Tape Op Magazine

When you're in the music world, you have to stay up on the news of what's happening.  Even if you're producing dark forest tekno, you need amps & speakers at the very least and probably a whole lot more.  

Recording equipment, techniques, software, plugins, audio convertors and mics are all constantly changing, and we need to know what's up.  

But nobody I know likes to read the glossy slick industry magazines which are basically one big advertisement for expensive shit* that you're never gonna buy.  

So I'm posting this as a resource to help anybody who wants to know more about music production & recording, and wants to learn from the masters, and who likes reading crazy stories that really happened.

It's called Tape Op: the Creative Music Recording Magazine and here's an excerpt from the current issue:

Andy Hong interviews Paul Mahern:
"What advice do you give to young musicians?"  (AH)

"As long as you're doing what you love to do, that's it.  You've arrived.  I suppose that works in all aspects of life.  It's just that for me, music is the most important form of communication, period. Not to get too spiritual, but all existence is a vibration.  All of everything is vibrating.  Music is a concrete analogy of the existence of everything.  We can hear it and experience it with our ears, and it communicates to us on so many levels; whether we understand it or not, whether we're aware of it or not...   ...the vibration of music doesn't require your conscious participation.  It's reaching out to you.  It's what I came into this life to do."
--Paul Mahern, TapeOp No.113 May/June 2016

TapeOp is the only magazine I read because it's got heart.  They interview real people who cross the line between artist - musician - performer - engineer - producer - studio owner - historian.  It doesn't matter if the people are famous or not, rich or not, Grammy awards or not, Midas or Mackie.

And in TapeOp, you find diamonds in unexpected places -- philosophy in the interviews, how-to tips in the gear reviews, advice in the letters sections and always pure inspiration in every "End Rant" from the editor, Larry Crane.  

My personal favorite thing is reading an example of some technique from the 1950's that still works today, for example LEARNING TO PLAY THE DRUMS instead of trying to edit the crap out of a bad take. 

I can't say enough good things about TapeOp except this:  IT'S FREE.   Get your subscription now:

And yes, they do cover electronic musicians too.

I just had to include the song "Expensive Shit" from Fela Kuti.  I'm listening to this on my laptop and it is exploding out of the speakers!  Who mixed this album?  The midrange is so good... 

Steve Knots

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