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This Day In Music History: November 6

|#0|#1968  The Monkees‘ psychedelic movie “Head” opens in New York City. Marketed as the “most extraordinary adventure, western, comedy, love story, mystery, drama, musical, documentary satire ever made (And that’s putting it mildly),” the movie isn’t aimed at the band’s teen girl fans. It’s a dark, surreal, and absurdist contemplation of the nature of free will.

Some of the film’s imagery is disturbing, and the stream of consciousness storytelling style leaves most people cold. The band’s depiction of themselves as being helplessly trapped as their public personas strikes many as an affront to their fans, as does the shocking ending. The movie succeeds in destroying the band’s innocent public image, which is exactly what they want.

They probably didn’t want the awful reviews the film receives, or the sharp drop in the popularity of their music.

In later years, the movie would gain a cult following. Some fans view it as a fine — Read more

This Day in Music History: October 31st

1974 Led Zeppelin throws a Halloween launch party for their new label, Swan Song Records, at Chislehurst Caves in Surrey, England. Legends of the wild party abound: drinks are served by topless nuns in suspenders, a naked woman lies in a coffin filled with jelly, naked male wrestlers grapple for the crowd, while fire-eaters and magicians do their thing. The invitation reads:
“Do what thou wilt…
But know by this summons
That on the night of the full moon
of 31st October, 1974
Led — Read more

Pro Tips: Getting Adequate Power for USB Digital DJ Equipment

So much of today’s digital DJ equipment gets its power via USB, and it can be challenging for laptops to meet these growing power demands. When an external USB device doesn’t get enough power, it can malfunction, or worse – cause bus resets. (A bus reset puts the device in an invalid state where it no longer responds to SCSI commands) The connected device may fail and this could mean losing control of your software, or even dropouts in your audio.

What can you do if this happens?

First, — Read more

The Sound of Fear: Interview with Ian Austin of Circle of Ash Haunted Attraction

When you’re trying to scare someone, sound is very important. Imagine a horror movie without creepy suspense music, horrifying sound effects and musical “stingers” that make you jump out of your seat. Boring! And when you’re trying to scare someone in real life, sound is an essential part of the immersive haunted-attraction experience.

Come this way!

Right this way…

We’re talking with Ian Austin, technical director and part owner of Circle of Ash Haunted Attraction in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He’s been scaring people for years, and it turns out that BEHRINGER has been helping him do — Read more

This Day in Music History: October 29th

1993 Tim Burton’s stop-animated musical fantasy film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” opens in the U.S. The film score and songs were written by Danny Elfman, who also provides Nightmare Before Christmas posterthe singing voice of protagonist Jack Skellington.

The idea for the movie came from a poem written by Burton in 1982, when he was an animator for Disney. Disney considered producing “Nightmare” in the early ’80′s, but ultimately decided it was “too weird.” Tim Burton left the studio in 1984 to pursue his weird dreams.

In 1990, after Burton had successfully produced “Beetlejuice” and — Read more

Beginner Tips: The Language Of Guitar Amplifiers


What Does a Guitar Amp Do?

Everyone knows that guitars and amps go together – just like rock & roll and loud! We’ve all seen musicians onstage, with their guitars plugged into amps or stacks of amps. But why did he/she choose that particular amp – and what does an amp do other than make your guitar sound louder?

A guitar amp has two main functions. First, it allows you to “shape” the signal going from your guitar into the amp. Second, it takes that custom-tailored signal and drives it through the power amp, which then boosts the signal level and sends it to the speaker, so you can get face-melting volume (or at least — Read more

This Day In Music History, October 28

2011   Metallica postpones their first-ever concert in India after a security barrier in front of the stage collapses. Angry fans subsequently tear up the stage and equipment, doing $200,000 in damage, and causing the show to be permanently canceled.

metallica.jpgThe band releases a statement saying “It is most regrettable that we were forced to take such measures. We were looking forward to meeting our fans and sharing our music live for the first time in India.” Read the full statement here.

Four of the — Read more

This Day in Music History: October 25th

1977 Elton John appears on The Muppet Show to perform “Crocodile Rock,”"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” Elton performs with Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. Elton was one of the inspirations behind Dr. Teeth’s character, along with Leon Russell Elton John and muppetsand Dr. John.

The Muppet Show, with its vaudeville-style variety show format, absurd sense of humor, and reputation for letting guests do whatever they wanted to, showcased many talented musicians over the years. Among the performers were Alice Cooper, Buddy Rich, Debbie Harry, Dizzie Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash, Liza Minelli, — Read more

This Day in Music History: October 24th

1967 Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd melts down on the Pat Boone show. When the band mimes the song “Apples and Oranges” for the show, Barrett refuses to lip-sync. He just stares at the cameras – finally Roger Waters lip-syncs the song in his place. The tour is cut short after Barrett de-tunes his guitar and makes random sounds with it during a show at the Fillmore West. He is replaced for live Syd Barrett album covershows by David Gilmour soon after.

Throughout late 1967 and 1968, Barrett’s behavior gets progressively more erratic. His — Read more

This Day in Music History: October 23rd

1972 The Fifties-revival movie “That’ll Be The Day,” starring Ringo Starr, David Essex, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and Nashville Teens’ John Hawken, begins filming in England. It’s the story of a lonely, alienated young man (Essex) who finds an outlet for his frustration playing rock and roll.

thatll be the day posterMost of the actors in the film are musicians who’ve lived through the late ’50′s and early ’60′s era of rock, lending the film a feel of authenticity. The movie is loosely based on the Harry — Read more