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Review: Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 600 – WIRED

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

For more than a year, I put up with the crappy headset that came with my PlayStation 4. It was the gaming headset equivalent of those terrible $5 Gumy earbuds you see hanging by the dozen in Walmart. Sometimes, I couldn’t hear my friends at all, and my microphone cut out so many times I lost count. Eventually, the tiny plastic fiend died. As annoying as that was, the broken…

Behind the Mask, Slow Magic Lets His Music Speak For Itself – Houston Press

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

The electronic-music world is rife with acts who do things differently, DJs who take performing to a whole different level, and artists whose music can’t help but make your body move. Slow Magic, however, easily fits all three molds. Performing in a mask, playing live drums, and creating some of the catchiest dance tunes going, Slow Magic also does a live set that is something to behold, to say the…

Apple Watch is a better iPod thanks to streaming music – CNET

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Apple Music gets its streaming on. Sarah Tew/CNET I used to wear an iPod Nano on my wrist. It stored songs, it had an FM radio and it told me the time. Years later, the Apple Watch is finally living up to the promise of being an iPod on my wrist again — a little voice-activated streaming music player, in fact. The upgraded features come courtesy of the WatchOS 4.1…

Country Music Star Clint Black Developing Christmas Musical – Variety

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Clint Black, the country music star who’s sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, is at work on a Christmas musical for the stage, with a theater industry reading of the new show set for December in New York. Black is writing new songs for the project, which will also incorporate tunes from his 1995 Christmas album and a number of his other hits. Called “Looking for Christmas” — also…

Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde Shares And Talks About His First New Music In 20 Years – NPR

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lost Horizons: Simon Raymonde (left) and Richie Thomas Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist Lost Horizons: Simon Raymonde (left) and Richie Thomas Courtesy of the artist Simon Raymonde, the former bassist for Cocteau Twins and founder of Bella Union Records, is back after a 20-year hiatus from music with a new song we’re premiering. “I Saw The Days Go By” features singer Marissa Nadler…

Even earless oysters ‘clam up’ over noise pollution – PBS NewsHour

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Even without ears, oysters are “clamming up” when they hear too much noise in the ocean. In response to sounds similar to cargo ships, oysters slam their shells closed, seemingly to protect their soft bodies, according to a study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE. Oysters are filter feeders, so noise pollution in the ocean may stunt growth and reduce water quality, the scientists argue. Ocean noise pollution is a known…

This new audio system turns your car’s interior into one giant … – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

German automotive parts supplier Continental has developed a new speaker-less audio system for cars it calls Ac2ated Sound. Continental says the new system will reduce the amount of weight traditionally taken up by car speakers by up to 90 percent, using surface vibrations to deliver sound, much like a violin. Continental’s system replaces speakers with actuators, which are tiny transducers similar to the core of a traditional speaker. The actuators…

Spotify is not just streaming. It’s becoming the entire music industry … – Quartz

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Few people have heard of Lauv, Russell Dickerson, or Trippie Red. In a couple of months, everyone will. Spotify—the biggest music-streaming service in the world right now, with 140 million active users, 60 million of whom are paying subscribers—this week launched RISE, a program that promotes hand-picked emerging artists. “We have the biggest distribution system in the world for streaming music, so why not use that to help young artists,”…

Music startup Roli adds Pharrell Williams as new investor and chief … – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

When it comes to music and technology, the bulk of attention has been focused on companies building digitised services to help deliver music to the masses, such as Spotify and Soundcloud. But an equally interesting development is how tech innovations have bridged into the world of music hardware, from devices to appreciate it to devices to create it; and today, one of the bigger movers in that space is announcing…

This new audio system turns your car’s interior into one giant speaker – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017

German automotive parts supplier Continental has developed a new speaker-less audio system for cars it calls Ac2ated Sound. Continental says the new system will reduce the amount of weight traditionally taken up by car speakers by up to 90 percent, using surface vibrations to deliver sound, much like a violin. Continental’s system replaces speakers with actuators, which are tiny transducers similar to the core of a traditional speaker. The actuators…

