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Trashed and abused: What’s left after a music festival ends – Chicago Tribune

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The summer music festival season is done. Last weekend’s Riot Fest in Douglas Park marked the unofficial close. Perhaps you would like to know what you left behind? In July, at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, for example, you left behind a coconut. It was last seen against a chain-link fence near Lake Street. It was coconut-shaped and resembled a coconut. Each day that goes by and you…

There are now 30 million paid music subscribers in the US – The Verge – The Verge

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

More than 30 million people pay for music subscriptions in the US, according to the latest figures released by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the first half of 2017. Paid streaming subscriptions have increased to 30.4 million in the US, up from 20.2 million during the first half of 2016. Revenue from paid streaming has also grown substantially in 2017, reaching $1.49 billion compared to $995 million…

October 2017 New Music Releases – Ultimate Classic Rock

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ultimate Classic Rock The list of October 2017 new music releases features a number of highly anticipated studio albums, live projects and reissues. Robert Plant‘s 11th studio LP again finds him working with the Sensational Shape Shifters, his collaborators on 2014’s lullaby and … the Ceaseless Roar. The new Carry Fire album also features a guest turn by Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders. The Who have two new offerings planned, one…

Watch Taylor Swift Lose It While Fighting All Her ‘Former Selves’ in ‘Look’ Music Video BTS: ‘I Got Too Excited’ – PEOPLE.com

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Look what Taylor Swift made Taylor Swift do. In behind-the-scenes footage shared exclusively with PEOPLE from the Grammy winner’s record-breaking “Look What You Made Me Do” music video, the star, 27, meets all the extras who play her former selves. “Okay, this is the trippiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” says Swift as she walks onto the set and introduces herself to all the other Taylors. “Seeing all…

What Sound Does an Iceberg Make When It Breaks Off the Ice Shelf? – Slate Magazine

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The premise of “White Wanderer” is to transform a public place that people walk through every day, to create new possibilities for conversations on climate change in an otherwise normal city plaza. Starting a conversation about climate change can be awkward––trust me, I know. For the past three years, I’ve been wearing a cardboard sign around my neck as I travel through 16 countries on a mission to record 1,001…

Music’s ‘million sellers club’ updated to include streaming – The Guardian

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The “million sellers club”, the elite ranks of musicians who have sold more than a million copies of their singles, has been given a modernising shake-up by incorporating streaming for the first time. The Official Charts Company (OCC) has brought together streaming and traditional sales in Britain for the first time to reveal which records have been the most popular, ensuring the likes of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran are…

Music’s ‘million sellers club’ updated to include streaming – The Guardian

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The “million sellers club”, the elite ranks of musicians who have sold more than a million copies of their singles, has been given a modernising shake-up by incorporating streaming for the first time. The Official Charts Company (OCC) has brought together streaming and traditional sales in Britain for the first time to reveal which records have been the most popular, ensuring the likes of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran are…

Feeling The Music With Deaf ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finalist Mandy Harvey – NPR

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mandy Harvey, a singer-songwriter who is deaf, is one of the final ten contestants in the latest round of America’s Got Talent. NBC/Trae Patton/NBC hide caption toggle caption NBC/Trae Patton/NBC Mandy Harvey, a singer-songwriter who is deaf, is one of the final ten contestants in the latest round of America’s Got Talent. NBC/Trae Patton/NBC When you see and hear a performance by Mandy Harvey, one of the final ten contestants…

Does Siri sound different today? Here’s why – TechCrunch

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Apple’s ubiquitous virtual assistant has had a little virtual work done on her virtual vocal cords, and her newly dulcet-ized tones went live today as part of iOS 11. (Check out a few more lesser-known iOS 11 features here.) It turns out a lot of work went into this little upgrade. The old methods of creating speech from text…

Oculus tweaks VR audio to seem closer and more realistic – Engadget

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Check it out in action in this sample audio: You could also encounter some realistic-sounding waterfalls and oceans in the future, now that Oculus has added Volumetric Sound Sources to its SDK. This feature allows developers to give big sources of sound a radius instead of a single source of origin. When you step into that radius, you’ll hear sounds all around you — it could make you feel like…

Audio released of 911 call by Georgia Tech student killed by police – Washington Post

