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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 7, 2012

Echo Chamber: Stevie Wonder on Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean’s controversial statement about his sexual orientation that was released many months ago caused quite a stir in the R&B community. Many of his fans were enlightened by Ocean’s “frankness”, while others were simply shocked and enraged to hear the truth about the singer’s lifestyle.

Stevie Wonder had made an ambiguous comment alluding to Ocean being “confused” about his sexuality during an interview with Guardian, but later clarified his statement as not to offend him or leave readers guessing Wonder’s perspective.  Stevie Wonder later made it clear that he was a supporter of all types of love – even between a man and another man, and stated that bigotry had no place in the industry.…

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
January 10, 2012

What is NAMM and its Purpose?

January signifies the beginning of the calendar year and, for those in the Musical Instrument Industry, the time for the NAMM Show. Around this time of the month, manufacturers and retailers alike start to run specials with terms like “NAMM Show Specials” or “New at NAMM.”

Some may wonder, “what is the NAMM Show?” and might remember that it’s “a Trade-show thingy or something.” To those that asked the question, it is a “Trade-show thingy” and it is something. The NAMM Show is a big deal to retailers and music manufacturers and means little to everyone else, but what comes out of it is cool for everyone.

BACKGROUND

NAMM is old, very old and stands for the National Association of Music Merchants. It started back in 1901 as a consortium of piano dealers that wanted to share ideas on business acumen and also make sure they were keeping up with best practices from other …

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Taylor

Taylor
December 2, 2011

5 Songs to Kickstart the Creative Process

If you’re a “Creative Type” then this post is right up your alley. If you’re a “music elitist” then please feel free to include your five favorite songs that inspire you in the comments section below before you deride me for my programming skills. I am a video editor, that means that for most of my day I sit in a chair staring at an array of light emitting diodes incessantly clicking or waiting on file transfers.  My office decor walks the line between “Spartan” and “Brechtian” decorating styles thus, at times inspiration can be a bit hard to come by.  In order to shake the monotony of grey walls and gently strobing fluorescent bulbs I turn to music to provide me with the visceral escape I need to clear my head and help me organize my thoughts and concepts for upcoming videos.  Here are 5 of my favorite tracks that help me get the creative juices …