The Most Inspiring Video for Any Musician

If you are a musician and currently in a rut. Watch this video made by a couple of my friends in West Chester, Ohio and I guarantee it’ll get you pumped.

Video made by Columbiano with Voiceovers by Juel Anthony (Link to his sound cloud below the video)

Preview: A Guide to Music Composition

Other than mixing down music and composing I’ve been working on my video editing skills on a series I’m calling “A Guide to Music Composition. Here’s as snippet from the script s well as a short video snippet underneath.

Hi, I’m James Revels Composer and thanks for watching “A Guide to Music Composition”. Together we will be exploring the routine I use as a guideline for creating my music. I assume that you already have a general knowledge of music theory so that I can reduce jargon in order to be more accessible to new or non-musicians.
The step in the guide are:
Creating a Rhythmic Motif
Choosing a Scale
Creating a Theme
Creating Accompaniment
Developing Orchestration
Mixing the Track

Freestyles for Days!

A few days ago I talked about a recording session well done, where I had a full studio. Here are a few of the behind the scenes freestyles to bid you over while I mic down our massive 5-man track

Also check out my portfolio for more content. I’m not only limited to music.

Audio Mixing Tutorial – Compression

Hey, Guys! Today I’ve posted a tutorial on my YouTube Channel about Compression in audio mixing. It explains what it is, when and how to use it. Depending on the reception I might make more. I’m not sure yet. Let me know what you think. If you’re not into the science of music check out my earlier post on the weird genre of abstract hip-hop

Other Posts

Li-Fi: Light based Wi-fi

Weird Genres: Musique Concrete

Music as Language: The Parallels of Linguistics and Music

New iPhone to remove headphone jack?

I usually don’t write much on current events but this one caught my attention and I decided to write about it. If you don’t know there’s a very dubious rumor that the next iPhone will be removing the 3.5mm headphone jack in order to make the phone thinner. I don’t think this is true, but for the sake of argument lets explore the implication and repressions.

The Adapter Solution

Let’s say this iPhone 7 came out with only a lightning cable port. How are you going to privately listen to your music? The simplest method I can think of is via adapter. Although, I view this method as very ridiculous because if the goal is to make a thinner phone why encourage the use of a possibly bulky (and definitely expensive) peripheral. This also will alienate the fitness crowd because adapters tend to disconnect or break easily during exercise. Also, the adapter would have to connect through s lightning cable, which from what I heard doesn’t hold a the connections as snug as current headphone jack.

The Bluetooth Solution

Ok, well adapters are a crap option. What about wireless options? Bluetooth maybe? Well…that depends. Bluetooth does allow the freedom of movement that wired doesn’t, but is notorious for having relatively worse audio than the wired counterpart due to the compression process the audio undertakes during Bluetooth transmission.  If quality isn’t a problem then I hope the price of Bluetooth headphones doesn’t bother you. Bluetooth headphones are always more expensive and usually require batteries making them bulky or annoying if you forget to recharge your headphones. I also hope they don’t use this to stuff their Beats down iPhone user throats. Lets’ not forget to mention Bluetooth compatible cars aren’t that ubiquitous. From my experience the only time I’ve been in a Bluetooth car is when someone rents a car for a road trip.  So all you AUX users are out of luck if the iPhone rumors are true.

Android Solution

Then there’s the final solution. Switch to Android. From what I know they aren’t leaving the audio jack anytime soon.


So, removing the 3.5mm jack for just a couple millimeters of thinness  would be a horrible move. It will reduce the fidelity of the listening experience on their products. It would inconvenience the consumer in a number of ways and make apple look like money grabbing jerks who are forcing their consumer base to buy proprietary adapters and headphones all because they wanted their phone to compete with Victoria Secret models for the thinnest object on Earth.

If you haven’t check out my earlier post about Music being more like language than we think

Also Check out my YouTube channel where I post a music composition daily as practice

Ear Training Day 26 & 27 – Melody Training

Late night at work last night by here’s Ear training day 26 & 27. Today I’m trying something new the melody exercises! It’s like the melodic intervals listening to 3 or more successive notes and guessing the distances. Even though I’m great at melodic intervals this is a challenge which I have accepted and will conquer!

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