By Fender Bender, 2014-04-19
Article about Mixposure appearing in my hometown newspaper, the Defiance Crescent-News:
Talking about change of time with local musician
Perhaps one of the best things
about writing and recording
music is the ability to capture a
sign of the times, immortalizing
it forever within a snapshot of
But what makes
it even better is a
lyrics tell a tale
of prophecy that
only grows more
Dylan, for example.
When he ever so epically
announced to the world “The
Times They Are a-Changin’”
back in the mid-1960s, the rambling
king of cultural observation
captured the flow of an entire
generation hinged on the cusp of
Fifty years later, while illuminating
an entirely different
societal climate, the ebb and flow
of the world is still so perfectly
depicted by the words etched
into history five decades ago
at Studio A in New York City.
And since musical messages
ultimately find their final resting
place within the perception of
the listener, they can apply to an
endless array of situations.
Which brings me to the context
of this week’s column.
There was a time in a not
so distant past when the only
method of preserving music for
eternity was to hit the studio
and make it happen. Solo, with
a band, collaborations — it all
went to tape and was typically,
take by arduous take, hammered
out in the same room.
But, oh, how times have
changed again in ways I doubt
even Bob Dylan could have seen
coming, especially when it comes
to recording with like-minded
individuals who may never even
meet each other in person.
With the inception of the
technological explosion, musical
community sites such as
com) have opened a worldwide
door for musicians to connect
with one another, also offering
a promotional smorgasbord of
management, labels, comedians,
listeners and DJs.
Or as longtime local bass and
guitar instructor Dave Coonrod
explained it, “A one-stop site
for pretty much everything you
could want out of music resources.”
While Mixposure is just one
of countless sites of its kind on
the musical webscape, it is one
Coonrod has certainly made the
most of. A frequent collaborator
with renowned keyboardist
and area psychologist Dr. David
C. Deal — notably in the live
Christmas season project Siberian
Solstice — Mixposure has provided
a convenient opportunity
for both to compose with other
musicians from around the
And it’s all done from the comfort
of home, or wherever comfort
happens to find you.
“The main advantage of a collaboration
site such as this is the
availability of musicians and
genres that extend the local talent
pool,” said Coonrod, who
splits time teaching bass and
guitar between Tri State Music
in Bryan and Defiance College.
“I have done recordings online
with people that I have never
met face-to-face from as far away
as England and as close as south
Defiance. I’m currently working
on a project from a guy from
How can this be possible? It’s
actually remarkably simple … at
least, the sharing process is.
A recorded riff or idea can
be uploaded to file sharing
sites such as Dropbox (www.
dropbox.com), where another
awaiting musician can access it,
add another element and fire it
right back. This can be bounced
around to an unlimited number
of players on any given project.
When all the pieces are in place
and the final mix is applied,
the song or project can be
uploaded for review, sale or a
mere listen to the entire world
via Mixposure’s host of Internet
radio connections in addition to
the site itself.
The best part for aspiring talent
is that all you need is a computer,
an interface and the proper
recording software to have endless
creative possibilities literally
at your fingertips.
“I don’t always record at home,
either,” Coonrod explained.
“When I am away on vacation
all I need is my laptop, a pair of
headphones and my guitar. All
of this made possible by building
upon contacts made on the
For a smooth taste of what
it’s really all about, search
Mixposure for Coonrod’s musical
work under his “Fender Bender”
profile, and also open your ears
to his rich bass tone complimenting
Deal’s heady keys on the
David C. Deal profile.
And as always, support our
vast community of immensely
talented local musicians.
Stay in tune.
(Contact Kevin Eis by email: keis@
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