Each winter musical artists from around the world take on the RPM challenge (Record Production Month) and record a full album of music in one month. And if that challenge alone isn’t hard enough, they do it in February—the shortest month of the year.
The contest doesn’t require you to write new songs (but it’s highly encouraged), but to win, you need to record ten tracks or 35 minutes of music.
Get started at the official RPM website, where you can sign up for your own dedicated artist page, listen to prior contributions, encourage other participates, and get feedback on your music. And on February 1st, it’s time to hit that big red record button.
Of course, Studio 300 is here to help with gear, recording spaces, and encouragement. We’ll get you rolling in no time.
Studio 300 kicked off this year’s Summer Camps for our Tween and Teen patrons with a Songwriting Workshop. The young patrons gathered for a creative collaboration in Studio 300. Together they selected a background music track, composed their melody, wrote their own lyrics, rehearsed the song, and then performed the track in one of our soundproof audio booths. Enjoy the results of their hard work:
Browse new creative content made by our very own Fountaindale Public Library patrons in the Community Content Collection. This special compilation features local content creators who share their podcasts, videos, artwork, and more. Also, several local authors share their ebooks.
Tired of using the same old plug-ins that only offer bland synth sounds? If you’re searching for a compact-sized synthesizer that delivers the true enjoyment of synthesis, then look no further than Studio 300’s recent acquisition: the microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder.
The microKORG is a true synthesizer with an analog modeling tone generator and a full range of effects. The included mini microphone paired with the vocoder function further complements the versatility and distinctiveness of this spectacular synth. The microKORG is fun to play, and delivers a sound and functionality that will satisfy everyone from the beginner to the professional.
Stop by Studio 300 and check out the amazing sounds microKORG has to offer.
Studio 300 offers several different microphone models for patrons to use. In this podcast, we compare three popular mics well-suited for recording spoken-word voice for podcasts, voice-overs, and other projects. Listen in and make a more informed decision.
Listen in as Joe and Adriana discuss movie music, songs and soundtracks. Every movie has its own score whether it uses chart toppers or is an original score music can make or break a movie. Joe and Adriana will talk about some of the most memorable songs ever used, some that have been overused and their top three favorite composers. This episode is all about the sound of movies. Comment below if you have a favorite song you love to hear, or one that you may be tired of hearing.
StoryCorps is hoping to use the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday to continue their mission to “archive the wisdom of humanity.” If you are unfamiliar with StoryCorps, read about them here.
They are asking you to make history by interviewing an elder and sharing it. The process is simple. As their website says:
“Choose someone to interview.
Pick great questions. Find a quiet place to record. Listen closely.
When you’re finished, share your interview with the world.”
Their new, free StoryCorps app gives you all the tools you need to complete and share an interview. You just need to supply the smartphone.
This year is a pilot program for high school students, but really anybody can be part of the Great Thanksgiving Listen project (or contribute to StoryCorps anytime). Here is a free educator’s guide about the pilot program.
If you prefer not to use their app, Studio 300 has recording equipment, both for use in-house and that you can checkout to record anywhere. The Studio 300 staff is available to help you make sure your interviews go smoothly.
Here is a video we did as part of a similar Illinois Veteran’s project, helping to preserve memories for future generations.
Here are compilations of the work done by our Tween and Teen patrons at the Summer 2015 Music and Sound Summer Camps at the Fountaindale Public Library Studio 300. Their task was to rebuild the soundtrack to this game trailer starting from scratch. They started with a silent video and added all the sounds you hear, often creating the sounds themselves. Enjoy their fine work.
Join us on Wednesday, February 4th for Digital Learning Day in Studio 300. Gain new skills or enhance those skills you already have. We are hosting several classes during that day. Click the links below for more information and to register. You can also call (630) 685-4260 to register. (Spaces are limited and classes do fill).