About Dario Brandt

Who is writing? It's me, Dario: Composer, musician, audio engineer, blogger, internet entrepreneur and I am here to learn and teach how to create awesome music and how to make a living from it online

What You Can Expect of This Blog

What You Can Expect of This Blog From AKingsMercury Back in 2011, when I was still a little green behind my ears and studying at the school of art in Utrecht (NL), I started a blog and named it AKingsMercury. I was motivated to share what I was learning from the endeavor to [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:43:48+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Categories: lifestyle|0 Comments

The Complete List of Free Sample Libraries

The Complete List of Free Sample Libraries Freebies, Freebies Everywhere Freebies, freebies, freebies. Before you start buying the most expensive sample libraries check out my list of free sample libraries first. I hope you find the instrument you need here. I subdivided the list into categories of instruments: Guitar, bass, orchestral instruments, keys [...]

By | 2017-10-02T13:12:08+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Categories: music production|Tags: , |33 Comments

210 Awesome Open Guitar Chords

210 Awesome Open Guitar Chords And How to Use Them Are you bored of the sound of standard chords? Then, using open guitar chords is a way to pimp up your playing and boring chord progressions. There are thousands of open guitar chords and millions of ways to use them creatively. In [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:43:49+00:00 April 2nd, 2015|Categories: guitar, music composition|Tags: , |8 Comments

Train Your Ears to Recognize Frequencies in Equalization

Train Your Ears to Recognize Frequencies in Equalization A child is able to perceive frequencies between 20 Hertz and 20 000 [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:43:50+00:00 April 1st, 2015|Categories: music production, music technology|0 Comments

10 Powerful Power Chord Variations

10 Powerful Power Chord Variations 'Radical!!!' - Bill & Ted 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 [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:43:50+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Categories: guitar, music composition|4 Comments

The MIDI Note Number Frequency Wavelength Table

How to Write Magical Song Lyrics Part 1 - Melodic Rhythm 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 [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:43:51+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Categories: music technology, music theory|0 Comments

Functions of Music in Film and Video

Functions of Music in Film and Video Music is an essential part of film. Nonetheless, often we are not even aware of the music playing in the background. However, if we realized on how many levels it influences us and our perception we would probably be amazed. A brief history of [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:43:52+00:00 March 29th, 2015|Categories: music composition|0 Comments

Music in Marketing and Advertisement: Effective Strategies

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 [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:43:52+00:00 March 29th, 2015|Categories: lifestyle, music composition, music money|2 Comments

Music and Emotions: The Seven Mechanisms that Evoke Musical Emotions

Music and Emotions The Seven Mechanisms that Evoke Musical Emotions No one would argue against the statement that music and emotions can have a strong relationship with each other, but how is it even possible that something as abstract as music can evoke our most personal emotions? To answer this questions I [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:43:53+00:00 March 28th, 2015|Categories: lifestyle, music composition|0 Comments

Most Popular Christmas Songs, Guitar Chords and Lyrics

Most Popular Christmas Songs, Guitar Chords and Lyrics Ho, ho, ho ... 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 [...]

By | 2017-10-02T12:43:54+00:00 March 27th, 2015|Categories: guitar, singing|2 Comments