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Top 5 Best House Tunes September 2012

In the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene, there is probably no more popular sub genre than House music. Originating in Chicago in the early 1980’s, it is now one of the most recognizable and enjoyed genres. It has spawned many sub-genres such as Tech House, Deep House, and Electro House to name a few. And, indeed, it has now firmly entrenched itself in the mainstream Pop music scene.
As of September 2012, many of the Top 40 hits are House-influenced: Feel So Close by Calvin Harris, Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, and Lights by Ellie Goulding.
However, I want to talk about what I like to call “real” House music (which might be incorrect to those purists out there, but oh well), and introduce what I think are the top 5 best House tracks out there right now. There are some tracks from the House sub-genres in here as well.
5. Sunahama (Kazusa and Mango)
I discovered this track quite by accident while previewing music on Beatport. Having spent some time in Japan, the name of the producer caught my attention, so I gave it a listen. Although this is categorized as Progressive House, it has a real deep feel and a nice laid-back groove.
Favorite Bits: The overall laid-back groove, and at 2:06. Nice airy arps introduced here.
4. How Long (Kaskade & Inpetto with Late Night Alumni)
Originally released on Kaskade’s Fire & Ice album (October 2011), he played this track during his Freaks Of Nature tour as a mashup with Eric Prydz’ Allein remix.
Favorite Bits: Becky Jean Williams’ vocals, of course.
3. Allein (Eric Prydz)
Released in May of this year, this track is a remix of Allein, Allein, originally by Eric Chase. During Kaskade’s Freaks Of Nature tour, he mashed up this track with How Long. Wow. Fantastic.
Favorite Bits: The hook, and the use of the original Allein, Allein sample throughout the track.
2. The Veldt (Deadmau5 and Chris James)
Although this track released in April of this year (2012), it is still a fantastic track. Joel Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) produced the song as a tribute to Ray Bradbury, and is based on one of Bradbury’s short stories entitled The Veldt.
During a live streaming session in March, Deadmau5 introduced the song, and connected with vocalist Chris James the next day via Twitter, impressed by James’ lyrics that referred to events in the short story.
Favorite bits: Chris James’ vocal delivery is fantastic, and the melodic hook gets pleasantly stuck in your head for hours.
1. Shine (Late Night Alumni)
I’m actually glad I waited to finish this article until this track released (today, September 18th, 2012). I originally heard this song during Late Night Alumni’s concert tour earlier this year, and out of a remarkable set list, this one stood out as my favorite (closely followed by Empty Streets). So, it makes it as my #1 track for September.
Favorite bits: Becky Jean Williams vocal delivery is always divine, and, I love the break at 2:22.
I’m sure that there are many other tunes that deserve a “top 5 best” status, but these are the ones that have my attention right now.

DUBturbo Virtual Beat Maker – You Can Have Your Own Virtual Recording Studio!

There’s hardly a greater outlet to display your enjoyment of music than to use your creativity to make music. You can now do this with your own Virtual Beat Maker Software which comes loaded with loops and effects, transforming your computer into a powerful music production center.
Producing your HOT music with the help of this very dynamic music creation software is quick and simple. In just few minutes, you can have a soon to be hit song put together and ready for vocals. Whether you have a PC or Mac, this software provides top quality output on any computer type. This program comes with a complete package which includes a 16-track sequencer, 16-bit keyboard with 4-octave, 16-bit virtual drum machine, thousands of pro sounds, and some great bonus kits. These bonus sound kits come with 4 top notch sample packs, different layout settings, free to use instrumentals, and other tutorial videos.
This program gives you the ability to edit music very simply. From idea to creation, you’ll be able to produce really quick. The music you produce will be of high quality, and can be exported in clear stereo sound. The software is updated on a regular basis, and you will have access to them all. This music production package creates the best digital music you can get for without having to go to a fully functioning music studio.
This software allows you to import and chop samples, add effects, and change the tempo. This makes for an unlimited way to express your creativity, making you able to create some truly unique tracks. If you ever wanted music production software that is easy to use right out of the box, then this is as close as you’ll get. A complete instrumental beat maker package that the creators stand behind 100%.
You have the chance to test drive and take full advantage of all the features of this music tool for up to 2 months. If you’re not happy with the program, it may be returned for a refund of the purchase price. However, many beat creators who have made their own beats with this software discover that it’s the best of its kind. This product also has a capability to see beat makers in their transition period from an amateur to a world-class beat maker. This software has a highly user friendly interface, this gives the beat makers an ascending learning curve.
If you are looking for a way to make pro beats on your computer, then this is definitely what you’ve been searching for. Many future music producers have already discovered how this Beat Making Program can make all your music ideas come true in just minutes.

