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My day job is as an Assistant Professor in Media and Communication Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. My primary teaching and research interests revolve around popular culture and technology. I am an adequate at best guitar player currently attempting to romanticize my inglorious youth in a Hair Metal cover band called "Glam Chowder”. When not working or watching TV, I am usually listening to music, recording music, playing music, or trying to figure out what gear I need to make all of that music sound even better.

Sony STR-ZA2100ES Receiver Review

For the true home theatre enthusiast who takes their movie watching seriously, the Sony STR-ZA2100ES is 7.2 channel premium receiver that provides stunning crystal clear music and cinema like surround.

Review of Kanto YU2, YU4, and YU6 Speakers

This article will review the YU2, YU4, and YU6 series of speakers and give you an idea of why these may well be the speakers you’ve been looking for.

BenQ MW526AE Digital Projector Review

The BenQ MW526AE is a compact, light, and portable digital projector adept at projecting both data presentations and HD video in a screen size between 60" and 300".

BenQ HT1070A Home Cinema Projector Review

The BenQ HT1070A enables you to watch your favourite TV shows and movies in jaw dropping image sizes from 60" to 300" in stunning 1080p full HD.

Miroir M55 Micro Pocket Projector review

The Miroir M55 is a Micro Pocket Projector measuring just 4 ¼ inches by 3 inches. Tipping the scales at a lean 7 ounces, the Miroir M55 literally puts the power of projection in your pocket.

5 Gift Ideas for the Musician in your Life

Give the musician in your life the ability to perform, or the ability to record their performances with these suggestions.

Instant music producer, just add iPad!

Advances in technology have made it easier than ever before for the casual musician to write and record their own music. The iPad is a user friendly and portable addition to this.

Zoom H4n Pro is more than simply an audio recorder

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Equally adept as a field recorder or an audio interface, the ZOOM H4n Pro is versatile wherever you might need it.

Zoom H5 Audio Recorder is a videographer’s best friend

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Recording decent audio for video production is arguably the most difficult aspect of the video making process. The Zoom H5 with its quality and ease of use just made this process a whole lot friendlier.

The beginner’s guide to guitar types and styles.

I remember when I first picked up a guitar, plucked a few strings, and knew right then and there that this was for me. Simple as that. I also remember the first time I walked into a music store and was absolutely overcome with anxiety because I didn’t really know what was what and felt that awkward and totally...

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