(Rob Millis)




We had a speaker named Rob Millis come in and talk to us about the history of recordings. He played some analogue recordings which where vinyl records. He also spoke about his love for old records and analogue recording and how it sounds better than present day mp3s.

He also demonstrated an old Japanese record player, which works using kinetic energy via a crank, which after being wound will spin a record and play it. It was fascinating to me because it was strange to see something work without batteries.



(Example of Vinyl Records)
Most of the recordings where not western and consisted of predominantly indian culture, although there was a Japanese song and Korean song played. The audio quality was very poor, and there was a lot of noise in the recordings.

Rob later stated that this is because the artiste had to play or sing into a horn like device which picked up everything in the present surroundings, and was not as exact as a microphone.

He also played an African recording which most of the class seemed to recognized because of the distinct tone of the singer and the call and response nature of the record.





A New Era of Music

Before the ipods and tablets, there was no way for people to listen to music on the go. Yes amazing isnt it, if your under the age of fifteen or born after the imminent doom of y2k, the you probably wouldn’t know what im talking about. However if you where, then you would know about the simple device that revolutionized how the public listened to music, ergo The Walkman! 

I was born in the late 80’s, which by default puts me in a time when i cognitively had to listen to music on physical clunky devices. These where called radios, or rather boom boxes, which claimed to be more portable. Depending on your upper arm strength of course the varsity of that statement could be put to the test very quickly. There where no mp3s, music came out on cassettes, and where primary still played on records. Then the Walkman came, i was about eight or so, i don’t really remember, however my brother got one and i made it my mission to kidnap it when ever i could.



 “Attention, the 160 million or so owners of an Apple iPod MP3 player: take out those white earbuds and listen for a second. Before the iPod became ubiquitous — way, way before — there was the Walkman. The portable cassette players, first introduced 30 years ago this week, sold a cumulative 200 million units, rocked the recording industry and fundamentally changed how people experienced music. Sound familiar?” – Time Magazine

I remember carrying it to school with me, and just enjoying the sheer bliss of being able to listen to music on the go. Could this possibly get any better, well it did after i turned into a teenager and got my first CD player. However the whole template for that is by and large based on the walkman.
Yes, it was cumbersome having to fast forward through songs, and the headphones where apparently made of black spider web which disintegrated after a few months, however the Walkman was the best thing since Cartoon Network for me! 
This device put Sony on the map, they apparently sold millions of them soon after launch. This was the beginning of the “bubble” generation. The walkman allowed us to be intwined in our own music, and by extension our own worlds. Listening to music before the invention of the walkman was a shared experience whether you wanted to or not, when you played music on a stereo others are forced to hear it. However the Walkman changed all that, you could make your own mix tapes, theme, love making playlist or whatever you wanted.The Walkman ushered in the era of portable music, creating pathway for its descendants the disc man, Mp3 player and the Smartphone. We owe it all to the Walkman, the grandfather of personal music!
  1. “Sony Walkman: Reflecting 30 Years Later on How It Set the World on Its Ear.” Http://www.tampabay.com. N.p., n.d. Web.
  2. Haire, Meaghan. “The Walkman.” Time. Time Inc., 01 July 2009. Web. 20 July 2014.
  3. Haire, Meaghan. “The Walkman.” Time. Time Inc., 01 July 2009. Web. 23 July 2014.



My names is Richard, i am a student at the Art Institute of Seattle and i am currently perusing my Bachelors in Audio Engineering at the Art Institute of Seattle. I am also a piano player, and enjoy playing classical music and Jazz.
 I have a love for all types of music, with the exception of Reggae-ton which i find repetitive. I enjoy action sports, comedic movies and producing music on my computer as well as recording midi piano instrumentation on Pro Tools.

Song Review

Song Name – If Loving you is Wrong

Artist – Luther Ingram

This is a R&B/Soul song which was released in 1972, by the label KoKo records and sung by one of thier artist Luther Ingram. The record is 3:32 mins in length and was highly popular at the time of its release and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chat.

The overlying theme of the song is that of a man trying to convey to his outside lady aka mistress, that even though he has a wife, children and life somewhere else, he feels that it is the right thing to do to engage in an extramarital affair with another woman. Hence the chorus ” if Loving you is wrong, i don’t want to be right”

This song is obviously before my time, i am a 1980’s baby, however at the time of this songs release, speaking about such matters was taboo and the singers audience at the time found the display of such a private intimate matter quite salacious.

Over all, its a very deep song, one could probably say that a lot of us can relate to it even if you are not committing an affair. Any listener who may feel they are in a Taboo situation, or in a romance with someone who your friends or parents may not approve of, will find solace in listening to this song.

I personally give this song Five out of Five personal stars. You should definitely take a listen and be moved by the sensual soul and melodic romantic reassurance of this artist to his forbidden lover.