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The Art & Science of Sound
Muscle Shoals and the Swampers

A couple hours south of Nashville in a small town along the banks of the Tennessee River, two forces helped change the musical landscape of the 60s and 70s. This is the story of Muscle Shoals.

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The Railroad, The Radio and the Record: Three Technologies That Gave Birth to American Music

The very history of America, and the rest of the world after World War One, is told through the music of sharecroppers, itinerant laborers, the Southern church, former slaves, immigrants and settlers, and the three technological advances that brought it all to the rest of the world.

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Do You Have Perfect Pitch?

Most people have Relative Pitch – we can determine if one tone is higher than another, and if you have some musical experience you can probably determine the intervals between tones with some precision, but what exactly is perfect pitch and what are the chances you have it?

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Timbre: A Brief Tutorial

Timbre (TAM-bra) is one of those audio words that gets thrown around without a lot of understanding on exactly what it is and why it's so important. Simply put, timbre is what makes something sound like what it is. Here's a quick tutorial on why it matters.

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The Rise & Fall of George Martin's A.I.R. Montserrat

If you’ve listened to pretty much any music in the past fifty years you’ve heard something George Martin was involved in. Even if you’re not a pop music kind of person, you’ve probably heard some of the finest classical records or movie scores ever recorded that were sessioned at Martin’s AIR (Associated Independent Recording) studios in either London or the Caribbean island of Montserrat.

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Dynamic Compression and the Loudness Wars

A look at the Loudness War and how it changed music.

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