Author Archives: Dan Harr

The Jungle Giants – Speakerzoid

What is a Speakerzoid one may ask? Is it some sort of intricate, ultra-expensive instrument? Or is it an alien spaceship that is pelting towards Earth in a quest for world domination? Well, if you’re racking your brain trying to recall the word and are now thinking you may have a slightly diminished vocabulary, don’t fret!Speakerzoid is a cheeky little word The…
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The Internet Of Sound

internet-soundHow do birds communicate? By singing. And now it’s the turn of the machines. A new crop of businesses are now creating what’s referred to as the Internet of Sound. A Brief History. Let’s rewind. The history of sound-as-signal is deep. In the beginning, horns, drums and bells rang the alarm, roused the …
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Michael Falzarano – I Got Blues For Ya

Falzarano is one of those largely overlooked US guitarists with a pedigree that should give him a strong profile and following. Probably best known for his work with Hot Tuna frontman Jorma Kaukonen, he also played with the near -legendary New Riders Of The Purple Sage and is little short of a master of US roots music. This is a major…
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How To Submit Your Music to Blogs

EarToTheGround Music is a predominantly folk, roots, and indie rock music blog. We get, on average, about thirty-five emails a day ranging from big PR firms for major recording artists to small time artists sending over demo recordings. Since the website’s main purpose is to feature emerging, these lesser known artists are of special interest to us. We see a wide range of good and…
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Four Advantages for Songwriters Starting Their Own Record Labels

Above and beyond the wailing and gnashing of teeth that accompanies most conversations about the changes in the music industry, it’s worth mentioning that it has never been easier to make and distribute your own recordings. Choosing the glass half full perspective, I’ve decided to focus on some of the exceptional advantages available to you songwriters…
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You CAN Play Better

For most of us, the single biggest challenge to getting better at anything we do is the time to practice doing it. When it comes to playing an instrument, this is an especially tough hurdle for busy people with jobs, families, and only so many hours in the day. Even for experienced performers, it can be a challenge: playing on the gig isn’t practice, and if you’re a professional…
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Sui Zhen – Take It All Back

Melbourne-based artist Sui Zhen (pronounced Su-ee Chen)’s music leans far into the future; acknowledging, reciprocating and shining on that pocket of ambient and dreamy electro-indie-pop (or as defined on her Facebook page, previously-bedroom-pop-turned-eathereal-Japanese-post-punk-down-tempo-dreamy-balaeric-bossanova).
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Songwriters: You Can’t Go Wrong With These Five Rights

The track performed by the artist and released by a record label is protected under copyright law as a sound recording copyright, identifiable by the ℗ mark, while the song (music and lyrics) written by the songwriter and published by music publishers is protected as a song copyright, identifiable by the © mark.
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Mario or Sonic? Tackling the Tough Questions with Tired Lion

Following the release of their sophomore EP we took some time tackling the tough questions with Tired Lion, chatting Splendour, Russian strippers, Vance Joy’s cock and their favourite things from the 90s. Hey guys, thanks for hanging out today. To start out we want to play a little game, and seeing as your sound is so influenced by the music of the 90’s we’ve made…
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How to Deal with Criticism as a Musician

If you want to progress, you’re going to have to learn how to deal with criticism as a musician and channel it to help you improve. Here are five tips to help you navigate the inevitable. How to deal with criticism as a musicianGetting feedback from a representative sample of your target audience or from a seasoned music professional is a great way to measure…
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9 Things Not To Do With Your Next Song Demo

A song demo is trying to accomplish one thing: sell your song to the listener. While there’s no magic formula for rising to the top, these 9 tips will help you avoid sinking to the bottom of the pile. Last year, I got a call to produce a record for an artist on a NY label. It was a rush project, they wanted it distributed in early December in time to ship…
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5 Awesome Bands from the Polynesian Islands

Music is ubiquitous, it’s everywhere and there is more music now than there ever has been. Just keeping on top of what’s happening here in Australia is an all but impossible task and yet you can’t help but wonder what else is going on in other corners of the globe. Take our Pacific neighbours in the Polynesian Islands as an example. It can’t all be…
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Laura Moody Makes the Cello Cool

Laura Moody, red dress, red lipstick, black leggings with the concentration of a matador. She has a stage presence, a confidence, an ownership even before a cello note is played. Her audience at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival is sparse. I don’t think she cares. It isn’t long into her set before the audience realise they are witnessing an artist who is…
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Moses Gunn Collective – Mercy Mountain

Brissy psych rock five-piece Moses Gunn Collective have let loose a monster debut album. Transporting us to a cosmic psychotropic fantasy land, Mercy Mountainoffers everything from dreamy chillers to soulful rockers. Showered in toxic guitar riffs, woozy synths, flamboyant falsetto and a shitload of glitter, this album is downright epic.
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Twinspeak – Breakwell

“It’s official, guitar music is dead! EDM won and is smashing guitars on stage for the express purpose of breaking them, not being cool! Even our lord and saviour Kevin Parker has forsaken us!” It seems this kind of sentiment is uttered every five minutes by all those who still worship at the alter rock n’ roll. And to be honest, it sometimes feels like…
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Day Ravies – Liminal Zones

Liminal Zones could be blasted out of your Chevy Biscayne rolling down Beach Boulevard on some parts, on others, listened to lounging on your couch in half-slumber, and then again in moments rocking out at a house party. Feeling spoilt for choice, or perhaps just a little confused? Be the former, and then some.
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Ronnie Reno – Lessons Learned

Ronnie Reno may be familiar to tens of thousands of people who have never purchased one of his albums or downloaded any of his songs. He is the host of the long-running TV show, “Reno’s Old Time Music,” that pulls in more than a million viewers monthly on RFD-TV and earned him the title of “IBMA Broadcaster of the Year” in 2013.
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Roots and Blues Fans Can Celebrate via Three New Releases

A crucial reissue of the B.B. King & Eric Clapton collaboration “Riding With The King,” as well as new albums from Lindi Ortega, Whitney Rose and Blinddog Smokin’ are sure to please fans of blues, roots and funk music. Artists: B.B. King & Eric Clapton. Title: Riding With The King (Audio Fidelity). You might like if you enjoy: Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Robert Johnson
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Natasha Borzilova – Wilder Days

“2013 was an unpleasant year for me. Nothing terrible happened, but it was full of small disappointments and petty losses…I even decided to quit making music. Once the decision was made and the pressure was off, I experienced a sudden surge of creativity,” writes singer/songwriter and folk artist Natasha Borzilova in the liner notes of her fourth solo …
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Delving Into the Mind of Ruban Neilson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra

“Multi love you’ve got me on my knees, we were one but then became three.” When I first heard that line I imagined a relationship infiltration, some great man and this man’s wife, someone home wrecking. I imagined wrong. The story of Multi-Love is laid out in full via the album itself. A story of love in the most unconventional way. To put it…
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