20-Nov-14/Blog /

Our favourite albums and artists tend to attract a kind of mysticism. Dark Side of the Moon has its trippy linkup with the Wizard of Oz (somewhat believable), Led Zeppelin IV has its eerie “satanic” messages backmasked in the vocals (fairly unbelievable) and the Beatles have their “Paul is dead” theory (utter nonsense). People hold these …

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13-Nov-14/Blog /

Music curation for every mood. Image from her.ie

As streaming services become increasingly popular and both digital and physical music sales fall, we’re faced with many different music discovery options. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that despite digital sales decreasing, streaming has “helped overall digital revenue increase to $2.22 billion in the first six months of the year”. As more streaming …

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05-Nov-14/Blog /

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's "scary-cute" aesthetic

For anyone reading this whose first language is English, language within music might not seem much of an issue. The music we listen to will lyrically be of our own tongue, and chances are it will come from a country that speaks English – the UK, North America, Ireland – so we tend not to …

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30-Oct-14/Blog /


As we’ve mentioned in a previous post, as music consumption becomes an increasingly digital experience, information can easily get lost. This is because the liner notes and credit sections that come with the booklets in physical CDs and vinyl are rarely included with a digital album. However, as streaming services continue to become increasingly popular …

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23-Oct-14/Blog /

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When all music was still in physical format, record stores played a huge role in providing access to music. Record store owners and employees work to ensure that their collection is sorted out properly. They are the reason why when we enter a record store, we can see a shelf that says ‘free jazz’ and …

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16-Oct-14/Blog /

Courtesy of Tom Leggett via Flickr.com

Gone are the days when you had to physically buy your music. Gone are the days when you had to go to the store, pick up a CD or cassette, load it in your CD or tape player and flick through the pages of the lyric book. Well, those days are almost gone. You can …

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13-Oct-14/Blog /


For the better part of 20 years, one audio file format has reigned supreme, the mp3. If you’re unfamiliar with it or want to read a brief history provided by us at Decibel, click HERE! As we start to move into an age where streaming music becomes more and more mainstream every day, there seems …

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03-Oct-14/Blog /

Courtesy of www.softicons.com

The mp3, despite only having been part of our collective social consciousness for a little over ten years now, is a file format approaching its twenties. Initially released in 1995, it has grown to mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. To the music industry it was an enemy, and has …

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25-Sep-14/Blog /

Courtesy of Jason Comerford via Flickr

Music metadata has come a long way since its early years. Our data is going much deeper than the standard tracking information. Track title, artist name and album name are the basic pieces of data we rely on now, but more detailed information, such as instruments, are also being used. Devices being used in metadata …

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11-Sep-14/Blog /

The Akai S900, a benchmark of modern samplers. Courtes yakai-s900.blogspot.com

Sampling has made up a huge part of the music industry within the past 30 years. It’s provided the foundation for hip hop music and become an integral part of other genres, including a vast array of electronic, pop, R&B, and indie music. It has provided countless headaches for both copyright owners and artists wishing …

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