Shows, projects in early 2017…

A lot has happened in 2017. I’ve started studying to become an acoustic engineer which has been a lot of fun. A long with a technician job it’s been hard to keep the blog and page updated.

Been deep into microphones and what small adjustments do to certain frequencies and volumes. Below is an example of a full rotation of an AT2020 microphone.

Straight into the microphone

180 degree rotation

Before recording in any room it’s a good idea to measure the natural reverb of the room. Been using a Linux program called Room EQ WIZARD and a measuring microphone from Behringer to get some solid reverb times from certain rooms.

Reverb times of a balloon being popped inside a church

 

Had the honor to be the sound technician for well-known swedish rapper Mwuana. A lot of fun, and one of my first rap gigs. Hardest part was to stay in the yellow and to really make the lyrics come through. It’s easy to get the sound right at soundcheck but when the place starts to fill up, a lot of frequences get absorbed by the audience. Things might sound OK somewhere in the crowd but at the back it’s a totally different sound.

Soundcheck, one male singer and one DJ straight into the mixer

250 people, hard to keep the levels and had to adjust a lot during show

Moved into a new studio place and just started to measure up the room acoustics. Starting out simple with just measured out 4 on each walls to reduce standing waves and flutter echo.

/Carl

 

Gigs, work and projects late 2016!

Fall/Winter has been filled with lots of projects and new beginnings!

Several sound engineering gigs, cover band rehearsal and upcoming gigs and also some computer engineering work. Hoping 2017 will be as fun and rewarding as 2016 🙂

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Alice Boteus live at Blekingska Nationen
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Rehearsal with band “Hearts club band”
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Computer service and repair
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Magic Potion live at Blekingska Nationen
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Ibanez AS-73

Ny termin, nya gitarrlektioner!

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Vill du bli snabbare, säkrare och bättre som gitarrist?

Vill du komma in på spetsutbildning men känner att du saknar musikteorin och kunskapen som behövs?

Ny termin och nya lektioner! Jag har jobbat som gitarrlärare i över 5 år och har hjälp ett flertal elever komma in på sina program och att nå sina mål. Tillsammans lägger vi upp en plan för att just du ska lyckas!

Är du intresserad? Hör av dig till info@carlsworld.se!

Summer work!

Kraft

This summer I’ve focused on two things; music production and guitar playing.

I’m working on several electronic songs that will be released one at a time, hopefully as soon as next week.

I’ve also really focused on guitar playing and getting back into my old practise routine. Done some acoustic live sets too which has been fantastic. Check out my Youtube channel for my latest uploads!

Academic work: Bachelor Thesis – Analyzing Pitch: Bob Dylan (Pt.12)

rttrrI will be posting segments of my bachelor thesis “Out of Touch – The Framework That Is Supposedly Killing Music”. The whole essay can be found at: Link to essay

The main discussion points in the thesis are authenticity, Auto-tune and the obsession with perfection in today’s music.

Analyzing pitch: Example 1 Bob Dylan

The first example is an isolated vocal track from Bob Dylan. Looking at the curve in figure 2.5 and how it fluctuates, it can be assumed that it is either a natural curve or a skillfully manipulated vibrato, added on in post process effects. In an obvious case like this, the conclusion is easy to draw and you have many different ways of establishing the authenticity of the performance.

Looking at the pitch, it is clear that it is never in perfect pitch or exactly on a specific note. On the normal, comfortable notes it is slightly above, and on the higher notes it is slightly below. This is completely normal and it also tells us that the pitch has most likely not been tampered with.

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Figure 2.5 Bob Dylan ”Going Going Home” 2:09-2:13 in Waves Tune

The vibrato varies from every note, which means the performer is most likely using a natural non-digitalized vibrato. It sways from the center, no matter if slightly off pitch or on pitch. In an Auto-tune scenario it would only sway from the “on-pitch”-position. The vibrato is not fixed and has a different altitude and fluctuation throughout the analyzed section.

There are no signs of anything digitalized throughout the analyzed section when listening to the track. In extreme cases it is possible to hear immediately if Auto-tune has been used.

As seen in figure 2.6 the vibrato and the fluctuations are completely removed by the pitch correction. The old curve can still be seen behind the new curve as comparison. The sound is, after the correction, completely digitalized and “sterile” but it is still possible to hear that it is Dylan. His voice is recognizable through the correction and the artifacts that make Dylan “Dylan” are still present even though the pitch is now completely on the note.

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Figure 2.6 Same section as 2.5 with excessive amounts of pitch correction

Sources:

Everest, F. Alton & Pohlmann, Ken C. (2009). Master handbook of acoustics. 5. ed. New York: McGraw-Hill

Takesue, Sumy (2014). Music fundamentals: a balanced approach. Second edition. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd

Ternhag, Gunnar (2009). Vad är det jag hör: analys av musikinspelningar. Göteborg: Ejeby