By Clive Young. Prince's tape vault, rumored to contain thousands of unreleased songs, was a musical urban legend until his 2016 death. Then photos taken by police investigators revealed that the rumors were true.
Atlanta's Patchwerk Recording Studio has worked with everybody from Jay-Z to Mariah Carey to TLC to Alvin & the Chipmunks. Now it has put out a fraud alert to aspiring stars: Dn't fall for scammers who say they represent the studio.
Why read this if it's meant for musicians? Because of the first piece of advice it offers: "Learn the names of the sound engineers: treat them with respect and thank them at the end of the night, even if they do treat you like an amoeba."
As the return of festivals looms on the near horizon, The Roots' Questlove releases his first film as a director, Summer of Soul, which recounts the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969. The New Yorker's review hails it, noting, "Halfway through a heavy year, the best movie so far--the one most likely to ease the load and lift you up--is Summer of Soul."
Ever mic a piano that was out of tune because of humidity? That might become a problem of the past thanks to a new hammer assembly created by UK-based Phoenix Piano Systems Ltd. and studio owner/engineer James Bacon.