Album Review: For All The Hope We Hold | Skybound

According to Tiago (lead guitar) the album is a concept album that follows a young fighter pilot that has crashed his plane during the second world war and finds a mysterious island. Each song is a journal entry from the perspective of the pilot. I’m willing to admit that before I listened to this album I was not a huge fan of instrumental music, but this album has thoroughly changed my mind.

Song 1: Void

This song is about the pilot crashing his plane and how he feels hopeless. The song starts with a lamenting vocal line that brings across the despair and hopelessness that the pilot must feel. Then the music erupts and you start to sense his determination to survive. Skybound is a seriously talented group of musicians and this song goes to show it.

9/10

Song 2: The Peach Arbor

This song follows the pilot as he discovers a bunch of fruit trees. When the song starts you can really sense the feeling of wonder and excitement the pilot has at discovering the fruit. This song has one of my favourite guitar riffs on the album and the drums and guitar just mesh perfectly together. The bass line that comes in around halfway also meshes beautifully with instrumentation of the guitar and drums. The build-up and fall at the end is an amazing way to end the song and flows perfectly into the next song, Moonflower.

9/10

Song 3: Moonflower

Moonflower follows the pilot as his first day on the island ends. Mysterious flowers start glowing at his feet. The song starts with instrumentation that brings across the sense of wonder, confusion and amazement at the flowers. When I listen to the song I can picture the pilot running through a field of these glowing flowers with the sense of wonder and abandon of a child. Again a song with a perfectly paired guitar riff and drum pattern. The transitions from part to part are perfectly executed and the tapping riff about halfway through is simply amazing. This song also has an amazing buildup and fall that is a great transition from one song to the next. The drumming in this song is absolutely amazing.

9.5/10

Song 4: Please Come Home

This song follows the pilot as he meets a group of people and starts to feel a sense of belonging. The opening guitar riff is so good and is a great gateway to the near perfection that follows it up. The main riff of the song is seriously good and gets stuck in my head every time I listen to it, a hallmark of an amazing riff. Also, the transition from fast to slow, with a perfectly executed fade out and fade in really adds to the song, with another sick tapping riff.

9.5/10

Song 5: Time Tessellates

This song starts with a wonderfully beautiful guitar riff mixed in with some light strings faded into the background. It follows the pilot about a week after he lands on the island. The use of harmonics on the guitar right before the build-up made me smile as that technique is not often heard being used by younger guitarists as it can be difficult to execute. Also, the riffs in this song are absolutely mind-boggling and the drumming seriously adds a layer to the song that is hard to describe. This is probably my favourite song on the album and I love the synths that were added as they seriously change the feel of the song for the better, they add a feeling of fun to the song. Time Tessellates feels like it would be in the soundtrack to a movie.

10/10

Song 6: Nova

This song is about a girl the pilot starts falling in love with, named Nova. Its one of the shortest songs on the album and it features a nice synth line, and once again everything meshes perfectly. The ending riff is so so so good too.

9.5/10

Song 7: The Tempest

This one starts with a bang. Energetic, bouncing and fun. Beautiful transitions again and more beautiful guitar riffs. This song is about the pilot surviving a storm that blew the camp apart. You can definitely feel the ferociousness of the storm in the music, and the sense of being lost while the pilot struggles to find his way back to his new friends.

9/10

Song 8: Bipolar Bear

This song follows the pilot as he struggles to get across the island. You can definitely feel his sense of longing and determination to get to where he needs to go. More epic riffs and perfection in meshing of instrumental elements. Skybound strikes again with the mind boggling transitions and time changes. Also, the random sax solo in the middle of the song took me by surprise at first but it adds a nice layer to the music.

9/10

Song 9: Lemon Lime

The pilot is almost at his destination, he takes a break and can feel the grass between his toes. Lemon Lime had me bobbing my head and tapping my foot the whole time I was listening. Executed perfection. More perfect transitions, time changes, tempo changes, great use of dynamics, a great bass line that doesn’t overpower the guitar but at the same time doesn’t get buried either. Very well mixed.

