Tag: Miles Davis

  • What Songs Got You Into Scoring?

    What Songs Got You Into Scoring?

    In Episode 56, Carter chats with composers Sofia Hultquist (Drum & Lace) and Ian Hultquist about “Songs That Got Me Into Film Scoring.”

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  • What Are Your Favorite “Mysterious” Songs, and Why?

    What Are Your Favorite “Mysterious” Songs, and Why?

    On Episode 19 of our podcast, “Themes and Variation,” we chat with singer and trumpeter Rhys Tivey about songs with a veil of mystery…oooh!

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  • Porgy and Bess in the Time of BLM

    Porgy and Bess in the Time of BLM

    The author of a 1995 L.A. opera review of “Porgy and Bess” reflects on troubled times to see how it holds up to today’s moment. Hint: nothing’s changed.

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  • On August 17, 1959, Miles Davis’ “Kind Of Blue” Was Released

    On August 17, 1959, Miles Davis’ “Kind Of Blue” Was Released

    A brief history of how Miles Davis’ 1959 classic “Kind Of Blue” came to be, and the album’s impacts on all kinds of musical communities.

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  • Music for Practicing Scales and Modes

    Music for Practicing Scales and Modes

    + Learning to read and write music? Access hundreds of lessons from Soundfly’s online courses on music theory, songwriting, production, mixing and more — subscribe here. This article originally appeared on Ethan Hein’s blog. Are you trying to learn scales and patterns, but finding it hard to make yourself practice? Do yourself a favor, and practice over actual […]

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  • Here Are Our 8 Favorite Films About Jazz Horn Players

    Here Are Our 8 Favorite Films About Jazz Horn Players

    + Bridge the worlds of theory, improvisation, and jazzy hip-hop, and improve your piano chops with Grammy-winner Kiefer in his course, Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats. Horns are a prominent piece in the puzzle of modern music. When it comes to pushing the language of American music forward, predominantly via jazz in the 20th century, their […]

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  • The Music Inside Haruki Murakami’s Literary World

    The Music Inside Haruki Murakami’s Literary World

    + Welcome to Soundfly! We help curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly. Haruki Murakami is not (quite) a musician, but he has a greater command of music as an art form than most musicians I know, myself […]

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  • The COMPASS: Philadelphia, PA

    The COMPASS: Philadelphia, PA

    I’m a lifetime Philadelphian and proud of it. It’s an interesting place to grow up and be a musician. Philly is a big East Coast city that can feel like a small town of connected, but decidedly distinct neighborhoods and music scenes. The city is full of some of the oldest stuff in the country and […]

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  • President Obama’s Hit Playlist and Using Music to Cope with the Madness of Politics

    President Obama’s Hit Playlist and Using Music to Cope with the Madness of Politics

    For the last three months I’ve been doing something I rarely do: watching the news. Not only have I watched the news, but I’ve watched on a semi-regular basis. This is a huge step for someone who admittedly keeps abreast of world events through his Facebook timeline. However, after a self-imposed exile from mainstream television […]

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  • Even the Tightest Bands Make Mistakes — And That’s OK!

    Even the Tightest Bands Make Mistakes — And That’s OK!

    Back in high school, my senior project advisor told me, “there’s no such thing as a perfect performance.” And then immediately bust out an incredible drum solo. I’ve never forgotten that moment. I just assumed that being able to pull out a great solo on a whim meant he must be telling the truth. While that’s […]

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RJD2: From Samples to Songs