Category Archives: Music

Lost Einstein recording put to music

When I find myself in times of trouble, good old Einstein speaks to me, physics words of wisdom, square of C. I had a small recording once, of Einstein he said, “I agree.” I put it into music, here, it’s free: Xeno – Albert I’m Fine. (mp3) Is this Albert Einstein playing violin? You decide.… Read More »

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 by 167 theremin nesting dolls

The theremin instrument was invented by Léon Theremin in 1920. The sound is like that of the Tannerin, an electrotheremin which appeared in The Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations. In the musical performance below, the performers are playing an invention of Masami Takeuchi.  Takeuchi placed the frequency antenna of a theremin inside a Russian nesting… Read More »

Cubase 7.0.x Hiding and Finding Hidden Tracks

In 7.0.6 my arranger, tempo and signature tracks were not visible. Project -> Add Track -> Arranger = “This project already contains an arranger track!” Well, fine, show it to me then! Clicking the “find tracks” icon (hourglass) shows the tracks listed and they show up in the Inspector on the left, but there are… Read More »

Man can play back four symphonies in his head… At once!

Bob Milne is one of the best ragtime piano players in the world, but his talents go further than that – right into the land of amazing. Bob’s brain works a little differently to the rest of us, as he can compartmentalise various functions, which allows him to play complex piano pieces while carrying on… Read More »

VST Piano Plugin Sound Shoot out

Tonight I was looking for the best sounding piano plug-in for my songs. I’m currently using Piano One which is free. There is a great shootout here: and I decided that I like the Roland RD700GX Expressive Grand sound, but I don’t think there is a VST plug in. After more thought, I realized… Read More »

2014 Grammy Winner: Best Rock Song

Interesting. I wanted more chord changes. This doesn’t touch songs like “Live and Let Die” but they have a nice line up and the sound is great. This song needs a chorus or more contrast or interesting lyrics that are about something. Perhaps the lack of all that is what makes it a great rock… Read More »

Holophonic Sound: Get a virtual haircut

Check out the link below (.mp3). With that the effect was even more pronounced, in fact, the sound actually went around my head behind me! Really amazing. Hugo Zuccarelli, an Argentine who dabbled in various sound experimentations in the 1980s, believed the human auditory system not only hears sound but emits sounds as well. The… Read More »

DNA demonstrates how closely everyone on Earth is related

Just from some basic math you can see that everyone alive today is related.   New research by Peter Ralph of USC Dornsife has confirmed that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else on the planet. … The assistant professor of computational biology‘s background in math and statistics enables him to develop methods and… Read More »

The Microphone that got away

I have lately been building a vocal booth in my home studio and I’m taking recording engineering lessons from a Grammy award winning engineer to get past some roadblocks. After reading a slew of threads on and then testing a bunch of microphones myself I’ve decided that I want a Neumann U87 mic and… Read More »

FBI spent 2 years searching a song for obscene lyrics

The FBI investigated the classic song ‘Louie Louie’ for two years, it has been revealed. The intelligence agency was tasked with analysing the song to see if it contained hidden obscene language as part of their work tackling obscenity, The Smithsonian reported. Composer: Singer-songwriter Richard Berry wrote controversial hit Louie, Louie The song, sung by… Read More »

David Bowie leads tributes to ‘master’ Lou Reed

Rock legend David Bowie has led the tributes to US singer and former Velvet Underground frontman , who died on Sunday aged 71.Bowie’s Facebook page said of his “old friend”, considered one of the most influential singers and songwriters in rock: “He was a master.” Reed’s second solo album Transformer, featuring Perfect Day and Walk… Read More »

Poupee de son?

Catchy, and I like her voice… but what does it mean? More than the singer knew, which was part of what the song was about. See:,_poup%C3%A9e_de_son

“Something” by the Beatles, just bass & drums

▶ “Something” – bass & drums – YouTube. Only Ringo’s and Paul’s tracks. Recorded at the EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London in the summer of 1969. comment: Note how Ringo jumps a beat on the ride cymbal when the solo starts and the effect it delivers on launching the part… It takes your breath away…… Read More »

Longtime NPR jazz host Marian McPartland dead at 95

Marian McPartland, a British musician who hosted a jazz program on National Public Radio for more than four decades, has died at age 95, NPR said on its website. McPartland, the longtime host of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, died of natural causes at her Long Island home on Tuesday, NPR said. As host, the jazz… Read More »

Can you hear this fast?

You’ve probably heard the Stevie Wonder song “Superstition”. I’ve been tripping out on the horn part. I actually found the horns alone and I’m still not certain of the exact notes in the trill. (This is a real track from the actual song. The horns start about half way through.) Have a listen and… Read More »

Perfect pitch may not be so ‘perfect’

… People classified with perfect pitch may not actually be as in tune with the notes they hear as they think. Played a long piece of music, a study group failed to notice when scientists turned the tones ever so slightly flat. They then misidentified in-tune sounds as being sharp. Researchers say it demonstrates the… Read More »

‘Happy Birthday’: Who Owns the Rights?

