Select Page

What's the loudness war?

This is about compression. Not the sort of compression that makes file sizes smaller, though the two types are often confused. Audio compression reduces dynamic range (the difference between loud and soft) in order to make recordings sound ‘punchier’ or...

Aqua > Radiohead

In response to a comment that Sebastiaan from the band Ridinghood made elsewhere on this site today, that “the cultural significance of Aqua far outweighs that of Radiohead”… It’s an assertion that warrants a lot more careful consideration than...

Rockin' all over the world

Forget promoting, distributing and selling music online. Sometimes you have to stop and make the stuff. Might as well use the internet for that too, right? In the latest of my ongoing campaign of getting other people to write my posts for me and then passing it off as...

Hot and cold running music

I understand the draw of the physical purchase. I dig the appeal of the sleeve notes. I totally get the joy of ownership. But I wonder — how much longer are you going to have to keep making CDs? I’m not a fan of the CD format. I understand why other people...

Just a bit of Apple on Ry

We all know that professional music production technologies have become more and more within the grasp of those of us on something of a budget. But it might surprise you to learn that a free bit of consumer playback software has become the mastering choice of one of...

Mastering online

It’s perhaps important to remind ourselves from time to time that New Music Strategies are not simply about selling, promoting or distributing music online. Sometimes, the online environment can make all sorts of other efficiencies and services available that...