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Creating the Perfect Soundstage
In the audio world we hear a lot about ‘soundstage.’ The soundstage is the three-dimensional placement of instruments on a stage or in a studio during the performance. Soundstage also comes into play with movies and other audio/video content. Where the actors are on-screen relative to each other is normally reflected in the mixing of the soundstage.
It's All Music
Music is a fundamental human experience. Music has been described as the “universal language,” but that’s not necessarily true. Rhythm may be universal, but music is the product of the culture from which it comes, and each culture has its own vocabulary, idiom and story-telling rules.
Mix Engineer Brad Leigh and Billy Joel's Nylon Curtain in Dolby Atmos
Billy Joel’s Grammy-nominated eighth album, The Nylon Curtain, was released on September 23, 1982, peaking at Number 7 on the Billboard Albums chart, but the influence the album had on music and production in the early 1980s can’t really be overstated. The anxiety, confusion and general feeling of doom that had settled over the country in the previous few years were summed up nearly perfectly in the nine-song set. Joel has said The Nylon Curtain is one of his personal favorites, and “the recording I’m most proud of and the material I’m most proud of.”
The Parallel Evolution of Music and Technology
The evolution of the sound of music is the result of technological and societal advances from the beginning of mankind. Music is produced for how and why we listen to it, and throughout human history, music has benefited from – and been at the leading edge of – technology.
The Accident That Changed Rock & Roll
If Black Sabbath had only ever recorded their first album, they still would have been a huge influence on music. Because of an injury Tony Iommi sustained while working at a factory, and due to his persistence and ingenuity, Black Sabbath influenced decades of heavy metal.
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