So you want to be a DJ? Perhaps you fancy yourself as the next Armin Van Buuren, but whatever your style of music, it’s important to get the right DJ equipment, and perfect your mixing before you get yourself out there.
Van Buuren has certainly got strong opinions on what creates the best sounds, and he of anyone should know; he’s been voted number one DJ two years running by DJ Mag in a poll voted in by over 350,000 fans. So what kind of DJ equipment does the world’s number one DJ use?
He doesn’t take his laptop to clubs for sets. Ableton (a Windows or Mac solution for music) is great for his mix CDs and radio shows, but he feels performing with a laptop in a club not what DJing is all about. After all, clubbers can go to huge efforts to enjoy a big DJ experience; travelling sometimes internationally to the best club nights, and who wants to turn up on the dance floor to wait around for the DJ’s laptop to reboot after crashing?
Van Buuren cites the Technics 1200 turntable and also the Pioneer CDJ1000MKII as the two pieces of DJ equipment that have proven themselves to be completely reliable in the club environment for him.
The Technics SL-1200 is a series of turntables made by Marsushita since 1972 under the brand name Technics. More than three million of the units have been sold since, and many DJs regard then as the most reliable and durable turntables available.
The Pioneer CDJ1000MKII is respected the world over as a fine piece of DJ equipment. A digital turntable released in 2001 by Pioneer Electronics, it was hailed as the first CD player which accurately emulated a vinyl turntable, and it allowed the DJ to scratch.
It also offers the ability for the user to adjust the in and out points of loops stored in the memory, making fine turning loops quick and easy.
It was the first CD player that was widely used in the best clubs around the world. Before the Pioneer, clubs used vinyl as most CD machines lacked DJ functionality and robustness.
Another reason the Pioneer became so popular was the advent of CD-R and CD-RW discs and machines to record music on to them, which were playable on the Pioneer. Prior to this, the acetate discs DJs used to record self-made music on to were expensive and quickly wore out.
So, when looking for DJ equipment, be sure to read reviews and choose the best machines to execute the best mixing. And take advice from the best DJs; they’re the ones who can credit their equipment with getting them where they are today.
Music is a universal language; a beautiful language that your soul and heart responds to amazingly well. It appeals to you. Whether it is blues, emo, indie or alternative songs you can always depend on music to take you through some instances in life when everything else fails. That is why you love music.
You love music because it is beautiful. You can not express the beauty of music as in a flower, a lovely face staring at you or the satisfaction you get from a lovely meal. You know that it is wonderful. That is why you cannot get enough of it. You play your emo, indie or folk songs every time and everywhere. You take it with you to work, to jog or to shop. You find it everywhere. It is all around us because it is beautiful and exquisite.
We enjoy music because it is great company. Think of that instance when you are driving on the highway. The stereo blurts out your favorite folk song and all you can do is tap on the driving wheel. Music makes good company. When listening to it with a loved one, you dont even need to talk. It keeps you locked in the moment, taking you through that time until you are blessed again to enjoy it. As company, you exercise with it, work with it and dance to it. That is why you love music so much.
Music keeps you connected with people who matter to you. Your spouse, loved one, friends and family all know what you love listening to. When buying you music as a present, they are the ones who know what will put a smile on your face. Listening to your best indie, emo or folk songs with friends or family helps you create closer bonds. You all make the time to share a beautiful thing. You sit together making light conversion and just taking in the moment. This creates memories that will always keep you connected to your loved ones. It is yet another reason why we adore music.
Celebrations and parties would never be the same if were it not for music. The blues, alternative and indie song help create an electrifying atmosphere. The music builds the mood. It helps set the pace. Whether it is a national event or a simple anniversary party at home, music makes or breaks the event. When it is just right, it lifts our moods and takes us to another high. At that moment everything is possible. And you cant help but shout, more music please! And your love for music just keeps increasing.
Finally, you love music because it appeals to you and you know you can share it with people around the globe. When a song about hunger is done, you respond to it by making your contribution. This is because you love music, it is great company, it makes you laugh, and unifies all people as humanity.
New York, NY, February 13, 2014 – Filmmakers all over the world can submit their films to the 5th New York City Independent Film Festival. The festival includes films in the following categories: feature-length, documentary, short, super-short, music video and the art video.
Filmmakers can submit to the New York City Independent Film Festival using the festival website () or any of the following websites: ClickForFestivals.com, FestHome.com, FilmFestivalLife.com or Withoutabox.com The deadline for filmmakers to send their films is May 31, 2014.
From October 15th to 19th, this year’s festival is the place to be. During the event, filmmakers have the opportunity to meet several movie professionals and exchange experiences. In addition to screening the best indie films, the festival hosts parties, ceremonies and panel discussions with filmmakers, actors, directors, producers, musicians and crew members. The most important ceremony is the Best of Festival Awards that recognizes the best in 9 categories: director, actress, actor, script, narrative feature, music video, short film, documentary and super short film. Winners are selected by a board of movie professionals. Also a Mark of Distinction Award is offered to the audience’s choice.