10/10

Song 10: The Secret Life Of Birds

The final song on the album. Over a month has passed since the storm destroyed the camp. The pilot finally arrives at the other side of the island. The song starts with birds, and a nice string part, that gives me a sense of foreboding but at the same time relief. The piano comes in and builds on the relief. I feel at ease listening to the start of the song. The guitar kicks in, a nice fingerpicking acoustic guitar part. Synth just lightly in the back. Then, boom. Another perfectly executed transition. The song features a well-rounded mix of acoustic and electric guitar parts, clean and distorted guitar and then an epic transition part way through with a sick drum fill. The last part of the song has a beautiful ukulele and piano part, with what sounds like a harp and some nice soothing strings. A perfect finish for a near perfect album.

10/10

Overall:

  1. Void: 9/10
  2. The Peach Arbor: 9/10
  3. Moonflower: 9.5/10
  4. Please Come Home: 9.5/10
  5. Time Tessellates: 10/10
  6. Nova: 9.5/10
  7. The Tempest: 9/10
  8. Bipolar bear: 9/10
  9. Lemon Lime: 10/10
  10. The Secret Life Of Birds: 10
  11. Overall: 94.5/100
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A Chat With: Nathan Dufresne

Originally Published on 1/15/2019

1: How would you describe your sound?

I’ve definitely got an alternative rock sound. It’s one of my favourite genres of music and it shows when I write. As I’ve gone on with my newer songs I’ve definitely adapted more of a singer songwriter sound while keeping my alternative rock roots.

2. Who are your influences?  

God there’s so many. As far as music goes, definitely Weezer. Cosplay, Our Lady Peace, and Green day as well.  Lyrically however, I take inspiration from John Mayer, and Ed Sheeran. The way they write songs and structure them are inspiring. 

3. What’s on the horizon for 2019 musically?

I’m going on tour! I’ve gotten an opportunity through a charitable organisation through Live Different (Their Insta handle is @livediff) and I’ll be going either to eastern, or western Canada to promote Hey Ryan. Once I get back, I’ll hopefully be releasing another single for the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. We’ll see how things go. 

4. What is your creative process?

Oh jeez, I’m really picky when it comes to music. To put it in perspective, I wrote Hey Ryan almost 4 years ago now, and didn’t get it properly recorded until October 2018.I believe in the power of people, I’ve had so many people work on this song with me, and that have all put their ideas into this that it’s hard to say it’s my process. The key, for me at least, is to write the song, and then I’ve got to find the people who have the same kind of passion for not just music, but for mine as well. I’ve found a on absolutely talented team, and they’ve made the process all the better with their work.

5. Where do you draw inspiration from?

My feelings. I have a lot of difficulty writing about my past or about things that happen on a day to day basis.  I’m trying to work more by in cooperating my feelings into it somehow. I’ll let you know when I’ve figured it out. As for now, it’s mostly about people. It can range anywhere from telling someone how I feel about them, to telling them that they’re better than what the believe they are, and my music is how I show them that. 

6. How do you deal with nerves before a show?

1 giant glass of water, and 3 deep breaths. It’s cheesy I know, but it works. It calms you down in all sorts of situations, not just when you’re going on stage. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had shows where the nerves are to crazy to just get rid of, but the trick always works, even if it settles them down for a brief period of time.

7. What’s your favourite venue in Ottawa?

Definitely Dekcuf. I haven’t gotten to play any shows there yet, but the venue is great. It’s small, but there’s something about it that creates an intimate space between the artist performing and the audience. Everyone connects with each other. 

8. Craziest thing that you’ve seen at a show?

My first concert ever was Roger Waters The Wall. It’s a pretty high standard for most shows to live up too just hearing the name, but at one point there was so much going on you just had to settle on one thing and just let the music take you. There were giant balloons of a teacher, and the image of Roger Waters Ex wife, a flying pig, fireworks. You name it. I mean it’s Pink Floyd 

9. If you could tour or play a show with any act who would it be?  

I mean I feel like it’s cliche cause everyone always responds with someone whose well known either locally or global. It’s understandable, who wouldn’t? At the same time though, this past year I’ve met, and made friends with so many talented musicians that I’d probably have to go with them. Almyr Jules, Enrosa, Justin Perron, just to name a few.

