Introducing FlipSpark’s Music Production Studio Card Game

Ever been stuck making music? Maybe you even felt unmotivated, outright bored, or you’re curious about new techniques but don’t know where to start? Well, in this situation, we usually look up YouTube tutorial videos that we get end up getting lost in, close our DAW and open Steam, or in the worst of cases, spend too much $ on a stupid plugin we may never even end up using.

When hitting the creative wall, options to get you out of the hole are great. The more tools we have to dig out, the better. It helps when it’s fun and even better, when it’s something different. After all, it’s nice for the hands to get away from the keyboard, synth or drum machine, take a breath and clear our minds. Our mates at FlipSpark have come up with a unique idea to help solve these problems, and it comes in the form of a card game. Better yet, you can even play with friends. Check em’ out, it may just be that little something extra that you need in the studio.

Imagine – Every noise at once.

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Some people find a song they like and try to make something similar. Others throw paint at the art board until something starts take shape. We all make music in our own way, but for many, a tough question to answer is ‘what kind of music do you make’ or even ‘what kind of music do you like’. In the days when dj’s got music from vinyl stores and bootlegs were recording radio shows on cassette, these were much easier questions. Nowadays it feels like there are more genres than there are stars in the night sky. Tracking data from Spotify, so far, there are about 5,701 genres. The folks at everynoise.com try to make some sense of the genre mess by presenting a scatter plot of all of these genres. Looking down, the sounds are more organic, looking up, the genres presented are mechanical and electronic, to the left, it’s more atmospheric stuff while to the right it’s sharper ‘spikier’ sounds.

Kirby Ferguson’s ‘Everything is a Remix’

When this documentary first surfaced, it became an instant go to tool for explaining the remix process to curious folk’. Kirby does great in going into detail about not only the process of a ‘remix’ but also addressing ethical and moral implementations that come with the domain. To celebrate the five year anniversary, Kirby Ferguson polished up the original four parts and merged them into a single video. For the first time now, the whole series is available as a single video with proper transitions all the way through, unified styling, and remixed and remastered audio. Part One has been entirely rebuilt in HD.

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Hearthis.at better than Soundcloud?

As an artist in the digital age, you are faced with a bombardment of ‘guidelines’ on promoting your music. The idea of being everywhere is great, but most of us just don’t have the time and resources to do so. With that being said, as of writing this article, there are two kingpins that have established their dominance as must haves for musicians. Of course we are talking about Soundcloud and for diehard dj’s that gave up mixtapes, mixcloud. Fairly new on the scene however, is a social platform for musicians that is showing day by day that its bite, may even be bigger than its roar. Will this be our new crowned king in time to come? With so many newcomer websites, most people will sign up and probably glance at it once in a blue moon, this is not the case with HearThis. HearThis is worth your time and effort, let’s take a look at some of the key features of HearThis that are promising.

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