Notes and Stuff

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!!

November 12, 2012

Interpreting Lyrics

Filed under: MUS 1P, Fall 2012 — jmeschi @ 11:32 pm

Last class we went over the full Intelligent Listening Checklist and spent some time on the section on Lyrics and what to do to answer the question, “What is the song about”. (No, Rihanna’s song Diamonds is not about diamonds.)

During our discussion I mentioned a recent article I read about a web site that is dedicated to deciphering/interpreting hip hop lyrics. (Remember the discussion - “80 holes in your shirt: there, your own Jamaican clothes”?)

Here’s the article and the web site. A word of caution - judging from the article the site is controversial - be warned ahead of time about language and some possible offensive content.

Why Listening is So Much More Than Hearing

Filed under: MUS 1P, Fall 2012 — jmeschi @ 11:16 pm

Throughout the semester we’ve discussed Intelligent Listening and the differences between it and Passive and Connotative Listening.

Here’s an interesting article that discusses The Science and Art of Listening and how “listening” is so much more than “hearing.”

From our perspective - what we’ve discussed all semester - “hearing” is passive listening, “listening” is intelligent/active listening.

October 23, 2012

What is Your Musical Stereotype

Filed under: MUS 1P, Fall 2012 — jmeschi @ 6:01 pm

As I was looking for links on musical style for you to use to prepare the take-home essay on Quiz 2, I came across There are some excellent links on the site which should help you with your essay.

One of the links “What is your musical stereotype” caught my attention. The linked page begins, “You can usually learn something about a person by looking at what music they listen to.” Seeing later on in the semester I’d like to discuss some related topics (”Why do you listen to the music you listen to”, “Why do you love some styles and hate others”) I thought I’d find out my musical stereotype.

FYI, I entered, “Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beethoven, Led Zeppelin, Eagles” and found I’m a “StareDad” - “You text, e-mail and “Twitter” your kids asking if they remember your Facebook password. Once they remind you that it is “dadpassword”, you’ll seat them down and tell them about “simpler times”. Then you will probably encourage them to “get off the Nintendo and read a book for once.”

The above explanation is not quite true for me - I don’t have children and seldom forget passwords. But, if i did have kids I’m sure I would behave exactly like the description. (Yes, I’m old!)

Try it out - find your musical stereotype.

September 26, 2012

More on The Star Spangled Banner

Filed under: MUS 1P, Fall 2012 — jmeschi @ 7:09 pm

Here’s the YouTube audio of Jose Feliciano’s version of The Star Spangled Banner we played in class. He performed it in Detroit before the fifth game of the 1968 World Series.

As we discussed in class, his version caused quite a controversy. Here’s Jose explaining what happened. (Click on “Show More” beneath the video and read more about the controversy.

Less than a year later, at Woodstock in August 1969, Jimi Hendrix performed his own version that for many growing up in the 60s expressed a lot about what was going on in the world at the time.

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