Artistic Echoes

Music Samples Through Time

Have you ever listened to a new song and thought, ‘this sounds familiar’? It might be because the song you’re listening to features a sample. Sampling is the act of taking a sound, hook, vocal or perhaps an entire melody from one song and using it in another. The music industry loves a touch of sampling, and it’s something that can be traced back to as early as the 1900s. A popular example is Musi...

Making It In Musicals: Iconic Actors Who Used Their (Sometimes Hidden) Vocal Talent To Their Advantage

Actors who have made it to the big screen sometimes have other talents that they later utilize to gain other roles, showcase a talent, and reach a bigger or broader audience. Having the talent to sing is something that has helped actors to gain more recognition and be more versatile in Hollywood. Actors have used this to their advantage (and in some cases, their disadvantage) to establish a place ...

Iconic Singing Voices and How They Found Their Sound

Most aspiring and even well-known singers today have idols that have inspired them; voices they’d like to imitate, or singers whose sound they love. These singers are especially influential.  In the same token, many of these iconic singers also come from very humble beginnings. Here we will focus on four very distinct and well-known singers in a range of genres, and how they found their distinguis...

Finding Your Beat: How to Discover What Genre Matches You Best

Whether you want to find your groove or start a band, one of the first things you will need to do is to narrow down what genre you should play. This can give you some direction about the kind of songs that you should be rehearsing or even composing. Now, unfortunately, this isn’t the easiest thing to figure out. For starters, just because you listen to a particular genre doesn’t mean you can autom...

Y Not in Pictures by Thepicturedrome

Y Not Festival was a weekend packed full of incredible performances and here are photos from some of the best of them. All photos are courtesy of Thepicturedrome. To view more images visit https://www.facebook.com/Thepicturedrome

How The Internet Has Changed Learning Guitar

Technology has revolutionized the way that people interact with music. You can now listen to music in your car, on your phone, and on a whole host of smart devices. You can create your own music stations or have apps suggest music for you based on your listening preferences. It has never been easier to get high quality music. This easy access to quality music has made more and more people want to ...

The Rise of Jukebox and its Impact on the Music Industry

This year, the jukebox will celebrate its 130th birthday. On its centennial, U.S. President Ronald Reagan said that”…the jukebox is to many a symbol of good, clean fun.” That statement is as true today as it was 130 years ago. Over its life, the jukebox has been at the centre of popular culture. The jukebox hasn’t just shaped how we listen to music. It has given a voice to the vo...

Solving Classical Music’s Streaming Conundrum

Over the last few years, streaming has almost entirely revolutionised the way that the majority of us listen to music. As physical sales have declined, digital streaming has risen dramatically to take their place. New releases by major stars such as Beyoncé and Drake were streamed up to 300 million times during their first week of release alone, and streaming revenue overtook both physical sales a...

The Most Sought After Jazz Guitarists In the Modern Day

With so many incredible guitarists in the jazz scene today, how do we whittle it down to any sort of numbered list? This is quite the undertaking, but I will attempt to give you 10 of my favorites and my reasons why. This list will be comprised mostly of players that I have been really into lately and is in no way a slight on any players not mentioned. With that said, here it is in no particular o...

What type of guitar is good for beginners?

Even great guitarists have humble beginnings, some artists start their journey by inheriting them from friends and family, some simply buy them. For a new guitarist enthusiastic to learn the guitar it can be confusing, here are some of the best options. Guitars can broadly be categorised into two sections: acoustic and electric. So, the first decision is what genre of music you want to learn. Your...

Three major trends driving UK gaming revealed

There’s no denying the ever-growing interest in gaming in the UK. In 2016, the industry was worth a record £4.33 billion[1] – a notable 1.2% growth from 2015. What’s more, the industry is estimated to grow by a massive 7.8% by the end of 2017.[2] With no question about the enduring popularity of gaming, Currys PC World took a closer look into the UK gaming scene. Using the YouGov Profiles tool, wh...

Your essential guide to buying a Record Player

A turntable is a record player on which you can play song records and listen to music. Setting up a turntable can be a daunting process but not if you follow the right steps. There are key components and setup configurations to consider if you are wanting to set up a perfect turntable and listen to your favorite records. Also, there are several factors that you need to take into consideration if y...

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