Notes and Stuff

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!)

April 20, 2012

Summer is Coming!

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 3:54 pm

Summer is coming, but there’s still lots to learn.

(After all, you’re a lifetime learner now, right?

April 5, 2012

Creating Music on the Web

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 12:48 pm was mentioned in your recent reading material. If you haven’t visited it yet, do it soon.

Two music creation sites, similar to ACID and sequencing applications, are Audio Tool and Audio Sauna.

I can’t wait to see what the future of online music creation tools has in store for us!

March 19, 2012

Internet Radio Stations

Filed under: MUS 1P, Spring 2012, Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 8:20 pm

As mentioned in class, some Internet Radio sites for you to explore:, and

Try for a listing of thousands of other free online stations.

March 17, 2012

More on Google and Privacy

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 10:46 pm

More about Google and its new privacy policy

March 1, 2012

Google’s New Privacy Policy

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 8:38 pm

This topic came up in the 2 pm section today and I’m posting this link as a follow-up.

Yes, you should be concerned, but no Google hasn’t decided to change its policy of “Do No Evil.”

At the least you should be more aware of this new policy and the way it’s being reported if only to better recognize spin versus opinion versus fact. The web gives us access to so much of all three.

January 31, 2012

Are You Hearing All The Music?

Filed under: MUS 1P, Spring 2012, Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 11:42 pm

Here’s an interesting opinion.

If you’ve ever listened to vinyl recordings you have to wonder if he’s right.

After Class » Moves Like Jagger Follow-up

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp12 — jmeschi @ 11:46 am

Last class I showed you how I used the song Moves Like Jagger to teach some concepts in my current MUS 1P class. I also used it to find out just how many in the class knew how Jagger moves :-)

The point of showing you this was to remind you of the resources we have at our disposal on the Internet and the Web. (The World Wide Web and the Internet are not exactly the same thing. More on this in an upcoming class.)

When you’re browsing the Web always look for resources you might be able to use in your classroom. Maybe later in the semester we’ll collect some links from everyone in class and see what worthwhile teaching resources you’ve found on the Net.

Here’s the blog entry I posted for my MUS 1P students.

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