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The Art & Science of Sound
The STAX Sound - The Cornerstone of American Soul Music

If you’re a fan of funk and soul music and you’ve never spent time digging into the STAX/Volt catalog, do yourself a favor and put some time aside. If you’re familiar with the STAX/Volt sound but haven’t listened in a while, here’s some background on why those records sound so great, even 50+ years later.

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Storyville, New Orleans and the Birth of Jazz

There really is no original music, it’s all a result of someone taking one from column A and adding it to column B to make it their own. Although, Jazz has been called “America’s only original form of music,” that’s not necessarily true.

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Muscle Shoals and the Swampers

A couple hours south of Nashville in a small town along the banks of the Tennessee River, two forces helped change the musical landscape of the 60s and 70s. This is the story of Muscle Shoals.

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The Railroad, The Radio and the Record: Three Technologies That Gave Birth to American Music

The very history of America, and the rest of the world after World War One, is told through the music of sharecroppers, itinerant laborers, the Southern church, former slaves, immigrants and settlers, and the three technological advances that brought it all to the rest of the world.

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Do You Have Perfect Pitch?

Most people have Relative Pitch – we can determine if one tone is higher than another, and if you have some musical experience you can probably determine the intervals between tones with some precision, but what exactly is perfect pitch and what are the chances you have it?

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Timbre: A Brief Tutorial

Timbre (TAM-bra) is one of those audio words that gets thrown around without a lot of understanding on exactly what it is and why it's so important. Simply put, timbre is what makes something sound like what it is. Here's a quick tutorial on why it matters.

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