10 Powerful Power Chord Variations

Power chords are still an essential part of rock music as well as many other guitar dominated music styles. Nonetheless, standard power chords become boring quite fast to every over average guitar player. Power chords can be used perfectly as a musical device within a song but shouldn’t be the center of it. A nice […]

By |March 31st, 2015|Categories: guitar, music composition|4 Comments

The MIDI Note Number Frequency Wavelength Table

MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It is a protocol to transfer controlling data in a musical context. MIDI-Controllers appear in forms of keys, wheels, faders, pads and sensors. The protocol contains information about pitch or velocity, which is stored in a 7 bit system. There are hence 128 (0 – 127) different values […]

By |March 30th, 2015|Categories: music technology, music theory|0 Comments

Functions of Music in Film and Video

In the beginning of cinema in the late 19th century the projector of film made so much noise that music was necessary to overpower it. Also, film was silent and music was used to explain the actions taking place on the screen. When the sound film was invented in 1923 dialogs could finally be heard […]

By |March 29th, 2015|Categories: music composition|0 Comments

Music in Marketing and Advertisement: Effective Strategies

Why is music so important in marketing and advertisement and what strategies are there to use it effectively? The influence of music on our moods, emotions, perceptions and preferences is often more present than we consciously experience. The psychology behind the mechanism of how music effects us are still not understood entirely. Nonetheless, they can […]

By |March 29th, 2015|Categories: lifestyle, music composition, music money|2 Comments

Music and Emotions: The Seven Mechanisms that Evoke Musical Emotions

Music is capable of inducing a variety of emotions but it is found that most of them are pleasant. Asking people throughout the day about how their feelings, it seemed that in general more positive emotions are felt in situations that involved some form of music compared to situations without music.

Of course, a lot of […]

By |March 28th, 2015|Categories: lifestyle, music composition|0 Comments

Most Popular Christmas Songs, Guitar Chords and Lyrics

It is Christmas time again and what is better than playing and singing the most popular Christmas songs with your family. As a small Christmas gift, I searched for the most famous Christmas songs of all time and created this wonderful list.

To help you save your precious Christmas time I also added a link to […]

By |March 27th, 2015|Categories: guitar, singing|2 Comments

The 50 Best Film-Score Composers and Their Greatest Soundtracks

Plenty of times, I read or heard the statement: ‘Film-score composers are the compositional geniuses of our time.’ In my eyes, there is a lot of truth behind this statement. Film-score composers need to be literate not only in many different musical genres but they also have to have a particularly keen sense for the […]

By |March 26th, 2015|Categories: music composition|10 Comments

How to Find the Sample Rate and Bit Depth of an Audio File

How do you find out the sample rate again? I often forgot how to do it but actually there is an easy and quick way to find out the current sample rate and bit depth of any given audio file in any format within a few seconds. Here is how it goes:

Open your audio file […]

By |March 25th, 2015|Categories: music production, music technology|1 Comment

How to Record What You Hear ( Built-in Output ) for Mac

Every Mac or Computer user comes across the moment when he or she simply wants to record what he hears through his speakers. Let it be a show on your favorite life stream radio or audio samples from that funny talk on YouTube. It doesn’t matter what it is (if it doesn’t infringe the copyright […]

By |March 24th, 2015|Categories: lifestyle, music technology|6 Comments

10 Extraordinary Instruments

Dr. Mark Temperato made a drumkit that comprises 340 pieces. For that he proudly holds the world record. He doesn’t sit in front of his drumkit but inside of it as even above and behind him there is nothing but drums, percussion and cymbals. For that a swivel chair is really starting to make sense.

Come […]

By |March 23rd, 2015|Categories: music composition|0 Comments