Bone music: the Soviet bootleg records pressed on x-rays (2015)
- In a era of unprecedented ubiquity for recorded music, it’s almost impossible to imagine that people could go to such lengths to hear a song.
- Even in this country, the small ads of music papers in the 1960s were frequently littered with desperate pleas from people who had heard a song once, sometimes years previously, and were haunted by the memory.
- “I’ll pay anything for the Hippies’ Memory Lane on Cameo Parkway,” reads one such classified, from a 1967 issue of Record Mirror, “I’ll even send a tape to someone to tape it for me.” As recently as the early 1980s in this country, we had Dial-A-Disc, a British Telecom service that people would phone in to hear a chart hit being played on the other end of the line.
Work Peak Is Earlier Than You Think
- I was not world-famous like the man on the plane, but my professional life was going very well.
- One might think that gifted and accomplished people, such as the man on the plane, would be less susceptible than others to this sense of irrelevance; after all, accomplishment is a well-documented source of happiness.
- A study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology in 2003, which charted the life satisfaction of former Olympic athletes, found that they generally struggled with a low sense of personal control when they first stopped competing.
- Over the next 30 years, Darwin took enormous pride in sitting atop the celebrity-scientist pecking order, developing his theories and publishing them as books and essays—the most famous being On the Origin of Species, in 1859.
Fortnite star Ninja and DJ Marshmello are headlining new Metarama festival
- Ninja is the big act on the bill alongside his friend, superstar DJ and electronic music producer Marshmello, an avid gaming fan who’s performed a live concert from inside Epic Games’ Fortnite and even been transformed into a Fortnite skin players could purchase and play as in-game.
- On the gaming and YouTube side, creator Seán William McLoughlin, aka “Jacksepticeye,” will be in attendance alongside big Fortnite names like Ben “Dr Lupo” Lupo, Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Jack “Courage” Dunlop, Nick “Nickmercs” Kolcheff, and Timothy “Timthetatman” Betar.
- Now, this October, it sounds like C3 is going to try to bring this all together in a massive gathering that will be one part e-sports tournament, one part music festival, and one part streaming and YouTube creator extravaganza.
YouTube partners with Universal to upgrade nearly 1,000 classic music videos to HD
- YouTube has teamed up with Universal Music Group to remaster nearly a thousand classic music videos, the companies announced today, including those from from Billy Idol, Beastie Boys, Boyz II Men, George Strait, Janet Jackson, Kiss, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Maroon 5, Meat Loaf, No Doubt/Gwen Stefani, Smokey Robinson, The Killers, Tom Petty, and others.
- Many of the most iconic music videos on YouTube were only available in the “outdated standards originally intended for tube televisions with mono speakers,” YouTube explained in an announcement.
- The videos will be available exclusively on YouTube and YouTube Music — the latter ahead of a planned merger with Google Play Music.
- You’ll be able to tell if a YouTube music video has been through the upgrading process because it will read “Remasted” in the video’s description.
Hundreds of iconic music videos are being remastered in HD on YouTube
- Universal Music Group and YouTube have teamed up to remaster iconic music videos from standard definition to HD.
- The partnership will result in more than 100 music videos from artists like Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Lionel Richie receiving a significant upgrade in visual quality.
- These HD videos will replace the original versions on YouTube and YouTube Music, but will maintain the same URLs, view counts, and likes as before.
- You’ll know it’s an updated video if there’s a #Remastered label and “Remastered in HD!” in the description.
- It’s welcome news, especially on the heels of a recent New York Times report detailing the extent of damage from the 2008 Universal fire, which burned through priceless original master tapes of classic albums.
- Hopefully, this YouTube / UMG partnership will prompt other labels to follow suit and upload remastered versions of their artists’ videos in the highest possible quality.
Everything you need to know about Jed, the 'Bachelorette' contestant accused of being in a relationship while appearing on the show
- But a r ecent report in People magazine has fans wondering about Jed for a completely different reason.
- His NoiseTrade bio reveals that Jed's been going at this music thing for nearly a decade.
- Jed says in his ABC bio that he took a break from making music for a little while after a bad breakup.
- Stevens told People that Jed said he was only going on the show in order to accelerate his career and that he hoped to make it to the top five or so.
- As People pointed out, Jed did seem to acknowledge this motivation for appearing on the show during a date with Hannah, when he said he initially joined the show for a platform but fell in love with her along the way.
Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift
- The lyrics and music video nod to Swift's many celebrity feuds, but also include a GLAAD endorsement and a petition to ratify the Equality Act. There is homophobia, and also a food fight.
- Many are celebrating the video because it approaches something like allyship, especially for a pop song.
- It's packed with queer celebrities of many racial, sexual, and gender identities; it highlights real activism and the Equality Act, and, because of Swift's platform, makes news stories of them both (donations to GLAAD have spiked since the song's release); Swift and erstwhile nemesis Katy Perry buck tradition and do not literally kiss to make up.
- If there's anything to say about "You Need to Calm Down," it's that the song is more evidence that Taylor Swift is extremely good at her job: being the pop star people deserve, if not the one they say they want.
Madonna remains scandalous, but for the wrong reason
- The idea that these events could be eclipsed by the mere longevity of Madonna’s career seems odd, until you remember how sexist and ageist the music industry is.
- In her speech she said that a woman who continues to make music even as she gets older is treated as guilty of a kind of sin.
- Over the years, Madonna has hired producers to help her weave the genres du jour into her music, and sometimes those producers have gone overboard.
- On the sweaty, sultry “Medellín”, Madonna’s melancholy lyrics give new depth to reggaeton, a genre of Latin dance music as seductive as it is superficial.
- During the height of her career, in the 1980s and 1990s, Madonna presented society with a new model of femininity: the woman who was unafraid to brazenly flaunt her sexuality.
Roli’s Lumi is an advanced light-up keyboard that makes learning piano easy
- Roli wants to change that with the latest entry in its family of modular ‘Blocks‘ instruments, a light-up keyboard called the Lumi.
- Where the Seaboard seems to take knowing basic keyboard skills and music theory as a pre-requisite, the Lumi is all about teaching newcomers.
- Follow-the-lights keyboards have been around for decades, but the Lumi takes the concept to a new level.
- Roli also has built-in lessons covering scales, chords, playing techniques and more – all made more accessible by being able to follow the colored lights.
- The Lumi lights up two sets of keys in Jam mode: in vibrant colors are notes that match the particular chord being played, while in dimmer colors are the rest of the notes in the scale.
- While it doesn’t approximate the feel of a proper weighted keyboard – that’s not something everyone wants anyway – the keys have more travel than you’d expect for something so thin and light.
Roli's newest instrument, the Lumi, helps you learn to play piano with lights
- The Lumi is in a way a step back for Roli fom trying to break new ground by conceiving of completely new instruments, with new form factors built with the benefits of technology and electronics in mind.
- On top of that, services like YouTube and Soundcloud furthermore are giving us a taste of creating our own music: using electronic devices, we can go beyond what might have been limitations up to now (for example, having never learned to play an instrument in the traditional sense) to get stuck into the craft itself.
- An American startup called McCarthy Music also makes illuminated-key pianos, also subscribing to the principle that providing this kind of guidance to teach muscle memory is an important step in getting a student acquainted with playing on a keyboard.