Friday, August 13, 2010

The Innovations Issue: Things That Make Being a Musician Easier

Posted By on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 11:02 AM

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  • Aleks Sennwald
This week's cover is our second annual Innovations Issue, where we dug around for a bunch of stuff that middle Tennesseans came up with to improve their respective industries — from reducing our dependence on oil to curing rare diseases. Of course, this is Music City, so there was no shortage of music-related innovations — the kind that reduce our dependence on record labels and cure upright-bass related travel-itis.

Your friendly neighborhood blogger D. Patrick Rodgers wrote up Kickstarter, the website where artsy types can fund creative projects from a crowd of supporters. It wasn't created locally, but Nashville artists are all over that shit. Managing Editor Jack Silverman wrote about the folding bass, an invention by Charlie Chadwick that allows you to break down an upright bass for travel and then reassemble it for hot gigz, and I wrote up Chris Estes' CLASP system, a revolutionary device that allows you to record on analog tape as your medium, but then manipulate it in Pro Tools as your format, solving the whole synching problem similar efforts create, and letting folks resurrect their old tape machines.

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