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A police cruiser was torched, protesters were arrested, and at least one Georgia Tech officer was evacuated by ambulance Monday night — just two days after a student was fatally shot by campus police outside a dormitory building. “The events of the past few days have been incredibly difficult and challenging for the entire Georgia Tech community,” G.P. “Bud” Peterson, president of the school, wrote in an open letter Tuesday that mourned Scout Schultz…

Does Siri sound different today? Here’s why – TechCrunch

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Apple’s ubiquitous virtual assistant has had a little virtual work done on her virtual vocal cords, and her newly dulcet-ized tones went live today as part of iOS 11. (Check out a few more lesser-known iOS 11 features here.) It turns out a lot of work went into this little upgrade. The old methods of creating speech from text…

Feeling The Music With Deaf ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finalist Mandy Harvey – NPR

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mandy Harvey, a singer-songwriter who is deaf, is one of the final ten contestants in the latest round of America’s Got Talent. NBC/Trae Patton/NBC hide caption toggle caption NBC/Trae Patton/NBC Mandy Harvey, a singer-songwriter who is deaf, is one of the final ten contestants in the latest round of America’s Got Talent. NBC/Trae Patton/NBC When you see and hear a performance by Mandy Harvey, one of the final ten contestants…

Music’s ‘million sellers club’ updated to include streaming – The Guardian

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The “million sellers club”, the elite ranks of musicians who have sold more than a million copies of their singles, has been given a modernising shake-up by incorporating streaming for the first time. The Official Charts Company (OCC) has brought together streaming and traditional sales in Britain for the first time to reveal which records have been the most popular, ensuring the likes of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran are…

IFPI Consumer Report: Licensed Audio Streaming Up 8%, But YouTube Value Gap Remains – Variety

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Streaming continues to grow, but YouTube’s “value gap” remains the biggest thorn in the music industry’s side: Those are the major findings in the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s (IFPI) 2017 Music Consumer Insight Report, issued today. While it repeats some of the findings in the organization’s annual report issued earlier this year, the study specifically examines how fans are engaging with recorded music in 13 of the leading…

Equifax’s security chief had some big problems. Being a music major wasn’t one of them. – Washington Post

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

(Robin Zebrowski / Flickr) On Friday, Equifax chief security officer Susan Mauldin stepped down from her post amid widespread criticism that her company didn’t do enough to prevent its massive data breach. Internet sleuths dutifully began digging into Mauldin’s past — and uncovered what seemed like the perfect fuel for the raging firestorm of public outrage. It turned out that Mauldin, the top executive handling cybersecurity at Equifax, didn’t have much formal training in technology….

Music ignites the soul of Montrealers this week ! – Mountain Lake PBS

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Scientists have been studying how music affects our brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power…. Whether attending an opera, a rock concert, listening to the radio, or singing with friends around a camp fire, music brings people together, transcends language barriers and fills us with varied emotions. We can collectively agree that music is powerful and here in Montreal, we love it! This week Gen’s Delights presents a few opportunities to enjoy…

Niantic’s next AR game after ‘Pokémon Go’ may use audio cues – Engadget

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Speaking on a panel at the TechCrunch Disrupt event, the Niantic exec discussed the current problems with AR. “I can tell you from experience that people don’t do this,” he said, imitating how users are expected to hold their phones while playing an AR game. “It makes them look like a total doofus if they’re doing it for an extended period of time,” he continued. Sound could fix that by…

Music video AR app Blin.gy shuts down – TechCrunch

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blin.gy, the app that let users insert themselves into their favorite music videos, is shutting down. In a Medium post, co-founder and chief executive officer David Hyman wrote that the startup, which launched as Chosen three years ago and raised at least $10 million, decided to close up shop after a potential acquisition fell through. Chosen started out as a talent competition app that eventually focused mostly on music. Though…

Production Music Is a Billion-Dollar Business (Study) – Variety

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Production music is a $1 billion global industry “hidden in plain sight” that is ready for its close-up, according to Joe Saba, who promises to deliver just that with the fourth annual Production Music Conference, Oct. 4-6 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Saba, who is vice chairman of the Production Music Association, notes that this is the first time the trade group has put a value on the production music sector, which…