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"Well, folks, now we've got free baseball!"

Baseball announcer Skip Caray whenever a game went into extra innings

Free Music!

We're so used to living in a litigious society that when someone says "free," it feels like strings are attached. I once had to revise the word "free" in a commercial to "at no cost" once the lawyers read the script. So it's been surprising to witness the recent trend of releasing free digital copies of archived photos, books, documents, artwork, historical artifacts, films, sounds, and music. Most of these are a century old, but some of it has more recent, even modern origins. The Smithsonian Institution opened up its digital archives with their Open Access site. Flickr has aggregated both modern and historical photos, artwork, and prints from the Library of Congress and many international museums in their Commons area. Google Books has been digitizing books and magazines for several years now as a way to search and read many out of print publications.

But now there are two exciting web sites for music lovers to explore that are...wait for it...free! The Library of Congress has been funding a project that is a mix of old and new. And when I say "mix," I mean DJ mix. Brian Foo is part of the LOC's Innovator-in-Residence program, which was created "to support innovative and creative uses of our collections that showcase how the Library relates to and enriches the work, life, and imagination of the American people." Brian Foo's contribution to our imagination is Citizen DJ, an interactive sampling and beats generator that uses sounds from the LOC's massive sound collection. It's still under development, but it is absolutely mind-boggling (and very addictive) to rake your mouse over a multi-color grid representing thousands of audio clips, select one, and then generate a remix and beat loop using sounds from a hundred years ago.

Sampling sound bites to make rhythmic music has been around a long time, but you've got to try this. You don't have to be a professional DJ to mix a clip of a scratchy opera singer and synthesized beats into an irresistible groove. You can modify it in endless ways: control audio levels, the tempo, the beat's rhythm and instruments, and the drum machine. Mix things up even more by randomizing the clips and beats. Feel like creating a hit? Start with the legendary Roland TR-808 drum machine, select "Gunga Din" clip from 1919, and you've got an infectious loop that Rudyard Kipling might even tap his foot to. You can even download the sounds to use in your own sampling software. This re-imagining of the way the world sounded in the past is a big step into the future.

The other web site you need to check out is a collection of more than 14,000 Grateful Dead concerts, all in one place. Dead Heads have been recording and distributing concert recordings almost since day one. The Dead have famously encouraged the recordings and free distribution of their work (and infamously went after those who tried to profit from them). These recordings are mostly fan-based, and you will find several different versions of the same concert. The quality and music mix varies widely, but there are some decent recordings in there that put you in the concert crowd. You can filter by date, location, type of recording, who made the recording, etc. It's phenomenally exhaustive and detailed. I wish all the big acts from this era had this type of concert coverage. Many, like the Dead, thrived on the live stage. The Grateful Dead members would say that their studio recordings were merely sterile snapshots of the music and lacked the creativity and energy of a band that plays live.

So here's a tip of the hat to those who are keeping recorded history alive by distributing all this mostly forgotten material. I'm thankful that we have so much sonic history to explore with a mouse. And most of all, I'm grateful that it's free.
 

We are taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously here at Dynamix Productions. We're taking safety measures recommended by health officials. We are regularly sanitizing everything we can think of and keeping as much of a "social distance" as possible. Our producer desk and engineer seat is more than 6 feet away in each studio, and there is glass between the engineer and voice talent. We're recording only one person at a time in the studio for now, and we're encouraging some of our voice talent to work from their house if they have recording equipment. We sincerely wish that you and your families will stay safe and secure during these unusual times. For more on our new procedures and options for you, read this special statement.

-Neil Kesterson

"A Night at Tony's" commercial is up for a national award.

A series of television spots for the local popular restaurant Tony's is up for a national ADDY award. It won Gold at the Lexington level, and Silver at the district level. The spot was filmed and edited by Wrigley Media Group. Dynamix produced the finished soundtrack. As featured in a recent Lane Report article:

In spring 2019, a crew of 19 from Wrigley Media, 175 extras, 250 chef-prepared dinners, two hours of shutting down Lexington’s Main Street, 18 hours of shooting and 14 rehearsals resulted in the experience of A Night at Tony’s being captured in a single, continuous shot. “A Night at Tony’s is a frame-to-frame homage to the iconic Steadicam shot from Martin Scorsese’s cinematic masterpiece, Goodfellas,” said Wrigley Media Group CEO Jayne Hancock.

Watch the commercial here.
 
Dynamix Productions, Inc. is an audio production facility in the heart of thoroughbred horse country, Lexington, Kentucky. Some of the many audio services we provide are: sound-for-picture, corporate communications, advertising, narrations, audiobooks, podcasts, live broadcast, ISDN, location and remote recording, restoration, and tape/LP to digital transfers. 

Since our opening 17 years ago in 2003, we have won or been a part of nearly 100 awards; including more than 75 ADDY’s (American Advertising Federation), 8 Telly's, 2 Silver Microphones, 1 PRSA (Public Relations Society of America), 1 Eclipse Award, and 1 Emmy nomination.

Why do professionals from desktop producers to Fortune 50 companies choose Dynamix for the highest level of production? We Listen.

