Monthly archives: May, 2014

Cosmosƒ vSaturn Now Available, Designed For Real-time Dynamic Stochastic Synthesis

Sonic Lab has released Cosmosƒ vSaturn, a real-time dynamic stochastic synthesis engine, which generates sonic textures with a complex event distribution process. According to the developer, Cosmosƒ vSaturn is a tool for computer music and sound design, that uses the computer for sonic calculation and digital audio rendering – “the kind of which is impossible to do by hand.”…


Beats Music Valued at $500M

According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, Beats Music, launched in January, is worth $500 million of the $3 billion Apple is paying for the brand. A source familiar with the matter told Billboard that the estimate “isn’t far off.” As the Journal points out, the $500 million valuation can’t be based on the service’s…


Iggy Azalea Just Accomplished Something Only The Beatles Have Done Previously

Iggy Azalea’s potential song-of-the-summer smash “Fancy” currently rests atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. It’s EVERYWHERE, from clubs to father-daughter car rides to your dentist’s waiting room. So is “Problem,” from Mariah Carey-lite Ariana Grande and…Iggy Azalea. Everything’s coming up Iggy, so much so that she joined the list of artists who accomplished something that every…


I.B. BAD RECOUNTS THE JIMMY IOVINE SAGA, CO-STARRING DR. DRE

Apple’s $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics—the biggest, most dramatic music-business story since UMG’s acquisition of EMI—puts Jimmy Iovine in the billionaire’s club alongside David Geffen and Clive Calder. That’s quite a feat for this feisty longshoreman’s son from Brooklyn, who worked his way up from cleaning recording studios to his present status as a…


“I was going to close it off, get a job, I’d had enough”: self-help tapes, lovemaking music and the redemption of Plastician

It’s a sunny morning when we meet, sunny enough to sit outside a Southeast London cafe (“shit, Transition’s just down the road from here isn’t it?”), the sort of day when it’s nice to kick back and chat anyway. But the man more commonly known as Plastician wouldn’t need any encouragement to hold forth –…


RESPECT Bill Would Put Golden Oldies Under Federal Copyright

A new bill could help artists and labels collect royalties on the digital performance of older recordings while adding to the royalty expenses of the digital services that play them. On Thursday, the RESPECT Act was introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. George Holding (R-NC). The…


Dig That Crazy Tesla Coil Sound

Giant Tesla Coils have been used on science fiction movies for about a hundred years now, but who knew they could be so musical? Now two electrical engineering students (Eric Goodchild from ASU Polytechnic and Steve Caton from UCLA) found a way to modulate their 7 foot coils to play The Animals classic “House of…


Winners and Losers From the Apple-Beats Deal

Love it or hate it, Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the tech giant’s largest acquisition to date, will have a huge impact in the music industry and beyond. Beats’ financial backers clearly benefit from the sale price. Others, from consumers to competitors, will also be affected. Here are six of the winners and…


Troy Ave & BSB Return To Breakfast Club

> Troy Ave was back with the Breakfast Club today and brought his Brick Star Boyz along. Troy spoke on the label, his new found success, XXL freshman class, pressure of switching up sound, Lloyd Banks and more….


Donald Sterling’s LA Clippers sold for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

That’s $2 billion with an uppercase B! Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has apparently won the bidding war Thursday for the Los Angeles Clippers with a staggering $2 billion offer for the NBA franchise, according to the L.A. Times. The frenzied battle to get the team from Sterling drove the franchise’s price sky high for…