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Music Studies: The Basics of Analogue Recording

 If you, as a producer or artist, want to record something with several musicians at the same time, you will sooner or later have to deal with a music studio. A music studio is especially equipped to provide optimal acoustics for an audio recording. Unlike a home studio, no expense has been spared to record […]

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Songwriting – Arranging a pop song

 Good pop songs are easy to listen to and sometimes seem very simple, but nothing could be further from the truth. Writing a good pop song is not that easy. It really is an art to make a song sound ‘easy’. It’s the right combination of lyrics, hooks, and production.  Text  Needless to say, well […]

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Music Studies: Your Rights

Once you start working more professionally as a songwriter or producer, it is useful to know what rights there are within the music industry. Much attention is also paid to this at the Wisseloord Academy. It is important to know what you are entitled to and how to register this. Simply put, music rights can […]

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Music Studies: The Basis of Music Theory

Music theory tells you why music works the way it does. It exposes the structure under your favourite tracks and explains why it does what it does. Musicians use music theory to communicate with each other about their music so that they can speak the same language with the same words. To master the basics […]

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Music Studies: Rhythm

If you want to write memorable melodies, it’s good to know how rhythm works and how to use it in your tracks. Rhythms can get complicated quickly, but knowing a few basic concepts will get you a long way. Most music is systematically divided into units of time: measures. These measures follow each other at […]

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Music Studies: Publishers

If you want to make a career in music as a songwriter and/or producer, do a lot of sessions and possibly want to write for and with other artists, you may eventually end up working with a publisher. At the Wisseloord Academy Business Classes you will meet many publishers; they will tell you who they […]

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Music Studies: Making a Record

It all seems so simple when you turn on the new ‘New Music Friday’ playlist on Spotify. Every week and everyday tens, hundreds, thousands of new songs. “That must be easy to do then”, is often thought. That is still somewhat disappointing in practice. There is still a lot of work to do before a […]

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Music Studies: Labels

Labels will also visit the Wisseloord Academy to talk about their work, an ideal opportunity for you as an artist to put yourself in the spotlight. But what is and does a label actually do? Labels, also known as record companies, can be divided into two groups. The ‘3 Majors’ and the ‘independent’ labels. The […]

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Music Studies: Keys and Chords

How do I find the right chords for my melody? Every melody is created in a key, but how do I find that key? A lot of pop music starts and ends on the tonic. The tonic is the chord that gives you the feeling of ‘home’. It’s a steady chord that immediately tells you: […]

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Music Studies: Intervals

Intervals are an essential part of music theory. They are the building blocks of melodies, harmonies, and chord progressions. Intervals in music are the distance between two notes. An interval can be played simultaneously, as in a chord, or sequentially, forming a melody. Intervals can be overwhelming at the beginning. Nevertheless, it is useful to […]

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