Our first Freedom For Musicians Recording Artists from across the globe

It is with great pride that we present to you, FFM Records’ catalogue of our very own recording artists. As FFM grows, so does our record label and our first artists come from four different countries and musical genres.

Introducing

Miss Dee by Dita Nurdian

FFM Artist – Dita Nurdian

Dita Nurdian is an Indonesian writer of electronica and dance music. Her passion for this genre is evident in her prolific output. At FFM Records, we have released 4 of Dita’s latest tracks and you can download them here, Beatport and stream on Spotify.

Measure of Abstract by Slawomir Rataj

FFM Artist – Slawomir Rataj

Slawomir Rataj is a guitarist and composer from Poland. Recently released under the FFM Records label,  Slawomir’s debut album ‘Measure of Abstract’ is an instrumental album that combines electronica with Slawomir’s phenomenal guitar playing.

You can download the album here, at itunes and stream on Spotify.

Transformation by Paul Hinman

FFM Artist – Paul Hinman

Paul Hinman is a UK based singer songwriter whose songs reflect  events that he has experienced in a rich and varied life. You can download Paul’s debut album here and stream on Spotify.

Raag Puriya Dhanashree by Ankur Biplav

FFM Artist – Ankur Biplav

Ankur Biplav is an Indian Classical Music singer specialising in South Indian Carnatic music.

Indian classical music has two foundational elements, raga and tala. The raga forms the fabric of a melodic structure, while the tala measures the time cycle.

The raga gives the artist a palette to build the melody from sounds, while the tala provides them with a creative framework for rhythmic improvisation using time.


Product Review – Pearl e/MERGE Traditional Electronic Drum Kit, Powered By Korg

The Pearl e/Merge Traditional Electronic Drum Kit, Powered By Korg is a brand new electronic drum kit that takes a huge step forward in the progression towards an electronic kit that feels and responds like an acoustic kit. Pearl have worked with Korg, taking features from their legendary Wave Drum to provide pads that feel and respond in the same manner that acoustic kits do.
Wave Trigger Technology allows the e/Merge Electronic Drum kit to respond to your touch and the vibrations you create when playing. This is complemented by Pearl’s new PUREtouch Electronic Pad System that feature six layers of material that combine to provide the most natural feeling electronic drum pad available on the market today. All of the incredibly advanced features on the kit require an equally advanced drum module.
The module features a huge array of 700 high definition voices, 35 high definition preset drum kits and 36 different effects. Pearl have created an entirely new sound library, recorded in one of the world’s most respected and renowned recording studios, Music City USA in Nashville, Tennessee

PUREtouch Electronic Pad System

The PUREtouch Electronic Pad System is a new creation, developed by Pearl and Korg to provide drummers with a pad surface that sits perfectly between being too bouncy and soaking up the force of the stick. The PUREtouch electronic pads are constructed from six layers of material that work together to create the most natural feeling electronic pad available today. Every area of the snare head acts and responds the same way that an acoustic snare does, from the center to the edge. The head tension can be made tighter or looser to vary the feel and the tone, allowing you to adapt the kit to your play style, and not the other way around as you had to with the majority of other electronic drum kits. The snare pad features two separate rim triggers that are perfectly positioned to offer cross stick and rim shot effects, all fitted to a 14” pad to provide the most authentic playing experience possible.

Wave Trigger Technology

Pearl have worked alongside Korg, taking features from their legendary Wave Drum, to provide electric pads that respond and feel like an acoustic drum kit. This has long been the aim of all electric drums and has also been the request of drummers since electric kits were first introduced. The features of Korg’s Wave Drum allowed your touch, your feel and the vibrations you create when played to influence the tone and character of the sounds produced. Pearl have implemented this technology across all of the pads on the e/MERGE Electronic Kit. This technology has been named Wave Trigger Technology and allows every nuance of your playing style, and even your stick choice, to influence how the sounds are produced.

e/MERGE MDL-1 Module

All of the incredibly advanced features on the e/Merge Traditional Electronic Drum Kit require an equally advanced drum module. Pearl have created the e/Merge MDL-1 Module to power the kit, providing all the power and performance required housed in a simplistic, easy to use interface. The module features a pair of multi-core processors and is filled with a large array of 700 different high definition voices, 35 high definition preset drum kits and 36 different effects. Pearl have recorded an entirely new library for the e/MERGE in the most respected and renowned recording studios, Music City USA in Nashville, Tennessee, ensuring that they match the incredibly advanced technology featured in the e/Merge kit. Pearl have also combined a selection of sounds from Korg’s renowned high definition library, ranging from electronic, orchestral, world and other sounds.