Sound Bits

Sound and audio tech news from around the web
  • Cool! A Hubble photo translated to music. Space becomes sonified in this visualization of a cluster of galaxies imaged by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Listen at EarthSky.
  • This AI creates entire songs complete with music, lyrics, and vocals. OpenAI today introduced ‘Jukebox,’ an open-source AI system for generating novel music complete with lyrics and vocals. Simply put, it’s the most impressive music-writing AI we’ve seen yet. You be the judge at The Next Web.
  • Here’s why “baking” damaged reel-to-reel tapes renders them playable again. Reel-to-reel tapes are experiencing a resurgence of interest among audio buffs, but they are prone to degradation, which has been a topic of active research for many years. Read it over at ArsTechnica (NOTE: This is a restoration service offered by Dynamix for reel-to-reels and cassettes)
  • The Sounds Of New York City, Circa 1920. We can hear the music of the Roaring '20s anytime we want. But what if you could hear the day-to-day sounds of what it was like to live at that vibrant time? This NPR story from 2013 is still relevant today.
  • Tesla owner adds exhaust mod to Model 3 after missing engine sounds. The addition of the fake exhaust kit allows owners to customize the noise volume and tone of the “engine noise,” giving a full range of customization to the Model 3, making it sound like a petrol-powered car. Read and listen on Teslarati.

Listen to
EASTERN STANDARD
on WEKU-FM


Dynamix Productions, and WEKU-FM, Eastern Kentucky University’s public radio station in Richmond, KY, partnered in 2018 to move primary production of the popular long-running radio program EASTERN STANDARD to the studios of Dynamix. The first program produced at Dynamix aired on July 19, 2018. By bringing the production to Lexington, producers have easier access to Central Kentucky business, healthcare, and education leaders, as well as local artists, entertainers, and other newsmakers. The move underlines WEKU’s commitment to providing the area’s most concise and in-depth coverage of news, issues, and ideas that directly affect Central Kentuckians. The EASTERN STANDARD radio program is made possible from the generous support of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and the Appalachian Impact Fund.

Hosted by network news veteran Tom Martin, EASTERN STANDARD is a public affairs program that covers a broad range of topics of interest to Kentuckians. Resources for topics include WEKU’s reporting partner, the Ohio Valley ReSource, a partnership with seven public media outlets across three states; the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; and National Public Radio. EASTERN STANDARD can be heard Thursdays at 11:00 AM  / 8:00 PM and Sundays at 6:00 PM on 88.9 WEKU-FM, and online at www.esweku.org.

Recent topics and guests on the program include:
  • Force majeure contract clauses eyed as coronavirus rattles supply chains
  • 200-year cement. Sound good? UK researchers are on it
  • Standing up to heart disease in Eastern Kentucky
  • The rural "news desert" and the search for an oasis.
  • An online calendar for arts events off the beaten path
  • Lexington restaurateur Ouita Michel on how she is helping laid-off employees cope with the coronavirus crisis.
  • Those devices, our minds: latest installment in our mental health series
  • The literacy of early 20th century Appalachia
  • As Appalshop celebrates its 50th year, a visit with the folks at Possum Radio, the organization’s community station in Whitesburg. 
  • Child care centers are closed. We discuss the consequences with Lynette Fraga of Child Care Aware of America, and Terry Brooks of Kentucky Youth Advocates
  • Force majeure in real estate contracts: Lexington attorney Dan Rose walks us through this deal-breaking clause in times of crisis...like now.
  • A play about a coal mine disaster, closed by the virus crisis. 
  • Kentucky's urgent needs in any new COVID-19 stimulus package from Washington. With Jason Bailey of the KY Center for Economic Policy
  • Silas House takes his advocacy for rural America to the pages of The Atlantic
  • Carla Gover begins a new series: Kentucky Songcrafters
  • A new name on the Kentucky literary scene: Bobi Conn and the prose of a survivor of domestic abuse. 
  • A psychological chronicle of life under COVID-19 conditions
  • A relief fund for E. Kentucky's downtown businesses
  • How the pandemic is impacting Kentucky’s vast non-profit economy and culture
  • How one E. Kentucky city is planning for a post-coal future
Did you miss the live show? Listen online.

Notable Recent Productions

  • Medical presentations for continuing education credits, recorded remotely because of pandemic crisis (CE Concepts, Lexington, KY)
  • "TeleHealth" radio PSA for the Kentucky Medical Association (RunSwitch, Louisville, KY)
  • New podcast series "The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia-Kentucky Students Take ACTION" for UK Markey Cancer Center, part of UK HealthCare. Read about the book this podcast is based on. (UK Markey Cancer Center, Lexington, KY)
  • "New Player Offer" radio for Keeneland Select (Team Cornett, Lexington, KY)
  • Radio political campaign for Amy McGrath for Senate (Putnam Partners, Washington, DC)
  • "UK Summer School-Online" radio for the University of Kentucky (Team Cornett, Lexington, KY)
  • "Block Talk" podcast for Ridley Block  (Alltech, Nicholasville, KY)
  • "Black Richard's Heart" by Suzan Tisdale, an audiobook narrated by Brad Wills

Live and Online

Podcasts produced at Dynamix Productions

Tales of American History
"Tales of American History" with Kent Masterson Brown


"The Tyler Gossett Podcast"


GoFundMe podcast "Todd Oldfield and Wendall Gill: A Community Comes Together"



"Embedded" podcast from NPR
Al Cross in a series of podcasts about Mitch McConnell

Audiobooks produced at Dynamix Productions
 

  
    

   

    

  
       
     
    

    
    
    
    
    
    
  

Other projects produced at Dynamix
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