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Edited songs for your dance recital

It’s that time of year again; time to select music for your dance studio’s recital. The good news is that Squirrel Trench is here to save you the time and frustration of aligning waveforms. Instead, browse the Squirrel Trench Audio archives of clean edits and remixes. Every edit and remix is created with recording-studio standards of quality, optimized for choreography. The archive now shows about 400 out of a total of more than 1,000. Special consideration if you’re interested in more than one song:
Squirrel Trench Audio archives

Installation of acoustic foam can lead to death

This type of foam can turn deadly in the event of fire.

I was reminded today of a very somber and deadly episode of club music history. The fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island on February 20th, 2003, killed 100 people. While certainly the lack of a sprinkler system contributed to these deaths, equally contributory, or perhaps even more so, was the MISTAKEN NOTION THAT ACOUSTIC FOAM IS A SOUNDPROOFING MATERIAL.

FOAM IS NOT A SOUNDPROOFING MATERIAL.

It does not prevent sound from transmitting. Not even a little bit.

In a misguided attempt to soundproof the club so that the high volume of music inside would not reach the neighbors, the owners of The Station installed a polyurethane substance that they thought was acoustic foam. (A kind of black foam that is commonly referred to as egg-crate style.) Not only does this type of foam NOT even do ANYTHING to reduce sound, it is flammable, and also emits thick, toxic smoke when set on fire. Polyurethane foam is a packing material, not a soundproofing material.

As someone who has studied and done research on materials that affect acoustics, it angers me that most reporting of the incident describe the polyurethane foam on the walls as a “soundproofing material”. This type of material does NOT function as soundproofing.

That night at The Station nightclub, outdoor pyrotechnics were used indoors, and the sparks emitted ignited the polyurethane foam on the walls near the band. If the foam had not been placed on the wall, there is a chance that the structure might not have caught fire. But with the flammable foam on the walls, not only did it ignite, it filled the entire space with deadly, blinding, and asphyxiating smoke in LESS THAN TWO MINUTES. Here is the Fire Safety Institute’s re-creation of what happened that night. Notice that visibility is near-zero at only 1:30 (90 seconds) after ignition:

With only two exits and black smoke filling the venue rapidly, many people were unable to escape and perished. If the polyurethane foam had not been placed on the walls of the nightclub, there may not have been any fatalities as the space might not have filled with smoke so rapidly. A working sprinkler system would have also delayed the onset of the debilitating smoke.

NEVER USE FOAM to try to sound proof or absorb sound. Period.

Rock wool is a completely inert material

In contrast to “acoustic” foam, rock wool (also known as mineral wool) is naturally inert. (Fiberglass insulation is also naturally inert). Rock wool can withstand a blow torch for more than three minutes and will not ignite. Rock wool is found in the U.S. under the trade name Roxul. Watch this video for proof that a blow torch applied directly for three minutes will not ignite Roxul, and after that much heat is directly applied, the wood behind it is barely warm:

Elsewhere on this web site, I explain how you can make 2′ x 4′ broadband acoustic absorbers using Roxul, fabric and furring strips. For even better flame retardation when making Roxul sound absorbers, use flame retardant fabrics.

Use inert Roxul for sound absorption. 

Never use foam. If you want to reduce echoes and sound ambience in a space such as dance studio, recording studio, or music club, use Roxul as the primary material. Also make sure that a sprinkler system is in place and working.

It is tragic, but there have been several similar fires in music clubs in other parts of the world and the U.S. since The Station tragedy. For all readers of this article, please take heed and use the proper materials to ensure the safety of the people who use your building and spaces. Never, ever put “acoustic” foam on the walls, ceiling or floor of an interior space. Only use rock wool (or fiberglass) insulation.

If you currently have acoustic foam or fabric in your interior space, I urge you to remove it as soon as humanly possible. It is a dangerous fire hazard that could result in loss of life in the event of a fire. If you want to absorb sound, use absorbers made of rock wool. They are relatively easy to build and inexpensive to boot.

Legitmix has shut down; Squirrel Trench continues

It is with great sadness that the music web site Legitmix has ceased operations. Squirrel Trench Audio had a terrific two-year relationship with that company. We hope all of the fine professionals working there have a very productive future ahead of them.

