Month: February 2018

More Than Just a Musician

As an adolescent and amateur musician in the mid-2000s before the days of Facebook and Spotify, I remember eagerly awaiting my weekly guitar lesson. While I could practice and cultivate my skills on my own, these lessons were what truly allowed both my ability to play and understanding of music to flourish. I never aspired to play the guitar professionally for a living, but during that time, I thought I was pretty darn good for my age. That is, until YouTube quickly began to develop into the endless digital archive it is today. I vividly remember stumbling across choppy,...

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‘Sea of Thieves’ – Will it be Rare’s Comeback?

To many millennials who grew up playing Nintendo’s revolutionary 1990s video game console, the N64, British game developing company Rare and specifically its logo featuring a gold, backwards ‘R’ is a nostalgic picture that is permanently etched into one’s memory. Receiving an unlimited budget from Nintendo at the time during the late 90s. Rare was the company behind some of the most critically acclaimed and industry defining games of the era, including Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye 007, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. These games are considered some of the most fun games ever created, and still warrant getting the old console...

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Bringing Something New to The Studio

As an adolescent growing up in the age of closing record stores and declining physical album sales, I quite clearly remember the first time I downloaded iTunes. YouTube hadn’t quite grown into the music platform it also functions as today. As a late-teenager, the feeling of having an endless amount of music at my fingertips was a godsend to an artsy young mind like mine. Regardless of the fact that songs on iTunes had to be purchased, for once I could browse, listen, and ‘take home’ music at my leisure. Now, as an adult, the likes of Spotify and...

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Acoustics, Audio & Audience: an interview with Varun Nayyar

The music scene in 2018 is one largely consistent of festivals, consistent touring and blending genres as more and more artists collaborate in booking festival gigs. While many musicians have learned to produce music on their own, engineering and mixing audio for a live performance is a whole different ball game. Acoustics, crowd noise, as well as instrument and microphone levels are just a few of the variables an audio engineer has to be able to be able to command on-the-fly in order to create a successful performance. Experienced audio engineer and producer Varun Nayyar knows this all too...

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Telling a Story That Sticks: an interview with Karolyn Carnie

Screenwriter Karolyn Carnie is at the center of a changing Hollywood landscape that has seen a wave of strong female millennials make their way into the cutthroat industry both through creative tenacity and storytelling. Drawing on real life experiences, Carnie’s stories have emotionally touched script judges and film buffs nationwide, additionally earning her the respect of high profile showrunners like Aaron Korsh, for whom Carnie has worked for on Suits since season four. Making it in Hollywood is no easy feat, but Carnie has been able to network herself and her stories successfully despite the odds. We had the...

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