Notes and Stuff

October 29, 2017

An Amazing Website!

Filed under: General — jmeschi @ 9:24 am

I came across this site a few days ago. It maps over 1500 musical genres, giving examples of each.

It’s called Every Noise at Once.

Click a name to hear an example of what the genre sounds like. Click the » on a genre to see a map of its artists, then if you click the » next to an artist name a Spotify playlist will open to hear more from that artist.

Take a look at this PDF file for more about musical genres and how the map is put together

(I can get lost there for hours!)

March 4, 2015

Please Read These Articles!!!

Filed under: General — jmeschi @ 10:28 am

Pay attention to what is being said in these articles. If you love music you must make sure you protect your hearing

Why 1 billion could be at risk for hearing loss.

Cut music to ‘an hour a day’ - WHO.

The last article focuses on listening to music with a personal music device while wearing headphones. They don’t mean to cut down on listening to music, they mean cut down listening to it while wearing headphones.

Please read and pay attention to the above. I want you to get to be my age with your hearing intact and your love of listening to music still going strong.

September 16, 2014

If You Love the Bass Guitar…

Filed under: General — jmeschi @ 1:27 pm

If you play bass guitar as I do or just love the instrument, sit back and enjoy this video

This Bird Can Boogie!!

Filed under: General — jmeschi @ 1:20 pm

This video has nothing to do with our class but I had to post it!

April 15, 2014

Morton Subotnick

Filed under: Tech & Music Ed, Sp 2014, Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 12:30 pm

If you’d like to find out more about Morton Subotnick, the creator of, here’s his official website and a Wikipedia article on him.

His work is discussed in Chapter 10 of our textbook.

March 19, 2014

How to Avoid Clipping in ACID

In ACID (and most other digital audio programs) if the numbers above the meters turn red your mix is too loud. Clipping is occurring.

Follow these instructions to avoid clipping:

Figure 1 - Avoiding Clipping

Figure 2 - Avoiding Clipping

Figure 3 - Avoiding Clipping

Remember - although you might not hear the sound being distorted, the clipping indicators tell you it’s occurring. Pay attention to them!!

March 3, 2014

Alternate MIDI Controller Videos

In the world of synthesizers keyboards were at first the least expensive and in many ways the easiest way to implement a full-featured MIDI controller. But, technology progresses and things change.

Here are some videos of alternate MIDI controllers:

  1. Wind
  2. Strings (a bluetooth bow!)
  3. Guitar (Stanley Jordan)
  4. Percussion
  5. Unusual
  6. Beatjazz
  7. EWI Wind Controller (Michael Brecker)
  8. MIDI Bass Interface (Richard Bona)
  9. Orchestrion (Pat Metheny)

Imagine what the future will bring!

(The last four links were submitted by Charles Jourdan. Thank you!)

February 19, 2014

One of My Favorite Videos

Filed under: General, MUS 1P, Spring 2014 — Tags: , — jmeschi @ 7:20 pm

As mentioned in class, one of the songs played during the first quiz has an interesting video.

He dances to bring her back

(Video link updated 2/19/14)

January 28, 2014

So what are File Extensions?

Filed under: Tech & Music Ed, Sp 2014 — jmeschi @ 10:57 am

Here’s a detailed answer (The first paragraph explains all you need to know.)

Always include the proper file extension when saving a file, especially if it’s a multimedia file. (Note: most applications will add the extension automatically.)

October 24, 2013

Are Headphones Bad for Hearing?

Filed under: General — jmeschi @ 10:22 am

Something to think about - Are Headphones Bad For Hearing?

Please pay attention to this story. Save your hearing so you can enjoy music all through your life!

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