This summer the music platform Spotify joined with the New York City Department of Education’s Innovate NYC Schools initiative to sponsor the first ever Music Education Hackathon, where makers, teachers and students worked together to create new solutions.
Mr. Rogers gets remixed again!
Rare photos of David Bowie give a behind-the-scenes look at some of his most iconic photos.
Chinese artist Ai WeiWei has created his first music video, for his single called “Dumbass.” The video recreates the environment of his 2011 prison stay right down to the wallpaper.
Weiwei sees “Dumbass” as a kind of therapy, and an activist message all by itself—it contains criticism of Chinese intellectuals who are trying to change China from within the system.
How do the most creative people work? Bryan Cranston Kendrick Lamar Max Levchin and other creatively supercharged folks share their methods.
What do a startup king, a social network innovator, a hip hop prince, perhaps the best actor on television, and two absolutely hilarious dudes have in common? They’re all among the Most Creative People—and we can learn quite a bit from the way they work.
Back in the ’90s, when the Walkman and CDs reigned, the industry combined basic sales data from the Billboard charts with two primary methods of song research: “Call Outs,” where stations played song hooks over the phone and record their responses; and “Auditorium” research, where a group of people react to song hooks as they are played live. In a pre-Internet age, it was about the best you could do.
And now, in 2013, an age of social networks, big data, and smartphones, surely terrestrial radio has developed a more nuanced methodology to find out what songs people really want to hear, right?
Not so much.
Twitter’s music page at music.twitter.com is very nearly live, and the expectation is that it will launch today.
Would you use a music service provided by Twitter? Is this a smart move for the social media giant?
A Band Visualizes Fans Sharing Its Music
Sharing music online is a social activity that can quickly escape the bounds of real-world connection. After a few degrees of separation occur—say, after an MP3 passes beyond your sister’s co-worker’s boyfriend’s friend—it’s impossible to know where it might eventually end up. The Beginnings And Endings Project, a web app designed by the Australian band Brightly, visualizes the journey of their first single as it’s shared across the web.
Find out how they did it here.
“I love this resurgence of the GIF that’s going on right now. I think it’s amazing to see what you can come up with when you are forced to be creative in a restrictive environment. This is true for all creative endeavors: If you remove some of the tools that are available to you, it forces you to be extra creative with the tools that remain.”
Great moments in 8-bit GIF history.
A few decades back, when the music industry was booming and record companies had more money than they knew what to do with, a curious phenomenon played out on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Bands started showing up on billboards.
For those of us who are more office-bound air guitarist than full-fledged rock star, Google has created JAM with Chrome, an interactive web application that lets you and up to three friends collaborate in real-time to create original tunes using digital instruments.
How many of you use Rdio? The company is launching a new program today which will pay artists for converting their fans into Rdio subscribers.