Alice In Wonderland Teams Up With The Mad Hatter

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Review and Extensive Interview With Plike

By Randy Wayne Belt – July 13, 2015

In Plike’s newest sonic adventure, Empathetic Apathy, you have Alice in Wonderland teaming up with the Mad Hatter to give us a creation of sounds that explore unrestrained imagination.  Set to be released on July 15th, 2015 it might not be what you would expect out of Austin, TX, but this music is a great fit for any number of gaming formats or movie soundstracks. And in fact,  in the upcoming independent feature film, Windsor Drive, Plike has three tracks that will be featured in the movie!

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In Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you have a girl who goes down a rabbit hole to find herself shrinking or expanding depending on her circumstances.  One can’t help but wonder if there isn’t an unintentional or subconsious reference to the very real but mysterious…

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The Musical Art of Naomi Psalm

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Naomi Psalm can best be described, by this reviewer, as a very creative music artist in the realm of indie pop that really brings the word “artist” back into play again.  After all, it is supposed to be art isn’t it?  With a music industry so far away from musical art and relying on overdone formulaic sound patterns instead of actual musical painting, Naomi brings a much needed refreshing of sound to the music scene.

I’m sure her own music scene in Boise, Idaho is the richer for having her there.  She writes, she sings, she plays guitar and ukulele. Oh, and she can play bass as well. 1618538_10153846410705608_2003472706_nPsalm has a knack for knowing what to do with her voice in a given song.  Her vocals make good use of her dynamics and she sings with a passion that you can feel in the emotions of what she is singing about.

Her voice…

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Recording Vocals

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Recording Vocals

This isn’t about mixing vocals, it is about recording them. They are two very different things. I will address mixing and EQ-ing some other time. But right now I will address some very basic but important and sometimes overlooked things about getting a good vocal track. A famous saying in my studio is “do it again.”

Having a background in musical theater and formal training in singing, I act as the vocal coach for my own band and for myself, though I am always learning something new. The learning never ends.

When recording your vocals take your time.  Do it right. Listen carefully. Did you got the right feel? Did you capture the right mood? Don’t be afraid to create the right atmosphere during recording. If your studio is set up with lights that make it feel like someone’s office cubicle, you may well get a sound…

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Ch, ch, ch, ch, Changes…

Way to go Glitter! Hope things continue to get netter and better for you.

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I’ve been quiet lately.  Although I have a lot I want to say, I just can’t seem to find the right words yet.  I’ve been through so many life changing events in the past year, it’s hard to know where to start.  Business is good, life is getting better.  The sunshine is starting to peer through the storm clouds.  I’m starting to feel alive again.  I wish I could tell yall more details, but it’s not the time or place.  What I can tell you is I feel more myself, and more in touch with my feelings, needs, wants and dreams more than I ever have.

Have you ever been so caught up in a TV show, that even though the characters upset you, you’re tired with it, and it’s not satisfying anymore, you just keep watching it anyway?  Habitually, we just do what we have been doing.  Even if…

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Music Video Of The Week: There’s A Party In My Pants (And You’re All Invited) by Diamante

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diamanteI decided to give all of you out there on the web a second music video of the week because this is a good one and something released recently. After seeing n article with Diamante, I was left wondering to myself just who in the world is Diamante? All we know is that she is one hot blonde that is only 18 years old which is insane, but she is making music and a name for herself. She was featured in Revolver Magazine’s hottest chicks in Metal and she is touring with the likes of Flyleaf and even Whitesnake. She also has an EP out that you can get called Dirty Blonde EP that features our music video of the week in the track There’s A Party In My Pants (And You’re All Invited) which may raise a few eyebrows in a world dominated by men. She spoke to…

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Train Like A Shaolin Monk In The Songshang Mountains In China. July – August 2015


yellow mt2-00210FromFriday 31st July 2015  – Friday 28th August 2015 I’ll be teaching a Shaolin Summer Camp in the Songshang Mountains, a few kilometers away from the Shaolin Temple in China. You’ll train like a Shaolin Monk in authentic Shaolin Kung Fu and Qigong, three times a day, 6 days a week. You can train for a minimum of two weeks or the whole month. The focus will be on training hard! This is not a holiday. IMG_4768Sample Schedule: Most of your training will be done outside. You will start the day with a run up the mountain then come back and do a kung fu session with the emphasis on strength and stamina training, you will then cool down with some Qigong. IMG_4725After you’ve finished training, breakfast will be served. This is usually steamed bread, congee, pickled vegetables and stir fried vegetables. After breakfast you’ll rest and we’ll start our training…

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