PUREtouch Electronic Cymbal Pack

Each e/Merge Electronic Drum Kit includes a PUREtouch Electronic Cymbal pack. Consisting of an 18” three zone ride, a 15” two zone crash and 14” two zone hi-hats. The PUREtouch ride and crash cymbals feature a natural, authentic playing action with a slightly softer feel due to the rubber casing to control the volume. The cymbals all feature frequency based zone blending consistent with where you strike the cymbal. The PUREtouch cymbals also feature a natural cymbal choke function where choking the cymbals eliminates the sound and instantaneously triggers the natural ring inherent to choking natural cymbals, providing the most authentic electronic cymbals yet.

Features

  • Incredibly advanced features provide authentic and responsive playing experience
  • Uses features from Korg’s Wave Drum for a powerfully natural feel
  • PUREtouch cymbals ride and crash cymbals feature zone blending and choking
  • Features 700 different HD sounds, 35 preset kits & 36 effects recorded in Music City, Nashville
  • Play your own WAV samples via USB-A
  • Electronic bass pad swivel legs provide complete customisation
  • Icon e-Rack provides complete flexibility, security and the option to expand your kit

Configuration

  • Drum Module: e/Merge MDL-1
  • Snare Pad: PUREtouch EM-14S 14” Snare Drum Pad
  • Tom Pad 1: PUREtouch EM-10T 10” Tom Pad
  • Tom Pad 2: PUREtouch EM-12T 12” Tom Pad
  • Tom Pad 3: PUREtouch EM-14T 14” Tom Pad
  • Bass Drum Pad: PUREtouch EM-KCPC Kick Pad
  • Hi-Hat: PUREtouch EM-14HH 14” Hi-Hat Cymbal Pad Set
  • Crash: EM-15C 15” Crash Cymbal Pad
  • Ride: EM-18R 18” Ride Cymbal Pad
  • Rack: Icon e-Rack

Specifications

  • Sounds: 700
  • Drum Kits: 35
  • Effects: 36
  • Song Recording Type: 44.1kHz, 16bit WAV
  • Connectors:
    • Master Out L/Mono & R
    • Direct Out x 8
    • Headphones Out
    • AUX In TRS Mini
    • Main Trigger Inputs (DB-25 Connector)
    • Accessory Inputs x 3
    • USB to PC Port
    • USB-A
    • MIDI Out
  • Power Supply: 120V – 240V, 50-60Hz




Listen to the song, close your eyes and feel the waves of your soul -The Last Eclipse



My Surreal Music  welcomes you in a fusion of classic and electronic sounds.  Are you ready to get entranced in a fantasy atmosphere, experiencing darkness, love and desire? Sometimes in life we experience a partial eclipse or a total eclipse of the heart. I hope the eclipse can be also a rebirth for people who are searching and desire to find themselves.




The Red Planet Orchestra – Changing the Status Quo of Film Scores



Conceived and conducted by Vincent Rees, the Red Planet Orchestra combine classical composition with a contemporary structure of electronic ambient music.

With sound artist Pete Smith, the Red Planet Orchestra has accumulated a growing body of work both rich in invention and subtlety. A sound palette of future memories and past dreams. Each release has created a landscape of intense serenity.

Their debut album, Aurora Symphony, was warmly received and now a firm favourite among fans – All albums feature original artwork conceived by Belgium artist Nicolas Crombez.

The Red Planet Orchestra continue to compose music for emerging film soundtracks such as the brilliant ‘Gorka’

Albums
Aurora Symphony – 2013
Secrets of Eternity – 2013
We Breathe Together-2014
States of Space -2014
The Angry Silence -2014
Time of Dark Consequences – 2016
Contamination – 2016

Red Planet Orchestra
Contact Red Planet Orchestra at bandcamp.com



 

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio (2nd Gen) – An All-In-One Digital Audio Recording Solution

All-In-One Digital Audio Recording Solution

All for just £217 including VAT

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio (2nd Gen) features everything you need to turn your computer into a digital recording solution, improving on its original design to deliver maximum audio quality and performance. The Scarlett 2i2 Studio (2nd Gen) features the 2 in / 2 out Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface plus a CM25 large diaphragm condenser microphone, complete with a pair of HP60 closed-back headphones. This bundle provides you with everything you need to get studio-grade recordings straight out of the box, for everything from vocals to acoustic instruments.

 

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 MKII

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) features everything you need to turn your computer into a digital recording solution, improving on its original design to deliver maximum audio quality and performance. The interface features a 2 in / 2 out configuration, featuring both XLR and line/instrument inputs for recording microphones and instruments. There is also a 48V phantom power switch that allows you to connect and power condenser microphones, perfect for recording studio-quality vocals. You can also connect your headphones directly to the interface for monitoring purposes, allowing you to hear the audio signal as you record. The compact design and size of the Scarlett 2i2 makes it highly portable, allowing you to take your interface with you wherever you go. This is ideal for digital musicians who like to collaborate with other artists who may not have the same equipment at hand.

