Staff Picks: Kait’s Top Albums of 2013

December 17th, 2013 by Kait Connaughton

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Before 2013, electronic music was a rare find in my iTunes. This year, however, has been rather kind to the deteriorating genre (although I can’t say the same about EDM culture) with explosive releases from Daft Punk, James Blake, Pretty Lights, and my favorite of the year, Disclosure. Made up of two UK bloaks who just happen to be brothers, Disclosure debuted their first album Settle in June 2013 and needless to say, I have not stopped listening since. If you are not listening yet, you are doing yourself a disservice; that’s how strongly I feel about Disclosure.

Suggested Tracks: “Latch,” “Help Me Lose My Mind,” “Boiling,” & “What’s In Your Head”


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Museum Mondays: A Carroll’s Christmas at the Mount Clare Museum House

December 16th, 2013 by Samantha Chemali

Mt Clare Museum HouseWhat: A Carroll’s Christmas at the Mount Clare Museum House

When: Until December 31st, 2013

Where: Mount Clare Museum

Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with a colonial American Christmas experience! See Mount Clare transformed for the winter holiday, decorated in traditional 18th and 19th century style with greens and dried plants accented with fruits, nuts, feathers and pine cones-a visual delight! Experience the holidays of years past at Mount Clare Museum House’s annual winter celebration. Special programs include live musical performances by the Monumental City Ancient Fife and Drum Corps. Looking for the perfect gift? The museum store is filled with holiday merchandise to satisfy your holiday shopping list.

Members are free but for non-members it is only $5.00! For more information click here.



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RadioEdu Week 12: Part Two

December 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Prozzi

Concepts: Cutting Loops, Advanced Editing, Recording Vocals over Soundbeds

While M worked on mixing and finalizing her track, J was working on another ‘Top Ten’ list, this time thinking more about how the loop would sound under what he was planning. He decided to do a ‘Top Ten Worst Video Game Cliches’ and already had a vision of what the track would sound like.

He selected a few different basslines that he liked, and then cut them up and rearranged the audio samples into his own groove. He manipulated the audio slices and even began to comfortably use the ‘reverse selection’ function to enhance his new bassline. J has developed a go-to method that he uses for this process, which involves keeping the original audio file intact on a separate, muted track. This allows him to easily go back and cut out the sections he wants. I’m going to post screenshots of J and M’s arrangement so that everyone can see the detailed cutting and editing of the looped segments.

After recording this, J did a quick mixdown of the 30 second clip and looped it under his ‘Top Ten.’ We then listened and mixed it Thursday morning. M wanted to add some drums to J’s original bassline, so Thursday I had her and J work together to accomplish this task. M did an excellent job chopping up the beats and layering them in, and realized that it’s often quite difficult to add drums to an already existing line, especially if that piece was done without drums to begin with.
The project was more an exercise in working to place audio visually, as M used the waveforms to line up the hits, just as she did in her 30 second track from Wednesday.

We finished the session with M recording a recipe segment where she walked the listeners through creation of one of her favorite meals. Make sure to keep posted for this file next week!


J’s Top Ten Cliches

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J and M Combo

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RadioEdu Week 12: Part One

December 13th, 2013 by Jonathan Prozzi

Concepts: Cutting Loops, Advanced Editing, Recording Vocals over Soundbeds

This was a tremendously productive week for the students! We covered so many valuable topics that I need to write a two part blog entry to cover everything. Since we had two abbreviated yet successful weeks, this was a very invigorating week and the students demonstrated that they have not forgotten anything during our shortened sessions.

We began by revisiting J’s piece from last week: his first attempt at recording a ‘Top Ten’ over a looped soundbed that he created. The students listened to the mix and provided their feedback, and J was able to analyze his mix and offer input on the things that he did and what he would change. I also briefly introduced the Phaser effect, and the students had fun listening to the impact it had on morphing audio, especially vocals and drum sounds. We will revisit the Phaser next week.

Since the students had two snow days this week, I decided to have them do an impromptu radio show about the things that they liked and disliked about the snow, and what they did during their time off. The purpose of this exercise was to emphasize the importance of transitions and smoothness during a radio show, and they have noticeably improved their abilities to talk with little downtime!