This year, plans are to show well over 100 films. The 5th New York City Independent Film Festival will continue to uphold the tradition of promoting new and emerging voices in film, spoken word, music, and art. “Last year was by far the biggest and the best. And this year is going to be bigger.” said Dennis Cieri Executive Director and Founder. “Also a new Art Film section was added. To submit to the new Art Section filmmaker can use the super short film category.”
The festival takes place in the Producers Club, located in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district. It makes a wonderful home for the international cinematic tradition of the festival, with its spacious theaters, intimate lounge, urban dcor and artistic history.
Visit the website to learn more about the festival as well as information about submissions and past years selected films. Join the festival on Twitter @NYCIndieFF, and Facebook at facebook.com/nycindieff. 5th Annual New York City Independent Film Festival What: selection of over 100 independent movies spanning feature, documentary, short, super short, music videos and art videos. When: October 15-19, 2014 Where: 358 West 44th Street New York, NY Learn more: or (917) 608-4784.
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Indian classical music is said to have its origins in the Vedas, the oldest scriptures in the Hindu culture. It is different from the western music style, inter alia, due to the fact that the music principle doesn’t focus on the harmony but rather on the melody itself.
Already in 2500B.C., in the time of the Indus Valley civilization, archaeological evidence proves the presence of the musical culture as identified from ancient terracotta and bronze figures as well as ancient seals. The figures and images feature the presence of music in the culture at this time, portraying musical instruments such as drums and harps as well as dancing people.
With the arrival of the Aryans around 1500 B.C., the Indus Valley civilization was pretty much submerged. The culture in the area took a turn toward chanted poetry addressed to the gods, a relic of which are the hymns of Rigveda, as well as other compositions such as the Yajurveda and other Vedas. The Vedic religion was based on sacrifices to the gods, with music being an essential part.
Starting from 500 B.C., Indian epic music evolved, with the introduction of the Ramayana, written in shloka form, referring to a type of metrical composition. In addition, the term Pathya was developed, which laid down the basics of making music, consisting of the number of notes to be used, the form of tone production, tonal arrangements, intonation modes and more.
The 500 years between 200 B.C. and 300 A.D. reveal an interesting development to music: with the historical and religious tradition which was related to making music, Indian mythology itself held music to be divine. Traditionally, the person Narada is considered to be the first who was exposed to the laws of music, given from the gods. At the time, Bharata was considered the first to establish specific rules for theater composition, which mainly contained music. This period was followed by a great many other developments of musical diversity.
The modern era, starting from 1700, saw Indian music change into the Hindustani music that is prevalent today. As Indian music and Indian culture are inseparable, there are efforts today to convey some of the greatness of this music by pushing students to learn Hindi. An Indian summer camp, such as Jano India, helps keeping this rich culture alive by bringing children closer to a music tradition that has been living and breathing for a few millennia.
PRS Guitars has been named after its owner Paul Reed Smith, who is a musician. The company was set up in 1985, and it has been a success since then. How the owner started making guitars is quite an interesting story. Paul was actually challenged by his music professor to create a guitar to earn a few extra credits, when he was in the St. Mary’s College at Maryland. The result was amazing and he got an -A- for the brilliant creation made by him. He realized that he was skilled at making music equipment and started focusing on this skill.
Paul started slowly at first. He made one instrument at a time and tested it thoroughly in the band. He made changes based on the feedback. Often a lot would be changed, such as the tremolo designs, headstocks and the body design too. It was only through testing and trying out various combinations that Paul was able to produce exceptional musical instruments. With so much attention to detail, it was not long before he became really famous.
Rock Legends Love PRS Guitars
The fact is that, if you mention PRS Guitars to rock legends from the world over, they would all instantly recognize the brand. Many of them are actually using a guitar from this company. This is quite an achievement considering the fact that there are so many companies making so many types of guitars. A few famous people who have played these guitars include Carlos Santana, Al DiMeola, Dave Navarro, Peter Lindgren, Mark Tremont, Tim Mahoney, Larry Lalonde, Rich Williams, Steve Stevens, and Larry Hanson.
Why Many Celebrity Guitarists use Guitars from PRS
There must be a good reason why so many celebrated players love the guitars from this company. The reality is, musicians from all over the world simply adore these guitars for the quality of music they produce. Those who are collectors love them because of their classic appearance. Many professionals use only PRS Guitars because they are functional and completely reliable. For professional guitarists, being able to rely on their guitar is important, because their professional reputation depends on this. Naturally it would not look good if there was a sudden error in the middle of a performance because of system malfunction.
These days, guitars are made from all types of materials, but PRS believes in making them the traditional way. PRS Guitars are always made using only original wood. Some models are even made from Brazilian rosewood. These guitars are popular not just among rock legends, but are highly sought after even by beginners. In fact, at PRS Guitars there’s a guitar for everyone and they are all easy to use as well.
www.soundsgreatmusic.com stocks some of the finest PRS guitars you can ever find. Sounds Great Music is the largest retailer of guitars and effects pedals in the UK. The store has an extensive collection.