Names that tune in 3 notes
No, it’s not a contestant from the classic TV game show. It’s an IBM computer that uses algorithmic computation to identify a song’s musical period—Baroque, Classical or Romantic— in only three notes. And when applied to speech patterns, the same technology can be used as an early warning system for Parkinson’s disease and certain kinds of psychiatric disorders. Read on →
Grumpy cat is kind of bummed she isn’t on our Lana Del Rey cover.
Musicians looking for others to play with have a slick new tool to avoid the Craigslist chaos.
"The reality of the professional musician is freelance forever.”
You might be rocking headphones while you read this—but does what’s playing make you better at your job?
The one thing Fast Company has always been missing is a theme song. Enter YouTube’s biggest musical parody group to fill that void.
The Libraries are closed for Independence Day - have a great 4th of July!
Mimi Valdés went from magazines to multimedia success.
Valdés is creative director for Pharrell’s i am OTHER, a multimedia company that works in music, apparel, philanthropy, film, video, and whatever else Pharrell wants to explore. Hers is a simple title for a complicated position where she is responsible for an astounding number of things. “Album covers, music videos, live concert performances, I’m in charge of executing all of that,” says Valdés, adding that she is not as directly involved with the fashion side of Pharrell’s growing empire. She is working on so many projects simultaneously that she has taken to listing each on its own index card. The stack is more than an inch thick.
Some of the biggest innovations of our time were created after hours. Here, the compelling case for trying out stupid things on the side.
“The only way a side project will work is if people give themselves permission to think simple, to change their minds, to fail—basically, to not take them too seriously,” says van Schneider. “When you treat something like it’s stupid, you have fun with it, you don’t put too much structure around it. You can enjoy different types of success.”
Part of the thrill of going to a rock show is getting to watch musicians nimbly interact with their instruments. But at electronic music shows, where performers stand behind barely visible laptops and other mysterious machines, it’s near impossible to get a good look at where, exactly, their symphonies of bleeps and beats are coming from.
Director Mathieu le Dude and French producer 20syl offer a hypnotic behind-the-scenes look at the creation of electronic track “Kodama,” off 20syl’s new EP, Motifs. Seemingly disembodied hands hit drum machines, tap synthesizers, and twist knobs, revealing the origin of each distinct sound in the track.
"Usually it was the Western music they wanted to copy," Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Joseph Stalin’s successor as the U.S.S.R.’s General Secretary explained to NPR. "Before the tape recorders they used the X-ray film of bones and recorded music on the bones, bone music."
Animator Simon Chong made a South Park music video for “Hello!” from Book of Mormon and it’s a fitting tribute to the Broadway juggernaut’s creators.
It’s easy to imagine that some days Damon Albarn and Jack White wake up in the morning unsure of what band their in that day and what’s even happening anymore. Perhaps that’s because the former lead singers of Blur and The White Stripes are off-and-on engaged in at least four or five other bands between the two of them. (They also both have new solo records just out.) This kind of creative multitasking is not exclusive to these two dynamos of the rock worlds by any means. It would make your head spin to sort out all the different bands that certain musicians have been in over the years. Luckily, someone has already done it for you.
You cannot even fathom the patience required for this much sewing.
For $99, Prime members get a streaming video service, e-book lending library, free two-day shipping—and starting today, a music service.
Amazon is rounding out its Prime membership with the addition of a streaming music service. On Thursday the e-commerce giant launched Prime Music with more than 1 million tracks that members can listen to for no additional cost. The service will be available on iOS, Android, Macs, Windows computers, and Kindle tablets.
"Prime offers the best of Amazon,” vice president of digital music Steve Boom told Fast Company (fastcompany). “We think it’s a great addition to the lineup because now Prime is a pretty comprehensive digital music and digital entertainment experience.”