Born in 1986, Bristol, England. Like many people my age, I was lucky enough to have a gaming-rich childhood. I've always been acutely sensitive to their soundtracks; I'd often locate sound tests just so I could enjoy the songs by themselves. However, I had no musical training or experience whatsoever until age 12, so you could say I didn't have a musical upbringing. I started developing my passion when my family got a computer in 1998, and a friend gave me a CDRW with RPG Maker 95 and lots of Final Fantasy 7 and Chrono Trigger MIDI sequences. Intrigued, I started collecting more sequences online from other games, films, etc. I got a cheap sequencer (MAGIX music studio g5; a Logic clone) and casio MIDI keyboard later in 2000, and I was visiting the video game music archive and downloading more midi transcriptions any time I could access the internet! I began more actively poking around in the sequencer, opening and playing around with midis to see how they worked, and intuitively feeling my way around the keyboard (particularly using its autochord modes, which helped me to learn the basics about how harmony and progressions moved and functioned.) From there I taught myself how to write music, little by little. I began studying music at school later that year, which gave me a context and grounding to what I was doing, and exposed me to a lot of musical terms and concepts; mainly the basics. I took it further in college 2 years later, branching out to study both traditional music as well as music technology separately, and also took keyboard lessons over that 4 year period. Finally I studied and graduated in BAhons Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University. Today, I'm still hugely passionate about video games and their soundtracks, now both as a composer and a consumer.
PTX, Vol. III is the fourth extended play album by a cappella group Pentatonix. It was released on September 23, 2014 by RCA Records, although it was released earlier in Australia on September 19, 2014. The extended play contains four covers as well as three original tracks ("On My Way Home", "See Through" and "Standing By").
In April and May 2014 during their European tour, Pentatonix began working on PTX Vol. III. Since they weren't always in one place at a time, the album was recorded at various tour locations such as Singapore, New York City and Japan. The arrangement and recording process in the album was different to those of previous albums as the songs were pre-arranged and the outline of the song was created before its details were filled in.
2. On My Way Home
3. La La Latch
4. Rather Be
6. See Through
7. Standing by
Pentatonix is an American a cappella group of five vocalists, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, originating from Arlington, Texas. The group won the third season of The Sing-Off on NBC in 2011, singing an a cappella arrangement of "Eye of the Tiger" which was originally performed by the band Survivor as their victory song. Pentatonix won $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony. Their debut EP, PTX Vol. 1 (2012), charted at #14 on the Billboard 200 and their second release, PTX Vol. 2 (2013), debuted #10 on the Billboard 200. Pentatonix is currently preparing for their worldwide tour in 2014.
Pentatonix began with three friends who grew up together: Kirstin "Kirstie" Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, and Scott Hoying at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. Hearing of a local radio show hosting a competition to meet the cast of Glee, they arranged a trio version of "Telephone" and sent it in. Although they did not end up winning the competition, it sparked attention around their school, where the group began performing. After their version of "Telephone" gained attention on YouTube, they continued performing. But one day Hoying met Avriel "Avi" Kaplan, a highly recognized vocal bass in the a cappella community, through a mutual friend and the trio found Kevin Olusola on YouTube, as one of his videos where he was beatboxing and playing his cello at the same time went viral (called "celloboxing".) Kevin graduated from Yale, Pre-Med, and also speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese after spending a year studying in China.
Pentatonix, as suggested by Scott Hoying, is named after the pentatonic scale, a musical scale or mode with five notes per octave. The group believed that the scale's five notes matched their membership. They replaced the last letter with an x to make it more appealing. The quintet derives its influences from pop, dubstep, electro, reggae and hip-hop.
I personally use Rdio and like it because I have family that use it and recommended it originally. I also use Pandora sometimes .. but Rdio now has a better Radio feature overall with useful random placement meaning I will likely use Pandora less.
In an interview with The New Yorker, Reznor has announced that he's planning a new music streaming service for launch in early 2013. Currently called Daisy, the tool is supposed to compete with Spotify and others ....
The usual sunny-blonde MC Lars has dyed his hair black in support of his latest project, The Edgar Allen Poe EP. The post-punk laptop rapper is tackling what he passionately refers to as, “Lit-Hop.” In the past he’s released several songs about Edgar Allen Poe: “Mr. Raven” (with a Brand New sample) off his free 2004 The Laptop EP and “Annabelle Lee R.I.P.” (with a Tegan and Sara sample) off the free 2011 mixtape, Indie Rocket Science.
Wired Magazine thinks MC Lars is one of the 100 Geeks You Should Be Following on Twitter. I think hes an artist you absolutely must see live! Also make sure to grab those free albums. Hes got a handful of shows coming up:
June 21 - Orange County Great Park Irvine, CA (Warped Tour, Silent Disco stage)
July 14 - The Ruby Room San Diego, CA with MC Frontalot and Doctor Awkward
August 06 - Haven Lounge Orlando, FL with YTCracker, Random, DJRoboRob
[I]"MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom may have had most of his assets seized as part of his indictment for criminal copyright infringement in January, but that apparently hasnt stopped him from working on his next venture. Dotcom gave a first peak at Megabox, which is supposed to become a kind of cloud music service, on Twitter Wednesday, sharing a photo of what looks like a mobile app"[/I]
The Dear Hunter (ex-The Receiving End of Sirens) and Equal Vision records announced today that Casey Crescenzo is launching his own imprint label: Cave & Canary Goods, in conjunction with EVR. The Dear Hunter is set to begin production on a new album late summer.
Equal Vision Records, baby. All my favorites. Since 2002. ****ing love it!
The Dear Hunter joins the current ranks of: Hrvrd (Harvard), I The Mighty, Tallhart, Say Anything, Eisley, Glass Cloud, We Came As Romans, Texas in July, Set It Off, Bane, Chiodos, Davenport Cabinet, Fairweather, Fear Before, For All I Am, Ghost Thrower, Isles and Glaciers, Life on Repeat, Orbs, Places and Numbers, Sky Eats Airplane, The Dear & Departed, The Prize Fighter Inferno, This Time Next Year, Wild Orchid Children… and will also have a cozy spot alongside EVR’s all-star alumnus:
How can one independent label be so ****ing awesome? Anyway, I went on and on about my love for this label in the most recent episode of the Neeshland Podcast.
"After spending a good amount of time debating on whether to continue the Act records at this point, or take another step to the side - the most natural path seemed to be to leave all preconceptions to the side, and to write a record straight from the heart, without any filter of concept or plot."
Mr. Crescezno, I’ve backed you from the moment you posted demos for this project as a The Receiving End of Sirens side project. During the “This Armistice” video shoot we chatted about how awesome your bloody dragonfly trackjacket was. EVR couldn’t be a more perfect fit. I look forward to hearing your new music, concept or not.