WLOY Valentines Bash feat. Maria Dontas

February 7th, 2014 by Joe Lomuti

DSC_0135THATS RIGHT! SHE’S BACK!! This coming Thursday, Feb. 13th, the lovely Maria Dontas will be enchanting the 3rd Floor Reading room for a special singer-songwriter event. Maria is a brilliant musician and lyricist, with a set of pipes that will could quite possibly blow your tympanic  membranes, yes . . . both of them, at the same time. It is no coincidence that this heart-melter will be leading WLOY’s Valentines Day spectacular. On such an occasion, we will be going beyond our standard ticket raffle, rather hooking you up a lifetimes supply of sweet hearts!!!! Hooray!

But no, as much as you might crave sweetened chalk, WLOY will be raffling our Valentines Day bundle which includes $25 dinner coupon for Ryan’s Daughter at Belvedere Square, two free movie tickets at the Senator Theater, and free transportation by Uber taxi service. An amazing performance and potentially free dinner date for two? You would be a silly goose not to come. Show starts 9PM sharp!

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RadioEdu Second Semester Week 3: Part 2

February 7th, 2014 by Jonathan Prozzi

Concepts: Project Planning for Music Production, Utilizing Grids as Guides

This week J and I also discussed some tips for more efficiently producing music and soundbeds. Thus far, J has done an excellent job creating his music tracks by exploring and experimenting, but I wanted to offer some compositional and organizational tips that he could utilize in his productions.

When we first began working with loop based production, the students developed their own method for tracking timing and placement of audio. Their natural technique was to utilize the ruler style time grid, and mark their start/stop points through its relative position on the grid. Included are some examples of their newer compositions using these newly introduced guidelines.



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RadioEdu Second Semester Week 3: Part 1

February 7th, 2014 by Jonathan Prozzi

Concepts: Project Planning and Production Preparation

Hi everyone! We had another short week due to snow cancellations, but J was able to accomplish a lot in a small amount of time. In fact, we did so much this week that I’m choosing to split the update into two parts!

J and I discussed a possible project that he and M and would be producing, an audio chronicle of Black History Month poems/stories/biographies done by classmates. Since the project is in the design phase, I took the opportunity to work with J on planning and development skills. We talked about what steps a producer for such a project would need to take, and J came up with these points, among others:

  • Ensure that all students involved are prepared and know what they will be recording prior to a practice session.
  • Once practicing, check the input levels for the mics, and encourage all students to talk at a consistent volume.
  • Plan out a time limit/frame for each student, so the producer has an idea how long the project would be.
  • Consider having the students record according to their height, i.e. students with similar height record in sequence so to minimize mic adjustments
  • Plan for any music or extra production that would need to be included, such as an introduction
  • Understand who the audience of the piece would be

After a preliminary discussion of these questions, I decided to do an impromptu interview session with J, asking him to elaborate and follow up on his answers and planning process. This proved to be a great exercise, as he was really able to talk about his methods and approach to projects, honing in on the importance of this stage for the success of projects. His ability to answer and provide justification for his choices and method demonstrated a growing maturity and comfort with the production process.

The interview will be included as an audio file once edited and uploaded.

[insert Justice Producer Interview]



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Food Fridays: Papermoon Diner

February 7th, 2014 by Samantha Chemali

PaperMoonDetailWhat: Papermoon Diner

Where: 227 West 29th Street Baltimore, MD 21211

The Papermoon Diner offers an eccentric, eclectic, technicolor dining experience that might be best described as “comfort food meets Baltimore with a twist.” They’re vegetarian and raging-carnivore friendly, with a jam-packed menu featuring everything from meat loaf to crab quesadillas, from vegan nachos to peanut butter and jelly French toast, from homemade chili to shrimp and grits—and so much more.



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What Is The WLOY Staff Listening To?

February 6th, 2014 by Billy Dries

inside-llewyn-davis-original-soundtrack-338-300Joe Lomuti – Inside Llewyn Davis OST – Oscar Isaac – 

It is definitely hard to see through the biases associated with movie sound track albums. Why spend money on a collection of juxtaposed songs that seem but lost independent of their movie origin? However, with the release of the new Coen Brothers film Inside Lleywn Davis, my perceptions have been swayed. Based in NYC circa 1960, the film follows the character of Lleywn Davis–a vagabond folk musician surfing couches of the East Village struggling to demonstrate his talent and find his place in life. The film’s soundtrack was created like any other studio album and more so. Tracks include appearances by Mumford & and Sons, JT, and The Punch Brothers, all lead by notable music producer and composer T-Bone Burnett. However, don’t let all these big names shadow Oscar Isaac, the lead actor and recording musician for multiple tracks including one of my favorites “Hang me, Oh Hang me”. If you enjoy folk music, or just good art in general, both the sound track and film are definitely worth checking out.
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Top 20 Tracks 2.2.14

February 6th, 2014 by Billy Dries

b3b2ca91Our Top 20 this week remains similar to the last, with Broken Bells still sitting atop the chart, after releasing After The Disco, their second studio album, earlier this week. New additions to the list include tracks by Waxahatchee, The Jezabels, and Death Vessel. Check in every week for an updated list of our favorite tracks at WLOY.
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Theater Thursdays: Animated Orchestra

February 6th, 2014 by Samantha Chemali

AnimatedOrchestra_130x130What: Animated Orchestra

Where: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

When: March 8th, 2014

Experience the story of a mischievous ferret as his wild escapades wreak havoc in an old instrument shop in Greg Smith’s The Animated Orchestra. Be sure to practice your “ferret sounds” to help put this piece together, accompanied by sound effects from the BSO.

For ticketing information check out their website here.



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Wacky Wednesdays: Free Salsa Lessons!

February 5th, 2014 by Samantha Chemali

imagesWhat: Salsa Lessons

Where: Talara

When: Every Monday

Want to learn how to salsa? This is the perfect place and time! Join Talara from 9-9:30 every monday night and dance the night away! After you learn the salsa enjoy open dancing until midnight. Don’t forget to check out their happy hour!

Visit their website here for more information



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Tourism Tuesdays: Handel Choir of Baltimore presents “Celebrate Baltimore”

February 4th, 2014 by Samantha Chemali

boh_man_canton for website smallerWhat: Celebrate Baltimore

Where: Old St. Paul’s Church

When: March 1st, 2014

Charm City’s rich ethnic heritage and its historical and cultural significance come to life at the landmark Old Saint Paul’s Church with classic choral literature, spirituals and jazz, plus a musical reconstruction of the Star Spangled Banner as it might have sounded in its earliest days. Handel Choir conducted by Arian Khaefi.

With a student discount for only $10, visit the website here for more information!


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WLOY Coffee House Presents: Eliza Doering & The Penny Black

February 3rd, 2014 by Joe Lomuti

This past Thursday, WLOY Coffee House hosted musical duo Eliza Doering & The Penny Black.  Local performers Eliza and Johnny Doering brought their experience and put on a great show for the coffee house crowd. Look out for more Coffee House productions coming up on the WLOY calendar!

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