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The return of office music: is it better than silence – or much, much worse? – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Why not read this while listening to the soundtrack to which it was written? There is a weird video on YouTube called Stimulus Progression. What sounds like a technique developed by Alfred Kinsey is in fact 90 minutes of “music at work”, released in the 1970s by Muzak, the background-music merchants. I have put it on at full blast, although I don’t recommend you do the same. For decades, it…

New Huntsville music festival set for former Madison Square site – AL.com

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

As a kid, Mike Farris would drive to Huntsville from his Winchester, Tenn. hometown to see rock concerts by bands like Foreigner at the Von Braun Center. Later, during the ’90s, Farris’ own band Screaming’ Cheetah Wheelies performed at the Big Spring Jam music festival here and headlined clubs including Crossroads and Vapors. Based in Nashville, Farris hasn’t played Huntsville in a few years though. That will change in August…

Ed Sheeran fever helps drive rise of more than 10% in UK music sales – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The popularity of Ed Sheeran, elevated by the launch of his latest album, Divide, and his headline Glastonbury spot, helped drive total UK music sales 11.2% higher to £564m in the first half of 2017. Sheeran continues to divide critical opinion, not least with his recent cameo in hit TV series Game of Thrones, but there is no denying the fillip the Suffolk-raised artist has given to the UK music…

Rolling Stones to record new music ‘very shortly,’ Keith Richards says – ABC News

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When The Rolling Stones released their latest album, “Blue & Lonesome,” this past December, some of the band members revealed they had been working on original music when they decided to make the blues-covers record. Now, in a new video Q & A, guitarist Keith Richards says The Stones are moving forward with an album of new original songs. “We are very, very shortly cutting some new stuff and considering…

Even’s H2 headphones produce sound based on your hearing ability – TechCrunch

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Based out of Israel, Even is an audio startup that designs headphones tailored to the listener’s hearing. It starts with a short audio test of the frequencies you can hear in each ear, with an algorithm Even says stitches the resulting data into a sound profile called, your “EarPrint”. It’s an interesting concept that works well in the instances I’ve used it. At the same time, this is a feature…

World Music Institute Expands for Next Concert Season – The New … – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Photo Seun Kuti, at FYF Fest 2017 in Los Angeles on Saturday. Mr. Kuti, the son of Fela Kuti, is to lead the band Egypt 80 at Brooklyn Bowl on Sept. 20. Credit Rich Fury/Getty Images The World Music Institute will bring acclaimed musicians from across the globe to New York for more than 40 performances next season. This nonprofit organization’s new programming includes mini-festivals dedicated to music from Mali…

Even’s H2 headphones produce sound based on your hearing ability – TechCrunch

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Based out of Israel, Even is an audio startup that designs headphones tailored to the listener’s hearing. It starts with a short audio test of the frequencies you can hear in each ear, with an algorithm Even says stitches the resulting data into a sound profile called, your “EarPrint”. It’s an interesting concept that works well in the instances I’ve used it. At the same time, this is a feature…

Are music festivals doing enough to tackle sexual assault? – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Festival season is a time of joy, sunburn and sloshing about in muddy fields. However, this booming industry – which attracts millions of attendees each year and contributed to the £4bn revenues generated by the UK’s live music industry in 2016 – has a dark side. From family-oriented Latitude to the largely tweenage V festival, few British festivals seem to be immune from allegations of rape and sexual assault. Between…

Good vibrations: NorCal craft distiller thinks music could make better … – KTRK-TV

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We all know music is powerful, but is it strong enough to change how something tastes? A craft whiskey maker in California thinks the answer is yes. Spirit Works Distillery in Sebastopol has been experimenting with using music to change the taste and feel of their whiskeys. Watch the video in the player above to find out if music helps as Jonathan Bloom takes a blind taste test of the…

World Music Institute Expands for Next Concert Season – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Photo Seun Kuti, at FYF Fest 2017 in Los Angeles on Saturday. Mr. Kuti, the son of Fela Kuti, is to lead the band Egypt 80 at Brooklyn Bowl on Sept. 20. Credit Rich Fury/Getty Images The World Music Institute will bring acclaimed musicians from across the globe to New York for more than 40 performances next season. This nonprofit organization’s new programming includes mini-festivals dedicated to music from Mali…

