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Noah and The Whale from Australia

Are you simply tired of hearing all of the mainstream, over hyped drivel from local "top-100" pop-rock stations? Perhaps you want to be edgier or even more "underground"- at least, you'd like to be able to act like you are both of those things. The problem is figuring out where to start. Being on the inside when it comes to independent rock music- a.k.a "indie rock bands"- sometimes seems overwhelmingly difficult.
Oftentimes, indie fans seem like they come from some type of exclusive society, often frowning down on all those who do not "get it" when it comes to indie music. However, by learning the basics of the indie phenomenon and what it is all about, you will be on your way to being, or at least passing your self off as, a die hard indie fan!
A couple of the new bands include: "I Was A King", "Wild Palms", "Two And A Half White Guys", "Fools Gold" and "Annie And The Beekeepers." Do not forget the new bands that are coming up from other places such as the United Kingdom and Australia. From the United Kingdom comes the new band "Noah and The Whale"; from Australia comes "The Crayon Fields."
It does not matter what genre you listen to because you will find that there are new bands coming up all of the time from Hard Rock, to country, there is something out there for all and any age can find a song that will get them grooving.

 

Matt Barkley Vs Gangnam Style Rapper PSY

If you asked me a month ago if I would ever write about a Korean rapper on my blog, I would have been highly confident in answering no. I would have been even more cocksure that I would never write about one in comparison to a high level college football player who is likely to be a first round NFL draft pick. Clearly, I was wrong and this serves as a great reminder that being self-assured is not a panacea.
A few weeks before the 2012 college football season was set to kick-off, I was having lunch with a good friend of mine who happens to be a USC graduate. Since his favorite team was ranked atop several of the polls, he was obviously excited about their prospects of winning the national championship. The conversation naturally flowed to the point where he asked my opinion about the Trojans.
I told him that I thought they were in trouble for a few of reasons (only one of which I will be covering in this blog entry). By chance, I had read an article in the LA Times a few days prior about Matt Barkley teaching LA Times columnist T.J. Simers how to use a twitter account, and noticed a quote from Barkley that I found disturbing. Simers asked "Now if I'm sitting at one of your games and you've just thrown an interception... ," when Barkley interrupts and says "I don't think that will happen this year," said with a straight face.
Now on the surface this sounds like youthful bravado, but to me it showed a result orientation inside Barkley's mindset, which more often than not leads to disappointment. Focusing on results can also lead to perfectionism which produces less than optimum production, as well as repeated letdowns. Meanwhile a process orientation enables you to deal with things as they come, so you are able to grow and thrive. When you focus on the process you relieve internal pressure and more often than not exceed your goals.

 

Sound Therapy and the Miracle of Music

Evolve with music.
I remember as a kid how much I enjoyed listening to music while busy with my homework and that has never changed. Now I work, write, paint, exercise and cook to music, it helps me both to focus and to be creative. Because of my multi cultural background I enjoy listening to all kinds of music. What music I choose to listen to depends a lot on my mood. If I feel down and I want to feel better, I play a lively CD with a nice dance beat that puts me in a good mood immediately because my body responds instinctively to the beat of the music. If I feel scattered and beside myself, I play Bach, Satie or Mozart and I can instantly feel my mind relax. Sometimes I feel nostalgic for my roots and then my soul calls for Arabic or Indian music, or some other music that reminds me of happy special moments in my life, so I listen to that for a while to soothe my soul and without fail it works wonders.
The use of sound and music is the most ancient healing technique. It was practiced in the ancient mystery schools of Tibet, India, Egypt, China, Athens and Rome for tens of thousands of years. Over the past centuries much of this information disappeared in the west but is now re-emerging.
From time immemorial, music has been a part of the Indian culture. Music is an age-old part of Ayurveda, the holistic Indian science that promotes a happy and healthy lifestyle. The curative power of music emanates from the resonance of certain ragas on hormonal and glandular functions, which produce secretions that keep the body balanced and infection free. There's music for indigestion, music to build up self-confidence, music for insomnia, to heal gall stones and arthritis, for anxiety and for any ailment you can think of.
Music is capable of improving health and concentration, promoting peace and happiness. It is important, however, to know the method and the duration for which music therapy is to be administered. Listening to music helps control negative aspects of our personality like worry or anger. It can also cure headaches, abdominal pain, strokes, stuttering and tension. Music therapy is one of the most effective ways of controlling emotions, blood pressure and restoring the functions of the liver.

