Ethan Hein

Music, technology, evolution, pop ephemera.

Posts tagged rock

Jun 26

Blues tonality

If you study music formally, your learning is likely to center around common-practice era western tonal theory. In this context, the basis of all harmony is the major scale and its associated chords, which you modify in various ways to make all the other scales and chords. For example, in C major, you modify the “natural” seventh, B, to get the “flat” seventh, B flat.

If you come into music…

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Mar 27

Recording Peter Gabriel’s Security

Recording Peter Gabriel’s Security

This post was originally written for the Play With Your Music blog.

Peter Gabriel's Security

The South Bank Show’s long 1983 documentary on the making of Peter Gabriel’s fourth solo album Security follows the production of the album from its earliest conception to its release and critical reception, giving fascinating insight into the creative process along the way.

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Feb 25

The state of the lullaby

The state of the lullaby

Anna wanted to know what my friends are singing to their kids for lullabies. I posted the question on Facebook and got about fifty times more responses than I was expecting. Since I now have all this (highly unscientific) data about lullaby trends in 2014, I figured I would write it all up. Here’s what I found.

The most interesting commonality is the song “Hush Little Baby.” Many people report…

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Nov 4
Teaching mixing in a MOOCThis is the third in a series of posts documenting the development of Play With Your Music, a music…View Post

Teaching mixing in a MOOC

This is the third in a series of posts documenting the development of Play With Your Music, a music…

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Jul 13
The Nirvana effectI’m currently working on a book chapter about the use of video games in music education. While…View Post

The Nirvana effect

I’m currently working on a book chapter about the use of video games in music education. While…

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Jun 3

Rockism

As a kid, I liked everything: rock, hip-hop, classical, jazz, pop, dance, country, whatever. In my teenage years, however, I succumbed to the pressures of a racist society and turned into a devout rockist. I dutifully renounced pop, disco, techno, even…

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