By Andy NalewskiRead More
By Andy Nalewski
The character is put in an awful, suspenseful situation, only to have the narrator abandon her in the next chapter and focus on another person. It’s torture. It’s despicable. It’s evil.Read More
By Andy Nalewski
A dream isn’t something tangible. It is a moment. It’s a memory. Dreams are things that we hope and wish for, that we fear and shy from; we love and hate them, and we never want them to leave us.Read More
By Alexa Nelson
This, like so many things, is about a boy that I loved but that didn’t love me. And I thought that maybe if I put what I wanted out into the universe, he would love me like this, law of attraction style.Read More
By Conor McNabb
Happiness: a word that carries an immense amount of weight. It is more than just a feeling; it is a state of being that we all search for as humans. Happiness is one of the most important things in our lives. We toil, we grow, and we search for happiness.Read More
By Josef Davis
Heroes are something that is important to me. I also enjoy music. Music does not have to be understood to be good. It does not even have to be in your language to understand it. It can still get its point across be it if the song is in English or in this case Japanese.Read More
By Jonathan Munroe
Strolling down the street towards work and you see two people standing in the parking lot with a smoke cloud beginning to build and billow around them. You don’t have to walk by them but you can smell a pungent odor wafting your way.Read More
By Alexander M. Bailey
Writer’s block fucking sucks, and that is an understatement. There is nothing more stressing for a writer than not knowing what to write, being unable to transmit what is in your head to the paper in front of you, especially when the thought is as simple an idea as tying your shoes.Read More
By Elizabeth Ward
The party was loud and we were being obnoxious as ever. My friends trying to impress one another with their talents; their ideas, while I sat out in the stairwell having an existential crisis. I was being reckless.Read More
By Katie McDonough
The first interaction is crucial. If you approach a table and begin with, “How are you folks doing tonight, my name...” and immediately get cut off by a “What do you have on draft?”, the rest of the night with that table isn’t going to be great. In this job, you have to hover and wait for the perfect moment to interrupt the table conversation.Read More
By Dan Hein
Do you remember how much you hurt me?
Do you remember how much pain I told you you caused?
Do you remember how I would tell you to stop making me feel so insignificant, and then how you would hurt me some more?
By Dan Hein
You sure spend a lot of time thinking about how much I hurt you in the past. Why won’t you think about me now? I know I’ve caused you so much pain in the past, and I hate every part of it just as much as you do.Read More
By Andy Nalewski
My name is Andy, and I’m going to give you a few tips if you’re thinking about making electronic music. Here they are!
1. Have money.
This can be expensive. You will need money. Buy your textbooks first. Then sell them and everything else you own at the end of the semester.
2. Get a rig
Hardware is an important factor in music production. Today’s programs require a fair amount of horsepower to run, record, play, and compile the music you create. There are two ways to go about accomplishing this task; firstly, you can be complete pleb and get a Mac. If that seems like the route you want to go, or you just don’t want to read computer jargon, skip the rest of this passage and go to tip 2.
The other, better, less expensive way to produce music is through a PC. Any Windows release from 7 to 10 will do just fine. You’re going to want at least a quad-core processor running around 2.5 Ghz (it worked ok for me). Intel is your best option for this kind of work, but they are expensive, and you can likely get away with an AMD.
The only other thing that matters is your sound card. Most motherboards have integrated sound chips, but these can only take you so far. An aftermarket card that plugs into the board is a better option. They range from very inexpensive to outrageously pricey. Most programs have recommended (and compatible) hardware specs on their website, so that’s probably the best way to figure out what kind of PC to get (or build, if you’re crazy like I am).
You’re also going to want some sort of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) keyboard so you can play your notes. Even if you aren’t too good at the piano, you can edit and tweak the length, placement, and tone of the notes you record, so you don’t have to be perfect.
3. Get a program.
If you were a pleb and got a Mac, then you have Garage Band. Go to tip 4. If not, then this will also cost you some money, so I recommend getting your hands on as many 30 day trials as you can to find the right fit for you. Programs like these can cost well over $400, so don’t impulsively buy one when you don’t know whether you like it.
The fun part. Learn the ins and outs of the 30 day trials you’ve downloaded, and see if you can get something to sound the way you like. Many programs come pre-loaded with virtual instruments, drum loops, sample recordings, and many other tools to help you get the sound you want. I always start with a basic piano patch to get melody, but newbies should start with a simple, 4/4 kick and snare drum pattern to get a beat.
5. Have fun
Music production is something of a side project for me,. and I only got into it because my uncle works for Bose and had access to many of the resources I needed, so it’s not always an option for everyone. However, I am pleased to tell you that FSU offers a wonderful music technology course! There are no prerequisites and you needn’t worry about theory, as most work with it can be easily done by someone who doesn’t know what a G clef is. Here is a track I produced in said course. I was already familiar with the program used, Propellerhead Reason, so don’t feel bad if you can’t get your stuff sounding like this.
“Yay” by Andy Nalewski: Sample credit: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
By Conor McNabb
Close your eyes and count to ten. Now, open them and look around. What do you see? I remember seeing nothing. Nothing important, nothing meaningful. For hours on end, I remember sitting on my bed, slowly drowning in my thoughts.Read More
BY COREY HENNESSEY
Last year my mother had an acute Crohn's attack. She was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1985. Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that causes severe inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. It can be both painful and debilitating, and can lead to life-threatening complications.Read More
“Fuck off” he said. I was in the parking lot, outside of the hospital, just feeling all this time, I knew I wouldn’t keep him long. But why did it have to end like this? Was it really over though? He came to her funeral, said his well wishes.Read More
BY DAVID DONAHUE
It isn't always stated that good writing is not solely based on a good or extensive vocabulary, but is also based on how that vocabulary is linked together. This is better known as word choice. Proper word choice allows for a better flow.Read More