How to Record Music on Your Computer, Part 1 – Hardware

The processing power of the modern PC means that any aspiring musician can record their own music at home, to professional standards, and on a limited budget. What ever genre you’re into, you can start making your own music with just a modest amount of time and investment. In this first article I’ll guide you through the hardware required to get you started.
Wired for Sound
All PCs come with some kind of sound card built into them. Typically this is a chipset built into the mother board, which will control both what you hear from your computer, as well as any sound input by you, e.g. if you’ve ever used Skype you’ll have used your computer’s microphone input to communicate.
However if you’re serious about its use as an audio tool this standard internal sound card is unlikely to be up to the task. Take a look round the back of your PC, or in the case of a laptop possibly round the front. You should see a few inputs, typically ones for accepting a microphone input, a line input (for accepting an external signal, such as from a guitar), and a line out – for sending the output from your computer to, for example, an external amp and set of speakers.
So, if for example you’re a guitarist you can just plug straight in to the Line In socket and start recording, right? Well certainly there’s nothing to stop you doing so, except you’ll more than likely be disappointed by the resulting sound quality. Also, once you start recording with dedicated audio software (we’ll go into this in the next article) you’ll run into major latency issues. Latency is the lag time between the input and output of a sound in a computer, e.g. the time between you hitting a note on your guitar, the computer processing it, and then hearing the output. Using a standard PC soundcard this lag time is likely to be so big as to render the recording software useless.
What’s required is a sound card or interface dedicated to music recording. Fortunately not only are you spoilt for choice in this area, the technology in these units has advanced so much that even the ones at the budget end of the scale will be up to the task in most cases, particularly if you’re a musician working solo. The interface for these units will usually offer dedicated audio inputs and outputs for audio recording, such as microphone ins (known as XLR inputs) and A¼ inch jack ins/outs – the cable type you’ll be familiar with if you’re a guitarist.
The other good news is that many of the modern units are self contained. They connect to your computer via USB or Firewire (the latter is more common for Mac users), after which software and drivers are installed and, hey presto, you’ve got a PC ready for recording music!
A good interface to get you started will cost something in the range of A£50 to A£150 (80 to 240 USD approx.). A few specific ones to consider are the Alesis IO/2 Express, the M-Audio Fast Track USB V2, the Tascam US-200, and the Yamaha Audiogram 3.
Monitoring the Situation
As well as getting a good quality recording in to your computer, you want to ensure that the resulting output sounds as clear as possible. For this you’ll need a good pair of speakers, or more specifically, studio monitors. These are speakers with music production specifically in mind, designed for the user to sit close to (unlike conventional hi-fi speakers, which are designed to fill up the room with sound) and monitor the playback of an audio recording. They’ll allow you to pick up any imperfections in the recording and remedy them. This will be particularly important if you ever starting mixing your own music (more on this in the next article).
To avoid unnecessary hassle, particularly when you’re just starting out, you should probably consider a set of active monitors. These are monitors that have their own built in amplifier, eliminating the need to purchase a separate amp to drive them, as is the case with passive monitors.
How much to spend on a pair? Assuming your serious about recording, I’d have to say this is one area where being overly budget-conscious could turn out to be a false economy, so quite simply get the best pair you can afford. That being said, their price can spiral well into four figures and beyond, which is obviously completely unrealistic, especially if you’re just starting out.