10. Advice for new musicians or acts?

Advice? Don’t forget who you are. Things are going to get difficult. Life is going to throw you off course. You’ll spend days questioning why you chose to do this, You’ll spend days questioning yourself. But your heart knows the answer to everything. You’ve got to remember why you started it, and you’ve gotta see it through. 

11. Are there any shout outs you’d like to make?

Oh dude, so many. Mom! Dave! I love you two. Dad. Things have always been up and down for us. Kinda like a struggle for power. But you’ve got Pam, and Finn, and Kiki now, and I know you’ll see that through. I love all of you. It doesn’t matter what happens, you’re always on my mind. My brother, Andrew, for being a strange, yet solid rock. My Cousin Ryan, who the song is about. You’re capable of great things man, you’ve just gotta get up and fight the bad days. My Aunts and Uncles.All your advice has been appreciated and you call cross my mind at some point or another. Everyone who has helped make this new single happen. Luke Zuwala for the walkdown, James Van Hagen for the build up. Justin Perron, for the guitar used, his living room, and recording the bad boy, Mike Poisson, for mixing the track, providing an amazing opportunity, and believing in my music. Christian Vezina for recording the music video, Andrew Lessard, for the amazing photos that have been taken. Almyr Jules, for putting in his time and effort to assist with the album cover.  Surraya Aziz, Daniel Rosales, Neha Sin, Jordan Verities, Kevin Thompson,  Kevin Godin, and so many others for so much moral support. I love you all 

Social Media Links:

Instagram: @nathan.dufresne

Facebook: facebook.com/ndufresn

Twitter: @ndufresne

Youtube: Nathan Dufresne

Music Education Is More Important Than People Realise

This past month the Doug Ford government cut funding to arts education. For those who are not involved in the arts this doesn’t seem like a big problem, but it could actually be harming our students’ chances of success in other classes, especially math.

An elementary school in California developed a new way to help younger students learn math by having them play the equation through tapping out rhythms.

An innovative curriculum uses rhythm to teach fractions at a California school where students in a music-based programme scored significantly higher on math tests than their peers who received regular instruction.

“Academic Music” is a hands-on curriculum that uses music notation, clapping, drumming and chanting to introduce third-grade students to fractions.

The Telegraph

There was also a study done where they looked at how big an impact listening to music in class during math would have on test scores, again those with music involved in their curriculum scored almost 40% higher than those without.

While just listening to music while working on math may be incredibly helpful, especially with fractions, playing music is even more advantageous, because at the heart of it all every piece of music is a giant math equation. You need to have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of math in order to score and play music. So it is safe to say that playing and writing music can also help with the reverse.

Dr. Frances Rauscher of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has been heavily involved in research on music and cognitive performance. She gives far more credit to the active playing of instruments than simply passive listening.

In her 2006 article published in the Educational Psychologist, she explains that “young children provided with instrumental instruction score significantly higher on tasks measuring spatial-temporal cognition, hand-eye coordination and arithmetic.” Part of this is due to the amount of overlap between music skills and math skills. For example, Rauscher says the part-whole concept that is necessary for understanding fractions, decimals and per cents is highly relevant in understanding rhythm. “A literate musician is required to continually mentally subdivide beat to arrive at the correct interpretation of rhythmic notation,” she writes. “The context has changed, but the structure of the problem is essentially the same as any part-whole problem posed mathematically.”

Vancouver Sun

While music can help with math directly, it can also indirectly help with almost every other subject. Playing an instrument takes dedication, perseverance and hard work. All skills that will bleed into other subjects at school, as well as into the daily lives of musicians. Not to mention, your fine motor skills are also improved by playing an instrument. Your hand eye coordination, memory, and even lung capacity can be built up through playing an instrument. Musicians are generally more confident and outgoing, which can lead to more success later in life due to networking and being able to build relationships . But confidence also helps in school because confident students second guess themselves less, which can help improve grades on tests, and also help during presentations.

Music education is incredibly important, and we shouldn’t lose site of that. Improving the lives and education of the younger generations should be bi-partisan. It shouldn’t even be political to begin with.

