What is musicFAQ.net’s purpose?
We approach music and the tools that musicians use in a different way. Rather than simply looking at music from the artist’s perspective we are here to teach, to help and perhaps to enlighten both artists and people simply interested in the process of making music. Although musicFAQ hopes to educate we also hope to expand people’s perceptions regarding the music process. We ask why does something interest us and also what the interesting issue does. We have done our job if we can help explain the physical world of music along with it’s other implications such as why we like certain sounds and dislike others, why a sound is “sad” while another is perceived as happy.
Music is feeling, music is philosophy, a means of communication between the musician and their audience. Music can be explained by science particularly in the physics of sound, an area this site considers of great importance to the modern musician. Still, there are intangible feeling and concepts that make us react. We spend time examining this and other areas of music along with methods such as production, mastering, and engineering sound. As in any discipline there are theoretical and practical applications.
What kind of content is there?
We focus mostly on independent synthesizer designers and their fairly new cousins, Virtual Electronic Musicians using standard with their typical cryptic named like VSTi or DXi or MAS. Their synths and their thoughts on music are reshaping what is considered ‘legitimate’ within musical circles. Synthesizers which once were thought to be the ruin of traditional instruments never killed off the violinists or drum players as so many musicians feared. Now entire bands worry about their work being used without permission, a topic that has been hot and continues to bring much heat in the discussion. We interview synthesizer designers about the instruments they make, we discuss the state of music, where it is going and how it is rooted in the past. We ask if all the musical ideas have already been done, is there really a superior form of music and if so what is it? We review the instruments and equipment, hopefully making the artist’s life easier by giving them our impressions and some musical examples of what a particular instrument sounds like. We break down the recording process, explaining how a recording is engineered and produced. We examine multiple theories on music’s importance to culture, it’s used as a form of expression and more.
Welcome to musicFAQ, we hope you enjoy your stay.