Category: Soundfly Explores

  • What the Heck Is a Theremin?

    What the Heck Is a Theremin?

    The theremin is a musical instrument that is played without any contact by the performer. It was one of the first electronic instruments ever created, and later popularized by Robert Moog who designed a build-it-yourself kit version for mass consumption. It was invented and pattented in 1928 by Léon Theremin, a Russian whose actual name […]

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  • What Is a Soundwalk?

    What Is a Soundwalk?

    A soundwalk can be a lot of things. It can require headphones as easily as it can require that you take them off and listen to your surroundings. It can be experienced on an actual walk, guiding you through a live excursion, or it can be listened to as a standalone piece in the comfort […]

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  • How Wu-Tang, Björk and Jay Z Turn Albums into Fine Art

    How Wu-Tang, Björk and Jay Z Turn Albums into Fine Art

    There is only one single copy of the Wu-Tang Clan’s newest album, The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, that has seen the light of day. The Wu-Tang Clan will auction this handcrafted album off after an international museum listening tour, and bids are already coming in exceeding $5 million. This single copy is encased in a […]

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  • Sam Smith, Brian Williams, and the Science of a Song Getting Stuck in Your Head

    Sam Smith, Brian Williams, and the Science of a Song Getting Stuck in Your Head

    I have always been fascinated by songs that sound alike. I love the kind of artists’ mindmeld that happens when multiple songs released around the same time converge in similar sound. I love when musicians pay homage to their favorite influences. I love trying to pick out samples in songs. And I love the gossipy […]

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  • How to Write a Musical: The History of Musicals

    How to Write a Musical: The History of Musicals

    This is part 1 of a series on how to write a musical. If you can’t wait to start writing, jump forward to the purpose of the music or how to select song posts! A few weeks ago, I had drinks with a buddy of mine who’s writing a musical about an undercooked piece of pasta named Al Dente. He’s […]

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  • Listening to Music in a Way That Supports Musicians

    Listening to Music in a Way That Supports Musicians

    You’re a nice person. You love music. You’ve never stolen anything before in your life. Yet somehow, if you’re anything like me, it seems like you can’t listen to music today without falling into a giant moral quagmire. Am I supporting the artists enough? Which service should I use to listen to this new track? […]

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RJD2: From Samples to Songs