Theory of Everything; The Benefits of and understanding Music Theory

Name: James Kearney Comment: Hey, so pardon the total noob question, but with music theory being sooooooo expansive, where should one start? If you're a player should you start with learning scales? Sight-reading? Listening for keys? Any advice?   Hi James, That's a very interesting question and one I've been asked a good bit. To answer your… Continue reading Theory of Everything; The Benefits of and understanding Music Theory

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Jungle Sounds; An Interview with Ape Rising

I've been looking forward to sitting down and really digesting all of this post for quite a number of days. First off, I have been super inactive due to relocating head office to Belfast and expanding my career horizons, which very well might see me joining a Music school in the coming weeks which will… Continue reading Jungle Sounds; An Interview with Ape Rising

I’m in the Kitchen with the Tombstone blues; An interview with Cooks, But we’re Chefs

By far one of the biggest highlights of my year at home in Cavan was the first year of the Cootehill Arts festival. In its first year, the festival had made me feel more at home in my hometown in one week than the entire past 12 months combined. In one Saturday, in a town… Continue reading I’m in the Kitchen with the Tombstone blues; An interview with Cooks, But we’re Chefs

Music in Context; The flawed concept of Genre

Name: Conor Gaffney Comment: One thing I've been curious about is how concepts from one musical genre can be applied to another, often completely different genre i.e. jazz and metal. How much overlap can there be?   Hi Conor, Thank you for your message. This question raises a very interesting topic but it isn’t really one I… Continue reading Music in Context; The flawed concept of Genre

Application of Double stops; A How to of High gain chord Voicing

Name: Anthony Baltussen Comment: I love playing guitar with a lot of gain, but it's messing with cool chords like D7 or Asus4. I don't really wanna give up my tone, but I also don't want to end with only basic riffs and power-chords. Any tips on how I can keep my sound, but also add that… Continue reading Application of Double stops; A How to of High gain chord Voicing

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