Music is one of those subjects that is so simple to describe and speak about and yet so complex. Music can mean so many things to so many different people at so many random times.
As we look deeper into the richness of the background in music, let’s focus on how the majority, not all of course, are automatically thrown into the same flow of music types as the world’s vibes sends them.
Let’s begin dissecting how music has been known to significantly shift the path of a newborn…
As babies, parents can have a huge influence into the way a child grows up seeing the world of music! Are the parents listening to the old school classic with piano solos and instrumental overdose? Or are they into the hip 21st century country style beats?
A child is born into the world a blank canvas where we responsible can mold and create path for them, painting the canvas in all different colors and strokes!
The personality will always be there, some more mellow, others hard to break, but the “blank canvas” will always be there to shape, and you may always throw paint on top to mold it a different direction.
As adults we can choose and listen to whatever we feel appropriate at any time we like, and I believe the wealth of listening to those sounds at your leisurely time is pure luxury…
The freedom of listening to a song at any insignificant time, just because, is the same analogy as having a limo picking you up from an awesome party instead of having to drive yourself a car that may not make it to point B. It’s the freedom, the wants, the abundance, the whole fantasy that we all want and not all can have!
Music is that want that most can have, so enjoy the luxury of listening…the beats that rocks your moment and takes your breath away!
Did you know that that when creating music you are not only creating words, that will become sentences, which will then be added to rhythms and beats which will then be edited into a song that will become poetry to someone’s ears?
It is quite incredible what really happens behind the scene in a recording studio!
The emotions, the creativity, the art, the words and lack of words…the electrical beats to microphones to laughters and tears, to screams and frustration…it’s all about the sweat and love for the final outcome.
A recording studio is a place where recording sounds and mixing comes together. A correct and well designed recording studio is usually done by an acoustician to get the best acoustic sound. In simple wording, it is a specialist that will make the space ideally designed to block out any outside or inside noise that interfers with the best quality sound that you are trying to persive.
Recording studios are used mainly for musicians and when placing voices over main artists for advertising purpose, television, animation, musical and classical sountracks and many other related subjects.
A common recording studio (or the most typical) consists of a room (studio) where an instrumentalist and a vocalist performs, the (control room), usually face to face, is where the sound engineers creates their professional audio mixes with specialized software, computers and other special hi-tech wares.
Sometimes there are smaller rooms added (isolation rooms) if the artist, or whom ever is playing has a high and loud instrument such as drums or electric guitars, that can out-do the sound of the actual singer trying to use just a microphone.
Let us not even begin to talk about all the electrical wiring and electrical “bill”, since the whole room must be done by an “isolation”specialist where the wires are all pre-meditated and carefully designed since there are so many instruments and computers that required volts.
Sometimes though, when you are good, you are good…meaning that if you want to build a kick-bu** studio but are scared that the possibility of going totally bankrupt before even a single is recorded, you can still do it…there are things you just don’t need, somewhat of a luxury that you can always add on later on, after your track hits #1.
Let’s start with a really good computer; since now in days everything is all about tech-smarts, you wanna go deep pockets here.
If you are already using your own record and editing system, and it’s working well, keep it, but the DAW (software used to record, edit and mix music) is awesome, and don’t forget the DAW remote!
The audio interface, a really good microphne (depending on the specifics of your music, choose wisely), headphones, studio monitors (speakers that are customed with ‘frequent response’ that turns sound in to “better” audience sound.
Cables (1 – XLR cable for the microphone and 2 more for the studio monitors), basically all you need to start with…later on you will have more cables than you can count – or manage!
Acoustic panels are important, do it right the first time around. Bass traps, difussiors, control service for mixing – easier than a computer, software plug-ins, an uninterruptible power supply (known as UPS), monitor isolation pads, studio monitor stands, secondry monitors, snake cables, direct boxes, vistual instruments, a MIDI controller, a rack case, a power conditioner, a microphone preamp, a headphone amp, a monitor management system, digital converters, digital master clocks and analog hardware.
Don’t be discouged, you probably know what 95% of these does and are relatively simple to connect…as you get deeper into the music world you will eventually find your personal style and I guarantee there will be additions, but you are pretty set with these.
Now go make music happen…
As the world become more and more aware of our international abouts and how poverty is becoming almost an epidemic within our country and throughout the world, it is hard to comprehend how music is so deeply attached to this title.
For the longest time, music has not only being a way to express feelings or send a message but it has become an international way to speak without talking.
Lyrics can have a huge influence on your current mood, especially when facing such disastrous outcomes that we hear about in the media now in days.
The mechanism of creating deep lyrics lies on the writer being knowledgebale on what he or she wants the crowd to perceive…to make you happy, or to make you cry…for you to get up and dance, or sit in a corner in silence in remembrance of ‘something’ you have been thru.
As we all know, of course, that every writer has their own set of “rules” when it comes to writing his/hers next hit sensation, including if the room has windows, the view thru the window, the painting job done on the walls (color on a wall is more powerful than you know), the sounds they hear and much more.
Only those few artists that really find deep in their hearts the understanding of the everyday joe is successful in writing not only lyrics to a song, but poetry to the ear.
A song has been known to heal sorrowful souls, to being someone’s companian when feeling lonely, to change minds and touch the heart.
If you really think about it, a song can be, in some cases, a natural medicine!
Now, has music now in days an everyday essential or has it become a luxury whereas many individuals in very rare and remote places have no access to neither a radio, or a TV or a CD or nothing that allows the vibrations of music to play.
I believe we have become greedy in some ways, expecting and demanding the use of music. I believe that the saying “you will only miss me if I am gone”; those words should apply to music just as much as anything worth keeping, for today we are here, but tomorrow is another day, who knows where you will be.
The correct analogy would be that music is indeed a luxury, for if, or when you no longer are able to pocess it, it will be missed and you will wish you had taken advantage of it while it was so ‘easy’ to hold on to…
Listen on my friends and keep in mind that somewhere out there (not too far from you) there is a soul that could have been saved by the lyrics and/or rhythm that you just heard…so keep it close to heart and dance!!!
Sometimes we can let very simple obstacles to ruin our days, because we are in a hurry or simply because we don’t take the time to stop, count to 10 and and reset our senses and our minds. It was very funny the way that my tuesday went from great day to disaster and from disaster to amazing day…. and this is how it happened: