Snapchat’s got a new trick to stay one step ahead of Instagram by turning everyone’s quick video clips from concerts into a much more watchable music video you control.
The pleasure of listening to classical music, as every classical music aficionado knows, goes well beyond listening to one's favorite piece.
“I Feel Alright”, by the emerging pop adventurer known as Bonzai, lasts only three minutes and fifteen seconds, and it feels much shorter—too short, in fact, as if the singer and her song are eager to make way for whatever comes next in the playlist.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In the mid-1990s, Douglas Eck worked as a database programmer in Albuquerque while moonlighting as a musician.
In 2014, the DJ and producer Dave Audé – a Grammy winner whose remixes of pop hits have been club staples for more than a decade – caught a festival set by the young Norwegian producer Kygo, who had just signed to Ultra/RCA two months earlier.
Before the Grand Ole Opry was the longest-running radio broadcast in US history and a country music institution, it was a humble Nashville program called the WSM Barn Dance.
In their many (justified) laments about the trajectory of their profession in the digital age, songwriters and musicians regularly assert that music has been “devalued.” Over the years they’ve pointed at two outstanding culprits.
Try any of the major music streaming services today and you’ll find variations on a common theme: thousands of ready-made playlists (“Rich Girl Pop,” “Inspired by Jeff Buckley,” “Songs to Sing in the Shower”) for every conceivable genre, activity, or mood.
Visiting Brian Eno’s studio in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood, there’s plenty to catch the eye. Shelves sag beneath books and records, a spiral staircase climbs up toward the rafters, and a kitchen table is filled with wine bottles in preparation for a party.
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The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today's artists across the creative industries Awhile ago Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead got some attention when they pulled their recent record from Spotify.
The music producer, Shellac frontman and author of seminal 1993 essay, The Problem with Music, spoke in Melbourne about the advantages of the internet, the death of the major label system, copyright law and that ‘purple dwarf in assless chaps’• Steve Albini: the internet has solved music
There are over 30 million tracks available to stream on Spotify. That’s a lot of music to listen to, and most of it you’ve never heard before. How is one to make sense of all those sounds? Ben Ratliff has some ideas.
There was a time, not many years ago, when people used to ask each other what type of music they liked as a way of finding common ground.
Earlier this year I applied and interviewed for a graphic design internship at Apple Music (an opportunity of a lifetime), and was turned down with a very kind letter stating that although they liked my work, they wanted to see more growth and training.
Do you see a connection between your music and visual art, or do you see them as separate modes of creative output? I do see them as quite separate. I’m obviously addressing some of the same themes in both bodies of work, albeit in different ways. Singing always necessitates a performance.
How much time have you spent on music you’ve never finished? How many hours have you wasted – simply because you didn’t get a track over the line? How many awesome ideas have you lost to boredom? So if you’re anything like I was before I discovered this method… It’ll be in the 1000s.
Every year almost 100% of public school students begin an instrument through their school’s music program (if a program exists). One or two years later, more than 50% of students quit; unable to enjoy all that music education has to offer for the rest of their K-12 schooling, if not beyond.
The genre has had a bad reputation since the 1960s, but the singer-songwriter succeeds by focusing on aesthetics over evangelism. In a 2003 episode of South Park, Eric Cartman sets out on a quest to make a platinum record, and decides the easiest route will be to start a Christian band.
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Taylor Swift worries a lot about security. It’s an understandable concern. This spring, a man was arrested in the wee hours of the morning near her estate in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
Ever since Spotify was launched I’ve been a subscriber and huge fan of the service. I’ve sworn by it for years and have built extremely large playlists on the service and synchronized them with all of my devices.
Originally published on FACT. The great electronic albums of the 1970s get plenty of kudos – but what of their predecessors?
If you find your taste in music at constant battle with other people's tastes in music, Spotify's new Sweet Spot tool attempts to build the perfect playlist that bridges the gap between them.
Music for productivity comes in various forms, but if you’re the type who enjoys non-vocal electronica in the background while you get stuff done, Focusmusic.fm delivers. Best of all, it’s in a simple, minimal interface with few controls and no playlists or other tools to distract you.
Beep beep beep beep beep. Darude's "Sandstorm" turned 15 years old last month.
Photographs and video by LESLYE DAVIS Production by TOM GIRATIKANON In the world of early-20th-century African-American music and people obsessed by it, who can appear from one angle like a clique of pale and misanthropic scholar-gatherers and fr
If there is such a thing as seasonal music for New Year's Eve, it is apocalypse pop.
In her sublime memoir of the writing life, Dani Shapiro wrote: “The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it.
Nothing has more of a negative impact on my workday than forgetting my headphones. Like most people, music is a huge part of my life. I listen to the most music while I work, sifting through playlists, on what seems like a never-ending search for the perfect tunes to keep me in the zone.
One Saturday in 1994, Bennie Lydell Glover, a temporary employee at the PolyGram compact-disk manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, went to a party at the house of a co-worker. He was angling for a permanent position, and the party was a chance to network with his managers.
Even unapologetic Top 40 hit-lovers would have a hard time denying the claim that popular music, on the whole, tends to sound pretty repetitive. This assertion feels so intuitive, that even detailed scientific studies backing it up tend to be met with a shrug.
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It's never been easier to feel like you're drowning in a sea of new music.
