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Bits & Pieces?

Bits & Pieces

It’s one of my lifelines. It’s something that I try and bring with me everywhere I venture. I’m constantly looking for more. Drugs? No. Not unless you argue the properties of physics. I’m talking about music. Which one could probably argue has similar effects on the body. Personally, sound has the ability to alter my mood, outlook, energy and creativity (among others) in a moment’s time. So. Sometimes I try and use this to my advantage. For instance, right now, I’m listening to a band called Efterklang. Long drawn out tones with soothing notes, a variety of voices and a repertoire of instruments puts me in a state of thought and emotion. Something I think suits whatever it is I’m trying to ultimately describe in this post. But. If I was handed a project, say for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (a hip, young, edgy client), I’d quickly sift through my library and find something like Miami Horror. With this bands uplifting melodies, steady beats, and a mixture of synths and electro-ism I feel better connected with the persona and clientele of 88Nine. It also gives me the energy I want in order to design something, I feel, would fit into 88Nine’s positive and edgy image.

Now this is just me. Your choice in music, depending on what you’re trying to achieve, could be completely opposite of mine. Or maybe you’re just not into music. But I think not only our work, but our outlook and day-to-day personalties derive from whatever was just emitted from our car speakers, our headphones, our computers or whatever that noise is coming from in the office next door. So the next time you’re having a rough day or feel like your creativity is stale, try searching for some new sounds.

Heres a few bands that immediately were adopted into my library (along with the two above):

Bag RaidersBlackbird BlackbirdGypsy & The CatThe Head And The HeartStornoway

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Why is it that the projects you enjoy working on most are often the ones you aren’t getting paid for? One theory I have is that it’s self-rewarding. You feel like you are helping someone reach a goal, and more often than not, who ever is on the receiving end is genuinely thrilled with whatever it is you are assisting with. It’s an added bonus when you are a passionate supporter of the people you are helping—like 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

88Nine is a young station. They have been on the air now for just over four years, but until the beginning of this year, they have never advertised. Their success so far has been mainly from word of mouth, and also simply because there just isn’t another station in the area that plays such a diverse mix of good music. We were tasked with formally introducing the station to the city, but our concept not only introduced 88Nine to Milwaukee, it also introduced several “new” artists to the city. 88.9FM is truly “Where Milwaukee Discovers New Music.”

The billboards and bus shelters ran in numerous rotating locations from January through February (You may find some surviving artwork around the city still). In addition to the outdoor campaign, we were also able to work with our great friends at Aurum Design on producing a theater spot for the station.

In the end, we hope their introduction has been warmly received with excited new listeners. Who knows, maybe we have even inspired some to update their own personal playlists. Our relationship will continue to grow, so look forward to more from us and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

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