In the Wednesday afternoon session, we focused on more advanced skills involved in manipulating and editing audio loops. We reviewed the previous techniques, and both J and M were given the task to create a 30-40 second track that would serve as a soundbed for a segment that they were to record at the end of the session.

M began right away, and started with a drum track and then layered in some piano, sound fx, and synths. She came up with the arrangement herself, and cut and looped the audio to match what she envisioned. She then worked through the mix herself to optimize the sound.

On to part 2!


M’s Beat

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Food Fridays: Federal Hill Food Tour

December 13th, 2013 by Samantha Chemali

fedpicWhat: Federal Hill Food Tour

When: Wednesdays-Sundays between 3:00 and 6:30 pm

Where: Exact meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase

Love food and want to explore Federal hill? Join us as we bring you through a town of narrow rowhouses, cobbled streets, and fantastic local cuisine, encapsulating three centuries worth of charm. See what makes this port town so unique and delicious. Federal Hill is known for its well developed food scene offering local eateries, famous dishes from Cross Street Market, indigenous foods, family recipes, as well as progressive, high end cuisine. It is south Baltimore’s most historic neighborhood.

Click here for ticketing information!



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Theatre Thursday: BSO Holiday Cirque

December 12th, 2013 by Samantha Chemali

CirqueMusicaHoliday_130x130What: BSO Holiday Cirque

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2 p.m.; Friday, December 13, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m.

Where: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street

Holiday Cirque will get you into the spirit of the season! Bring the entire family to hear holiday favorites while experiencing an awe-inspiring performance by the majestic Cirque Musica. Stunning aerial feats, strongmen and mind-boggling contortionists will take your breath away in this ultimate holiday extravaganza.

Tickets start at $31! Click here for more information.



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Wacky Wednesday: First Annual Christmas Village in Baltimore

December 11th, 2013 by Samantha Chemali

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What: First Annual Christmas Village in Baltimore

When: November 28 through December 24

Where: West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor

For the first time Christmas Village will transform Baltimore’s Inner Harbor West Shore Park into a traditional German Christmas Market. Running from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve the spirit of the Holiday season will be alive along the waterfront. The Christmas Village is an indoor and outdoor holiday market modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg. From Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve vendors in more than 60 booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks providing a unique shopping experience with international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. The outdoor area around the Walter Sondheim Fountain will bring the original Christmas Village charm with its traditional German style wooden huts to Baltimore. In addition a heated festival tent will create a Christmas shopping atmosphere with more vendors, a Food Court and live entertainment.

For more information visit their website!



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Tourism Tuesdays: Photos with Santa and Santa’s Place Light Shows

December 10th, 2013 by Samantha Chemali

hol-santahouseWhat: Photos with Santa and Santa’s Place Light Shows 

When: Saturday, November 23 – Tuesday, December 24; Mondays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
and Sundays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Harborplace Amphitheater

Celebrate the season on Baltimore’s waterfront and come down to get a picture with santa! See all the sights of the Inner Harbor and a explore Baltimore in all its holiday cheer! 



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Museum Mondays: The New Old Time Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland

December 9th, 2013 by Samantha Chemali

1320180938113What: The New Old Time Holiday Train Garden at the Fire Museum of Maryland

When: December 7, 14, & 21, 2013

Where: Fire Museum of Maryland

Travel back in time for the holiday season! Watch antique O-Scale trains and a street car wind their way through a 20th century Baltimore neighborhood and take a stroll through two centuries worth of antique fire engines and a reconstructed 1871 fire house! Plus, don’t forget to get your picture taken with Santa! The market opens with an event on Saturday, November 30 from 10a.m. to 4p.m., featuring free photos with Santa in a Fire Chief’s Sleigh from 11a.m. to 2p.m.

For more information visit their website!



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WLOY Picks Ten Christmas Classics

December 6th, 2013 by The Professor

DJ_Santa Well, maybe we picked 11, because we play music and can’t count.  Ok, give us a break.  We polled a few current and former staff members to see what they can’t live without at Christmas time.  You know, the music that makes them enjoy the season, not want to shove pencils in their ears if they have to hear it one more time (Elmo & Patsy, we’re looking at you).  And because we care about you, our listeners, we even threw in an iTunes link so you can add them to your own playlists at home (you’re welcome).  Here they are in no particular order, along with a reminder to get into the spirit of the season and share your gifts with others : Read the rest of this entry »



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