Hip-hop producers are rarely conventional musicians who train and practice to become experts on a single instrument. These sonically inspired scientists spend their time in the lab, constantly searching for the perfect drum pattern, the precise snare, the vocal melody that they can cut and layer in their own new creation. Often, the best producers are crate-diggers, searching for obscure songs that may contain a particular sound they can use.
Last night Karlyn Percil and I went to check out Other Side Of The Game. It’s a play written by Amanda Parris and directed by Nigel Williams, presented by Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre. It’s on now at the Aki Studio theatre, Daniels Spectrum in Toronto.Â Â Amanda Parris is a fellow Scorpio and woman I’ve always admired.Â I don’t remember if she actually went to Ryerson University like I did, but I’dÂ often see her at various black students’ union events.
I've often wished that I was one of those creative geniuses I used to hear about — the ones who, after being struck with a brilliant idea, huddle away for two weeks working furiously and then emerge with a theatrical masterpiece ready for the stage. My path to production for my first play Other Side of the Game — which is currently having a run from Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre in Toronto — has been a tad more incremental.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".