The Sound of Music Without a Studio

June 20, 2016

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Since the beginning of time music has been a way to express feelings that were beyond words.

With that being said the music produced in the last decade has consisted of novel ideas, diverse performances, and overall redesigned techniques.

This is causing music enthusiasts to reflect on the last half century and think something along the lines of “Has music changed so much that music studios are going extinct?”

Answering that question boils down to understanding the relatively brief history of music studios.

The “Idol” Bathroom

The first so-called “music studio” was pieced together in 1890. Electronics did not exist so the studio cannot be called a studio.

It was simply an insulated room that had excellent acoustics. The goal was to make use of the acoustics and allow musicians to hear all the flaws that would negatively impact their performance.

At this point, you may be pondering the words “the idol bathroom” and saying something along the lines of “what does that have to do with music studios.”

The famous TV show “American Idol” is known for giving singers and performers a demanding schedule.

A prime example is when they force the diverse group of artists to pair up and prepare for a performance. The teams are formed, and it is a race to the bathroom.

This is because it is the best place they have to choose from. It is insulated, and it has the best acoustics.

In other words, a modern bathroom is essentially the equivalent of an old music studio.

Redefining Classical

During the time of the first musical studio and throughout the 20’s, 30’s, and early 40’s the norm was classical music and elements of classical music.

However, time progressed, and electronics were introduced.

The electronics became a significant innovation around the time the first classic rock group made their appearance in the U.S. That group was “the Beatles.”

Before their so-called “invasion,” the norm was to keep the microphones away from the instruments because of interference, but with some innovation and engineering the microphones and musical instruments were able to become friends.

The microphones were much closer to the instruments, and the quality of the music was dramatically increased. Examples include “Good Morning Good Morning” and “Lady Madonna”.

Additionally, the acoustics of voices were enhanced by echo-chambers, which were placed below a music studio.

They combined various audio signals into one piece of music.

This explains why music from the period has such pristine harmonies regarding voices and instruments.

The musicians did not just all of a sudden acquire amazing new skills. It was all the development of the musical studio.

The Time to be a Singer

Now let’s analyze today’s music and music studios.

You might be saying “Wait. You skipped three decades.”

Well, the music that flourished during that time included rock, grunge, metal, heavy metal, and overall many forms of music that did not strive toward improving a singers voice.

There were improvements in the instrumental areas and synthesizers were introduced, but those are minuscule innovations when compared to today’s music studios.

Grunge died, classic rock died, metal died, and overall instrumental pieces died.

This left singing.

However, there were many individuals that had the image, likeability, and charisma, but not the voice.

The question became “How do we make this appealing?”

The answer was undoubtedly found in the studio. The voice was not aided with overwhelming instrumental sections because that was no longer the norm.

The thing that occurred was essentially manufactured beats, drum samples, voices, and sounds.

This allowed all vocal flaws to be masked, which made the product able to be marketed. There are still outstanding singers. They do what they always do and make a great product.

The Way of the Future

The overall question was “Are music studios going extinct?”

The unquestionable answer is no.

Over the last century, music studios have been used more and more. In today’s society, they are being used at unprecedented levels.

The population will continue to adore artists for their character, personality, and message.

Because of this, the voice will be altered in studios to market that person.

There is only was one reason music studios would not flourish in the future.

That reason would be if music deteriorated and became known for flaws and rawness. That has not occurred over centuries, which means it is unlikely to happen in the future.

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6 Dog grooming tips and its importance

June 11, 2016

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Regular grooming of your canine friend helps distribute skin oils to give them a shiny coat. It also gives you an opportunity to do a quick health check and notice any early stages of flea or tick infestations and skin irritations, thus ensure your dog is in tip-top condition.

For longer, thicker coats, it’s better to groom your dog everyday, while those with less hair can be groomed weekly. The more frequently you groom their hair, the quicker and easier it is for both of you.

The Importance of dog grooming

Regular brushing not only aerates your dog’s coat to ensure its healthy growth, but it also improves blood circulation. Grooming also controls oil levels as the accumulation of oil in the dog’s coat can lead to blocked pores and consequent sebaceous cysts.

Indoor dogs tend to molt quickly which leads to matting of loose hairs. Regular brushing prevents these loose hairs from forming into heavy wads to eventually drag the skin down and cause soreness and skin problems.

Not only does regular grooming help check your dog for any health problems, but it also helps develop a close physical and mental bond between dog and owner.

Typical grooming kit

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There are various tools you need to have to groom your dog. Most important is a grooming brush, which you should choose based on your dog’s coat type.

In addition to it, you need:

Dog grooming tips

  1. Find some time every day for your daily grooming routine preferably when your dog is most relaxed and settled and not when he’s in the mood to play. You too have to be relaxed while grooming and not when you are short-tempered and irritable. It’s better to get your dog used to grooming from an early age, and a few treats and loads of praise helps make your grooming session less stressful.
  1. Get all your tools ready in a box or bag so that you needn’t go looking for them when you start the grooming process. Start by checking him for any cuts, grazes, lumps, bumps or skin problems. Check for fleas, ticks, dirty ears and blocked anal glands.
  1. Then go over your dog with a brush or comb which reaches the skin so that it can bring loose hair and dirt to the surface. A rubber comb is enough for dogs with short coats while dogs with a thick undercoat need a slicker brush. End the brushing with a finishing tool like a natural-bristle brush, your hand or a cloth to remove the loose hair and dirt brought to the surface and to distribute the skin’s natural oils.
  1. Now check your dog’s ears for any dirt or buildup in the ears. Wet a cotton ball using your veterinarian recommended ear cleaning product and gently wipe his ears. However do not stick any cotton swab or your finger into his ear canal and if something seems stuck back in the ear, ask your veterinarian to clean the ears.
  1. While it’s better to brush your dog’s teeth every day, even brushing twice a week helps maintain oral health. Use a regular toothbrush and toothpaste meant for dogs.  Most of these kinds of toothpaste are beef or chicken flavored which reduces the chances of your dog spitting it out.  You can also use a natural vegan toothpaste which doesn’t have any harsh chemicals or additives found in most off the shelf pastes.  Just beware not to use toothpaste for humans as it upset your dog’s stomach if they swallow it.
  1. As you need to trim your dog’s nails regularly, ask your groomer or veterinarian to teach you how to do it correctly. Use guillotine-style nail clippers by gently holding the foot and positioning the clipper to cut the nail just below the start of the nail’s curve. Snip the nail off and move onto the next nail. Keep a styptic stick handy to stop any bleeding in case you hit the small vein carrying blood to the nail while cutting the nail too short.

In Summary

While these six dog grooming tips can help you groom your dog, some dogs will need professional grooming especially those with long coats and busy and active lifestyles. Professional dog groomers will enhance your dog’s coat, use better and more high tech tools and equipment and will spot minor things like hard to spot lumps or fleas which you may miss!

 

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