Category Archives: Case study

I’ve tasked myself with doing this in my lunch break, so here goes… Air’s Moon Safari is one of those 90s coffee table albums along with Zero 7’s Simple Things and various others that helped bring the sound of downtempo and chill out to the masses (there are tonnes more but I’m against the clock here…)

Moon Safari was released in 1998 and produced three singles – All I Need, Sexy Boy and Kelly Watch the StarsContinue reading...

Get Down Saturday Night is a classic 1983 hit by Oliver Cheatham written by himself and Kevin McCord, released on MCA Records. It peaked at #38 in the UK singles chart that year.  Continue reading...

This summer’s Netflix one-to-watch has undoubtably been the Duffer Brothers’ nostalgia soaked Stranger Things. Incase you’ve been living under a rock, the story follows a group of kids, a mother (played by Winona Ryder), two adolescents and a cop searching for Will Byers, a boy who vanishes in the first episode.  Continue reading...

Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin, an artists whose musical output is unparalleled in its almost obnoxious attitude, coupled with being truly beautiful, at moments humorous, other worldly and of a technical level oh-so-many producers aspire to grasp at.  Continue reading...

As a music technology teacher it’s often useful to go through a track in its entirety as a case study. Normally using your own music makes the most sense as you have access to all the stems and have prior knowledge of the sound design, chord progression choices, where samples are taken from etc.  Continue reading...

Ridley Scott’s 1982 Cyberpunk film-noir adaptation of the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? changed science fiction forever. Similarly to how Star Wars and 2001: A Space Odyssey had done previously, and how later The Matrix would, the genre could never be the same after Blade Runner.  Continue reading...

It’s been called the most important six second drum loop, it’s virtually spawned an entire genre, it’s subject to much debate in all corners of the internet from the legal ins-and-outs to how best to chop it up.  Continue reading...