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Month: December 2018

A short history of the Radio

 

We have radios everywhere in this day and age. We have them in our cars, and in our homes, and we even listen to music on the radio, each time we walk into a grocery store. It is easy to forget that this now almost invisible technology is just a little over one century old. That said, it serves to know a few things about how the radio came into being, and how the technology has been improved over the decades of its existence.

 

Who invented the radio?

There was a bit of a controversy in regards to who the inventor of the radio was, for a while, at least. We all know today that Guglielmo Marconi is considered to be the one who came up with the idea, but it seems that history can be tricky sometimes.

It is true that Marconi was the first person ever to receive a wireless telegraphy patent. That was happening in 1896, in England. But, three years prior, Nikolai Tesla, on American soil, had proven that a wireless radio could be a reality and even filed for the required patents in the US in 1897. However, because Marconi managed to transmit a wireless signal across the pond in 1901, he will always be the one who people consider the rightful inventor of the radio.

 

A time for amateurship

Today, when you go shop for a radio, you expect a plethora of manufacturers to jump to the occasion of vying for your attention, in the hope that you will purchase your new radio unit from them. But it was not always so.

Before the First World War, only a handful of enthusiasts were trying to make sense of the new technology and use it, guided by passion alone. Hobbyist magazines were filled with information on the machinery and technology, and that is why it is safe to say that hobbyists were the first to embrace the radio.

 

The First World War and the Morse code

During World War I, the new invention served for contacting the ships that were in the middle of the ocean. There were no speech broadcasting operations involved, as the radio was used mainly to transmit information in Morse code. While it was still far from the widespread sensation that it was going to become, the radio proved its usefulness in times of need.

 

The first broadcasts

While during the amateurship period, one can hardly speak about genuine broadcasting, that was going to change. In 1921, the Westinghouse’s KDKA-Pittsburgh started by broadcasting regular radio programs, and commercial radiotelephony became a reality in 1927.

 

After World War II

The next major conflict the humankind lived through found the radio even more useful than before. But it was after the war that the radio gained incredible popularity, with everyone listening to their favorite songs on the radio, and the rise of the first celebrities to be made such by Marconi’s invention.

 

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Why a metronome is an essential tool for every drummer

 

No matter if you’re a professional or newbie music player, there are some devices that you’ll have to purchase to help you practice better. A metronome is such a device that provides plenty of benefits for all its users, regardless the instrument they’re playing or the amount of experience they have.

So, if you’re looking to find out more about metronomes for drummers and their main benefits, just read the following article.

 

Will help you practice more efficiently

One of the main benefits of a metronome is that it will help you easily learn new music and working on various sections. Keep in mind that playing any instrument doesn’t only need excellent music skills but also a good physical coordination.

With the help of a metronome, you will make your practices more efficiently as you can regulate the tempo according to your needs. I suggest you start with slow tempos and that you gradually increase them after you have learned the music piece a bit better.

 

Will help you improve your rhythm

Another great benefit of using a metronome is that it will help you work on your rhythm and improve it through practice. The main advantage of a metronome is that it will help you focus on a tempo and keep it throughout the song. Without it, you may find it hard if not impossible to maintain a steady tempo the first times you are playing a new music piece.

A metronome is a beginner’s best friend, at least until you will have more practice and improve your musical ear.

 

Will improve your listening

And, speaking of your musical ear, metronomes will mainly help you focus more on what’s happening around you and ultimately help you improve your listening capacities. It is extremely important to focus on the metronome tempo while you are playing your instrument and, in order to do that subconsciously, you’ll require improved listening capacities.

A metronome does just that as it will determine you to focus on additional sounds, not only to how you sound when you are performing.

After forcing your ear to always stay alert and pick up even the lowest sounds, you’ll not only end up with a more sensitive ear, but also improve your listening and develop your peripheral nervous system.

 

Keeping you awake

Most musicians practice daily in order to become good performers. However, sometimes, despite all the cups of coffee you drink and your most avid desire to stay away, tiredness kicks in and you can’t focus anymore.

In this case, using a metronome will help you create a certain routine for your brain and ear which will determine you to keep on practicing and stay focused due to the constant sound you’ll be hearing.

 

 

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Video Killed the Radio Star – Is It True?

 

Ever since 1978, the year when the song “Video Killed the Radio Star” was first released, the idea that new technologies are affecting the media arts has started gaining popularity. The song especially refers to how the age of the TV replaced that of the radio. However, how accurate is this assertion today?

The battle between the TV and the radio

As the famous track suggests, in the ’70s and early 80’s the popularity of the TV was undisputable. Then, sitcoms were highly popular and young and urban programs were becoming more and more successful. After all, let’s not forget that the music video for “Video Killed the Radio Star” was the first video ever to be aired on MTV.

After the tremendous impact that the TV had in the 2000s, nowadays, it is often seen as out-of-date, as it has been replaced by streaming services and popular video-sharing websites such as Youtube. Yet, in the long run, it seems like the radio managed to survive the age of the TV, that of the iPods and that it is still going strong in the current era of Spotify. In other words, the Radio is more alive than ever before.

Recent studies have shown that Americans consider the radio to be the number one way to discover new music. Apart from providing one with cool tunes that one can sing along to when commuting to work, the radio also includes segments where information regarding the latest news is presented.

The main reason why radio is still so popular is the fact that it is easily available. Most of its listeners tune in to their favorite shows while in their cars, making their way to work. Plus, radio has a format that is effortless to access and to understand, and it is, most important than everything else, free of charge.

 

Branching out: The Internet Radio

What makes Radio so successful today is the fact that the term does no longer refer to terrestrial radio or the AM/FM stations. Instead, the new era of technology has led to the development of Internet Radio. By this, we mean those digital stations that are not bounded by physical limitations. After all, we are currently surrounded by millennials who no longer believe in lack of accessibility.

Although numerous Internet stations are highly popular, it should be noted that the old-fashioned AM/FM radio has managed to remain the biggest and easiest way to reach large masses of people. According to a new study, more than 90% of radio listeners tune in weekly to listen to specific shows. Therefore, it seems like video didn’t actually kill the radio star after all!

 

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