mostly used in orchestras.

Piano

As the saying goes ‘Old is Gold’, the piano never dies. It is baffling to see how a set of keys on a huge structure has transformed music over centuries. To this date, every renowned musician still composes a new song on a piano or a keyboard. Starting from Beethoven, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff to Yurima, Stevie Wonder, and Freddie Mercury, the piano has been constant and ever mellifluous. Some of the contemporary piano players and composers are Chris Martin of Coldplay and John Legend. Piano is probably one of the few instruments that you can sit and listen to without blinking for hours together. Garageband happens to have the best library for piano now, after the recent update.

Drums

Drums is a rhythmic instrument that controls the flow and tempo of the song. It is the envelope and crutch of any song. Being a drummer is not an easy task. It requires a lifetime of dedication as it can get emotionally and physically draining at times. What people see in live performances is only the hands of a drummer moving so fast. It is just the tip of the iceberg as the footwork requires even more practice to master. Not to mention double bass players. If you are curious, look up a double bass player’s footwork on YouTube. You will be nothing but amazed!

electric guitar instrumentElectric Guitar

Electric Guitar is one of the most crowd-catching instruments. If one plays a good solo, no matter how well the singer sang or the drummer improvised, the guitarist is bound to leave a mark on the audience. Such is the power of a set of 6 strings. The list of great guitarists is never-ending. There is a hidden guitarist in every household now. With the help of cool accessories like processors and pedalboards, there is no tone you cannot sample on an electric guitar.

mandolinMandolin

Mandolin is considered to be one of the sweetest instruments. It is a part of the lute family and has 4 strings. 5 and 6 stringed mandolins are also available. The normal way of playing this instrument is picking strings in quick successions such that every note you play has a lingering echo to it. This kind of instrument is commonly used in folk and country music frequently.

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If you are moved by deep emotional sounds, the Sarod is going to tinker your emotions. It is a stringed instrument that is used in Hindustani Music. The sarod is increasingly being used in fusion music to create a perfect blend between eastern and western music. Unlike the guitar, the Sarod does not have frets so continuous transitions can be made between notes. This is known as meend. One of the greatest Sarod players to have lived is Pandit Amjad Ali Khan. He played with Pandit Ravi Shankar on one too many shows and projects.

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Online Gaming Streamers Becoming The New Music Tastemakers

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When you spend all day wearing headphones, you definitely want to listen to something other than in-game gunshots or cards being dealt with.

For years now the music industry has been leading the way in online content streaming, resulting in playlists from apps like Spotify being as commonplace on people’s mobile devices as Google Maps or WhatsApp.

However, the change in how music is consumed and displayed has been huge, with music magazines and stodgy old critics being shunted onto the sidelines by online influencers who have adapted to the tech landscape quicker than their more outdated counterparts.


Among those influencers are online streamers, who often start as one-man bands, streaming everything from video games to beauty tips. Pretty soon, their growing channels allow them to become the go-to people in terms of music suggestions.

Here are just some of the most influential online streamers today, who are harnessing the power of music like no one before has ever managed to do.

Card Sharks, Chess Pros and Fall Guys – Filling Tension-Filled Silences with Carefully Curated Beats

Many online gaming streamers have too many crashes, bangs, and wallops going on in their live streams while pumping music simultaneously, while other streamers play the sort of game that is ideally suited to some soothing background grooves.

A growing subset of these streamers are pro poker, chess, and Fall Guy players, who often stream tournaments for hours on end.


As players whittle down at the business end of a tournament, and the streamer is required to make fewer plays, the music he or she uses becomes all the more important. Many pros such as Lex Veldhuis or GMHikaru have made their personalized playlists a highlight of their content, meaning these pros are now on-hand to show people how to conquer 1,000-players-strong tournaments on the world’s biggest gaming sites such as PokerStars and Steam, all the while sharing their musical vibes.