Sources

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/9159802/Music-helps-children-learn-maths.html

https://blog.brainbalancecenters.com/2015/04/correlation-between-math-and-music-ability

http://www.vancouversun.com/Entertainment/interesting+connection+between+math+music/1473881/story.html#__federated=1

OPINION: Streaming Is Killing The Music Industry

By Noi Ya

Very few artists nowadays are in it for the money, most of the ones I’ve spoken to at least have their hearts in the right place and enough drive to make reasonable decisions in terms of income and business ventures. From what I’ve seen (in Canada at least) the product is there. The support is there. And (as much as I hate to say it) the labels are here too. But there’s no money.

It’s gotten so bad now that it’s started turning into a meme the, “DUDES, our song got streamed half a million times, we made six bucks” thing we’ve all become familiar with and I’m sure hear about endlessly. So, here we are in a pretty significant pickle, and people expect some groundbreaking solution that makes everything easier for everyone. There is none.

Artists deserve a minimum wage. With artist unions becoming powerless in the last few generations the only voices we have that will speak on the behalf of the collective are the singers or the managers (who also have less than wholesome goals in mind).

Recently there’s been promotions giving consumers a “deal”. $5 for the entire platforms library of music(which is quite a bit of music). The issue here lies in the payment to the artists supplying this library. Even very prominent artists have started to feel the pinch. $5 is less than a CD ten years ago. So how is this possible? It’s not. If you want to support an artist buy a shirt or the record online. Share their music on social media. Tell your friends about them. Play them loud at parties. If you don’t want to support them and don’t give a fuck about your friends in the art world. Stream.

Scene ‘Zine | April 2019 | Tyler Hay Memorial Edition

In Memory Of Tyler Hay

On Tuesday March 26th 2018, the Ottawa music scene awoke to the horrible news that it had lost one of its own. We would like to dedicate this issue of The Ottawa Sound, to Tyler.

Tyler was a warm loving person who treated everyone with the utmost respect. He always made you feel welcome, no matter who you were. His legacy will live on in all of our music.
Many local musicians flooded to social media to bid the talented guitarist and vocalist adieu. Almost every post we saw stated how loving and kind he was.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family, bandmates and friends.

Rest In Peace Tyler,
From all of us here at The Ottawa Sound.

Show Radar

April 11th

NEKKER | Autumna | And More | Cafe Dekcuf | 7:30 Doors | $10 ADV | $15 Door|

April 13th

Held In Secret | Death Note Silence | And Guests | Askapunk | 6:30 Doors | $10 | BYOB (No bottles | No underage drinking)

April 14th

Tyler Hay Memorial Show

Southpaw | Horcrux | Nighttime In Kansas | Skybound | Bronson Centre | 6:00 Doors | Donations of $10-$50 ADV | PWYC Door

Top Tracks For April

  1. Languish | Southpaw
  2. Needle In A Haystack | Cody Smith
  3. Better Feeling Alone | Nighttime In Kansas
  4. Ecosystem | Lessons In Crime
  5. Open Yr Eyes | Swim Team
  6. Best Laid Plans | Castlefield
  7. Patience | Cicaeda
  8. Rotten Path | Salem Trials
  9. HUSH | Cevillain
  10. The Labour Division | The Aphelion

A Scene In The Scene:

Local Diner Causes Uproad

April 1st 2019

Kyle Stumpo

The Wellington Diner, a local eatery located on Wellington Street, has caused another uproar due to it’s controversial advertising practices. While many people may find the advertisement relatively innocuous the city is currently reeling from a multitude of overdoses in the last 2 weeks and this has caused some people to start letting the diner know.”

I believe that Ottawa businesses and the diner in question should understand that capitalizing on tragedy may get you publicity but creates a disgusting reputation for not only your business but for the city,” said Kamryn Lamadeleine during an interview on Monday.

There’s a saying that any publicity is good publicity, but the Wellington Diner has capitalized off of Islamophobia and now the drug epidemic. Which in my opinion is nothing short of inhumane and tasteless. I hope that the city of Ottawa recognized that this cess pool should not be considered a hidden gem or supported by politicians and athletes,” she said.