This new audio system turns your car’s interior into one giant speaker – The Verge

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

German automotive parts supplier Continental has developed a new speaker-less audio system for cars it calls Ac2ated Sound. Continental says the new system will reduce the amount of weight traditionally taken up by car speakers by up to 90 percent, using surface vibrations to deliver sound, much like a violin. Continental’s system replaces speakers with actuators, which are tiny transducers similar to the core of a traditional speaker. The actuators…

BBR Music Group, Home to Jason Aldean and Kid Rock, Switches to ADA for Distribution – Billboard

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

BBR Music Group’s long partnership with RED Distribution has ended following a decision by BBR parent BMG to switch to ADA Worldwide, the indie distribution and services arm of Warner Music Group. The deal follows a partnership between ADA and BMG in 2016, and this year’s acquisition of BBR by BMG, a German-based rights management firm. RED Distribution, a division of Sony, had been distributing BBR releases since 2002 and had a deal…

Spotify is not just streaming. It’s becoming the entire music industry. – Quartz

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Few people have heard of Lauv, Russell Dickerson, or Trippie Red. In a couple of months, everyone will. Spotify—the biggest music-streaming service in the world right now, with 140 million active users, 60 million of whom are paying subscribers—this week launched RISE, a program that promotes hand-picked emerging artists. “We have the biggest distribution system in the world for streaming music, so why not use that to help young artists,”…

Music startup Roli adds Pharrell Williams as new investor and chief creative officer – TechCrunch

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

When it comes to music and technology, the bulk of attention has been focused on companies building digitised services to help deliver music to the masses, such as Spotify and Soundcloud. But an equally interesting development is how tech innovations have bridged into the world of music hardware, from devices to appreciate it to devices to create it; and today, one of the bigger movers in that space is announcing…

Music Forums Brought Down a British Politician in About Two Days – Noisey

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Music forums on the early internet were… not entirely great places to say the least. Just ask Jared O’Mara, the Labour Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam – he unseated ex-Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg at the 2017 general election – who has now been suspended by the party because of new allegations of recent sexist behaviour, as well as the shit he used to post on various sites. Everyone’s…

Spotify is not just streaming. It’s becoming the entire music industry. – Quartz

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Few people have heard of Lauv, Russell Dickerson, or Trippie Red. In a couple of months, everyone will. Spotify—the biggest music-streaming service in the world right now, with 140 million active users, 60 million of whom are paying subscribers—this week launched RISE, a program that promotes hand-picked emerging artists. “We have the biggest distribution system in the world for streaming music, so why not use that to help young artists,”…

New Music From Tiny Desk Contest Winner Gaelynn Lea, ‘Bound By A Thread’ – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Gaelynn Lea’s All Changing Tides is out Nov. 10. Mark Brown/Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Mark Brown/Courtesy of the artist Gaelynn Lea’s All Changing Tides is out Nov. 10. Mark Brown/Courtesy of the artist Gaelynn Lea is a violinist, a public speaker and an advocate for people with disabilities. She was born with brittle bone disease and that shapes the way she plays the violin, holding it…

What’s it like competing with your best friend in music? Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann explain. – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Jerrod Niemann (center) and Lee Brice (right) perform at a concert in Maryland with Brett Eldredge. (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) In the early 2000s, Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann were among thousands of singer-songwriters who moved to Nashville, and they bonded as they both tried to break through in the industry. Fast forward more than 15 years — Brice and Niemann, both 38, are still best friends and, coincidentally, releasing…

‘Dangerous,’ ‘utterly untruthful’: Two retiring GOP senators sound alarm on Trump – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A pair of Republican senators sounded an alarm Tuesday about President Trump’s fitness for office and warned that his actions were degrading and dangerous to the country — an extraordinary breach that threatens his legislative agenda and further escalates the civil war tearing apart the Republican Party. Delivering an emotional speech on the Senate floor announcing that he will not seek reelection next year, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Trump’s…

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