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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

07/01/2014 | Comments 0

Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
06/24/2014 | Comments 0

Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0

Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots - “When I Was Young”

Every artist should be the star of their own creative life, which makes Kyle Reid’s steps out of the shadows of the many ensembles and supporting roles he has played in Oklahoma bands over the years to front and center on stage feel like a just journey.
06/17/2014 | Comments 0
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OKC recording studio owner says time, money make great music


Bryan Mangieri February 22nd, 2007

Henry McMinn of Oklahoma City's Audyssey Studios said the hardest thing about recording other people's music is the people themselves.   "Everybody's got the McDonald's and Wal-Mart mentality: They wa...

Henry McMinn of Oklahoma City's Audyssey Studios said the hardest thing about recording other people's music is the people themselves.
 
"Everybody's got the McDonald's and Wal-Mart mentality: They want you to do it as fast as you can and have it sound as perfect as you can for the minimal amount of money," he said. "The hardest lesson "¦ was dealing with those kinds of people (who) don't want to spend any money, and they don't want to really take the time it takes to get a good product."
 
TALENT IS KEY
McMinn said many people don't understand the recording and mixing process.
 
"You just don't move a few faders and it sounds good; you got to go in and tweak things and add compression and different effects on the vocals and whatnot, and that takes time," he said. 

Talent is a key element in every great recording.
 
"They kind of have to have an idea of what it is they're wanting to do, not just 'I want to be a rock star,'" he said. "It's gotta be something they love doing." " Bryan Mangieri

 
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