Airspace Sessions: Sorry, Charlie

The musician Charles Wynne, the force behind Sorry, Charlie, is a singer-songwriter hailing from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He began playing guitar at 13 and writing songs at 16, and over the years has honed his craft while drawing influence from the likes of Bon Iver, Peter and the Wolf, and The Mountain Goats.

Now 19, Wynne plays a unique brand of emotional, genuine music that comes directly from his experiences. His lyrics narrate the journey of his life, providing honest reflection and poignant observation from the perspective of a young man on the verge of adulthood facing the daunting life choices that will define him while learning from his past. Carefully crafted melodies provide the platform for Wynne’s straightforward yet poetic lyricism, forming a whole that is at once blissfully minimalist and intriguingly complex.

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The Rocketboys: Building from Bloodless

The Rocketboys, out of Austin, Texas, are an independent band on the scene since 2005. For an unsigned act, they have quite the track record, already having released three EPs, two live DVDs, and a full length with another record in the works. With the release of their newest single “Bloodless” off their new album, Build Anyway, and a busy show schedule including the 2012 South By Southwest, The Rocketboys are ready to explode into the airwaves, and The Airspace.

I recently had the chance to talk with Brandon Kinder, Josh Campbell, and Justin Wiseman of The Rocketboys.

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Infinite Sustain: The Ebow

Ebow

The Ebow, or electric bow, is a device that creates a focused feedback loop directed at a single string. What that means is that the Ebow is used to produce a sound similar to playing a single guitar string with a violin bow. Still, although the Ebow is conceptually impressive and sonically functional, there are some glaring flaws in its design.

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Superior Drummer: 2.0

Superior Drummer
Ever since I became a musician my dream was to one day set up my own recording studio. I loved writing my own music but when it came to recording full band songs I always had an extremely difficult time tracking the drums. I was never the best player and every time I tried to record drums I just couldn’t record them with the clarity that I wanted. Once I moved out of home and moved into my college dorm I had no way of even attempting to record acoustic drums like I once had. This is when I decided to turn to the Toontrack release, Superior Drummer: 2.0.

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Temple Run

Temple RunAn iPhone game, the perfect waste of time while walking to class, on a train, or when you’re on the john. If you’re anything like me though, you wont settle for any ole’ crappy game, one of those games with poor graphics and just awful control handling. My personal poison right now lies in the game Temple Run. You can probably guess what the game entails based off of the title; you run through a temple. This is something that I felt had been done many times but this game is filled with achievements, power-ups, and well made controls to make the whole gaming experience fun.

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