Having used them for several years, one brand and model I can strongly recommend are the Tannoy Reveal series. They’re active, and the price for a pair of them in their latest incarnation, the 501a, will set you back about A£250 (400 USD approx). There are however other models in a similar price range worth considering, such as theMackie MR 5, Yamaha’s HS 50M Active, and M-Audio’s BX 8A Active.
A good pair of headphones is also a must have. These should be of the closed-back variety as this will minimise sound bleed from the headphones – when you come to record with a microphone (see below) you’ll want to ensure the mic is only picking up the sound of your instrument, and not extraneous sound from you headphones, such as the track you are playing along with.
A decent set doesn’t come particularly cheap, however AKG, for example, manufacture some in the A£20 – 50 (30 – 80 USD) range, which should be adequate to start you off.
Whatever type of music you’re recording, investing in a decent mic is a good idea. Most obviously it would be for recording vocals, however a single versatile mic can also be used for capturing all kinds of acoustic instruments, such as guitars, brass instruments and hand drums. You could also, for example, use it to capture the authentic sound from your guitar amplifier, simply by positioning it in front of the amp and running it to an input on your audio interface.
The two most common types of mic you’ll likely encounter are the condenser and dynamic. Condenser mics are more common in the studio, owing to their generally high quality audio capture, perfect for recording. Dynamics mics are more common in a live setting as they’re able to accept much higher volumes than condensers without causing feedback. They also don’t need to be powered, unlike condensers.
If all you’re concerned with right now is home studio work, then I’d recommend a good condenser mic to start with. Some names to consider are the Rode NT3, the AKG Perception 170, and the sE Electronics SE-1a. These are all in the A£50 – A£150 (80 – 240 USD approx) price range and should be versatile for most applications.
That said, don’t discount dynamics mics totally at this stage. One in particular, the Sure SM58, these days prices around A£110 (180 USD approx), has been a staple of both studio and stage for decades and is well worth considering.
Keys to Success
If you’re a keyboard player you may already own a keyboard with USB capability, if it was purchased relatively recently. If not you should certainly consider investing in a controller keyboard as this will open up all a whole range of musical possibilities.
Controller keyboards do not contain any sounds of their own, but instead send the signals they receive by you playing the instrument as digital data, which is then triggered as a sound source on your computer. This data is known as MIDI data, which on modern controller keyboards is sent via USB.
If that all sounds a bit technical, don’t worry. Basically a controller keyboard will give you the capability to work with a whole array of sounds triggered from your computer as opposed to the keyboard itself. This could be synthesizers, samplers, drum modules, or just about anything you can imagine. Even if you’re not a keyboard player you might see some advantages to owning one, as it’ll allow you to trigger and work with sound sources in a much easier and more intuitive way.
Controller keyboards are made by a whole plethora of manufacturers, from the famous names of Korg, Roland andYamaha, to brands specialising in controllers alone such as M-Audio, Behringer and CME. Which particular model you go for very much depends on your ability. There’s no point in investing A£500 in a controller if all you’ll likely need for it to do is trigger the odd drum sample. If that’s the case there are plenty of mini controllers in the sub A£100 bracket that’ll do the job just fine.
That about covers it as far as the basic hardware’s concerned. Having read all that and totalled up the price for all the necessary gear, you might be feeling a bit daunted. But let’s put it into context. For an outlay of about A£500 you’ll essentially be buying yourself your own recording studio. That’s about what you’d expect to pay for a couple of days at a pro studio. While there’s certainly a bit of a learning curve – you won’t become a master producer and engineer overnight – giving yourself the ability to record and mix your own music for a relatively small investment to me really is a no-brainer.
In the next article I’ll cover the software you’ll need, and the good news here is a lot of it won’t cost you a penny!