In the meantime, Squirrel Trench Audio will continue to supply you with the clean song edits and remixes that you have come to expect and love. We are still in business, and have been fulfilling dozens upon dozens of orders directly. We are working to find alternatives ways to present you with our catalog of clean edits and remixes, which at this point may be well over 1,000 edits and remixes.

I have begun work on a Google Spreadsheet listing just a few of the clean song edits and mixes created. As always, all music prepared by Squirrel Trench Audio is designed expressly for the needs of choreographers and dancers, and is musically seamless.

View the Google Spreadsheet of completed clean song edits and mixes here.

Continuous music for dance class

Diverse group of children taking a zumba dance fitness class

You no longer have to pause between songs with Squirrel Trench’s continuous music tracks for dance class

Due to popular demand, Squirrel Trench Audio has created the first in what will be a series of pre-mixed, continuous music designed specifically for dance class. These 20+ minute audio files are dance-teacher tested and approved. This set of three non-stop music tracks is designed for younger dancers, and are made for teaching jazz/tumbling, tap, and ballet. Put them together in any order, and you’ve got continuous music for an entire class. No more waiting around for the next song to start or having to stop and advance to the next song in your playlist. Get all three, or get only the one(s) that you need.

Control for Me Lately – Janet Jackson

janet-jackson-in-concertDuring a recent presidential debate, one candidate described the other as a “such a nasty woman.” This is not necessarily a bad thing as Janet Jackson fans can attest. With renewed interest in Janet Jackson, Squirrel Trench Audio brings you the newest Janet remix, an intertwining of Control with What Have You Done For Me Lately. Take a listen!

Another Janet Jackson remix from Squirrel Trench Audio is Janet Rhythm Cat:

And Make Me is an edit of that excellent and fun Janet Jackson song:

Squirrel Trench also has an original remix of Rhythm Nation, spiced up specifically for an outstanding dance routine:

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Encumbered performed by Eden Ryder

Squirrel Trench Audio is proud to have done the editing and mastering of the soundtrack for the routine titled Encumbered, performed by Eden Ryder and choreographed by Ausia Jones. This piece won 2nd place Contemporary at YAGP, and also won 2nd place nationally at Complexions’ Elite Dance Tournament at the LA Finals 2015.

Eden Ryder and Ausia Jones are students of Jacqueline Porter and The Dallas Conservatory.

The soundtrack for Encumbered is now available on Legitmix.

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Bruno is BACK with 24K Magic

bruno-mars-bellagio-fountainsWe all remember what a terrific success Bruno Mars had with Uptown Funk in the fall of 2014. The song was written by Mark Ronson and featured Bruno Mars on vocals. The incredible groove was an instant hit. After extensive touring in 2015, Bruno is about to release a brand new album called 24K Magic.

While the full album is not due out until mid-November, the first song is available NOW. The song’s title is the same as the name of the album, 24K Magic. Unfortunately, there are a few words that are not at all appropriate for use in dance routines with youngsters. And that is where Squirrel Trench Audio is at your service with the very first SQUEAKY CLEAN version that eliminates all of the objectionable content. Words that have been eliminated include “sh*t”, “bad b*tches and yo ugly-ass friends”, “pimp”, and one additional occurrence of “sh*t”.

Squirrel Trench Audio has four squeaky clean versions to choose from. The full-length clean version is 3:42 in length, and additional edits are: 2:48, 2:37, and 2:19.

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The Sound of Silence gets an emotional new treatment

disturbed-sound-of-silenceThe classic Simon and Garfunkel song Sound of Silence gets a brand new, emotionally powerful treatment by the band Disturbed. Click the Play button below to hear it, or the Buy button to get the edited 2:25 length version, designed expressly for a lyrical or contemporary competition or recital dance routine. As always, Squirrel Trench Audio delivers seamless and ultra smooth edits.

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Squeaky clean HandClap by Fitz and the Tantrums

fitz_and_tantrums-home1A new release from Squirrel Trench Audio on Legitmix: HandClap by Fitz & the Tantrums, cleaned of objectionable lyrics. The words “sex” and “lovers” have been removed. This is the full-length version, which is 3:10.

Get more Squirrel Trench remixes at Legitmix