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The ‘Ah, Ha!’ moment

Bob Ludwig is an American mastering engineer. He is a well-known and respected figure within the music industry.  His name is credited on the covers of albums released across the world, and he has won numerous awards. Throughout his career, more »

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First Major Exhibition To Explore The Life Of George Harrison To Premier At The GRAMMY Museum

George Harrison: Living in the Material World Slated To Open October 11, 2011 LOS ANGELES (September 8, 2011) — The GRAMMY Museum, in cooperation with Estate of George Harrison, will debut a major new exhibition, George Harrison: Living in the Material more »

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Inventing The Electric Guitar

Invented in 1931, the electric guitar became a necessity as jazz musicians sought to amplify their sound. Since then, the electric guitar has undeniably become one of the most important instruments in popular music around the world. It has evolved into a more »

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Don’t trust what you hear. The McGurk Effect – Fascinating optical and Auditory illusion.

“The McGurk effect is a perceptual phenomenon which demonstrates an interaction between hearing and vision in speech perception. It suggests that speech perception is multimodal, that is, that it involves information from more than one sensory modality. The McGurk effect is sometimes called the McGurk-MacDonald effect. It was more »

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‘The Guy With Four Sticks’

During the 1960s, jazz aficionados came to know Gary Burton—a skinny, longhaired vibraphone sensation who wielded four mallets at a time, spinning out beautiful musical lines in intricate counterpoint at lightning speed. First as a sideman with George Shearing and more »

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The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew were a group of Studio Musicians in Los Angeles in the 60s who played on hits for the “Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, Jan & Dean, The Monkees, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, more »

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Skylark-Wildfire 1972

Skylark was a former Canadian pop/rock band active from 1971–1973 and based in the Pacific Northwest. The band formed from one of Ronnie Hawkins’ backup groups and signed with Capitol Records, releasing a self-titled album in 1972 that spawned three more »

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Why Electric Lady Thrives While Other Recording Studios Struggle

In an era where recording studio after recording studio is closing down, Electric Lady is doing well and historic engineer Eddie Kramer explains why. Jump through for a link to the New York Times article and an excerpt from the more »

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The Music of Wood.

While creating new and experimental instruments using technology is great, sometimes it is good to be reminded of where our musical instruments originate. In a big forest for instance, where a huge tree is growing for many years. The Sound of Wood, a more »

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“Cry Baby: The Pedal That Rocks The World”

Guard House Pictures in association with Dunlop Manufacturing Inc. have put together an awesome documentary about the best selling guitar pedal ever – the Dunlop Cry Baby wah-wah.  The documentary features a great group of musicians, engineers and it’s creator more »

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