 

What is the Basic Difference Between Music Production and Sound Engineering?

Music production involves creating the music from scratch and sound engineering involves mixing the different instruments together so it sounds nice.
I will reveal both aspects as they relate to D.J.'ing but more so on the production side.
For most established D.J.'s, meaning those who have been D.J.'ing for a while whether it is in their bedroom or in the club, music production is the next logical step. Because D.J.'s play so many different types of music they come across a lot of beats and sounds. This inspires some D.J.'s to sample those beats and sounds and make up their own songs.
This is the beginning of the music production stage. There are 3 stages to music production: pre-production, music production and postproduction.
Stage 1 Pre-production
The music production stage is the crafting of the new song. I call this the pre- production stage because you are just experimenting with music. This is where music from the record or mp3 is sampled using a sampler or drum machine like an Akai MPC. But before you can sample and produce music you have to make sure your gear is properly connected:
So that I can sample sounds into my Akai drum machine I have my Technics turntable going into the phono input of my stereo unit. Then I take the phono out of my stereo unit to the input of my MPC 3000. My MPC gets connected to my Akai DPS 24.Then the DSP 24 is connected to the CD input of the stereo unit so I can hear what I produce.
In order to sample I have to make sure I select the phono option on my stereo unit. After I sample the sounds I have to switch to the CD option on my stereo unit so I can hear the playback from the drum machine. Once you've completed your musical arrangement and saved all of your work and you are satisfied with it you can move into the part two of the pre-production phase.
During this phase is when you bring in artists to perform on you track. This is where you begin to rearrange the track or music you created with the artists. This collaboration period enables you and the artists to make minor adjustments to the music and the lyrics. You may also add to or take away parts of the track such as adding additional drums or strings. The artists will practice their song using your track. Once this is very tight you move to the studio to lay the music and the vocals on separate recording tracks. The reason why you want to practice before you get to the studio is because studio time is very expensive and you don't want to waste time practicing in. That is where you need to focus all of your time making sure the music and vocals are recorded cleanly without pops and clicks.

 

The Sound of Music - Introducing the Actors Who Played The Von Trapp Children

Whether it's Maria's opening song 'The Hills are alive... ', the timeless 'Do - Re - Mi' or the sweet 'Sixteen Going On Seventeen', we all have our 'Favorite Things' about 'The Sound Of Music'.
Here is a short introduction and some interesting facts about the actors who played The Von Trapp children.
Charmian Carr
Charmian Carr played Liesl, the eldest of the Von Trapp children. Born 'Charmian Farnon' on accepting the part of Liesl, Robert Wise (the director) informed her that her surname was too long and offered her a list of one syllable names, from which she chose 'Carr'.
Although she played a 16 year old, Charmian was actually 21 years old. While filming the famous scene in the gazebo with co-star Daniel Truhiite, who played Rolf, Charmian fell through one of the glass panes and, as a result, she finished filming the scene with a bandage on her ankle.
Nicholas Hammond
Nicholas Hammond played Friedrich, the eldest boy of the Von Trapp children. He went on to become 'Spiderman' and took numerous roles in various TV shows and films. Hammond turned up to his first audition for The Sound of Music with a broken arm and two front teeth missing after he had a skiing accident.
Heather Menzies
Heather Menzies played the mischievous Louisa Von Trapp. Heather also went on to make a career as an actress and had three children. One of the funniest moments for Heather during filming was when the children and Maria fell from the boat into the lake. After surfacing Kym Karath (Gretl) was sick all over Heather Menzies! This hasn't had an impact on their friendship though as Menzies is the Godmother to Karath's son, Eric.
Duane Chase
Duane Chase played Kurt Von Trapp, the youngest son of Captain Von Trapp. Chase gave up acting after high school and studied Geology at UC Santa Barbara and earned a master's degree from the university of Alabama.

 

GORDI - Duga noć (1978) Single























GORDI one and only one single record from 1978.

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GORDI - Gordi 2 (1979)























GORDI second album from 1979.

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