How Vinyl Records Get Made [video]

vinylYou may have hear that vinyl is back (My son’s collection grows weekly, he’s 21), and last year it made more money for labels than ads on free streaming service, according to the RIAA. The US music industry group reported that vinyl LP/EP sales increased 32 percent in 2015 to $416 million (this figure is likely higher, as some tiny indie shops elude RIAA’s radar). That’s heartwarming news for analog-forever types and a dismal development for the major labels, as the New York Times reported.

Regardless of your preferred listening format,  you can enjoy watching how a vinyl record materializes into that thing you put on your turntable. Take a look at the following video.

What Music Should You Listen at the work?

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Gregorian Chant Influence on Western Music [video]

gregorian chantBack in the ’90s the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos hot the pop charts, introducing many to Gregorian chant.

This video explains what Gregorian chant is, exploring its origins, importance, and general characteristics.

10 Surprising Benefits of Listening to Classical Music

There are a ton of brainy benefits one derives from listening to classical music. From pain management to improved sleep quality, listening to classical music has both mental and physical benefits.

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Carole King’s Musical Intuition, in Her Own Words

Carole KingThe new documentary Carole King: Natural Woman charts the singer-songwriter’s story from 1960s New York City, to the music mecca of 70’s LA, to the present. In this short excerpt from the film, we hear from King as she talks about her precocious songwriting and the dreams she always had for herself. The documentary premiered on PBS on February 19, 2016, and is now available on iTunes and Amazon.

What a Concert for the Deaf is Like [video]

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 8.12.41 AMConcert for the deaf may sound like an oxymoron, but it’s absolutely not. This inspirational story describes how a concert for the deaf works, and it seems awesome.

 

Happy Birthday Jean Sabastien

To one of the greatest composers that has (or will ever IMO) lived, happy birthday Maestro!

Happy birthday BachOne of my favorite of his works arranged for brass quintet. It was one of the selections of my graduate Chamber Music recital.

 

The Abyssinian Mass: Wynton Marsalis Music Review

Sometimes Facebook gives us gifts. A few months ago a promo showed up on my Wall. Because of my love of Jazz and my admiration of Wynton Marsalis, a post with a link to a video for the soon to be released “The Abyssinian Mass” caught my attention. What I saw was amazing.

I went to Amazon and pre-ordered so I’d get it immediately on its release.

Marsalis has emerged as a trumpet virtuoso equally fluent in jazz and classical languages, know that the intertwined subjects of faith and religion long have coursed through his work. Even his first great suite, “The Majesty of the Blues” (1989), contained at its center a vast sermon.

“The Abyssinian Mass,” performed by the JALC Orchestra, the Chorale le Chateau and its vocal soloists. “It’s a piece that’s based on the form of the typical Baptist service in the Afro-American church, but it incorporates elements of the entire Christian church tradition,” Marsalis says in a bonus DVD featuring his commentary alongside video clips (the first two discs are CD recordings of the complete work, as performed Oct. 24-26, 2013 in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York).

THE ABYSSINIAN MASSCommissioned to mark the 200th anniversary of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, the epic work begins with an exclamation point, the band’s big-swing exuberance, heady reed-section trills and slashing jazz chords reminding listeners that Marsalis knows how to get our attention.

Before long, the choir is humming insinuatingly, evoking the Holy Ghost in the Mass’ opening Devotional movement. Singer Jamal Moore reaches down into the depths of his magisterial bass to sing “I didn’t hear nobody prayin’,” as if calling all humanity together for the rites that are set to begin. In all, it’s a brilliant curtain-raiser hinting at the music yet to come, from the jazz-swing orations of the orchestra to the vocal incantations of the Chorale le Chateau and soloists.

On the 23 movements found on the two discs, “The Abyssinian Mass” thunders and sighs, its massively scored passages yielding to plaintive vocal solos, its full-throated choral sections giving way to introspective instrumental cadenzas. Though Damien Sneed is listed as conducting orchestra and chorus, in fact he’s presiding over uncounted combinations of voices and instruments, “The Abyssinian Mass” so fluid that it often changes tempo, direction and tone during the course of a single episode.

Therein lies the central message of “The Abyssinian Mass,” which seeks salvation through faith. If Butts’ sermon crystallizes the point in words, Marsalis’ “Pastoral Prayer” movement does so in music. This sprawling, multi-section piece overflows with ornate vocal solos, flurries from Marsalis’ trumpet , gospel-tinged orchestral interludes, fevered solo flights from alto saxophonist Sherman Irby and serene expressions from the chorus.

Elsewhere “The Abyssinian Mass” offers the soaring vocal passages of “The Lord’s Prayer,” hyper-virtuosic reed-section passagework in “Gloria Patri” and surging, redemptive choral climaxes in “Through Him I’ve Come to See.”

Longtime Marsalis listeners will recognize certain musical ideas that surface throughout his oeuvre. His love of portraying the clatter and rhythm of locomotives, in works such as “Big Train” (1999), re-emerges in the Recessional to “The Abyssinian Mass,” aptly titled “The Glory Train.” And the spirit of the “Holy Ghost” movement of “In This House” echoes in Marsalis’ and Marcus Printup’s trumpet cries answering Butts’ sermon.

Like the sanctified jazz expressions of Duke Ellington (the Sacred Concerts), John Coltrane (“A Love Supreme”) and Dave Brubeck (“The Gates of Justice”), among others, Marsalis’ “The Abyssinian Mass” stands as a monumental opus from a composer-performer with a great deal to say about subjects profoundly worth contemplating.

Thanks Facebook for the amazing gift!

A Comprehensive Guide to Home Studio Acoustics

Home studio aocusticssource: resonics.co.uk