When asked what she’d say if she had a face to face with the owner of the diner she responded, “This is a difficult question as I’m infuriated with his lack of empathy. I would most likely call him out on his track record. I would explain how I lost a good friend this week to the opioid crisis and instead of owning up to his actions he proceeded to take the cowardly way out by deleting comments and blocking people who stood up against his disgusting marketing. Frost is nothing but an inconsiderate white man who’s privilege is clearly showing and who cares about making money more than respecting different cultures and those who have passed.”

I asked Kamryn how seeing the music scene come together during this difficult week made her feel and she had this to say,“This music scene is my family. I’ve been deemed “Mama Kam” for the past year or so. I guess being in social work kinda makes you the mom automatically. Seeing what Tyler’s passing has done has made me very emotional. It wasn’t the wake-up call we wanted but it’s what we needed. Drug use is rampant right now and this has acted as a catalyst for many of us to reach out to one another and support sobriety. Not to mention the fact everyone I know now has Naloxone kits and training. I’ve never seen such an outpouring of love so quickly.”

Kamryn also had this to say to those affected by addiction, “As someone who has struggled with addictions I’ve made a promise to myself and Tyler that I’m done . Education is key when speaking about addictions . It is a disease . It can be caused by inter-generational trauma. Addiction does not make you a bad person. If you know someone struggling please check up on them and remind them of the resources they can access. Remind them not to use alone and if they do to let someone know where they are and to leave the doors unlocked. It’s easy to say don’t do drugs…but when it comes down to it…saying no and actually not doing them can be one of the most difficult decisions you make whether it be peer pressure, wanting to try something new/curiosity, wanting to go harder at a party, or having done it before and loving the escape. Anyone can harbour the pain of addiction whether it be watching someone you love suffer or dealing with it yourself. You are not alone. Drugs don’t care who you are though, so educate yourself and stay safe.”

“I will be planning (have already started) a protest for a date after Tyler’s arrangements and before the memorial show at the Bronson Center on the 14th. However, if the owner gives a sincere apology (not a bullshit one like for is racist sign) and makes a donation to the family then I will reconsider running the protest. This diner should have been shut down before with the Islamophobic marketing and transphobic treatment of one of their customers . I’ve also heard from personal sources who have worked here that the owner needs to reevaluate himself. Hes been described as “psychotic”. I pity his employees and hope they’re paid well dealing with that bullshit,” Kamryn responded when asked about what the next step is to get the situation resolved.
As Kamryn stated the diner has a history of making inappropriate adverts. Back in 2018 the Wellington came under fire for posting a sign that said “Eating two strips of bacon a day decreases your chances of being a suicide bomber by 100%. This was a blatant reference to the fact that Muslims don’t eat pork products. As for the trans-phobic remarks, from the research that I have done, I have discovered that an incident occurred where a trans person was at the diner and while discussing an issue with the owner or manager, the trans person was misgendered on purpose on multiple occasions in front of staff and customers, causing the trans customer to become upset. We have reached out to Jeff from the Wellington but have not heard back from him as of this time. 

UPDATE (April 4th 2019)

The owner of The Wellington Diner had a meeting with members of local music scene today and according to comments and posts on social media he has apologized to them and has learned from his mistake. According to social media posts Frost has also made a donation to the funeral costs of Tyler Hay, the local musician who tragically passed away last week due to an overdose.

A member of the public had been messaging people who were posting about the diner and sending them very crude messages and harassing people as they were mourning the passing of Tyler. According to the people who had meetings with Frost this person is not affiliated with the Wellington Diner in any way and Frost was unaware that the person was harassing people.

We still have not had an official response to our requests for comment from Frost or any other representative of the diner.

There is a fundraiser show on April 14th at The Bronson Center to help cover the costs of Tyler’s funeral. Tickets are available online, from Vertigo Records or at the door. There is also a GoFundMe for those who cannot make it to the show.

We will make sure to keep you updated on any further developments of this story.