Usually, “Happy Birthday” is a happy, celebratory song that often precedes cake and ice cream. But it might soon become part of a contentious legal battle. Jennifer Nelson, the president and owner of the New York based Good Morning to You Production Corp., is producing a documentary about the history of “Happy Birthday to You.”… Read More »

Mumford & Sons postpone gigs, bassist hospitalized for blood clot

English neo-folk band Mumford & Sons have postponed three American concerts this week after their bassist, Ted Dwayne, was hospitalized on Monday with a blood clot in his brain. The Grammy-winning group, responsible for ubiquitous hits such as “I Will Wait” and “The Cave,” announced the news on its website Tuesday morning. “Our friend and… Read More »

The Awesome Voice of 10 Year Old Anna Christine (videos)

Anna Christine | AMERICA’S GOT TALENT AUDITIONS | LIVE 6-4-13 “Hand Me In” by Anna Christine, Original Composition Live at The Smith Center – YouTube. Silent Night live performance by Anna Chrstine , 10 Years Old “Lights” by Ellie Goulding, Cover by 10 year old Anna Christine Damn. I could listen for hours. So much… Read More »

Practice makes perfect? Not so much

Jason Mraz, world famous performer with “perfect pitch”.   Turns out, that old “practice makes perfect” adage may be overblown. New research led by Michigan State University’s Zach Hambrick finds that a copious amount of practice is not enough to explain why people differ in level of skill in two widely studied activities, chess and… Read More »

Learn the Periodic Table of Elements song

Whether you need to brush up on your chemistry, or just love it when someone sets the Periodic Table to music, AsapSCIENCE’s The NEW Periodic Table Song is for you. This rundown of the elements in numerical order is set to Jacques Offenbach’s Infernal Galop, but was otherwise written, produced, and performed by Mitchell Moffit.… Read More »

Listening to Music Prompts Numerous Brain Changes

… When you listen to music, much more is happening in your body than simple auditory processing. Music triggers activity in the nucleus accumbens, a part of your brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and is involved in forming expectations. At the same time, the amygdala, which is involved in processing emotion, and the… Read More »

Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies at 53

Australian rocker Chrissy Amphlett, the Divinyls lead singer whose group scored an international hit with the sexually charged “I Touch Myself” in the early 1990s, died Sunday after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, her husband said. She was 53. “Chrissy’s light burns so very brightly,” her husband, former Divinyls drummer Charley Drayton,… Read More »

Phil Ramone dead at 79; Grammy-winning producer worked with Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon

Phil Ramone, the recording industry pioneer and Grammy-winning producer behind landmark albums for numerous stars — including Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Ray Charles and Tony Bennett — died Saturday morning in a Manhattan hospital. He was 79. Though his family has not released the cause of death, Ramone had been admitted at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in… Read More »

Pandora makes me need an iPhone mute button

I shouldn’t complain because its free music and Pandora has to support itself somehow, but I hate ads so much that I find myself quitting the app and moving on to some other form of entertainment when the ads start. If I start Pandora later, no ads for a few more songs. Looking for an… Read More »

Davie Bowie set for fastest selling album of 2013

David Bowie is set to reach number one in Sunday’s charts with his album, The Next Day, making it the fastest selling album of 2013. The Next Day is Bowie’s first since Reality in 2003, which peaked in the charts at number three. Reports from the Official Charts Company showed that The Next Day had… Read More »

Metal robot metal band

Did you ever wonder what Danny Carey would sound like if he had 4 arms? How about if Angus Young had 78 fingers? Imagine what Robert Trujillo would sound like if he was actually made of metal? Well, wonder no more, meatbags. Compressorhead is the worlds heaviest metal band. Stickboy, fingers, and bones are guaranteed… Read More »

Ravi Shankar dies at 92

Ravi Shankar ( 7 April 1920 – 11 December 2012), often referred to by the title Pandit, was an Indianmusician and composer who played thesitar, a plucked-string instrument. He was described as the best-known contemporary Indian musician. Shankar was born in Varanasi and spent his youth touring Europe and India with the dance group of… Read More »

Happy “21.12”, Rush Fans!

It isn’t the year 2112 yet, but 9/21/12 is close enough for a Rush celebration. I had so much fun as a kid learning this stuff note for note by ear on the guitar (especially the solos)! Rush is an amazing trio, very creative album. Alex Lifeson is amazing. Trivia: I played Red Barchetta at… Read More »

Joe South, singer of Games People Play, dies aged 72

Joe South, who won two Grammys in 1969 for his magnificent protest song Games People Play, has died at the age of 72. The song, which took its name from a book by psychoanalyst Dr Eric Berne, has been covered by hundreds of musicians including Dolly Parton, Petula Clark, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike… Read More »

Head injury turns man into musical savant

When Derek Amato crashed headfirst into the hard bottom of a pool, he was scared about what he might have done to his brain. But amazingly the fallout from that accident wasn’t all bad. Along with the headaches and other post-concussion symptoms, the accident brought Amato an unexpected gift: it turned him into a musical… Read More »

Sony releases Unlimited Music app for iPhone

Sony is taking on Spotify by releasing its first Music Unlimited app for iPhone this week. The Music Unlimited app will launch by the end of the week after debuting more than 12 months ago on Sony devices. At CES 2012, Sony initially announced the app would be released in summer. The Music Unlimited app… Read More »