12/04/2012, Online music service Rhapsody has announced that its service is now available on Xbox LIVE. For the Xbox 360 version, Rhapsody has redesigned its app to match the Xbox user interface and that includes support for voice commands and gestures for Kinect users. Finally, Xbox LIVE gold subscribers will have a free access to Rhapsody for Xbox 360. If you are not familiar with it, Rhapsody is an online music […]
11/08/2012, Music is an art that transcends language. It also uses technology as a conduit for progress. The folks over at the Google Creative Lab has released a very interesting interactive web application that enables friends in different locations to play music together in the Chrome browser on their computers. Being a guitarist and a drummer myself, I was thrilled upon hearing the news. It’s called JAM with Chrome, and everyone […]
09/12/2012, Each of us has a different set of sleep patterns. Sleep patterns usually comprise of our physical positions as well as heart beat and breathing rates, while we sleep. Scientists at the University of Helsinki have now developed a software which can turn your sleep patterns into music. The idea sounds exciting in that each of us essentially has a unique sleeping pattern, so the corresponding music for it would […]
09/06/2012, With our music already more or less in the digital age and where customers are starting to download them rather than head to record stores for physical copies, we guess musicians need a new way to engage their audience and simply putting out an album is apparently no longer sufficient. Lady Gaga, whether you love or hate her, has come up with a rather interesting way to release her new […]
07/19/2012, We typically don’t associate SMS and music distribution, but that’s exactly what Music2Text aims to do: use the most universal mobile phone communications building block (after voice) to sell and share music. The whole system is based on something very simple: each song can be identified with a “shortcode”. A shortcode is a special number like #7415 that is usually used by carriers to send settings to your phone.
05/30/2012, Pepsi has unveiled a partnership with Twitter that will span over the next 52 weeks as part of its global ‘Live for Now’ campaign which is called ‘Live for Now Music’. The partnership reportedly uses video, live streaming along with original content as vital tools to further reach target audiences. In an interview with Ad Age, Adam Bain who is Twitter President of Global Revenue said, “This is the biggest […]
05/21/2012, Unleash the Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan in you with gTar, a fully digital iPhone-powered guitar that recently launched on Kickstarter. Not to mistaken with the Sitar, gTar comes with a built-in iPhone dock that uses sensors to relay what you are playing to a specially designed iPhone app. Startup company Incident developed the gTar out of the need to create a digital “educational” guitar that will help aspiring […]
05/02/2012, Cornell students Charong Chen and Siyu Zhan have managed to come up with an electric keyboard that can create and playback its own composition. All the user would have to do is select between two moods – happy and tender which helps determine the song’s tempo, play a couple of notes and the keyboard will fill in the blanks. There is also a “training” mode in which the user will […]
04/03/2012, How can you turn the interior of a building into a musical instrument? Well, Prague-based projection mapping collective Macula have done exactly that, by transforming a Baroque church into a virtual music instrument which will allow the musically inclined to play pieces of their liking simply by using laser pointers. The surface of the interior of the Olomouc Baroque chapel that is located in the Czech Republic has been mapped […]
01/26/2012, Record players have typically played vinyl records, but German artist, Bartholomäus Traubeck, has managed to come up with a rather unique record player, dubbed “Years”, that instead of spinning vinyl, will spin a cross-section of a tree instead with surprising results.
01/09/2012, [CES 2012] ZIK Parrot is the latest addition to the Parrot’s Design By Collection, a product series designed by rock star designers such as Philippe Starck or Martin Szekely. The recent trend in the audio industry is to build celebrity-based brands to ensure good sales. The iPhone has also proven that good design sells, in that regard, combining the pleasure of the eye and the ear should be the perfect […]
12/14/2011, Great news for Last.fm users who are tired of mainstream music. The music discovery service has just announced the launch of Last.fm Discover: a new way to discover independent music. Making use of HTML5, this web app helps Last.fm users discover new independent musicians the same way it current works to recommend established artists. Last.fm Discover will let users listen to new indie music, spanning from Newgrass to Indietronica, and […]
12/13/2011, If you love playing the guitar but perhaps you’re not too deft at music theory and memorizing chord shapes and such, Tabstrummer is a device that ought to make guitar players who rely on tabs quite happy, allowing chords to be programmed into the device and played back by pressing the buttons/keys on the neck of the “guitar”.
12/13/2011, Rara.com has just launched in 18 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK and many European countries. Rara comes with two main differentiation factors: its design and its price. The world is in an economic pinch, so let’s start with the pricing model: Rara will basically charge$4.99/month for its ad-free, unlimited access to 10M songs from a computer. For mobile devices, it will cost $9.99/mo. Additionally, new users will discounts […]