Not Just Photography: Melanie Escombe on Becoming More Involved with Music

Photo Credit: Melanie Escombe Melanie Escombe has been a professional concert photographer for years now, having captured concerts both for publications and on a freelance basis.  For her, it all comes from an undying love of music that made itself known early on in her life, and that love hasn't gone away ever since.  Escombe […]

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Gervais Maillard on the Fusion Roots of Luuvis

Professional composers and musicians have a special talent for acting as musical chameleons. They can do it all, and they change their style to fit with the project they're working on right now.  But through all those changes, it can be difficult to find the time to follow their own musical ambitions.  Artist projects can […]

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What's it Really Like to Write Music for Advertising?

Advertising is a highly dynamic field, and it's difficult to summarize advertising trends without excluding a certain approach or style.  Brands and advertising agencies have been making clever use of talented composers for years, but music for commercials is especially crucial right now, when ads have only a precious few seconds to capture a viewer's […]

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8 Types of Drum Beats and their Names

Sometimes it can be difficult to communicate what you want from a drummer or what you want to do as a drummer to the rest of the band. There are some phrases that one should know when describing different kinds of drum beats. 1. The "Money Beat" The name says it all. This is the beat […]

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BEST Tips: How To Compose Minimalist Music

But first… Let me tell you a story.  When I was a freshman in college, one of the first music classes I enrolled in was Experimental Music 101. At the time, I was vaguely familiar with the flavor of my school’s music program.  Wesleyan University’s curricular focus, when it came to the music major, was […]

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This is How Quinto and Tumba Drums Are Played

Fun drums you can play with your hands! A lot of my fellow Jam Addict team members are drummers. Drums and percussion are actually the most popular instruments here in the office (guitar is the second most popular, in case you’re wondering).  The other day I was going through the Jam Addict Compound studio and […]

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