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Recording Review: Rutgers Casual Harmony / Casual Harmony

Hi, my name is Matt King and you probably know more about music than I do.  Whew, aren’t you glad we got that out of the way?  It would have just been the elephant in the room the whole t

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Ben Folds Goes To College For A Cappella LP

A cappella's been creeping further and further into the indie rock realm: Not necessarily bands who sing without instrumentation behind them, but straight-up college a cappella groups covering Animal Collective and Vampire Weekend, backing Rivers Cuomo. It's like a sickness! Just kidding (sort of). One-upping these dabblings, Ben Folds has created a new album, Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella, a collection of the US of A's best a cappella groups covering his songs. Over two months, he, his wife Fleur, and engineer Joe Costa recorded the tracks themselves.

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Harmonics: out to change what you know about a cappella

Bill Hare: Last year, CASA awarded the Stanford Harmonics (via the JAMAA) a grant to buy some sound equipment to lead collegiate A Cappella in a new direction.  They finally debuted it last week - it was quite a show - my ears are still ringing!  Here's what the Stanford Daily had to say: By Nina Duong

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Recipe for Spicing Up Your Live Show

Live a cappella concerts are a human-to-human interaction.  They speak to us in ways recordings often can't.  But once you know your songs, you program your set well, you stage it well, now what?  How can you turn this generic meal into a tasty treat? Follow these simple tips to really make the show fun for your audience.  There are a zillion other ways, but here are some quick and easy spices from the producer's cupboard...

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Better in time...

I'll begin with a fitting cliche: hard work pays off. Well, sometimes. In this case, anyway. One general problem for most groups (mine included) is getting into the kind of mindset in which you are genuinely concerned with nothing but your sound and presentation. It seems a given, but try it in a classroom full of 16 girls and you've got a formidable challenge on your hands.