The MKII has been improved tenfold with a range of new features and functions that improve performance and audio quality. One of the most prominent upgrades is the new super-low latency performance. The super-low roundtrip latency improves performance and efficiency by minimising the delay between the original signal and the processed signal on your computer. This is paramount when recording vocals or instruments as it gives you the ability to record signals as close to real-time as possible. The sample rate of the Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) has also been increased, now running up to 24-bit/192kHz for maximum audio quality and studio-grade recordings.

CM25 Condenser Microphone

The CM25 large diaphragm condenser microphone is designed to record everything from vocals to acoustic instruments, delivering stellar audio quality. The microphone features a cardioid pickup pattern, making it perfect for a range of applications from recording studio-grade vocal takes to string sections or guitar amplifiers. The microphone improves on its original design with a wider frequency range and improved performance. The microphones also comes complete with a 3 metre XLR cable and a stand clip for attaching the microphone to a stand.

HP60 Closed-Back Headphones

The Scarlett Studio HP60 headphones are reference-grade headphones designed to deliver incredible detail, allowing you to monitor and mix songs with maximum accuracy. The extended frequency response and large drivers allow you to hear every nuance of the sound as it is intended, perfect for monitoring mixes and listening to reference tracks while you mix and master. The closed-back design offers maximum comfort whilst ensuring minimum spill from the headphones themselves, resulting in a precise and clear performance, perfect for referencing mixes as you work.

New Software Bundle

The Scarlett 2i2 Studio (2nd Gen) also features a brand new software bundle, providing you with everything you need to record, edit and mix your recordings. The new software bundle includes: Red 2 & 3 Plug-in Suite, Softube Time and Tone Pack, Ableton Live Lit music making software, Novation Bass Station VST with AU Plugin-Synthesiser, 2GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples plus Pro tools First (First Focusrite Creative Pack). This software bundle provides you with everything you need you get started out of the box. The addition of the Pro Tools First (First Focusrite Creative Pack) adds to its functionality, providing you with the Pro Tools First software and 12 free plug-ins.

What’s In The Box

  • Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) Audio Interface
  • HP60 (2nd Gen) Studio Headphones
  • CM25 (2nd Gen) Condenser Microphone
  • 3m XLR CAble
  • USB Cable
  • Bundle code for your free software

Features

  • Get everything you need in one box, and start recording straight away.
  • Two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain
  • Large diaphragm CM25 condenser microphone and 3m / 10′ Microphone cable
  • Two newly-designed instrument inputs, designed for seriously hot pick-ups
  • One headphones output with gain control
  • Studio quality HP60 closed-back headphones
  • Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit
  • Super-low latency for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP
  • Compact and tough enough to take anywhere
  • Powered by USB so you don’t need to carry a power cable
  • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite
  • All the additional software and loops you need to start recording
Get yours here



 

The ‘Soft Way To Mozart’ – A new way to learn to play the piano



One thousand years ago, the system for using notes to accurately record musical sounds was launched into the world. With it, people received the powerful ability to write down and read music.  The author of this project was Guido of Arezzo, an Italian Benedictine monk. Thanks to the Guido recording code, the musical language became written once and for all. But eventually, like any other code, this one needed an upgrade.

The Soft Way to Mozart is an action program that calls us to go back to Mozart’s time, when musical language was in its climax of development.  Only then can we correct the error of history by combining notes and keys, as was originally conceived by their Creator, Guido.

Hellene Hiner
Hellene Hiner

Music Vision International, (MVI) is a software development company that creates and markets interactive multi-media music education programs and curriculum to promote music literacy globally.  MVI’s predecessor company was Do Re Mi Fa Soft, founded in 2002 by a Russian-trained musicologist and music educator, Hellene Hiner, who has more than 30 years of teaching experience.

At the heart of this company is the groundbreaking patented and copyrighted invention of the Grand Staff visual simplification. Music notation has not changed for 10 centuries and only MVI has proven way of spelling it out for beginners from 2-year-old and up globally.

The mission of Music Vision International is to:

  • Dramatically improve music literacy throughout the world by becoming the premier online music learning destination, offering people of all ages and abilities an extremely fun and cost-effective way to learn to play piano and read music; and
  • Create a culture where music literacy enhances academic achievement for K-12 students who are part of the Soft Mozart” program.

The ‘Soft Way to Mozart’ curriculum is the cornerstone of the company’s entire product line. This curriculum covers all levels of music educational development from elementary to secondary schools. The curriculum consists of software interactive learning games, visual and interactive sheet music, books, lessons plans, flash cards, songs and other educational materials.

