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A Big, Fat Happy Birthday to the Greats

Fats Waller left a remarkable stamp on the history of Jazz but also in the hearts of more than a few admirers. More than sixty years after he left this earth, his style, joy in life and exuberance continues to pull us away from our worries and remind us that good humor is still powerful […]

New flat flexible speakers

New speaker development from Wareick Audio Technologies...

flat-speaker

A groundbreaking new loudspeaker, less than 0.25mm thick, has been developed by University of Warwick engineers, it's flat, flexible, could be hung on a wall like a picture, and its particular method of sound generation could make public announcements in places like passenger terminals clearer, crisper, and easier to hear.

Lightweight and inexpensive to manufacture, the speakers are slim and flexible: they could be concealed inside ceiling tiles or car interiors, or printed with a design and hung on the wall like a picture.

Pioneered by University of Warwick spin-out company, Warwick Audio Technologies'  the 'Flat, Flexible Loudspeaker' (FFL) is ideal for public spaces where it delivers planar directional sound waves, which project further than sound from conventional speakers.

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Video: Trent Reznor’s insights into the future of music as a business

From VentureBeat.com

Trent Reznor, frontman of the rock band Nine Inch Nails, has long been one of the most outspoken critics of the record industry’s ways. He’s now continuing to make music outside of that system. But he can do that because he became hugely popular within that system first, something which has also been true for acts like Radiohead. But Reznor has some very interesting thoughts about the future of music as a business for all artists.

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Gosh, I Sound Great!

Nathaniel Kunkel InSession: Gosh, I Sound Great!

I love Nathaniel's article in Electronic Musician magazine. When it comes in I'll usually jump to the end (his is the very last article in each issue) and start there. This one is particularly good because it's his view on how the industry has learned to honor "artists" who use Auto-Tune and/or Melodyne. I think the comment "...they forgot about one important issue: they were lying to their customers." really sums it up. Enjoy!

from Electronic Musician Magazine.

Auto-Tune and Melodyne: if you ask a well-respected singer, they are four-letter words. If you ask a not-so-good singer, and they answer you honestly, they will probably tell you that it is the only reason they have a chance of being on the radio at all. More important, if you ask the record-listening public, they have no idea what you mean. Well, that is changing...

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Tinnitus cure ‘is a step closer’

from BBC News

Scientists believe they are a step closer to curing tinnitus after they have found what could be the root cause of ringing in the ears.

Studies show hearing loss can go hand-in-hand with over-excitable nerves within brain areas that process sound. This uncontrolled nerve activity causes the noises that plague people with tinnitus and appears to be down to gene changes, Neuroscience reports. And it raises the hope of treatment by silencing nerve activity, experts say.

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Prince has the right idea.

This is exactly where I think the future of making money in the music industry is going. I've been thinking for some time now how new artists are going to make money doing music. With CD sales dwindling, there has to be better way. A way that harnesses the power and speed of the internet. I think this model by Prince is certainly heading in the right direction. I wonder if he'll ask me to take it down?

After a year of diligently working to scrub the Internet of all unauthorized related music, photos, video and any other content not offered directly by him, Prince has launched a fan subscription service called Lotusflow3r.com (http://www.lotusflow3r.com/).

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