Theory in context; Modes, Diatonic and Altered

What are modes? To understand the diatonic modes, first you must understand what a scale is. A scale is an order of pitches that are defined by their tonic (first tone) as a reference point. Different types of scales exist due to how the other degrees interact or relate to the tonic based on intervals… Continue reading Theory in context; Modes, Diatonic and Altered

This Dark Rage; An interview with Martyna Halas-Yeates

Those of you who know me personally will know that the roles of women in music are exceptionally important to me, but I've never had the opportunity to properly write something for A Study in Audiosynthesis focusing on the hard hitting subject of gender equality in music. And also because I could never do the… Continue reading This Dark Rage; An interview with Martyna Halas-Yeates

St Elmo’s Fire & the Deceptive Cadence

The 1980's were notoriously ludicrous for many good reasons, committing a lot of serious crimes in music; the horrendous Sax solos pushing the limit of how far you can take a pentatonic scale and make the simple sound incredibly lazy, the snare sound (and electronic drums in general I suppose), and unnecessary modulation such as… Continue reading St Elmo’s Fire & the Deceptive Cadence

Audiosynthesis Music Radar; Emily Watkins

I know I've horrendously neglected the blog again over the past too many weeks due to other commitments but I'm beginning to have more and more free time to ponder my writing. In continuation with the new Audiosynthesis chapter of doing interviews, I am launching a spin off series of interviews focusing on musicians and acts… Continue reading Audiosynthesis Music Radar; Emily Watkins

59 in music; The year of the P bass & Fender Bassman

A year can mean a lot of things for a lot of people. In 1959, the heart of the mid century, the world was beginning to go through a seismic shift; Castro and the 26th of July Movement won the Cuban Revolution and Castro took over as Prime Minister, Russia launched the first spacecraft to… Continue reading 59 in music; The year of the P bass & Fender Bassman

Music in context; Tuplet based rhythm & cracking Dor Levin’s WTF Grooves

Concept & Tuplet Rhythm If you’re on Instagram or Youtube and are prone to scourging the depths of their respective catalogues for the most experimental and forward thinking musicians and compositions, then there is a chance you might have discovered WTF Grooves already. I discovered WTF Grooves through Instagram originally about a month or so… Continue reading Music in context; Tuplet based rhythm & cracking Dor Levin’s WTF Grooves

By way of the Drum; an Interview with Diamond Drum Co.

It’s often overlooked how important a really good snare sound is in a song. It is therefore no mystery why so many artists and producers have often laboured over finding that perfect snare sound. It can often be a making or breaking point in the production of a song. I’m not a drummer by any… Continue reading By way of the Drum; an Interview with Diamond Drum Co.

A Study in 4 ; The 4 best new & used Bass guitars for less than a Month’s rent

'Cause it's Saturday night and you just got paid. You want to Rip it up on a Bass guitar but your capitalist junkie boss is paying minimum and you've got about 25 hours a week. You're in college 4 days in the week and have largely survived off Porridge and sweet potato fries for the… Continue reading A Study in 4 ; The 4 best new & used Bass guitars for less than a Month’s rent

Music in Theory #3 Functionality of Rootless chords

This is the third post in a series of specific posts where I just talk about my passion for music theory, different exercises and things that I've thought up that may shed light on something or somethings that musicians are either struggling with or else it's a completely new subject to them or opens a… Continue reading Music in Theory #3 Functionality of Rootless chords