About Hellene Hiner, the founder of Music Vision International LLC

Ms. Hiner is the Founder and Chairman of MVI.  She developed the ‘Soft Way to Mozart’ curriculum for piano learning and music reading from over 30 years of research and music teaching.   Hellene is also the face of the program and has appeared on numerous TV shows and news programs.   She is an established and well-known entity with some of the most prestigious music institutions in the world including the Moscow Conservatory and the Madrid Conservatory.

Hellene was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia, and soon afterwards, her family moved to Ukraine. She entered a Music School to learn piano at age 7 and graduated with honors prior to entering the Zhitomir (Ukraine) Music College to study music theory, music history, and piano. Her favorite subjects were the pedagogy, psychology, and methodology of music. She graduated the Zhitomir Music College with honors and a Bachelor’s degree in music theory, music education, music history and piano.

Ms. Hiner continued her musicology education by attending the Kharkov (Ukraine) Music Conservatory (University of Arts) to receive her Master Degree in music, completing her 16-year-long Russian classical music education. She wrote a thesis, “How to teach children to understand and appreciate advanced forms of music.” The thesis was appraised with top marks, and the committee of the conservatory recommended that it be published.

Professionally, Hellene has worked as a music educator teaching in both public and private music schools and universities.  In the mid-1980’s, she invented a unique system of ear training and writing musical dictations. She also developed a system of teaching young students music improvisations and creating music. In 1991, her students composed an opera, “Kolobok,” and one of her pupils received a medal in the regional contest of young composers.

Upon moving to the United States in the mid-1990, Ms. Hiner founded “Little Mozart” – a Developmental Music Program. She taught piano using this music program in several private schools to children of ages 2.5 – 13 in groups and individually.  She also developed a way of teaching 2-5 year old children to play piano exercises in order to improve their eye-hand and two-hand coordination, and invented some music games to identify fast and slow music, major and minor, intervals and chords. These inventions subsequently formed the intellectual property for the current Soft Way to Mozart learning curriculum, which received a US Patent in 2009. Over the past eight years, more than 3,500 users across 48 countries have licensed the software program to learn how to play piano music.

Ms. Hiner continues giving piano lessons at her private piano studio for children in the Houston, Texas though now her main occupation is in applying her new ideas and vast teaching experience into learning materials, books, and software, and providing workshops for teachers. She also providing teacher training globally to spread her invention globally.

As the head Musicologist for Music Vision International, she keeps close contact with the schools and music studios that use the “Soft Way to Mozart” piano teaching method and learning software.




The FFM Live Lounge


The FFM Live Lounge is now ready to go giving our members the opportunity to live stream their gigs, sessions and broadcasts live at FFM Magazine via our Youtube channel


The process is quite straight forward.  Members who want to live stream will be given manager access to the channel. Once in, they can set up the system and get ready to go live.

TECH ALERT!!

You will need to be tech savvy and have access to a laptop or PC. A good quality external mic and camera would be ideal but should not stop you provided the internal mic and camera are adequate.

YOU CAN NOT DO THIS ON A MOBILE PHONE!

Once you are ready, contact me and I will link you to the website and off you go. The performance will be recorded and stored on the channel where you can revisit and share it forever.

This facility is only for FFM Members and if you are not already with us, just pop in to our Facebook group and join. There is no fee or process involved, just joining the Facebook group makes you a member. Once in, message me to get started.

Live streaming in this way will give you a global audience and massively increase you exposure.

JOIN FFM HERE



RETRO MUSIC MIX VIDEO – Look At Me Now – Song & Vocals By Adrian Novický


I am Adrian Novicky and I’m a new music producer with a focus on creating new musical styles. Some of You already know me and I hope you enjoy the music and join my fans.

More music from me that you can find on soundcloud. 

Adrian Novicky
Adrian Novicky



Introducing Singer Songwriter – Anna



Anna Madara Pērkone (23) is a dreamy, electronic music producer and singer from Amsterdam. All of her songs are completely self produced and mixed in a little recording room located in the middle of the city. While growing up on a coast in Latvia, Madara started a classical piano education at the age of 7. In 2017, she and her band, MADARA, went on a tour to Colombia and performed all around the country. The band’s first EP will come out in April 2018. Madara has always made solo recordings and has recently decided to produce it all under the name ANNNA.

 

“Hehey guys, I’m a 23 year old musician from Amsterdam. I’m here to collaborate and share the feedback!

I’ve recorded all of my songs on my floating house studio, gone on a tour to Colombia and performed while standing on a boat with three other musicians. Now, finally my first EP is out and I’d appreciate any feedback and each listen.”

Anna



Here is what music does to your body



Countless research has been done over the years as to the positive effects that listening to and playing music can have on the brain and the body. Here is an excellent and succinct video that summarizes this.

Here Is What Music Does To Your Body

Here is what music does to your body.

Posted by Hashem Al-Ghaili on Thursday, 1 March 2018