Sunday, January 29, 2012

Podcast 2

Podcast 2

Peer Comment III

This is in response to:

I really liked you post you went through what you needed to go through but at the same time your content itself was really great. I like your writing style and your posts but I had never heard of Milo Hayden before but after reading your post I was curious and followed the links from your References page and watched a video about him and I like him and his process.  I especially like that he makes great music with limited resources and on a budget. Thank you for introducing me to good music.
Nice job,

Thomas Hester II

Independent Research

Usually when someone thinks of a music hit maker what comes to mind is someone who is flashy, arrogant, conceited but none of that comes to mind when speaking about Ryan Leslie. Normally when there are music producers and artists that make hit records they have someone backing them and putting money into them through marketing and artist development turning them into a readied product for mass consumption but Ryan is not like that at all he is like many others an independent artist.

Ryan is a very smart man getting a perfect score on his SATs and is a Harvard grad, graduated at 19, and he has become one of the premiere music producers in urban music. He has made hits for many people like Fabolous, Ne-Yo and Cassie. From R&B hits like With You and You Be Killin Em’ to rap records like Fly Together he shows his versatility but he stays humble.

He like many others in this time is independent and as an artist and producer he has come up with creative ways to self-market and to get his name out to the masses. What sets him apart from his competition is the way he markets himself and he also is a singer and songwriter who also is a multi instrumentalist. He doesn’t have a huge marketing team behind him or a multi-million dollar contract with a major label but instead he connects with the fans through social media. His videos on the video sharing website, YouTube and his posts on Twitter have allowed him to be more personable. In addition, with his videos he shows how a track is constructed in an industry where secrecy is key and everything is hushed he allows the fans to have a behind the scenes look into his creative process.  It also has provided for other up and coming musicians and producers an inspiration to follow their dreams and that they don’t necessarily have to have a major label’s support.

As well as the way he markets himself he has a different process when creating music. Unlike others utilize sampling or hiring session musicians to come plays instruments he actually plays the instruments that are heard in his songs from trumpet and keyboard to drums and organ. With tracks like I Get Money and Fly Together he performed drums and trumpet that are heard.

He truly is one of the talented musicians in the industry and as an industry professional I admire him for being someone who doesn’t keep himself in a box and limit himself and uses a lot the equipment in the studio as well as utilizing this digital age through social media to get known and as a listener his music is very full and has great layers, his ability to build a record is second to none and to know he has played the music he created just makes it even better.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Peer Comment II

In response to:

I really enjoyed your writing about David Bowie in the Electronic Music Innovations post. I like how you mentioned what inspired David and who influenced him to bring this new sound to the masses. The fact that he even partially moved to Germany because of Kraftwerk showed how much he was influenced by them and this electronic sound. Though I would've liked for you to touch on Brian Eno and how he helped bring the sound to the masses along with David with their albums Low and Heroes. All in all I really liked your post. Good job.

Thomas Hester II 

Electronic Music Innovations

Donna Summer is regarded as the Queen of Disco and when you hear the word disco and think of singles almost synonymous with the word she comes to mind. She was influenced early on by Janis Joplin. In addition to her, The Supremes influenced her, which was lead by Diana Ross who eventually went also into disco.

She was the first black to win a Grammy in the rock category and the first to win in the female category. Her songwriting style and provocative nature connected with those on the dance floor and discos. She wasn't afraid to take risks and allowed others to take risks lyrically speaking with sexually charged lyrics. With the single 'I Feel Love', produced by Giorgio Moroder, it brought her to the forefront. Brian Eno declared when he heard the song 'this is the sound of the future'. Giorgio Moroder who came from the world of electronic music and brought that style to the productions of Donna's. Many singers who are now legends in their own right like Whitney Houston, Madonna and Britney Spears have covered this song.

Donna wrote many hits, which included Love To Love You Baby, which was a #2 on Billboard and the album that it was on sold platinum. Though some originally didn't want to play it because of it's groans and moans. Donna as a pop star that was black influenced many artists who came after her like Whitney Houston and Beyonce. Also with disco and the dance elements in her music she in turn influenced many others like Britney Spears, Ke$ha and Lady Gaga who have taken from that same dance style in their music.

Donna Summer is a legend and as a listener I enjoyed listening to her she has a great voice and as a student of music I like hearing from different eras including disco.

Electronic Music Entry

Kraftwerk is an industrial electronic music group and was very experimental. They're musical style was ever changing originally with there first few albums Kraftwerk had common instruments like flute and guitars and were more open and free form rock but as they moved on with 'Ralf and Florian' they moved more toward an electric sound. That album also featured what would be a signature mainstay in later releases, the use of vocoder.

They were not like musicians who were popular at the time with beards and long hair they were very organized and were in line. They would play in suits and would have kept hair with clean shaved faces like in the cover of 'Trans-Europe Express'. Ralf and Florian were the leaders and primary songwriters of the group. With just about every album they made there was a concept behind it whether it was nuclear energy and radio in 'Radio-Activity' to road travel with the 'Autobahn'. Autobahn, released in 1974, was a successful album for them and the title track even though it was originally a very long track, 22 minutes, after edited and released as a single was a pop hit.

Not every album was as successful and albums like Trans-Europe Express were a commercial flop but it was unique. They wanted the music to sound like a train that was moving. They're music inspired many people including a famous superstar who actually moved to Germany partly because of them. David Bowie who's last album had some synthesis but also folk music with the next to albums with Brian Eno they introduced electronic music to the masses with the albums, Low and Heroes.

Kraftwerk was influential to many and as a fan of music I appreciate that and as a student learning about music history anyone who brings something fresh and new I like but even though I'm not a particular fan of their music I respect that.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012