Technology

Technology has reshaped what is possible for independent creatives—this includes cursing at tech troubles on the regular. These posts share tips, tricks, app/gear choices, rants, raves and more.

Modernize Your Sound & Mindset with Music Producer Nick Phelps

“A lot of people don’t understand that you can’t just pull out an old Casio keyboard and start making a beat and think that’s gonna compete,” says sync music producer Nick Phelps. “I wanna give people a fighting chance in the sync world. I wanna give people permission to stand out in their own way. …It’s not just sounds, it’s the structure, the way you phrase something, even certain words that you use. So there’s a whole bigger picture of what modern is than just sounds.”

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Artists on Lockdown: Call for Interviews

Many of us are stuck in isolation, unable to share or promote our work in the ways originally planned like tours, festivals, conferences, etc., so I was thinking it might be of help to offer a way to spread the word digitally about what’s happening with your work.

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Pyragraph LIVE: Alejandro Montoya Marin

Filmmaker Alejandro Montoya Marin is in the finishing stages of producing his second feature, Millennium Bugs. It was supposed to screen at SXSW, and Antonio was slated to participate on a panel about independent filmmaking — but a nasty pathogen has thwarted his plans.

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Torobako (Fish Box) Guitar Shop: A Primer

All I wanted to do was make a cigar box-style guitar, and in this town there were no cigar boxes to be found. The next best box to find for free were the torobako, the crates used to ship sanma from northern Japan to southern ports.

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Dear Rich: Using MIDI Music from a Video Game Cartridge

Dear Rich: I want to know if it is considered sampling when you record sound coming from a synthesizer that is playing electronic note data stored on a memory chip. Technically when you play an NES game (’80s video game system), the music that is playing is not pre-recorded. It is actually played “live” from musical note data on the game cartridge (gameplay triggers a MIDI pattern) in the console into the internal synthesizer.

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