2015 was the most important year for music in decades.
What didn’t happen in music this year? It’s a tough question.
The internet was there every step of the way to document the informative, bizarre, and downright entertaining music moments of 2015.
Here’s our 10 favourite articles from the past year.
Open the Music Industry’s Black Box
Talking Heads frontman and general music advocate David Byrne weighs in on the changing relationship between labels and artists — all in the wake of digital sharing.
This piece is a call for music business honesty and equality. A real eye (and ear) opener.
The Little-Known Recording Trick That Makes Singers Sound Perfect
Sometimes hit songs sound so perfect it makes the singer seem almost unreal. Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Blood Orange — Their vocals sound out of this world.
But even though they’re super talented (duh) there’s a pretty sneaky technique that takes their sound to the next level. Find out what it is below and try it on your own vocals. Now we can all be like Mike.
15 Innovative Music Tech Products That Time Forgot
Some gear becomes iconic. But let’s face it: most of it comes and gos in a flash.
Music Radar rounded up some of the forgotten ones to jog your memory. Maybe it’s time to blow the dust off some of your old stuff…
2 EQ Hacks You’d Be Foolish To Ignore
No one wants to be foolish and we don’t either. That’s why we found this Music Radar article on EQing so helpful.
These 2 tricks might seem pretty simple. But they’re so simple that it’s easy to overlook them. Trust me, they’ll help you learn how to mix music like a pro.
How to Make a Legowelt Track
I’ve asked myself hundreds of time: “I wonder how they produced that?” For once I got my answer when this entertaining —and educational — beatmaking tutorial came out featuring Legowelt.
The Fact Mag video lets you peek behind the multi-colored curtain and see how the odd-but-talented producer Legowelt achieves his iconic sounds.
How to Hear Everything Differently, Instantly
2 heads are better than one right? So that must means that 4 ears are better than 2.
Find out why in Attack Mag’s simple technique for hearing everything differently — something we could all use from time to time.
How To Play Music Really Loud Without Pissing Off Your Neighbours
Ever heard of psychoacoustics? Neither had we until we read about this guy’s crazy system that lets you trick your ear into thinking the music is louder.
No more knocks on the door from cops who want you to turn down. Good riddance.
Data to Date: The Rapid Rise of Social and Streaming
If I had to define music in 2015 with one word it’d be: streaming. 2015 is the year streaming became real and it definitely changed everything forever.
This data-rich article from Next Big Sound tells you exactly how it’s changed — for better or worse.
There’s an Airbnb for Recording Studios Now
Put your credit card away. You don’t have to buy that million dollar studio anymore.
Instead you can just rent it using Studiotime.io. Or maybe you already bought that studio. No worries. Rent it out to other artists for a little side dough.
Democracy of Sound: Is Garageband Good for Music?
Technology doesn’t have to mean more complicated. Technology did one thing to music more than other: It made it easier to create.
Pitchfork explores the ‘democracy of sound’ in this interesting breakdown of how the DAW has changed what—and who creates music.
What Could Possibly Happen?
2015 was a crazy year for music. It’s hard to imagine 2016 topping it. But who knows, maybe it will?
What were your favourite music moments of 2015? And what do you think will happen in 2016?
Look into your crystal ball and let us know!
Happy New Years from all of us here at LANDR.