How to Increase Your Productivity Instantly

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life it’s hard to find time to work on any dedicated task or project without getting distracted. Even if your lucky enough to lock your kids outside and send your wife to the mall you’ll find yourself staring at your computer uninspired, apathetic, and unfocused. You aren’t alone. However, there is a technique you can use to improve your focus and productivity instantly.
The Mozart Effect
First things first, SILENCE YOUR PHONES. You can’t get anything done if you stop every 3 minutes to sext your girlfriend. After you’ve silenced your crackberry you need to crank up some tunes. Music affects the process of learning and thinking. Research shows that if work is accompanied by quiet and soothing music, it helps the listener think, analyze and work faster in a more efficient manner. This isn’t some new-age bullshit either – Google the “Mozart Effect”. Humans and cows alike are positively affected by listening to music while working on a task.
Like most things in life, this technique has rules and guidelines to achieve the optimum effect. Create a playlist of music roughly two hours in length. The selection of music needs to be specific. I find that music scores tend to work the best for reasons we’ll discuss in just a bit. I’m a big fan of Clint Mansell and Hans Zimmer’s soundtracks. Lately I’ve been obsessed with Mansell’s “The Fountain” and “Moon” soundtracks. They’re gorgeous, emotional, and do wonders for allowing intense focus.
You’re trying to create an environment that occupies your subconscious from distraction and allows you to increase your productivity and concentration. This technique is best achieved if you can create a playlist that is nearly seamless. The goal is to have a list of music that will flow from one track to another without you noticing. If you simply put your iTunes on DJ shuffle mode and have to skip every other song to find something you actually want to listen to you’ve defeated the purpose. You’ve created a new distraction rather than removed one. The other mistake many people make is by choosing vastly different music genres for their playlists, or using music with lyrics in it.
Silence Your Inner Rapper
If you start jamming to the latest Wiz Khalifa album that’s fine – but as you figure out for the umpteenth time that you don’t have the natural talent to be a rapper you probably won’t be too focused on what you were trying to do in the first place. The problem with lyrical music is that your mind naturally shifts to the lyrics in the song removing your focus from the task at hand.
Music Scores > All
Movie scores are the holy grail of increased productivity. The tracks mesh together seamlessly (as they would during the movie), there are no lyrics, and it beats the hell out of listening to Mozart. Some have reported that dance and techno albums achieve the same effect due to the repetitive nature of their beats and riffs. But a word of warning – I have tried this myself and found that while it does achieve the overall goal, it also puts me into a fast-paced state of mind. Depending on your task that might not be a bad thing but for writing, analysis, or research I find it to be at odds with the work i’m typically doing. Cool, calm, and collected is the music genre that will relax and focus your mind. Waiting for for the beat to drop? Not so much.
Movies Can Work Too
If you don’t want to go the music route – try a movie. The key here is to find a movie that you pretty much already can recite the dialogue to. You don’t want your mind focused on what’s really happening in the movie so it doesn’t become another distraction. Action movies work best for me (Bourne seems to do wonders for concentration) but since I’m typically working at my desk rather than in the living room I tend to favor sticking with music.
Keys to Increasing your Productivity:
* Creating Approx. 2 hour music playlist.
* Must be same genre of music throughout, no lyrics.
* Choose music that is slow, calm, and similar.
* Movie scores work best.
* If you want to use a movie, try a movie you could recite in your sleep!
* If you need a few artists to get you started – check out Clint Mansell, Hans Zimmer, or Satillo.

Velvet Acid Christ – The Art of Breaking Apart – Music Review

Many VAC fans are going to or have heard this album and thought, what the hell? I did, but give it a chance; you will discover a great album. What Bryan Erickson has done is blasphemy to some industrial fans, he has created an album that features acoustic instruments – incorporating them into a similar VAC sound we all know and love. If you are a hardcore synth junkie, play it once and be shocked and repulsed! Listen to it again. Even the acoustic hating cyborg at the heart of rabid industrial fans will find something to cherish within this album. The mix of acoustic and electronic tracks including the tracks where both are blended work well without interfering with the flow of the album.
The Art of Breaking Apart opens with a typical VAC dance track Tripped out before tentatively introducing the acoustic element in Vaporised. Definitely one of the strongest tracks on the album, Vaporised follows the tried and true structure of VAC’s EBM/industrial tracks that leads to the simple guitar riff becoming repetitive. Ultimately, Vaporised is a forgettable track. Thankfully, Black Rainbows breaks in a better acoustic track. With a sound reminiscent of the Cure, many older listeners may be struck with nostalgia for earlier days when the scene was more than just a beauty contest.
Phucked Up Preak is a call back to earlier VAC, particularly the track Phucking Preak, with the heavy inclusion of samples taken from the movie “Se7en”. Strangely, for me, this isn’t the highlights of the album. While Phucking Preak is a great track, the albums title track is my pick. Down temp, succulent acoustic guitar counter pointed by the calling of its electrified brother, brooding pads, droning eighties inspired bass, melancholic vocals and lyrics brings VACs acoustic direction to a peak.
Though Erikson says, with this album, he isn’t trying to bridge any gaps within the scene, effectively that what this album does, it brings in the old skool goths and the electro floor junkies alike. For those of you who aren’t into industrial or haven’t had the chance to give it a go, this album is a great place to start.
The Art Of Breaking Apart easily makes it into my top albums for 2009.

Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel – A Review

When one tries to think of the names of recording artists who have stayed active and popular for close to half a century, the list is likely to be surprisingly slim. Offhand, names like Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones might come to mind. It is unlikely that one would think of a fictional novelty act to include in this sort of list, yet the squeaky-voiced cartoon group The Chipmunks has been around for more than 50 years.
Such a fact is likely to go unnoticed by today’s current audience for the Chipmunks, many of whom are youngsters unable to even remember a time before the days of music downloads and MP3 players.
As such, it is perhaps not surprising that many of the songs on the soundtrack for Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: the Squeakquel are covers of recent pop hits. What is surprising, in perhaps an unintended nod to the Chipmunks’ enduring longevity, is the large number of oldies that have also been dusted off and given a new sound for the compilation.
As such, this soundtrack kicks off with a cover of The Kinks’ classic 40-plus year-old staple You Really Got Me, which succeeds in making the ancient fresh again, thanks in part to the current pop boy band Honor Society, whose accompaniment with the Chipmunks’ helium singing prevents the song from sounding unintentionally ludicrous.
Next up is a track from the female counterparts of the ‘Munks, the Chipettes’ Hot n’ Cold. This Katy Perry cover harkens back to one of the sillier qualities of the Chipmunks: sound-alike versions of popular songs that add little to the original besides squeaky voices.
Several other tracks on this compilation also suffer from this quality as well, such as So What, Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), I Want to Know What Love Is, I Gotta Feeling, and Put Your Records On. Despite this, even the too-similar sounding songs remain upbeat, inoffensive, and listenable fun.
Some of the other attempts at updating older songs are a mixed bag. The lush dancepop production on You Spin me Round (Like a Record) and Shake your Groove Thing makes for frequently re-playable tracks, while the heavy backbeat added to Stayin’ Alive does not prevent it from sounding dated.
Unfortunately, the soundtrack does start to wear out its welcome a bit by the time it reaches a cover of Sister Sledge’s We are Family. The annoyingly ubiquitous staple gets no favours from the Chipmunks and Chippettes’ sped-up voices, whose shrillness becomes an almost ear-splitting annoyance.
Despite these minor quibbles, the soundtrack also surprises with a few unexpectedly good original songs, such as It’s OK and the caffeinated rocker Bring it On. Perhaps the best is the Chipettes’ highlight The Song, featuring German dance pop group Queensbury. It’s a nicely balanced, upbeat piece of Girl Power fluff.
Even those who scoff at the idea of listening to a whole album full of high voices might find themselves enjoying the soundtrack to Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: the Squeakquel, a fine testament to a long-lasting part of music history.

