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Sep.
24th

Indie Band Survival Guide

Just got off the phone with Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, who wrote “The Indie Band Survival Guide” ($14.95, St. Martin’s Griffin). And I thought a few of you South Sound rockers would want to check out their site for a few ideas on building a fan base. Their site covers tons of related topics, from how to sell your music through CD Baby to using “podsafe” music collectives to get heard.

June
25th

Video of the Tim McGraw scuffle

Big Brother is here, and he lives in fancy video phones. So of course there’s You Tube footage of last night’s near fight at White River Amphitheatre. The incident is making national news, and I’m working on a follow up story. So if you were up close and saw what happened, drop me a line at 253-274-7389 or e-mail ernest.jasmin@thenewstribune.com.


June
25th

Shopping list for making your own beats

Here’s a how-to sidebar that was originally slated to run with today’s SoundLife story on making your own electronic music. Hope it’ll inspire you to save up your ducats and get started:



So you want to build your own digital recording studio at home. Well, it’s not as hard as you might think. Here’s a basic shopper’s guide:


Start with a decent computer: Chris Middleton, the author of "Creating Digital Music and Sound," recommends that your computer have at least 60 GB of hard disc space, a 1 GHz processor (though 1.6 GHz

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June
25th

An electronic music class

Maybe you read the story I wrote for today’s SoundLife on making your own sample-based music and hip-hop and electronica as D.I.Y. movements. Hope you did, and maybe it inspired you to build your own beat station at home.


Along those lines, I also got an e-mail from a guy at TCC who’s making it that much easier for his students to get involved. Here’s what he wrote about a class he’s teaching:



In case you wanted to follow-up article on this topic – I have designed a class at TCC that uses

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