The Light & Dark: London composers share their technical insights into producing the collaborative concept album

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The Light & Dark: London The Light & Dark: London is a concept album inspired by a near-death experience. Kristen Agee, founder and CEO of 411 Music Group, was flying to Los Angeles after a trip to Toronto when the plane experienced a near-crash, only narrowly pulling off an emergency landing. The album’s concept arose […]

How composer Yann Tiersen reimagined his back catalogue from a remote island studio

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When talking to Yann Tiersen, what quickly becomes clear is that at the heart of his approach to music-making is the tension of juxtaposition. Whether setting ‘light’ against ‘dark’, industrial music against acoustic instruments, or making electronic music on a remote island as far away from an urban centre as possible, he’s drawn to both […]

Save 50% on Loopcloud 5 with our exclusive deal

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Loopmasters’ extensive cloud-based sample library, Loopcloud, has recently seen another upgrade. The software has a brand new, more compact look and lets you use powerful editing tools and effects such as filters, reverbs and compression before you even download a sample. All the while, everything also stays in sync with your project. Loopcloud 5 also […]

Win! A complete Point Blank online course

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Established in the UK, Point Blank is an award-winning music school with campuses located in London, Los Angeles, Ibiza and Mumbai. With alumni including Claude VonStroke, Goldie and Aluna Francis, the global institution offers tutorials and masterclasses that range from mixing and mastering to composition and sound design. Point Blank also boasts a list of […]

How to create your own distinctive beats

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There’s no one way to make beats – there are so many different techniques, depending on the music, the gear and, most importantly, the people involved. It’s often difficult to avoid the clichés of beat-making, and quite often we end up at one of two extremes: defaulting to deliberately machine-like beats, or quirky off-kilter rhythms […]