Louis Armstrong: Transformation From Reform School to Infamous Trumpets

Trumpets have been in existence since primitive times, but they did not really gain the recognition they deserved until the infiltration of jazz into the music world. When Buddy Bolden altered his own music style in the 1890’s, it had the first inklings of what jazz music would become with its hearty spirit and spontaneity. He eventually lead the first genuine New Orleans jazz band. Continuing to invent jazz music was Freddie Keppard and Joe “King” Oliver playing the cornet as the lead instrument.
Then along came Louis Armstrong from a poor section of New Orleans where the heroes of the neighborhood were gamblers and pimps. His first music instrument, within the family of trumpets, was a long, tin horn that he would blast while working on a coal delivery wagon to let clients know the wagon was coming. At age 10 Louis Armstrong had earned enough money to buy a battered cornet in a pawnshop. By age 11 he had left school, left his job, and organized a street corner quartet. Unfortunately while on the street he committed some minor crimes and was sent to reform school at the age of 12. While in reform school Louis Armstrong joined the band and developed his talent. He became the leader of the band which changed his reputation. By the age of 13 he was back on the street and found small jobs to keep himself out of trouble.
As a teenager Louis Armstrong worked with professional musicians and joined Fate Marable’s band playing on a riverboat in Mississippi. By his early twenties he could outplay any trumpets at cutting contests where soloists improvised until one was clearly outperforming the others. With the addition of 23 year old Lois Armstrong to the Fletcher Henderson band in New York, the band began to really swing with their new featured soloist. A year later he formed his own group in Chicago called the Hot Five. He organized the band and music around the solos which became one of the key characteristics of modern jazz.
Louis Armstrong became known as the father of modern jazz trumpets and the first modern jazz soloist. He greatly extended the range of trumpets as he could hit high notes that none of his peers could reach. His main contribution to jazz was his sense of rhythm which had a natural beat that made anyone listening want to get up and dance. Louis Armstrong taught the world how to really swing. He also taught jazz musicians how to extend the melodic line with improvisations on trumpets. Louis Armstrong used trumpets to belt out loud, sharp cutting sounds that commanded his listeners to pay attention. He had made trumpets the leading instruments with cornets virtually disappearing from the jazz scene.
Trumpets were not the only driving force in Louis Armstrong’s career. Not only did he extend the range of trumpets, but he also showcased the extension of his own range of talents. He had a unique compositional and vocal ability, he was comedic, he had charisma, and he had charm. All of these talents wrapped up together made for a famously popular musician and showman. If you would like to pursue your musical dreams, you can find highly crafted trumpets at very reasonable prices at

How to Sell Your Music Online – 5 Steps to Make a Sale

If you are a budding singer or you are a band member or a musician trying to sell your music to people online, you need to have a clear plan to make money out of it. Of course, the music industry is a tough industry to get through and in fact, you can easily sell music if you have already built a name for yourself.
However, even if you are still an aspiring singer or music professional, you can still make money with your talent. In fact, you can learn how to sell your music online and either make money or get the attention of record labels. The internet is one good avenue to reach out to your target market or to people who can eventually become your fan base.
In fact, a number of professional singers nowadays have started in the internet, which paved the way towards a professional career in music, and of course, talent scouts find it easy and convenient to find prospects online. But if your goal is to learn how to sell your music online, here are a few things that might help you sell your music and make money online.
1. Build up your musical style, your image and your sound. Singers sell not only because of their singing and their voice. Your image or total package also matters a lot, thus before even trying to sell your music, think of your total package, and think of something that is sellable. Also make sure you have lots of practice before putting up your final CD.
2. Make good quality music and prepare them on CD, MP3 and other file types that you may wish to have. You can also make a video that you can use in promoting your music. Pay attention to quality of the sound. For sure, you don’t want to disappoint the people online with a mediocre audio quality.
3. Get a copyright of your songs. Of course, you have to own the music before you can sell them and having a copyright is one of the important steps that can help you with this. Go to the copyright office or visit their sites for requirements and you can easily get a copyright for your own music.
4. Promote your music on social networks online, forums or through your own website. Online marketing can be easy and fast, so take advantage of social networking sites and forums as well as blogs. The better is your online promotion, the better you can sell your music as well. One effective way to sell your music online is to let people listen to a sample or a demo and sell them the rest of the songs in the CD.
5. Sell your music on Amazon, eBay and other online stores. Sell it as a downloadable or sell your CD. You can also sell your own music in sites that allow the independent music makers to sell their music. You can actually find a number of them online.
Promotion is important as well, so if you want to sell your music online, make sure you promote your music regularly as well.

