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Musical Composition via Artificial Intelligence - A Status Report

Artificial Intelligence in Music—from complex natural sounding orchestral arrangements to an app that writes one-of-kind high quality songs in less than a minute—this is the Status Report.

Audio Alchemy: Transforming Emotions into Music

If you're feeling tortured in your soul, don't let it consume you and paralyse your creativity. By using your imagination you can transform emotions into music and sound and have fun in the process.

Ten Tips To Make You A Better Songwriter

Songwriting is one of the more abstract parts of the music process, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have rules. Here are some tips to help you get better at writing songs. 

7 New Years Resolutions Musicians and Producers Might Find Helpful

2016 is beginning to settle in so, it's a good time for musicians and producers to take stock of how to make 2016 more productive than the year gone. Here's 7 resolutions you might find helpful.

Orchestration Tips: Flute and Piccolo Realising Overtones

Interested in learning tips for orchestration and scoring, for both MIDI & "real-world"? This excerpt from Thomas Goss' book on 100 Orchestration Tips that accompanies his Ask.Audio videos is for you.

Music Theory: Adding Richness To Your Chord Progressions with Non-root Bass Notes

In this music theory tutorial, Jay Asher teaches us how using non-root notes from your chords for the bass part can add complexity and evoke different emotional responses from the listener.

What Every Modern Producer Can Learn From Boxing

This enlightening tutorial for producers and musicians could be titled "Why practice isn't enough". Instead we found similarities between boxing and music production which are fascinating.

11 Inspiring & Iconic Music Scores Every Film & Video Game Composer Should Listen To

Learning from the best, for most composers and soundtrack musicians, means listening to the best. Here's 11 incredible music scores for film and video game which Gary Hiebner recommends we listen to.

Creating Staff Paper in Logic Pro X

Don't want to buy music paper to write out your music parts anymore? Do you use Logic Pro X? Good news! You you can do it all inside Logic. Here's how.

10 Tried & Tested Tips To Starting a Successful Music Label

Whether you're just thinking of starting a record label or have been struggling to a while, these 10 tips from Ukranian-based label manager, producer & artist, Histibe can help inspire.

Music Theory: Stretching Your Ears With Tone Rows

Composing with tone rows is a very useful exercise for you to stretch your ears a little if you have only listened to tonal music, and it is fun as well. Jay Asher shows how in his revealing tutorial.

What Every Modern Producer Can Learn From Mozart

Often, when society encounters the work of an amazing artist or producer, the word talent gets whipped out quicker than the Amen break at a drum ‘n bass festival. But what is talent really? 

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Mixing with EQ

Shaping the tone and sound of an instrument can be achieved using EQ plugins. But, there are potential pitfalls waiting round every mixing corner. Here's 6 EQing mistakes to avoid during mix down.

Music Theory: Jordan Rudess Demonstrates Rhythmic Displacement Techniques

In this excellent video tutorial on displacement, from the full music theory rhythm explored course, Jordan Rudess shows how it works and how to use both accents and chords to good effect.

8 Tips to Consider When Arranging Electronic Music

So there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to arranging music, there are helpful pieces of advice that stand the test of time. Sara Simms shares 8 electronic music arrangement tips & video examples.