This series of videos digs into the details of using the AlphaSphere as a MIDI controller.
The first video, above, covers Preset One - a C Major scale that spirals upwards around the AlphaSphere. Read the rest of this page »
Digital rights management doesn’t help the business of music — at least according to a new study by a PhD candidate in Strategic Management at the University of Toronto named Laurina Zhang. Several years after the major labels removed DRM from their digital music files in 2009 (after prodding from Apple), Zhang, using data primarily from Nielsen SoundScan (which powers the Billboard Charts), analyzed 5,964 albums from 634 artists, “the largest random sample of albums collected for an empirical study,” covering music released between January, 1992 and June, 2012. Zhang’s major finding is that the elimination of DRM from digital music files increased sales by an average of 10% — with, of course, a few caveats. Read the rest of this page »
While in London, G.O.O.D. Music artist Pusha T stops by BBC 1 to have a quick chat with Zane Lowe. Of course, the two discuss Push’s latest album “My Name is My Name,” which the Virginia native declares “album of the year.” They also go on to chat about a possible Clipse album that Pharrell and Kanye are both ready to work on. Take a listen below.
Reggae star Junior Murvin passed away this weekend, according to a report on World A Reggae.
Born in 1949, the Jamaican musician was best known for his Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry-produced 1976 single ‘Police and Thieves’.
The song was later covered by The Clash on their debut album, introducing a generation of punks to the world of reggae and dub.
Details are scant but we’ll add more information as it appears.
Hear ‘Police and Thieves’: Read the rest of this page »
Bending to fan opposition over animal rights, Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies have dropped an upcoming concert gig at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.
“We’ve talked things over, and decided not to play at SeaWorld at this time,” the Toronto band said on its Facebook page after an online petition started by Canadian Mike Garrett urged the Barenaked Ladies to abandon a planned Feb. 15, 2014 marine park concert.
The petition gathered nearly 12,000 signatures before the Barenaked Ladies took note and responded. Read the rest of this page »
Gucci reportedly owns a .40 caliber Glock and a .45 caliber Taurus. The Fed’s are demanding their transfer, along with any ammunition because of Guwop’s prior weapons charges. In mid-September, Gucci was arrested on multiple charges including weed and weapons possession. When the police approached Gucci Mane during the eventual arrest, he started “cursing and threatening them.” Read the rest of this page »
Bob Dylan was a prominent supporter of the U.S. civil rights movement, but that isn’t stopping a Croatian group from suing him for “racism.”
According to Business Insider, a Croatian community association based in France is suing the rock icon over comments he made in a cover story in Rolling Stone.
In the interview, printed last year, Dylan is asked about parallels between the 1860s and present-day America, responding that the U.S. is “too f—ed up about color. It’s a distraction. People at each other’s throats just because they are of a different color. It’s the Read the rest of this page »
After sending a cease and desist letter to blogger Nik Richie and TheDirty.com, a site that describes itself as a provider of “Dirty Army intel, opinions, gossip, satire, and celebrities,” the legal team for producer Dr. Dre has received a response from the
website’s lawyer, David Gingras.
According to TMZ, the cease and desist letter was first sent to TheDirty.com after a handful of stories were published in regards to Dr. Dre and Kili Anderson, a woman the website claims is the Compton beatsmith’s mistress. Read the rest of this page »
In the latest episode of Sonic Touch, hosts Nick Batt and Gaz Williams take a look at BIAS Amp Designer & Inter-App Audio.
This week we take a look at the newly released BIAS – a detailed ampp designer with excessive tweakery from Positive Grid, we also check out guitar interfaces from Line 6 – Sonic Port, Sonoma Wireworks’ GuitarJack 2 /USB and inter-app audio for iOS 7 with Auria the DAW from WaveMachineLabs.
Buck says he plans to take some college courses to learn more about the music industry. He’s also been in the studio working with Rap Artists like “The Game” and “Waka Flocka.” He hasn’t set a release date for a new project but Buck says he’s anxious to make new music for his fans.
via Fox 17
Two aspiring American rappers said Saturday that they had filmed part of a music video in North Korea, hoping the novel locale will make a hit.
The rappers known as Pacman and Peso did not say where and how they filmed the footage, which their fundraising proposal suggested would be done on a karaoke party bus in Pyongyang.
Their custom trip was arranged through a travel agency specializing in taking Westerners to North Korea, according to the proposal.
The developers of Bitwig Studio have released another sneak preview for the upcoming DAW, taking a look its features for working with Audio Clips:
This beta video features the possibilities of working with audio clips in Bitwig Studio. Read the rest of this page »
Kanye West’s tech ambitions are no secret. For the past year, he’s been spotted palling around with members of the Silicon Valley elite and relentlessly comparing himself to Steve Jobs. But while the collective assumption was that he was attempting to soak up knowledge and advice from established technologists and entrepreneurs, a new Valleywag report suggests that what he’s actually trying to soak up is money, in the form of venture capital funding. Read the rest of this page »