Rock and Roll Artist – Jimi Hendrix

Although he had very few years to enjoy at the top, if you asked any rock and roll guitarist living who they thought the greatest electric guitar player of all time was, most of them would quickly answer with a single word: Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix trivia will show that he literally exploded onto the music scene, and as word of his playing prowess spread even the most established stars of the time would flock to his shows to take in his virtuosity on the electric guitar. A Jimi Hendrix quiz will show that he was born Johnny Allen Hendrix in 1942. He got his first guitar when he was fifteen years old, and quickly began spending all his waking moments practicing the instrument.
Hendrix would play in a few small bands in various places around the country as he stayed on the move trying to find a way to make a living playing guitar. He would start to become noticed when he began playing on a Little Richard tour. He would be fired from the tour, and after more touring and making a name for himself would eventually form “The Jimi Hendrix Experience”. Songs like his version of “Hey Joe” and “Purple Haze” would be released in the mid sixties, and remain the defining Jimi Hendrix songs today.
Jimi Hendrix trivia will show that there are many things about how he played the guitar which are just as remembered as the songs he played. For instance, he was known for playing a right handed guitar left handed, rather than actually playing a left handed guitar because he had been unable to afford one while learning the instrument. In addition, he greatly popularized the use of the wah-wah pedal, something he originally picked up from meeting Frank Zappa. His use of the pedal would be most famously captured in “Voodoo Child”.
One of the most famous performances that will be mentioned on a Jimi Hendrix quiz will be the legendary performance that he and his new band played at Woodstock. They played the longest set that Hendrix ever played near the end of the festival, and it culminated in one of the most well known pieces of guitar music from the sixties, the Jimi Hendrix rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner”. Hendrix would die in London in 1970, although the exact circumstances surrounding his death have been muddy for decades, with no one conclusively creating a picture of his final hours.

The Past & Future of Dance Music Styles

Some say the origin of House music came out of Chicago in 1981. An escape from street and gang life, house music offered temperance to the unsettled consciousness of youth at the time. It allowed them to mingle with peers, while dancing away any of their problems.
Techno music, which some say, came out of Detroit in the early 90’s, may have begun through the evolutionary progress of various new textures, patterns and sounds which were emerging from all over the world.
New electronic music devices were being created while electronic sounds were coming into their own. The kick and snare became the heartbeat of the song. The bass became the backbone driving force. The synthesizer was the melody which brought people into the nightclub doors, and kept them dancing from dusk to dawn.
Over the years, some of the different genres and sub styles which have emerged with this new sound have been called: Deep House, House, Techo, Megabeat, Electro House, Disco House, Funky House, Garage, Techno, Industrial, Electronica, Breakcore, Micro-house, Underground, Trance, Ambient, Breaks, Minimal Techno, and many more.
But in looking at where we are now, it was the music groups from as far back as the 60’s that were the veterans of this new sound. Bands like “The Tornados” created one of the first techno-pop songs entitled Telstar in 1962, which became a Billboard number one hit for the band. The song featured a Clavioline, an instrument like a keyboard with a very distinctive electronic sound. Telstar was the first U.S. number one hit by a British group. The song was originally thought to be just a novelty record intended to make people think about the dawn of the space age. Little did they know at the time how evolutionary their record would become.
Since then, DJ’s and Re-mixers (both male and female) have come on the dance music scene, creating an entirely new sound of the future. With their flair for remixing different sounds, cuts and beats, many DJ’s have created number one dance singles. In doing so, they have developed a new artistry and way for them to be heard by music industry power players. Further, they continue to compete at becoming the best mixers and most popular DJ’s in the clubs. In their own right, they have become the celebrities.
With respect to all forms of music and genres introduced, there is no one sound or genre which now stands alone. Music is as diverse as the creators’ imagination. But groundbreakers, such as The Tornados and Kraftwerk have helped to pave the way.
Stay tuned, because the next groundbreakers are sitting in their studios (or sound proofed bedroom closets) right now creating the hottest ‘new sound’ as we speak. And moving forward toward the future, who knows what those sounds will be entitled. Perhaps you will come up with the next new style yourself. If so, what will it be coined? The world’s audience will definitely be listening.