Opinions:

Streaming Is Killing The Music Industry

Noi Ya

Very few artists nowadays are in it for the money, most of the ones I’ve spoken to at least have their hearts in the right place and enough drive to make reasonable decisions in terms of income and business ventures. From what I’ve seen(in Canada at least) the product is there. The support is there. And(as much as I hate to say it) the labels are here too. But there’s no money. It’s gotten so bad now that it’s started turning into a meme the “DUDES, our song got streamed half a million times, we made six bucks” thing we’ve all become familiar with and I’m sure hear about endlessly. So, here we are in a pretty significant pickle, and people expect some groundbreaking solution that makes everything easier for everyone. There is none.

Artists deserve a minimum wage. With artist unions becoming powerless in the last few generations the only voices we have that will speak on the behalf of the collective are the singers or the managers(who also have less than wholesome goals in mind). Recently there’s be promotions giving consumers a “deal”. 5$ for the entire platforms library of music(which is quite a bit of music). The issue here lies in the payment to the artists supplying this library. Even very prominent artists have started to feel the pinch. 5$ is less than a CD ten years ago. So how is this possible? It’s not. If you want to support an artist buy a shirt or the record online. Share their music on social media. Tell your friends about them. Play them loud at parties. If you don’t want to support them and don’t give a fuck about your friends in the art world. Stream.

A Chat With:

Nathan Dufresne

Originally Published on 1/15/2019

1: How would you describe your sound?

I’ve definitely got an alternative rock sound. It’s one of my favourite genres of music and it shows when I write. As I’ve gone on with my newer songs I’ve definitely adapted more of a singer songwriter sound while keeping my alternative rock roots.

2. Who are your influences?  

God there’s so many. As far as music goes, definitely Weezer. Cosplay, Our Lady Peace, and Green day as well.  Lyrically however, I take inspiration from John Mayer, and Ed Sheeran. The way they write songs and structure them are inspiring. 

3. What’s on the horizon for 2019 musically?

I’m going on tour! I’ve gotten an opportunity through a charitable organisation through Live Different (Their Insta handle is @livediff) and I’ll be going either to eastern, or western Canada to promote Hey Ryan. Once I get back, I’ll hopefully be releasing another single for the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020. We’ll see how things go. 

4. What is your creative process?

Oh jeez, I’m really picky when it comes to music. To put it in perspective, I wrote Hey Ryan almost 4 years ago now, and didn’t get it properly recorded until October 2018.I believe in the power of people, I’ve had so many people work on this song with me, and that have all put their ideas into this that it’s hard to say it’s my process. The key, for me at least, is to write the song, and then I’ve got to find the people who have the same kind of passion for not just music, but for mine as well. I’ve found a on absolutely talented team, and they’ve made the process all the better with their work.

5. Where do you draw inspiration from?

My feelings. I have a lot of difficulty writing about my past or about things that happen on a day to day basis.  I’m trying to work more by in cooperating my feelings into it somehow. I’ll let you know when I’ve figured it out. As for now, it’s mostly about people. It can range anywhere from telling someone how I feel about them, to telling them that they’re better than what the believe they are, and my music is how I show them that. 

6. How do you deal with nerves before a show?

1 giant glass of water, and 3 deep breaths. It’s cheesy I know, but it works. It calms you down in all sorts of situations, not just when you’re going on stage. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve had shows where the nerves are to crazy to just get rid of, but the trick always works, even if it settles them down for a brief period of time.

7. What’s your favourite venue in Ottawa?

Definitely Dekcuf. I haven’t gotten to play any shows there yet, but the venue is great. It’s small, but there’s something about it that creates an intimate space between the artist performing and the audience. Everyone connects with each other. 

8. Craziest thing that you’ve seen at a show?

My first concert ever was Roger Waters The Wall. It’s a pretty high standard for most shows to live up too just hearing the name, but at one point there was so much going on you just had to settle on one thing and just let the music take you. There were giant balloons of a teacher, and the image of Roger Waters Ex wife, a flying pig, fireworks. You name it. I mean it’s Pink Floyd 

9. If you could tour or play a show with any act who would it be?  

I mean I feel like it’s cliche cause everyone always responds with someone whose well known either locally or global. It’s understandable, who wouldn’t? At the same time though, this past year I’ve met, and made friends with so many talented musicians that I’d probably have to go with them. Almyr Jules, Enrosa, Justin Perron, just to name a few.

