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SoundPress.net Presents Sights and Sounds of Note for June  2015

Team SoundPress.net just returned from our first trip to Nashville, Tennessee, and we simply had an amazing time in Music City. There was music everywhere and anywhere. Sounds continually permeated throughout the downtown, from the side streets and to the outskirts of the metropolis. In honor of our fantastic vacation we offer you this month a very special...
 
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100 Greatest Songs and the 58 Music Instruments that Made Them

Timeless songs require a mix of great writing, performances, production, and arrangement. Berklee Online breaks down the music instruments that make up Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest songs of all time in this infographic. For all of us who are musicians, and anyone who loves music, digging into the instrumentation and arrangement of our favorite...
 
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The Ultimate Guide to a Great Band Name

How many of us have come to a point in our lives where we’ve sat and wondered what word or words do our tunes justice? Talented, capable and ready for fame. But how do we find the name that will perk everyone’s ears, pique their interest, get them talking about us, Googling our story and then hopefully loving our tracks? Sorted! To help you crack the mystery...
 
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5 Tips to Make a Viral Music Video

YouTube is the number one search engine for music, so having at least one or two music videos up there seems like a no brainer, check-the-box item for an indie musician. And once in a while, a music video from an unknown artist goes viral, giving them a huge boost in visibility. As indie artists, we all feel the pressure to produce a stellar music video (or two), and we look...
 
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Gren Bartley at The Green Note - London

The Green Note in London’s Camden Town district is consistently voted one of of the top gig venues, by performers and audiences alike, year after year. If you’ve ever attended the venue the accolade won’t come as any great surprise. With it’s stripped back floorboards, open face unrendered brickwork, it oozes warmth and comfort. Providing all...
 
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Creating a “Community” Vs. a “Fanbase”

The concept of “fans” is so completely ingrained into the music industry. The artist creates the music and the fans watch from afar, but there is often very little personal and direct interaction between the two. It’s almost as if the artist is up on this untouchable pedestal while the creative process remains much a mystery to fans. Indeed many artists promote this distance...
 
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Ron Sexsmith at The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA

Few songwriters have earned the level of well-deserved praise afforded Ron Sexsmith even while continuing to work mostly under the radar. Though the multi-Juno Award winner has earned notice from the celebrated likes of Elvis Costello, Elton John and Paul McCartney since releasing his solo debut album in 1995, the Canadian tunesmith has continued to perform at relatively small...
 
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Lorraine Wood at the Troubadour - London

“It’s the first time I’ve written down all my lyrics and shared them with anyone” Lorraine Wood explains as we sip our respective tea and hot chocolate before her opening set at The Troubadour in London. Initially I asked for her lyrics to ease my own confusion. I stumbled across her music when she opened for Robert Chaney at the Servant Jazz Quarters, I heard comments...
 
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Seven Questions Songwriters Should Ask For Better Lyrics

At its best, lyric writing is a magical mixture of creativity and storytelling that can bring your listener into a world you’ve created and hold them there for the length of your song. However in order to create the perfect, tightly-scripted narrative that great lyrics possess, countless hours of writing and re-writing are often necessary. I’ve found, it’s just as important to know how to critically examine and edit a lyric as it is to write one in the first place. To that end, here are seven questions that songwriters can ask...
 
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Creative Music Product Pricing – Eight Strategies That Paid Off

These eight examples of creative music product pricing might just change the way you think about pricing your merchandise and services. For many young and developing artists, music product pricing is usually the process of arbitrarily coming up with a number, slapping it on your product or service, and forgetting about it. However, as illustrated below, pricing...
 
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A Simple Guide to Signing the Best Sync Deal Possible

This article focuses on the use of music in audiovisual works such as movies, television, TV commercials and video games. The Introduction, below, explains fundamental concepts, provides examples of the amounts of money you can expect to make, explains the role of Performing Rights Organizations (PROs) in collecting additional income on...
 
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Introducing Greenwave Beth

I am super pleased to be able to introduce Greenwave Beth, a new dance-pop side project coming from the loveable Charles Rushforth and Will Blackburn of Sydney band Flowertruck. The band name comes from a misheard lyric from a song by the Brazilian tropicalia artist, Caetano Veloso. If you thought you’d danced hard at a Flowertruck gig, just wait until you check...
 
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75 Tips and Tricks to Get Your Music Out of the Bedroom

Sometimes you need a little inspiration to kick start the process. Here are 75 light-bulb inducing ideas. 1. Ignore every obstacle anyone has ever put in front of you. 2. Make music everyday – no matter how much time you have. 3. Set a deadline — and stick to it. 4. Learn to record yourself, and do it whenever and...
 
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Sampling Do's and Don'ts - Get The Clearance First!

Many clients ask about whether or not they can "sample" from an existing sound recording and how much is permissible to use, and whether or not they need permission to embody a sample in their new sound recording. Sampling occurs when a portion of a prior sound recording or fixation of sound is incorporated into a new sound...
 
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EQ Tips From The Pros

Equalizers are one of the most common tools we use. Although there are “no rules” when it comes to working with audio, some EQ tips have been reiterated so often that many of us take them as gospel. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably guilty of going on “autopilot” and high-passing everything from time to time. How about accidentally cutting...
 
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