Music Theory Simplified (and cheated)

This article is really a holder for a series of videos on simplified musical theory as I compose a piece of music.¬†What I set out to do in this series is to compose a piece of music whilst taking time to explain what I am doing and why. This won’t be a set of 5…

An Unpaid Update – Money & the Muso

Hi Buddy I hear you wanna be a Rock Star? Congrats but may I suggest that you take up digging holes, prostitution, being a mercenary or even a crash test dummy. These are professions in which you will get paid. Love Benedict I would like to look at a few of the issues around making…

Avoiding Avoidance – getting on with things

Do you find that you avoid making music? I have spoken about this concern a time or two before but it has always been a bit more abstract, about the thinking and not so much the doing. This time I will try to be more practical in my look at the dilemma and possible solutions.…

Are You Making Music, or Are You Making A Noise?

Until only a few years ago if you wanted to represent the concept of music visually, you used something like a graphic of notes and a wavey line. It worked well because it actually represents the flow of notes (story) in music over time. Nowadays¬†music is commonly represented with a Soundcloud “worm”. This may not…

Rock Is Dead – We Killed It Ourselves

This is a companion article and video. Each is a bit different. The article is a lot tighter, and the video is a lot looser*. Tighter Since dawn of the industrial age, tighter has been the goal. A tighter system, with less slack. Tighter connection with customers. Even plastic surgeons deliver tighter skin. No one…

Communication – Building or Destroying?

Your job as an Artist is to communicate. So you just want to make a quick noise and become famous, with everyone falling over themselves to view your sex tape on YouTube? That ain’t art it is self-aggrandizement. Sure, it is a thing that many Rock & Pop musicians indulge in a bit to appear…

The New Music Industries and How to Succeed in them

There are many pundits who write about the music industry. Some of those are “bibles” written to help aspiring artists navigate the seemingly complex game. Now I’m not gonna be much different but I am going to make suggestions that may run counter to what you think and so probably want to reject. Your choice…