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RESOURCES FOR MUSICIANS & ENGINEERS

How to make music, music theory, DIY synth stuff + more. Anyone can make music, and everyone should! "The best music is made by people who have no idea what they're doing."


HOW TO MAKE AND RECORD YOUR OWN MUSIC

Grimes - How to Make Music for (almost) Free
This blog post is an old favorite - a perfect jumping-off point for DIY recording at home.

Let's Learn Together - Music
Music theory basics and informational curio.

Kettner Creative
This guy is awesome. He explains audio equiment in a way that's easy for a novice to understand. His tutorials on setting up a sound system and beginner/home audio tutorials are really helpful.

Bedroom Producers Blog
An online magazine for music producers with free software and plugins.

Kush After Hours
Production, mixing + mastering wisdom. This guy is kind of kooky. The best takeaway from Kush is that mixing and mastering should be approached as any other art form - subjectively!

ELECTRONICS DIY / SYNTH DIY

Louis Rossman - Intro to Basic Electronics (Unprofessional Edition)
Louis Rossman of Rossman Group's intro to basic electronics. Practical and applicable knowledge.

How to Use a Multimeter
How to use a multimeter to measure voltage, current, resistance, and continuity.

Science Buddies - Electronics Primer
Primer on the field of electronics.

New York School of Synthesis
An introduction to synthesis by Dean Friedman (of Ariel way on the other side of the Hudson, deep in the bosom of suburbia fame) back in the day. If you have any interst in getting into synthesizers this is a perfect jumping-off point. Easy to learn. "Solid gold."

Music From Outer Space
Build your own synth!!! The seminal guide.

Matrix Synth
(Another) synth blog...

Synth DIY Youtube
Music and Audio Electronics Tech. DIY.

Eurorack DIY
Eurorack module DIY tutorial.

YU Synth
Blog of synth designer Yves Usson – one of the designers of Arturia’s Brute series of synthesizer.

Group DIY
Electronic forums for audio design & audio schematics... "really the place for tech questions"

Synth DIY Books - Synth DIY Wiki
Books relevant to Synth DIY.

How to Read Schematics - The Psychedelic Cherry
Understanding a schematics diagram. Great youtube channel!

INSTRUMENTS, COMPOSITION AND PRODUCTION METHODS

TapeOp
A bi-monthly American recording magazine that focuses on creative recording techniques. "there's a forum too but it's dead these days... like what American cinematographer is to people learning that craft"

Ted Reed's Syncopation - PDF
The go-to method book for practicing syncopation, available for free!

Rob Brown
Great Youtube channel for drumming.

Quincy Davis
Another great Youtube channel for jazz drumming.

Tom Tom Mag
The only magazine in the world dedicated to women drumers.

Oblique Strategies PDF
Methods for unsticking yourself out of a creative rut.

Berklee - How to Write Song Lyrics
Ideas for how to write lyrics.

TabsOut
Casette tape stuff.

Audio Casette Loops
Looping with audio casettes - instructables.

Giving Up The Dream - Mary Spender
Music DIY + community.

Wolfram Tones
Algorithmic composition just for yuks.

Sound on Sound
Independently owned monthly music technology magazine... includes product tests of electronic musical performance and recording devices, and interviews with industry professionals.

List of DAWS compatible with Windows XP
Vintage daws.

TECH & CREATIVE CODING

MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT OpenCourseWare is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content.

Github
Github, of course!

Raspberry Pi Foundation
Charity and company founded to promote the study of basic computer science. Easy way to experiment with circuit boards and learn how computers shape our daily lives.

Jquery
Fast, small, and feature-rich JavaScript library. Iconic!

Open Frameworks
C++ toolkit for creative coding.

Andrei Jay Creative Coding
Open source video synthesis.

Trippy CSS Distortion
Distortion effects for web.

Terrorware
DIY web hosting platform

DIY VENUES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND RESOURCES IN NYC (AND BEYOND...)

Do DIY
DIY resources and classifieds from around the world.

The Stratosphere
Crown Heights artist space - free jam sessions and networking every Monday!

8 Ball Community
Artist collective and creative space.

Project for Living Artists
Gallery & community space in Woodside. An affordable venue for live performances and art shows.

Brooklyn Library Instrument Loan (!!)
Borrow an instrument from the Brooklyn Library for free w library card!

Synth Library NYC
Lending library of synthesizers and recording equipment.

Band Spaces NYC
Rehearsal spaces in NYC.

Fixer's Collective
meet-ups for fixing stuff
See also: https://brooklynbased.com/2020/02/17/repair-culture-repair-cafes/

Hacker Spaces
Community nonprofits for fixing/hacking stuff

NYC Resistor
Hacker collective in Brooklyn.

MISCELLANEOUS

Spyware Watchdog
Defining spyware as anything that includes telemetry, phoning home, automatic updates or is listening in without the user's knowledge or consent.

Girl & Queer Bands
Punk bands (not that fake shit), just the facts.

The Converation: The Environmental Impact of Music
The environmental impact of music: digital, records, CDs analysed.

Gfiles - UFOs
Records from governemnts and private organizations.

RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS

Words of Mouth
Weekly curated newsletter sharing creative and multi-disciplinary opportunities.

Hacker News: Who's Hiring?
See also: Freelance opportunities.

Selected Work
Another excellent weekly curated newsletter sharing opportunities, mainly in the art world.

Where Are the Black Designers?
Non-profit design advocacy organization, by and for Black designers.
Job postings, community support and more.

BOOOOOOOM
Blog and vibrant virtual community for artists. There's a monthly fee to enjoy membership benefits, but I think it's worth it just to be able to join the slack channel. Other folks provide feedback for work, classifieds, general questions about "making it" in the art world, etc.

Working/Not Working
Community and job postings for creative opportunities. Free to join as an artist/creative.

Business of Fashion - Jobs
Job postings in the fashion industry.

New York Foundation for the Arts - Classifieds
Art jobs and other opportunities.

Creatively - Jobs
Job postings in the fashion industry + beyond.

Listings Project
Weekly curated newsletter sharing classifieds for creative studio shares, aparmtents and more.

Fuck Gatekeeping
Excellent resource for anyone trying to break into the professional world of photography.

Freelancer's Union
An organization dedicated to providing support for freelance workers.

The Creative Independent
Inspirational and practical guidance for artists. Highly highly recommend.

Eye on Design
Editorial platform that explores life as a modern-day designer.

Editor X - Graphic Design Rates
Systems to help you find your graphic design rate.

Film Courage
Excellent youtube channel with a seemingly infinite archive of stories and wisdom from the world of film and television. Highly recommend for anyone who is an artist.

Backstage
Casting calls & auditions in NYC.

Brooklyn Spaces
An archive of unique artist spaces in Brooklyn + beyond. This site hasn't been updated since 2015, but it's still pretty cool; quite a few of these spaces are still around. A good reference for photographers/musicians/producers interested in shooting or performing in a unique space.

Cinematography.com
All things cinematography.

Brooklyn Arts Council
Yearly grants and resources for Brooklyn-based artists.

Queens Council on the Arts
Yearly grants and resources for Queens-based artists.

Eforms
See also: the freelance isn't free law.

Library Genesis
file-sharing based shadow library website for scholarly journal articles, academic and general-interest books, images, comics, audiobooks, and magazines. The site enables free access to content that is otherwise paywalled or not digitized elsewhere

Great Women Animators
Ongoing international directory of historical and contemporary female* animators

366 Weird Movies - Psychedelic
Celebrating the cinematically surreal, bizarre, cult, oddball, fantastique, strange, psychedelic, and the just plain WEIRD!

UBUWEB
UbuWeb is a pirate shadow library consisting of hundreds of thousands of freely downloadable avant-garde artifacts.


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