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Album Of The Week- Steve Vai- Passion And Warfare

Few albums have blown me away first listen the same way this album has. Aside from being the album that put Steve Vai on the map as a fantastic guitar player, it pushed the musical boundaries of instrumental guitar music. There weren’t many seven string players during this time, and with some of his tunes using a 7, Passion and Warfare was on it’s way to be a classic. Continue reading Album Of The Week- Steve Vai- Passion And Warfare

My Favorite Albums of 2016

We lost a lot of great people in 2016, but we did gain a lot of great music. This year has been a great one for me musically since I delved into a wide variety of genres and styles that I normally didn’t listen to. I  got into a lot of hip hop, jazz, and furthered my interest in math rock so a lot of these albums will reflect that.  Continue reading My Favorite Albums of 2016

Why I Love Video Game Music

Over the years, I have delved into various genres of music. Jazz and hip hop have become to staples in my daily music listening. This is a sharp contrast to the hard rock and metal days of high school where I could be found listening to Rage Against The Machine or Iron Maiden at any given time. Although I have looked into various genres of music, I find that the one that I go back to the most is video game music. Before I discuss my passion of video game music, let me delve a little bit into the video game music, hereby referred to as VGM, that I was surrounded by as a child.

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Perception – My Venture Into Ableton Live 9 And What I’ve Learned

Perception in music is such a strange thing just because of how many angles they are. You could be a person who listens to music all the time, or just a causal listener. Maybe a fan, or a musician. Each person is lead to perceive music differently, and that’s great. This discussion of sorts is based on my recent ventures into Ableton Live 9, a popular Digital Audio Workstation which I am learning in order to create drum beats for my music since I do not have the space for drums due to location and literal space, and because I wanted to learn the software. As I used the software more and more, I started thinking about how I perceive guitar, bass, drums and the like in a musical sense. My mind wondered to artists who create their own music using an instrument, and those that use a computer.
Take for example three very different, yet accomplished musicians. David Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and Deadmau5. David Grohl played drums for Nirvana and would later on found the Foo Fighters. Throughout all of that, he never used a computer to make his music or play his parts. He find that music should be played by humans because it both feels and sounds more natural and well… Human. Trent on the other hand makes industrial rock music and welcomes the use of computers in both the creative and producing processes. He is a very capable and accomplished multi-instrumentalist outside of the computer, but he uses the computer to further his music making capabilities. The last example is Electronic Dance Music musician Deadmau5. He exclusively uses computers to make his music. There is nothing wrong with the way that the music is made, but it makes me wonder as to how we as people perceive music.
I take lessons at a music school and spoke to my instructor about drums. Everything from where to place a fill, and how one should go about making one, to pushing the best or keeping it laid back. I also analyzed the drum beats he played and tried to tab out how it would sound in Ableton in my head. It was during this that my initial curiosity in perception started to ferment.
I was looking at drums as a means to an end if you will. Songs need drums, at least 99% of them do, and I don’t have a way to learn drums, record them, or pay someone else to do them. In my early analysis of drums, a instrument I paid little attention to, I sought out the basic patterns and the core fundamentals of it all. Of course I didn’t have to worry about stick control or proper toe to heel positioning on the bass drum pedal, but I was still interested in the subtle placement of a kick drum in a Brad Wilk beat, or the placement of a fill that Bonham used.
Because of all of this, I viewed drums differently than my other drummer friends did, mainly because I wasn’t a drummer. I showed my drummer friend my basic rock beat and asked her help for a fill. She gave me a fill that would work, and it sounded familiar, but odd. I’ve heard used it other songs before, but when I wrote it out, it sounded odd. But to the drummer, it correct, good even. That’s so strange to me. David Grohl discussed his approach to writing guitar lines for his band and he stated that a lot of his guitar parts sort of act as drum part. He synchronizes some of the guitar parts to the kick drum, and others to the snare. Of course, he is not the first musician to do this, there have been countless others, but it was interesting for him to actually explain it and state it all. But even then I find it odd. It didn’t make much sense to me until I really looked at how it was made. Another example would be the way that progressive rock bands such as Protest The Hero make music. I recently heard the drummer from Protest The Hero record his playing on their song “Drumhead Trial”. The beat at its core was very basic, fast, but basic. The guitars that were layered on top of it though were doing completely different things that worked with the song, but didn’t sound like it should  have. On paper, it may not have sounded good, but in practice it did.
It was through this entire analysis of music and perception that I came to the realization that…well… that’s what makes music so cool to me. That David Grohl could write a guitar riff based on one idea, but if he explained the idea to say, Josh Homme or Tom Morello, it could be perceived completely differently and then played differently. Perception is such an odd thing in music.

Temporarily Spoofing Firefox As Safari


Apple… Why? I don’t understand, why do you have to do this to us? We’re going to get around it, just like the iPhone, except this is 10 times easier. Long story short, any iDevice can stream the event, but us PC users can’t. I have an iPod touch, but I’d rather view it on 15 inches of glory.

Here’s what to do:

Download User Agent Switcher Add-On for Safari:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/59/

Once that’s installed and Firefox is restarted, download the .xml file with the “spoofed browser” configurations and save it to Desktop:

download xml user agent list 2.x
Source of download: http://techpatterns.com/forums/about304.html

Now, go to Firefox, hit “Tools” up top, then scroll over “Default User Agent”, and go to the bottom and hit “Edit User Agents”. Now, click “Import” way at the bottom, and select the .xml you saved at the desktop. You’ll now have a ton of spoofed browser configurations to choose from, but for now you just need to click one.

Simply go back to the “Default User Agent” tab, go to “Browsers – Mac”, and select the one all the way at the bottom labeled (531.21.10 OS X 10_6_2 Intel).

You’re done! You should be able to view the Apple Event on your PC, without any need of a Mac whatsoever. Hope this helped! 😉