Dr DisRespect – From Online Fragger to Music Video Super Star

The most popular streamers on the planet are undoubtedly those that play battle royale video games such as PUBG or Call of Duty, with many becoming so popular that they can take their content to the next level with help from editors, tech support, and sound teams.
No more so is this true than with one of the greatest of them all, Dr DisRespect, whose 6-foot-8 frame, flowing black mullet and red bulletproof vest have become iconic in the eSports world and beyond.

Not content on featuring other peoples’ music on his YouTube Gaming channel, the Doc has taken to collaborating with recording artists such as J+1, who create retro synth beats and lace them with voice samples from the big man himself to create tracks that have garnered millions of views and plays online.

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Some streamers such as Dr DisRespect are collaborating with recording artists to create their very own tracks and music videos.

Music Streamers – Using Twitch Donations to Launch a New Career

While there is every reason to suspect that gaming streamers of all varieties are having a meaningful impact on peoples’ music tastes and preferences, there are also those streamers who dare to beam their very own music around the world and direct to listeners on platforms such as Twitch.

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This means that whether you are an acoustic guitar whiz or a crooner with dulcet vocal chords, there is an audience out there who want to discover new talent. Now, new fans of an artist can not only listen to their newly discovered singer-songwriters but also gain personal insights from them regarding their everyday life or indeed how they go about writing their material or playing their instruments.

With many top DJs already using such platforms to perform in front of fans who cannot make it to stadium or club gigs, this seems like one music trend that is only just getting started. In a couple of years, we will see even the more popular gamers combine their love for online play with exquisite taste in music. Who knows, maybe you will be one of them?

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How Has The Inclusion Of Pop Music Helped Certain Games Live Long In The Memory?

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There are many things that evoke strong feelings of recollection in people. They include smell and taste, and it only takes a small dose to open the floodgates for the memories to gush in. One of the best ways to engage memory is through music, with neuroscientists discovering that people are more likely to remember words if they learn them alongside an accompanying track. Pop music has been used successfully in a number of games to make them more enjoyable. But the audio has another function as well. It can serve to immortalize the games because, whenever someone hears that music, they will think of the title in which they heard it first.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is a Good Example of a Solid Accompanying Track

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and its sequel, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, are considered among the defining titles of the PlayStation and were hugely popular when they were released in 1999 and 2000 respectively. They had exceptional and engaging gameplay, but one of the most-loved things about the games was the choice of songs playing in the background while players skated around. These included classics like Bring The Noise by Public Enemy and Superman by Goldfinger.

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Activision Blizzard decided to remaster the game for modern consoles, updating all the surroundings and graphics to put them in line with the standard of offerings available today using the Unreal Engine 4. A lot of the aspects of the game remain the same, with some features being updated.

What is most notable about the rerelease of the two original games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows is the fact that developer Vicarious Visions chose to keep all the songs from the originals. This has helped bring about feelings of nostalgia in players who enjoyed the games twenty years ago. It should come as no surprise, then, that the new game sold more than one million units within the first two weeks of its release.

Slot Developers Using Popular Music and Acts to Gain Immortality

Music can also help certain games stand out in a highly saturated market, and this has been shown to good effect in slot games. There seems to have been a rise in music-themed slots in recent years, and top developer NetEnt is leading the way with its NetEnt Rocks range of games. The acts used for these games include legendary acts Guns N’ Roses, Motorhead, and Jimi Hendrix – one of the best guitarists of all time. The music makes the games iconic, but also gives them immortality as classic tracks like Paradise City and Ace of Spades never get old.

One of the newest musical slots on the market is Music Stage from PlayPearls. It’s designed to make the player feel as though they are the pop star, playing in front of a sell-out audience. This is a technique that has been used to good effect in offerings like Guitar Hero, as it allows the player to imagine what it would be like to rock out in front of adoring fans. When people play this game, the music helps stir up emotions, making the title memorable for years to come.

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Music has added another foundation to games to make them even more memorable and enjoyable. Developers who get their music choices right can lead players to think about their games even when they aren’t playing them. All it takes is for the song to come on to trigger those feelings of nostalgia for the game.

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