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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 20, 2014

Harmony for Dummies

For every hobby that is fun and dynamic, there is a science behind it that can explain most of what is happening.  The theory itself as to why music sounds good is hard to understand without knowing something about math as well as music.  If you were lucky enough to learn this as a kid – then you can be a much better producer today.  Regardless of what instrument you play, the elements of good music production can be traced back to piano and the different keys that songs are written in.  DJs know what a key is without really knowing with it means.  You can listen to two songs mix and hear that they sound pretty good together.

Now, when you want to produce songs with a certain type of tone or feeling, it takes a larger understand of the theory.  Basically, a song in a certain key has …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 29, 2013

Traktor Key Detection

Harmony is one of those cool features that anybody can understand, even if they have no idea how harmony is created.  As a human there are sounds that naturally scare us or cause us to panic – these have been hardwired into us for a very long time.  However, sounds that are delightful and awe inspiring are continually being discovered as researchers try to understand why we like music so much.  When two singers sing is harmony it doesn’t take math skills or music theory to understand it and it is just as easy to tell when a singer is out of key or a pianist is striking sour keys on the piano.

Key Detection software is pretty advanced these days, and it can do most of the hard work for you.  Traditionally, keys are known before a song is created, and if a listener wanted to decipher the key …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
May 25, 2013

Platinum Notes 4

It is too bad that there was never a standardized way to rip music into mp3 format.  With multiple ways to rip audio files and at multiple quality settings the chances of the same mp3 sounding just like another one is slim to none.  How many times have you downloaded the same mp3, only to have them sound different from each other?  It’s pretty annoying right?  There are some high level ways to deal with this problem, such as getting all of your mp3s through one source, or even the painstaking task of checking each file one by one – but all of this take a lot of time.

Key detection software has gone much farther than just key detection these days.  Some of these programs can analyze things such as energy level or even genre using a complicated algorithm.  Platinum Notes takes it even a step further and actually …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 20, 2013

Mood-Sensing Headphones by Neurowear

A good artist, be it a DJ or a visual artist, has more than one task to perform each night.  They first have to have the technical skills and ability to entertain a crowd with music, but there is a second task they must perform that takes years to hone.  That is, the ability to read the crowd’s mind.  Obviously, the dancers on the floor aren’t going to get together and tell you what they want; you may only get a request here or there, or a dead look on the faces of the people in the crowd.  But even without any words being spoken, the DJ should be able to sense that the floor is not really grooving.

We currently have the tools and the knowledge to figure out what type of music can evoke a certain type of emotion in a listener – but what about the opposite?  …

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
March 6, 2013

High-Level Mixing: Harmonic Mixing

The art of mixing music can be divided into two real philosophies: a low level of understanding and high level of understanding.  This is analogous to the way that computer programmers learn to compile useful programs for regular computer users.  The low level of mixing involves an understanding of matching two different tempos together, and this is where a DJ must learn to actively listen to two tracks at the same time, while differentiating one from the other.  This skill is then combined with the ability to match phrases in sequence (chorus to chorus for example), which can be used to create seamless blends that synchronize.

A higher level of mixing involves much more than the technical aspect of knowing what tempos will blend and which parts of the song to match, it involves knowing how the harmonies of a song will interact and how different harmonies can influence the …