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Getting Stuck On (And Paying For) The Details

I get paid for a lot of things that never make it to the final product. I get paid for inter-group arguments.

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Planned Randomness, And Literally Phoning It In

In a previous article I talked about accidental stuff that makes its way into the final cut of a song. This time I will talk about ways you can do it (and reasons you should) on purpose! The majority of Pop Music, when broken down to its theoretical roots, can quickly become pretty predictable math: 4 beats to a measure, bar after bar, grouped in tidy bundles of 8, 12 or 16 to make up verses, choruses, and a bridge. Simple, predictable numerical chord sequences repeating over and over within these groups add to this structure a very "meat and potatoes" approach to music - not a lot of theory needed to write a pop song, so why has this style of music lasted so long? This also applies to a lot of folk music, which has been around for hundreds of years, and many songs have yet to be written using the same 3 chords that make up "On Top Of Old Smokey".

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On Choosing Mics For Recording

{mosimage}On the RARB Forum, Eric Olsen wrote:

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Happy Accidents And Other Works Of Genius

OK, I'm going to come clean here. Probably half of the things that I get "genius" credit for are just the results of happy accidents.

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Auto-Tune: Fact or Fiction

Note - this article was written back in 2005, so the technology, available programs, techniques, stylstic useage, etc has changed drastically since then.