Spotify is about delivering the music you love, the greatest hits, and new discoveries?
They also claim to to be “the best place to discover music.”
I beg to differ.
For you music lovers, you’ll going to love Google’s Music Timeline.
No surprise, Google has been tracking music uploads with Google Play music libraries as well as the usual Google magic research data. Remember, they track everything.
While Google might be providing information to your friendly government agency, they have also created this really cool music timeline:
For the next church social or youth group party, you might consider transforming your Mac, iPad or iPhone into a full DJ system!
I remember using iTunes to quasi DJ at church, but this? If I could have had this app, it would have been a whole different thing.
For the beginner or advanced DJ, here’s a DJ system you need to check out:
It’s amazing work and it shows how environment affects sound. They could have just done a quad split, highlighting each location in an A/B test sort of way, but they didn’t. They took it to the next level. Even the shooting and editing is entertainment, part of a larger whole.
When you take requests from your audience, you’re never sure what you’re going to get.
In the case of Richard Grayson, a request is made during a 2009 concert that could have just as easily been laughed off. The request?
Play Darth Vader’s theme as if Beethoven had written it.
Here’s what he played:
I remember studying how they recorded music back in the day. An entire floor of an office building was full of rooms of different shapes and sizes with a speaker on one end and a mic on the other. Sound designers on a different floor, could then route the mix to different rooms to get the desired effect. From that, to rack mount, to digital effects on your computer, we’ve come a long way. That being said, I think the most awesome sound is analog, so when I saw this acoustic drum mix that uses natural environments to create special reverb effects, my heart melted.
Last month, Eric posted about the great 8-Bit Hymnal – some traditional hymns remixed to 8-bit video game style music. With Christmas coming along, you can now get some more great 8-bit Christmas goodness!
Tyler Larson has put together 15 different carols (there are 16 tracks – two version of Away in a Manger!) that you can download for FREE from Noisetrade.
Did you see Bob Dylan’s interactive music video?
If not, you have to!
Promoting Bob Dylan’s The Complete Album Collection, Vol. 1, an interactive video of Like a Rolling Stone has been put together in a TV like fashion. Using Interlude‘s Treehouse technology, this music video presents itself like a regular television that can be surfed channel to channel.
The results are pretty EPIC.
Five Iron Frenzy—”FIF”, to their friends—was one of my favorite bands in high school and college. I saw them play live three times, including their 2003 final show in Denver, Colorado. I still play their old albums a lot. They’re fun, inspiring, and very singable. I’ve missed FIF these past ten years. Then, without warning, a Kickstarter campaign was launched, with the goal being met three times over within the first two days. All of a sudden, FIF had been resurrected. All of my dreams were coming true: more concerts, more albums, less “Combat Chuck.”
So, here I am, nearing thirty, listening to the newest albums from one of my favorite bands from a decade ago. It’s a weird moment, but I like it.