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Hello my friends and audience,
The Beat Project has officially acquired a domain and relocated its place on the internet. From now on check out the new site SoundChomp (soundchomp.com) for the latest updates concerning the ever growing world of music.
If you’re interested in knowing the reasons for the relocation feel free to continue reading.
For those unaware we at The Beat Project are seeking out the best way to embed music into this site. As is such there may as well be a post on it. Over the next few days I’ll be throwing in a lot of code to see what works. Be prepared to see multiple posts on various music embedding methods with the Benefits, Problems, and a Conclusion on the use of each one.
Because Grooveshark is one of my main sources of music explorations I’ve attempted to use their widget. If you’re looking to do something similar the Grooveshark widget is a great place to start. There are a number of benefits and problems with this method:
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The Beat Project – Best of 2010
So, what did The Beat Project do during 2010, its first full year of operation? Umm… not much. But then again only one person was running the thing so who’s to blame him? If you really wanna know what was popular though check out the summary below.
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 19 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 22 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was May 28th with 63 views. The most popular post that day was The Seatbelts – Part 1 (Background & Foundation).
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were digg.com, facebook.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, stumbleupon.com, and iphone5g.net.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for rubber soul, phonograph, ipod commercial, trigun, and pierrot le fou cowboy bebop.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
The Seatbelts – Part 1 (Background & Foundation) April 2010
The Seatbelts – Part 2 (Diving In) April 2010
New Album: Discharge/Yamanaka Sawao June 2010
Media Players – Media Evolution (iPod inside) March 2010
Beck: Live Action Movie June 2010
New writer for The Beat Project here. I’m a percussionist, so I hope I understand this thing called “the beat”. Oh and just so you know, I don’t march to the beat of a different drummer, I am the different drummer!
So I thought I’d start off this writing/musical journey with you beginning with what I know: how to play drums. Alright…most people think drum solos are all about being fast. Yeah, being fast helps but I think being only fast is uninteresting. After awhile straight-up speed drumming just gets old. Might as well listen to noise because that’s all it is.
So, here are three tips that will boost anybody’s game (not just drummers!!!):
1. Get in the pocket.
“In the pocket” is basically just drummer slang for “getting in the groove.” Check out Joe Morello as he plays awesomely in 5/4 metre. He’s right there in the pocket. It’s all about the beat and getting into the rhythm. Music is about flow. Machine guns are not.
2. Play dynamically.
Don’t play loud. Any fool can play loud. Play dynamically! For those of you classically-trained musicians out there, dynamics are an essential part of any music score. So what do I mean by playing dynamically? Well, besides flow, good music is about tension and release. This can mean resolving notes or a cadence of a chord progression, but for drummers and everyone else, there’s also dynamics.
Knowing when to play down low in the groove, when to kick it up and when to let it ride are all things that come with experience. The important thing is to try because a lot of musicians don’t bother and don’t know what they’re missing.
Looking for some spice? Add accents! I don’t mean play loud and then intermittently play louder. I mean, get into the pocket (I cannot stress this enough), play at an appropriate volume level and bring the important beats to the front. Suddenly your blah sixteenth note patterns are muy caliente!
Want to kick up a notch? Once you get the dynamics and accents down pat, try throwing in some ghost notes. Sort of the opposite of an accent, ghost notes are felt more than heard. Really adds another layer to your beat that you wouldn’t get otherwise.
3. Don’t be afraid to step out there and try something new.
Stepping out is a big part of music. You’re putting a piece of yourself out there for others to experience. This advice means different things to different people. To some it may mean breaking down cultural barriers (Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project). To others it may be experimenting with your style and instrument to play something new. Maybe it means expressing yourself in a way you’ve never done before. Whatever it means or whatever you do, music is a creative, evolving process. There are always new horizons and walls to come crashing down.
For those that stop in and read The Beat Project I’m sorry to announce that we are on a short hiatus as the last week of classes has come upon college students. While I finish up a few papers and projects and somehow manage to study for exams I’ll have very little time to write other materials. Hopefully the next post can be made next Saturday. Until then, good luck all you students.
I apologize for the extremely late notice, but alas, I have become bogged down with work. There are a few other projects I needed to focus on today, and a lot of schoolwork that I have had to work on. Instead of updating with a traditional post I offer you this: Guest Posts.
Since I created this new blog I’ve wanted to allow people to show support and write their own submissions to send my way. If you are interested in sharing about an artist, a particular album, a live show you went to, or even a musical technology, then write something up and e-mail me about your idea, along with a piece of the submission. I’ll read through it and let you know if it fits in the blog.
As for now a good friend of mine is planning to write a post about a band he really enjoys, so keep stopping by. I hope to have a “real” update for you on Saturday, and as a teaser/spoiler, I have been listening to The Seatbelts quite a bit, so it might be about them.
Until then, Find the Beat or The Beat will find you.
Welcome to The Beat Project. TBP is a blog whose mission is to provide the musical adventures of its creator. Through the hundreds of genres in hundreds of languages, TBP will expose its readers and their ears to the wonders of music. Whether it’s a song that’s been around for 50 years, or it’s brand new and being played in a dive, if it is music, then it is worthwhile. Updates can be expected every Wednesday/Thursday and Saturday/Sunday. Visit often, and enjoy.