This AI Headphone Regulates Your Music To Save Your From Hearing Loss – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nakamichi The Nakamichi Edge. One of the things I realized after I hit my mid-30s was that I was a reckless fool during my late teens on through to my twenties. I was already rather tame to be honest — I never partied hard nor drink much — but looking back, I realize now that I drove way too fast, slept way too little, ate too much junk, and listened to…

New York Today: Blocking Out the City’s Noise – New York Times

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

Photo How do you drown this out? Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times Good morning on this drizzly Monday. In case you haven’t heard, New York City is becoming noisier. About 420,000 noise complaints were lodged with the city’s 311 line last year, more than double the number registered in 2011. We expect neighborhoods like the East Village (with its night life) or Midtown (with its constant traffic) to be…

Music Monday for July 24 – Salt Lake City Weekly (blog)

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

click to enlarge Whither Christian Jonassen? The day Christian Jonassen came into my life—courtesy of Bob Moss and Mike Kirkland, who handed me a…

BBC to fill Glastonbury gap with own music event across UK – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

The BBC is aiming to fill the void left by Glastonbury festival’s gap year in 2018 by holding its own music event at venues in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The corporation will hold the Biggest Weekend at four sites across the UK with 175,000 tickets available to the public. The one-off festival will be held on the late May bank holiday weekend, 25-28 May. Glastonbury will take a…

Big Ten media days: Best dressed players, country music talk and more – ESPN

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

Urban Meyer said they let the loss to Clemson go. “We’ve been know in the past to use different forms of motivation, a loss here and there,” but Ohio State let this one go. Meyer said the loss was addressed and, “Professionally, we’ve changed how we do some things on offense and we’re moving forward.” Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer

Christopher Nolan explains the ‘audio illusion’ that created the unique music in ‘Dunkirk’ – Business Insider

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

“Dunkirk.” Warner Bros. Christopher Nolan has never been shy about challenging audiences with unique musical scores in his movies. For 2010’s “Inception,” composer Hans Zimmer took Nolan’s reference in the script to Edith Piaf’s song “Non, je ne regrette rien,” and slowed it down to create one of the major musical themes of the movie. Then Zimmer and Nolan’s collaboration for 2014’s “Interstellar” led to the movie’s powerfully haunting organ music. …

A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The … – NPR

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

Why make a list of the greatest albums made by women? To start a new conversation, and to rewrite history. Chelsea Beck/NPR hide caption toggle caption Chelsea Beck/NPR Why make a list of the greatest albums made by women? To start a new conversation, and to rewrite history. Chelsea Beck/NPR A few years ago, my friend Jill Sternheimer and I started a conversation one night while driving around the streets…

This AI Headphone Regulates Your Music To Save You From Hearing Loss – Forbes

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

Nakamichi The Nakamichi Edge. One of the things I realized after I hit my mid-30s was that I was a reckless fool during my late teens on through to my twenties. I was already rather tame to be honest — I never partied hard nor drink much — but looking back, I realize now that I drove way too fast, slept way too little, ate too much junk, and listened to…

New York Today: Blocking Out the City’s Noise – The New York Times – New York Times

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

Photo How do you drown this out? Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times Good morning on this drizzly Monday. In case you haven’t heard, New York City is becoming noisier. About 420,000 noise complaints were lodged with the city’s 311 line last year, more than double the number registered in 2011. We expect neighborhoods like the East Village (with its night life) or Midtown (with its constant traffic) to be…

An Advocate for Classical Music and Women – New York Times

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

They were also traditionally discouraged. Despite the fact that the first person to be named as a composer, Hildegard of Bingen, was a woman, history is littered with women who’ve been told either by their brother — Fanny Mendelssohn — or by their husband — Clara Schumann and Alma Mahler — not to compose, that one composer in the house is enough. Or their work has been hidden. So they’ve…

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