On the radio, where it has been ubiquitous all summer, the million-selling single “Where Are Ü Now” by Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber is four minutes of high-tech bliss: a sweet-voiced mixture of longing and recrimination, a lonely plaint with a dance beat.
It is for this reason (and many more) that music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity–but does music itself help one to create? This is an important question to examine, because music has increasingly become apart of the modern-day work session.
If you’re reading this article at work, there’s a decent chance you’re wearing headphones. It has never been easier to tune in to your own customized soundtrack—or more necessary to tune out your open-office coworkers, cubicle mates, and fellow coffee-shop denizens.
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Streaming music gets one thing right. Services like Pandora, Rdio and Spotify are amazing for the consumer, and in that singular way, the music industry hasn’t been better in … probably ever. At long last, we have the celestial jukebox we dreamed of a decade and a half ago.
Classifying anyone as the “most successful” at anything tends to reflect more on the source than the subject. So keep that in mind when I make the following statement: John Philip Sousa is the most successful American musician of all time.
In I Made You A Mixtape, we ask our favorite musicians, actors, writers, directors, or whatevers to strut their musical savvy: We pick a theme, they make us a mix.
Finding the right space to do creative work can be difficult. Inside the office, there are constant interruptions, last-minute meetings, and an often unbearable amount of noise.
The thumbnail summary already circulating for Beck's 12th full-length album goes like this: It's a sequel to Sea Change, the brooding 2002 record frequently mentioned as his masterpiece. This is useful, to a point, for placing Morning Phase in a general neighborhood.
Who hasn't at least once had the feeling of being remade through music? Who is there who doesn't date a new phase in life to hearing this or that symphony or song? I heard it—we say—and everything changed. I heard it, and a gate flew open and I walked through.
If you've always wanted to learn more about song writing and the structure of music, but don't know where to start, this free online book is filled to the brim with pages that make understanding music theory easy. Toby W.
As is well known by now, Prince doesn’t have a particularly high opinion of the Internet. In the past decade, he’s sued YouTube, kept his music off every streaming service but one, and made something of a second career in claiming copyright infringement.
As a fan of music, I’d love to learn how to make a song. Devoting time to learning music theory, however, isn’t exactly on my list of priorities. Music lessons are intimidating, they’re a little inconvenient, and definitely pricey.
Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you are, and that's that. Turns out that's wrong.
If you existed in the year 2014, you have probably either cringed or sang along or cringed while singing along to Taylor Swift's oppressively catchy song Shake It Off. Just why the hell is it so catchy ? Well, for one it's pop.
One question immediately stands out when you start to compare the biggest music streaming services: where are the differences? The reality right now is that Apple Music and Google Play Music, Spotify and Rdio, and any other pair of other music streaming services sound pretty similar on the surface.
“As ignorable as it is interesting.” That’s the classic definition of ambient music, stated by Brian Eno in 1978 on the sleeve notes to his album Ambient 1: Music for Airports. And he should know, since he basically invented the genre three years earlier with his album Discreet Music.
The drug and the music evolved together over years, making EDM a radically different culture today than it was when it started. We don’t know much about Meredith Hunter other than that he killed the American Hippie.
Practice is an important factor in mastering any skill. You want the hours you put in to be as effective as possible so you can improve steadily. Here are four keys to making sure your practice is effective. Learning a new skill, like playing an instrument or programming, isn’t easy.
When you decide that spending about 27 work hours determining the holders of the American Band Championship Belt going back to 1964 is a good, even noble idea, you quickly come up against two inconvenient facts.1 One, many of the best bands ever aren’t from the United States.
I’ve spent a lot of money on music over the years and one website that I have purchased mp3’s from is JunoDownload. It’s a digital download website predominantly used by DJs and has a huge back catalogue of tracks for sale on its platform.
When I started uploading the collection, in 2009, I was an undergraduate student of a composition class at the university's studio for electroacoustic music. Our professor made this collection, I believe, from his particular library, picking up some works that he found important.
Once upon a time, iOS “just worked” out of the box. But over the years, Apple’s introduced all kinds of features to iOS that most of us don’t want to use.
Carly Rae Jepsen is the patron saint of Switched on Pop, a podcast that examines chart-topping pop songs through the lens of musical theory. Harding, 30, and Sloan, 31, met at Brown University as music students and later played in a band together.
The new version of Apple’s signature media software is a mess. What are people with large MP3 libraries to do? When the developer Erik Kemp designed the first metadata system for MP3s in 1996, he provided only three options for attaching text to the music.
Samples and remixes have become a staple of pop music today, with artists blending new and old in seemingly endless combinations. According to the BBC, though, one song has proven particularly popular among DJs and musicians: "Change the Beat," by Fab 5 Freddy.
MP3. It's the format that revolutionized the way music's been consumed since the late '90s.
One evening, some 40 years ago, I got lost in time. I was at a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet in C major. During the second movement I had the unnerving feeling that time was literally grinding to a halt. The sensation was powerful, visceral, overwhelming.
Why does the music in Blade Runner resonate so deeply? Because Vangelis, the mad genius Greek who wrote and performed the score, relied primarily on one instrument: the Yamaha CS-80. The thing that made this ’70s-era synthesizer so special was an inspired feature called “Polyphonic Pressure.