Dear Musea Zine Readers and Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar fans,
The new isssue of zine Musea, all about my 10 year recording project coming to an end, is out (#193) at the usual spots plus online on the Musea website.
My 10 year, 150 song, 9 CD, ‘OUTSIDE THE BOX SET’, recording project, is done! Recording finished July 17th in Studio B at Crystal Clear Sound, Dallas, Texas. This issue tells you about it from start to finish with stops along the way for a new guitar style, and box office concerts.
For more see: #193 10 Year Music Project at
For many years I’ve been promoting my music. One idea I had, earlier on, was to go to one of those – then – 4 photos for a $1 machines, take a lot of photos, and use my favorites to make a promo postcard. I would hand it out with my new single. I went to a Peaches Record Store (that is old) and talked to the buyer. I talked about my single and gave her the record and postcard.
She looked at it and asked, “ARE YOU IN THIS GROUP?” I said, ‘I AM THAT GROUP”
Labor Day weekend, but as FAIR , Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, reported – the talk shows did not feature any labor leaders.
My suggestion on a national union, is worth repeating here for Labor Day
Maybe it’s time for a National Union for workers, based on the AARP model for seniors.
Getting a union started for a specific industry, or keeping it going once it is started is tough. It takes courage to join, and there is always the chance of loosing your job. That’s really hard on those with families to support or living from paycheck to paycheck.
So for what it is worth:
Workers, all workers, maybe it’s time to act together, in a way that protects all.
Maybe it’s time for a National Worker’s Dollar Union.
Here’s how it would work.
No matter what your job is, all workers in the country, could join by sending in $1 or donation, for annual dues. For that money the workers would set up a group of lobbyists to lobby congress for worker’s rights in all industries, and if the worker/member requested it, updates on progress through the net. This bypasses all the struggle that most unions have to face.
This would be a lot like AARP (that has 37 million members) but it would advocate for workers instead of seniors.
WHAT’S COMPRESSION AND WHY IS IT RUINING MUSIC?
When you listen to my recordings you may notice that it doesn’t sound as loud as the mainstream stuff. Why? Don’t my engineers know how to turn the volume knob?
They do and they don’t do it, because it turns the music into a loud mush. That’s what compression does in the mainstream music, where all the bigger stars use it. Indies like myself don’t because we know better.
Compression is when you digitally force all the parts of the music to the highest volume. So you get a dynamic music for sure – but it never can get louder and never softer.
Musicians like me who like to start slow and quiet , build to a peak, and either end high or bring it back down, are considered outside the mainstream.
When one of my songs was included in a compilation Landmark Theaters’ promotional CD with a lot of other musicians, I was ecstatic ! But when I heard it, my song sounded so quiet, so out of place. I thought it was my fault – now I know it was compression on all the others that made the striking difference. It was their fault, not mine.
The mainstream music you hear on major releases is compressed to give a full sound on every note – but it’s also a generic sound that soon sounds like a loud wall of noise with no where to go – can’t get louder, and can’t get softer.
The links below, explain it better than I can, (or just google ‘compression in modern recording’ and see a lot of articles on this.)
Thanks Corporate Music (the Big 3: Warners/Universal/Sony) for making music even more generic , robotic, and phony.
(Hear how the Nirvana classic would sound with compression.)
(see the graph for changes from 1985 – 2007)
(The Loudness War – wikipedia)