Inspiring Musicians


During Distinctly Bronze West I had lots of time to hang with my friends Brian and Greg.  Being music nerds, we shared all the interesting pieces of music we had found since the last time we had been together.  Greg showed me a piece that made me re-question all my previous notions about the symphony orchestra.  Just watch this lady’s incredible talents without any introduction. This incredible performer is Lucero...

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Top Albums of All Time


Posted By on May 29, 2013

This last semester, I enrolled in a recording tech and listening class. My professor had a huge discography behind his name including Whitesnake and Dr. Dre, among many others. The final day of class I posed a question to him: What are the five best records of all time, in regards to engineering and mixing? Here is his response (I posted videos of the title tracks.  However, for those interested in critical listening justice is not...

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Bell Hip Hop By DJ Shadow


Posted By on May 14, 2013

To file in the random uses of handbells category, here is a piece by instrumental hip hop artist DJ Shadow that uses handbell samples to create haunting melodies.  This is “Blood on the Motorway” from his album Private Press released in 2002 (the bells come in about 1:50 into the song). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8JWKMZLmAU From an interview with The Quietus, here is DJ Shadow’s reasoning for using handbells:...

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I first saw Stomp in 2002 on a high school band trip in San Francisco, and I was mesmerized.    Created in 1991, Stomp and it’s various spin off shows have been entertaining audiences with its unique music for over two decades.  If you’ve never seen Stomp, I know you’ve seen the concept.  Everyone seems to be “Stomping” now, from your favorite amusement park to your school’s...

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A week ago my mind was blown when I attended a concert my childhood music idol Bobby McFerrin did in Reno. If his name is not familiar, you will recognize his most famous song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” McFerrin has been on the edge of musical creativity since the mid eighties, earning 10 Grammy’s along the way. The best feature about the performance to me was his ability to interact with the audience. The entire...

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One of the most memorizing aspects of bell ringing is watching the bells move and dance.  Unlike any other instrument, the audience can see running lines move from one end of the table to the other and anticipate when large chords will be struck by watching how the bells are moving.  But what if we were to make the bell stationary and have the ringers move between them? Thanks to a performance art troop in Melbourne, Australia, we can...

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