Tag: editorial

  • Why Writing Music All About Yourself Hurts Your Songwriting Craft

    Why Writing Music All About Yourself Hurts Your Songwriting Craft

    Songwriting is intensely personal, so it makes sense that many musicians end up creating music that’s written purely for, and about, themselves.

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  • The Science Behind Our Approach to Online Learning

    The Science Behind Our Approach to Online Learning

    Here at Soundfly, we’ve set out to create the most effective learning model possible. Sometimes that means going against what everyone else is doing.

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  • From the Editor’s Desk – a Look Back at 2017

    From the Editor’s Desk – a Look Back at 2017

    Dear Reader, THANK YOU for all the support you’ve given us this year. You’re one of well over a million new people we’ve met in the last 12 months, and we couldn’t be happier that you’ve somehow found your way here. If this is your first time landing to rest your wings on Flypaper, you’ve got…

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  • A Meditation on the Notion of Artistic Sacrifice

    A Meditation on the Notion of Artistic Sacrifice

    Nothing gets me thinking about sacrifice more than going out on the road. Everyone’s making sacrifices to be there. Leila and John are both working their day jobs remotely using wifi hotspots that don’t function all that well in the-middle-of-nowhere US. Lots of nowhere. And my written log feels like something out of Oregon Trail. Phil fractured…

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  • Aesthetics: The Forgotten Frontier in the Tone Debate

    Aesthetics: The Forgotten Frontier in the Tone Debate

    If you’ve spent enough time around guitarists or bassists, you’re certainly familiar with what gear obsession looks like. You may even be a gear obsessive yourself, or have at least been through a phase of quarreling over minutiae in online fora. And if you know a gear obsessive, you’ve almost certainly witnessed them debate their main adversary: the “tone-is-in-your-fingers”…

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  • Thank You, Nat Hentoff: A Writer Listening Beyond Category

    Thank You, Nat Hentoff: A Writer Listening Beyond Category

    By Sarah Manning In an interview with the Rutherford Institute in 2012, journalist, author, and jazz critic Nat Hentoff told interviewer John W. Whitehead about some advice Duke Ellington had given him. “Look. Do not categorize about music. You take each musician at the time and open yourself to that musician.” That’s exactly what Nat…

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  • How the Score to “Wiener-Dog” Blurs the Edges of Character Development

    How the Score to “Wiener-Dog” Blurs the Edges of Character Development

    The sounds of the everyday punctuate awkward conversation, saying, perhaps, what the characters don’t. These sounds alone could be characters in the film.

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Ryan Lott: Designing Sample-Based Instruments