10. Advice for new musicians or acts?

Advice? Don’t forget who you are. Things are going to get difficult. Life is going to throw you off course. You’ll spend days questioning why you chose to do this, You’ll spend days questioning yourself. But your heart knows the answer to everything. You’ve got to remember why you started it, and you’ve gotta see it through. 

11. Are there any shout outs you’d like to make?

Oh dude, so many. Mom! Dave! I love you two. Dad. Things have always been up and down for us. Kinda like a struggle for power. But you’ve got Pam, and Finn, and Kiki now, and I know you’ll see that through. I love all of you. It doesn’t matter what happens, you’re always on my mind. My brother, Andrew, for being a strange, yet solid rock. My Cousin Ryan, who the song is about. You’re capable of great things man, you’ve just gotta get up and fight the bad days. My Aunts and Uncles.All your advice has been appreciated and you call cross my mind at some point or another. Everyone who has helped make this new single happen. Luke Zuwala for the walkdown, James Van Hagen for the build up. Justin Perron, for the guitar used, his living room, and recording the bad boy, Mike Poisson, for mixing the track, providing an amazing opportunity, and believing in my music. Christian Vezina for recording the music video, Andrew Lessard, for the amazing photos that have been taken. Almyr Jules, for putting in his time and effort to assist with the album cover.  Surraya Aziz, Daniel Rosales, Neha Sin, Jordan Verities, Kevin Thompson,  Kevin Godin, and so many others for so much moral support. I love you all 

Social Media Links:

Instagram: @nathan.dufresne

Facebook: facebook.com/ndufresn

Twitter: @ndufresne

Youtube: Nathan Dufresne

Monthly History Lesson:

History Of Audio Recording: The Beginning

The history of audio recording is divided into eras; the first of which is called The Analogue Era (AE for short). The AE focuses on the time from 1854 to about 1930.

Now when most people think of the beginning of audio recording, they are more than likely under the assumption that Thomas Edison was the first person to figure out and produce a way to record sound, but this is not true. The first person to actually find a way to record sound was a Frenchman named Edouard Leon Scott De Martinville. He created a machine called the Phonautograph. The Phonautograph was originally to be used as a way to visually study the effects of sound and how different environmental factors affected sound production. Scott got the idea to make the Phonautograph when he was helping a regular client of his book store make extra copies of a medical presentation that talked about how the ear perceived sound. Scott was also fascinated by the idea of an automatic stenographer; he wanted to make a way for businessmen and the courts to record conversations that was more convenient than by hand. 

Edouard Leon Scott De Martinville

As previously mentioned the Phonautograph was meant as a way to visually study sound, so the design was not made to produce playable recordings and also did not have a built in way to play them back. For over 150 years it was thought that we would never hear the first recordings of man’s own voice however, an organization called First Sounds decided to try and trace back the history of recording so that they could find out who really discovered audio recording and see what the oldest playable recording was. 

THE PHONAUTOGRAPH

The Phonautograph

The Phonautograph was originally built to run along a flat surface with a piece of blackened paper on it and then a stylus would etch the waveform of the sound onto the paper. Scott later revised the design to the one pictured above; still using the blackened paper and stylus, the design now rotated along an axis instead of along a flat plane. The oldest known recording of man’s own voice is Scott singing Au Claire De La Lune.

Scott singing Au Claire De La Lune

The recording of Scott singing was recorded in 1857 and was made playable by First Sounds in 2008.

Now Edison was the first person to figure out how to record sound, and play it back! He created a device called the Phonograph in 1877, 20 years after Scott completed his Phonautograph. But Edison claimed to not even know who Scott was and claimed that he came up with the theory of audio recording all on his own. 

The Phonograph

The Phonograph worked by rotating a tin or wax cylinder while a stylus etched the waveforms picked up by the horn into the cylinder. You could then store and playback the cylinders at a later time. This was the beginning of the music industry.

