Visionary Quest Records releases Defiance: Fight for Truth today. Its epic message musically conveys the need for society to stop the incivility and needless battle over truth vs. ‘truth.’ Truth is…
Inspired by the music of India and Brazil, Tito has just finished creating Desejo. At the juncture, Desejo is being submitted for possible sync licensing opportunities. Desejo, meaning desire, longing, and passion in Portuguese, is the main title to this new upcoming release. It combines sensual Indian influences in its introduction with a combination of acoustical ethnic percussion with modern electronica, then with all out passion segues with fire into Brazilian Bass House style dance music. Throughout we are emboldened with the frenzy of primal longings of insatiable desire.
On June 11, 2018, (my mother's birthday, much blessing I hope pours forth as we release two records.) Visionary Quest Records will be releasing its first workout music album entitled Muscle & Fitness Music: Pump Power 2018. This is all in response to your much welcomed requests and feedback. I curated a special selection of my discography that would have both fitness and dance utility with a strong variety of motivational factors for a diverse audience who are fitness enthusiasts and instructors. Their need for consistent, reliable, and motivational music with driving drums to keep students fired up to reach the finish line of their respective workouts outweigh any dramatic die hard edm internal purists desires from within. The title songs retained their original titles on this pioneer album with the addition of beats per minute(bpm) info, which dance teachers, fitness instructors, or personal trainers should find helpful in planning their classes whether in classroom fitness setting or 1 on 1 with client. Overall….
“Music is not a matter of life or death...It's much more important than that.” Unknown
The Birth of the Master Sound Recording
This quote captures the profound significance of music’s value to its creators and performers. The sound recording team is a group comprised of artists, composers, music producers, and sound engineers, who come together with a singular goal of producing an artistic masterpiece embodied in the final sound recording. Naturally, the team expends much labor, effort, and emotion in reaching a final product that ultimately brings utter pleasure to their listeners' ears. (Well, that’s the goal at the very least.) (Music Producer n.d.) (Pras and Guastavino 2011) Much detail is carved into the notes to be played and the sounds that will be produced from those notes. (Hanson 2011) Then to craft the sound recording for the final product, the sound engineer goes through a process of called mixing wherein all the sounds, instruments, and voices are mixed down so that they fit harmoniously together on one track. (Tingen 2010) It can be compared to an orchestra conductor rehearsing the orchestra with its multitude of instrumental parts. The conductor must ensure that all the musical sounds come together to produce a singular ensemble sound that is aesthetically pleasing to listeners’ ears. Like the process of mixing, the conductor must ensure that those leading instruments or voices that need to stand out, do stand out. Similarly, those instruments that are to provide the underlying musical support to the leads, do just that. (Hargreaves 2017) It is a balancing act that needs to be sculpted into the final sound recording. Then at the final stage of production, a song is groomed with a ‘fine-tooth comb’ or mastered to give birth to the master sound recording with all the details of the music clearly audible and polished as the composer intended. Then and only is a master sound recording, representing the final product of its creators and performers, ready for distribution. (Shelvock 2012) With all this finesse and attention to detail to reach such an exquisite aural experience, something happens to the sound once it gets into the stores. The first time we were listening to one of our sound recordings being streamed, we could not help but notice the stark difference in sound quality from the master sound recording to what was being streamed. Similarly, the same could be said with the downloads.
When music creators have reached that joyous ‘aha’ moment of aesthetic finality in the master sound recording, the desire is to share that same joy with the rest of the world. To share anything less than what was accomplished seems anticlimactic or even a misrepresentation of the actual final product. When a customer goes to Starbucks expecting Starbucks quality coffee, does Starbucks serve instant coffee? Of course not. Conversely, the makers of Starbucks coffee pride themselves on their products like any company with their own respective products. To substitute the true product with an inferior unreasonable facsimile is downright wrong and illegal in any other industry. (Curry 1996). There is no reason for artists and their listeners to be treated differently. So, where did all the sound go?…..
Long time no see. I usually find a happy balance between wearing my attorney hat and creative artist hat, but the past few weeks were a doozy in what required my attention - and it wasn't the fun kind of attention. In my brief moments of peace, I recalled my childhood as well as growing up and how inspiring Heroes and Champions were to me. They could….