The timing of my visit was perfect, I strolled into Alex DeTurk's studio at Masterdisk just as he was cutting an LP. DeTurk was moving to the music, totally engaged with the sound as the big record mastering lathe was literally cutting the groove into the disc. After the side was complete he examined the grooves with a microscope. DeTurk then said, "Vinyl is the most consumer-friendly high-resolution format around." Right, more people are buying LPs than true high-resolution 24 bit/192 kHz files, the ones that can sound better than CD-quality FLAC or Apple Lossless files. … Read more
Rdio is getting in tune with other online music services by offering free unlimited listening.
The online subscription music service said Thursday it had lifted its restrictions on Web listening, a day after rival music service Spotify announced a similar move. Like Spotify and Pandora before it, Rdio had offered its listeners a limited amount of online streaming, both those services have removed the caps.
While the ads aren't going away for free streaming, Rdio promises that they will be "short and sweet."
"Free listeners will hear a mix of new feature announcements, messages from partner … Read more
Though they only allow simple tunes, there's something rather fascinating about music boxes and turning their handles and watching their pin-and-comb mechanisms produce their clear, chiming notes, like a tiny piano. The first music boxes started arriving toward the latter half of the 18th century, but a company called Left Field Labs has offered a modern -- and personal -- twist.
A new project called Music Drops asks you to compose your own 16-note tune using a grid. Clicking the squares indicates which notes are to be played (as far as we can ascertain, the scale starts at A at the top of the grid, and descends nearly two octaves), and you can create chords.
Then the company converts the music to a 3D-printable file using WebGL, and you can order a 3D-printed, drop-shaped music box that plays your tune when you turn the little handle. … Read more
Spotify upped the ante in the music streaming game on Wednesday by getting rid of all time restrictions on Web listening. Now, users in all countries where Spotify operates can stream music for free on the Web endlessly.
"In the past, we had to restrict your listening time to some hours a month once a 6-month unlimited grace period had passed," Spotify spokesman Diego Planas Rego wrote in a blog post. "But now, if you haven't noticed, there's no more time limit if you are using Spotify for free. We have removed these caps completely … Read more
Most of us have a deep connection to our favorite music. While some are more laid back and take songs as they are, others like to tinker with their sounds. Not all of us can afford a professional recording studio, but now we can get all the tools we need in a quality mixer with DJ Audio Editor. This easy-to-use and well-organized music editing program will let you enjoy your favorite songs in ways, which you would never have imagined.
Manipulate audio files with tools that allow you to cut, join, trim, split, and mix audio files with a couple … Read more
For Pandora, it's personal.
The Internet's top radio service said Wednesday it would launch personalized station recommendations in its mobile app. The feature suggests new station ideas based on your listening preferences as well as what the company knows from its data about other listeners' habits, which includes 35 billion bits of "thumbs up, thumbs down" feedback, the company said.
Listeners will be offered up to six artist station recommendations in their station list and when they create or delete a station.
It's "marrying all the data about you with the data we know … Read more
You're only as young as you think you are. But what if you could re-train your brain to absorb information as easily as a child can?
That's exactly what scientists testing the FDA-approved drug called valproate investigated in study of adults who had little or no musical training yet demonstrated some degree of absolute pitch, an ability to identify or produce the pitch of a musical sound without any reference point.
Absolute pitch, the scientists say, can only be acquired early in life.
Valproate is currently used to treat epileptic seizures, migraines, and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. But scientists wanted to see if the drug had other neurological benefits. … Read more
Reports of Winamp's death were greatly exggerated.
Once scheduled to kick the bucket last month, the software has found new life with new parent Radionomy, an online radio station aggregator. On Tuesday, Radionomy announced that it purchased both Winamp and streaming music site Shoutcast from former owner AOL. Terms of the deal were not revealed, though a Belgian news site says that AOL bought a partial stake in Radionomy as part of a recent round of funding.
Will Winamp change under its new management? Yes, but for the better, according to Radionomy. The program will add access to more … Read more
Back in the day, if your NES or SNES games started to get glitchy, there was one go-to solution: remove the cart from the console and blow into it as hard as you could to clear the dust from the circuits. This would allow you to resume play.
This is the concept behind 8bit Harmonica (which is more like a set of panpipes than a harmonica), a musical instrument created by Basami Sentaku (Japanese for clothespin). Housed in an old Famicom cartridge, it consists of a set of "pipes." These are programmed to reproduce chiptune sounds as heard in the original Super Mario Bros. When you blow into them, you can play music instead of games. … Read more
Why do you stay alive?
Is it in order to earn a crust, so that you might save some morsel of that crust and then, when you have few teeth left, put together lots of morsels to make one slice of bread?
Is it to gain power over others, so that you can feel big while rendering them small in your mind and in your presence?
If so, Apple thinks you're not human. The company wants you to know this: "Poetry, beauty, romance, love -- these are what we stay alive for."