The cylinders used on the Phonograph

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Local Diner Owner Apologizes For Insensitive Post

The owner of The Wellington Diner had a meeting with members of local music scene today and according to comments and posts on social media he has apologized to them and has learned from his mistake. According to social media posts Frost has also made a donation to the funeral costs of Tyler Hay, the local musician who tragically passed away last week due to an overdose.

A member of the public had been messaging people who were posting about the diner and sending them very crude messages and harassing people as they were mourning the passing of Tyler. According to the people who had meetings with Frost this person is not affiliated with the Wellington Diner in any way and Frost was unaware that the person was harassing people.

We still have not had an official response to our requests for comment from Frost or any other representative of the diner.

There is a fundraiser show on April 14th at The Bronson Center to help cover the costs of Tyler’s funeral. Tickets are available online, from Vertigo Records or at the door. There is also a GoFundMe for those who cannot make it to the show.

We will make sure to keep you updated on any further developments of this story.

A Scene In The Scene

Local Diner Causes An Uproar After Controversial Advertisement

Originally Posted April 2nd 2019 on our Scene Highlights page

Kyle Stumpo

The Wellington Diner, a local eatery located on Wellington Street, has caused another uproar due to it’s controversial advertising practices. While many people may find the advertisement (which says to call poison control if over-medicated on certain drugs but to call the diner if you’ve consumed too much Cannabis) relatively innocuous, the city is currently reeling from a multitude of overdoses in the last 2 weeks and this has caused some people to start letting the diner know that they’ve had enough.

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“I believe that Ottawa businesses and the diner in question should understand that capitalizing on tragedy may get you publicity but creates a disgusting reputation for not only your business but for the city,” said Kamryn Lamadeleine during an interview on Monday.

“There’s a saying that any publicity is good publicity, but the Wellington Diner has capitalised off of Islamophobia and now the drug epidemic. Which in my opinion is nothing short of inhumane and tasteless. I hope that the city of Ottawa recognised that this cess pool should not be considered a hidden gem or supported by politicians and athletes,” she said.

Kamryn also had this to say to those affected by addiction, “As someone who has struggled with addictions I’ve made a promise to myself and Tyler that I’m done . Education is key when speaking about addictions . It is a disease . It can be caused by intergenerational trauma. Addiction does not make you a bad person. If you know someone struggling please check up on them and remind them of the resources they can acess. Remind them not to use alone and if they do to let someone know where they are and to leave the doors unlocked. It’s easy to say dont do drugs…but when it comes down to it…saying no and actually not doing them can be one of the most difficult decisions you make whether it be peer pressure, wanting to try something new/curosity, wanting to go harder at a party, or having done it before and loving the escape. Anyone can harbour the pain of addiction whether it be watching someone you love suffer or dealing with it yourself. You are not alone. Drugs dont care who you are though, so educate yourself and stay safe.”

“I will be planning (have already started) a protest for a date after Tyler’s arrangements and before the memorial show at the Bronson Center on the 14th. However, if the owner gives a sincere apology (not a bullshit one like for is racist sign) and makes a donation to the family then I will reconsider running the protest. This diner should have been shut down before with the Islamophobic marketing and transphobic treatment of one of their customers . I’ve also heard from personal sources who have worked here that the owner needs to reevaluate himself. Hes been described as “psychotic”. I pity his employees and hope they’re paid well dealing with that bullshit,” Kamryn responded when asked about what the next step is to get the situation resolved.
As Kamryn stated the diner has a history of making inappropriate adverts. Back in 2018 the Wellington came under fire for posting a sign that said “Eating two strips of bacon a day decreases your chances of being a suicide bomber by 100%. This was a blatant reference to the fact that Muslims don’t eat pork products. As for the trans-phobic remarks, from the research that I have done, I have discovered that an incident occurred where a trans person was at the diner and while discussing an issue with the owner or manager, the trans person was misgendered on purpose on multiple occasions in front of staff and customers, causing the trans customer to become upset. We have reached out to Jeff from the Wellington but have not heard back from him as of this time. If he does respond we will make sure to adjust the article.