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Approximately 10 Questions With Ben Matthews From Thunder

Recently, Ben Matthews, guitarist and keyboardist from Thunder, and a well-respected audio engineer and producer in his own right, sat down with me for approximately ten questions about playing in front of 100,000 people, recording, and whether or not the kazoo is actually a musical instrument.

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Audiophile Essentials: Dave Brubeck's Take Five

Serious music fans and audiophiles alike all agree on one thing: Dave Brubeck's Take 5 is an essential part of the American musical conversation.

Here's a quick, and not-very-scholarly look at the quintessential American jazz song.

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Talking Music, Life, and the Spiritual Aspects of Records, With Leland Sklar (Part 2)

This is part two of a fascinating conversation I had last week with bassist Leland Sklar. Today's piece focuses on the art and joy of being a high-demand session player, and the state of the music and recording industry. 

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Talking Music, Life, Shopping for Cheese, and the Dangers of Filming a Video in London Pub, With Leland Sklar (Part 1)

If you’ve listened to any popular music at any time in the past 45 years, you’ve heard Leland Sklar play bass. If you’re not familiar with Sklar’s talent, do yourself a favor and check him out.

While majoring in music at Cal State Northridge, Sklar met James Taylor and the rest is music history...

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Remembering Raymond Dolby

Sad news yesterday on the passing of audio pioneer Raymond Dolby. His contributions to the audio industry include the noise reduction circuitry that revolutionized the way we listen to (and record) music, and his Dolby Laboratories also had a profound affect on how we watch movies and television. While you're watching a movie this weekend, either at home or in a theater, chances are you're listening to the result of years of innovation and research from Dolby Laboratories.

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The Foley Artist: Movies Would Be Pretty Silent Without Them

Without the Foley artist, movies would be, well, boring. And very quiet. Field recording during filming is good for picking up dialogue, but even the most expensive microphones are not capable of recording sound in an uncontrolled environment in the same way as the human ear hears them–because of that incredibly powerful Signal Processor alled the human brain. Add to that the expectations we movie fans have about how our favorite films sound and you get the unheralded Foley artist.

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