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"The Sing-Off"'s Robert Dietz: Mid-Season Arranging Magic

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 11:38
In the middle of a Sing-Off run, the main challenge is always about figuring out new ways to show off a group’s talent, or finding new contexts in which to display talents they’ve already shown. Here...

Robert Dietz: "Sing-Off" Arranging Tricks Of The Trade

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 11:48
Whenever I talk to people about The Sing-Off who are in the know about a cappella, one question invariably arises: “so how much of the arranging does the music team actually do?” The answer is more...


Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 21:47
I was a fan first. By now you’ve probably heard the news that NBC has decided not to pick up "The Sing-Off" for a fourth season.  As an employee of the show (or I guess now, former employee!),...

Arranging: Creating An Emotional Arc

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 18:59
When I was in seventh grade I joined the track team.  I have no idea why – I’m not especially fast, nor do I really like running.  In fact, I dislike running so much that I’ve tried some...

Robert Dietz Blog: Album Vision

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 12:07
In one of my very first columns [http://www.casa.org/content/robert-dietz-you-need-producer] I talked about getting a producer involved with your project in order to provide a cohesive vision that...

Creative Soloing

Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 15:41
I review about 25 albums for RARB each year, so if you approximate about 12 tracks per album, that means I’m listening critically to somewhere in the ballpark of 300 solos a year: one solo every 1.2...

Arranging Creatively – Intermediate Tricks and Tips (Part 2): Harmony

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 10:00
Last time we took a look at the first major tool you have in your arranging arsenal to start interpreting or re-interpreting a song: rhythm.  That discussion centered mostly on syllable choices...
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Concert Review: The Idea of North at The Basement / Sydney, Australia

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 11:42
If you’re a long-time a cappella fan like me, you probably have a handful of groups whose recordings you love, but whom you never think you’ll get to see in concert.  I’ve been very fortunate...

Arranging Creatively – Intermediate Tricks and Tips (Part 1)

Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 14:30
If you’ve read the last two installments of this column about arranging approaches you might have a few questions about how to actually execute these ideas in practice. Fear not – the next two...

Advanced Arranging: Arranging Re-Interpretively (Building a New Blueprint)

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 13:40
Now that we’ve talked about ways to interpret an arrangement while staying true to the basic blueprint of the song, let’s look at what happens when you throw said blueprint out the window. From here...