The Shazam Effect

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In 2000, a Stanford Ph.D. named Avery Wang co-founded, with a couple of business-school graduates, a tech start-up called Shazam. Their idea was to develop a service that could identify any song within a few seconds, using only a cellphone, even in a crowded bar or coffee shop.

At first, Wang, who had studied audio analysis and was responsible for building the software, feared it might be an impossible task. No technology existed that could distinguish music from background noise, and cataloging songs note for note would require authorization from the labels. But then he made a breakthrough: rather than trying to capture whole songs, he built an algorithm that would create a unique acoustic fingerprint for each track. The trick, he discovered, was to turn a song into a piece of data.

Shazam became available in 2002. (In the days before smartphones, users would dial a number, play the song through their phones, and then wait for Shazam to send a text with the title and artist.) Since then, it has been downloaded more than 500 million times and used to identify some 30 million songs, making it one of

Seduced by ‘perfect’ pitch: how Auto-Tune conquered pop music

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Kesha Sebert, known as ‘Ke$ha’ debuted at number one on Billboard with her album, Animal. Her style is electro pop-y dance music: she alternates between rapping and singing, the choruses of her songs are typically melodic party hooks that bore deep into your brain: “Your love, your love, your love, is my drug!” And at times, her voice is so heavily processed that it sounds like a cross between a girl and a synthesizer. Much of her sound is due to the pitch correction software, Auto-Tune.

Sebert, whose label did not respond to a request for an interview, has built a persona as a badass wastoid, who told Rolling Stone that all male visitors to her tour bus had to submit to being photographed with their pants down. Even the bus drivers.

Yet this past November on the Today Show, the 25-year old Sebert looked vulnerable, standing awkwardly in her skimpy purple, gold, and green unitard. She was there to promote her new album, Warrior, which was supposed to reveal the authentic her.

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Why listening to music is the key to good health

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It’s the weekend and at some point you’ll probably relax to your favourite music, watch a film with a catchy title track – or hit the dance floor.

There’s no doubt that listening to your favourite music can instantly put you in a good mood. But scientists are now discovering that music can do more for you than just lift your spirits.

Research is showing it has a variety of health benefits.

Fresh research from Austria has found that listening to music can help patients with chronic back pain.

And a recent survey by Mind – the mental health charity – found that after counselling, patients found group therapy such as art and music therapy, the most useful.

Here, we present six proven ways that music can help you and your family’s health


How it helps: Music works on the autonomic nervous system – the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling our blood pressure, heartbeat and brain function – and also the limbic system – the part of the brain that controls feelings and emotions. According to one piece of research, both these systems react sensitively to music.


Become A Professional Guitarist With The Right Mentor!

If you look around today, you will find that there are several people in the world that are teaching students guitar lessons. These lessons are available both online and offline. Now, if you are a student and wish to learn the skills of playing the guitar, it is very important for you to be educated. There is the salient question that may hit your mind- do you wish to opt for online courses or offline courses. You may also be confused on deciding the right teacher for yourself. The answer to the above question is the best teacher is the one that gives you the best results. He or she should have the experience, dedication of teaching students and consistent track records that prove him or her to be an ideal teacher like Tom Hess in the USA!

Tom Hess is a celebrated guitar trainer and mentor who has trained ten thousands of students across the nation. He is one of the best trainers in the nation and is known for his passionate devotion towards teaching his students who respect him and look up to him with respect. Tom Hess says that it is easy for you to get mediocre music

Making your Own Collection of Music Memorabilia

Music memorabilia were a little difficult to catch hold off in the earlier times. However, with the increasing demand and huge outburst in the number of music lovers; getting a music memorabilia is no more difficult. They are easily available through online auction websites as well as music e-stores.

Collecting music memorabilia:

Collecting music memorabilia is an art. Music memorabilia is indeed high in cost. Not all collectibles for a music memorabilia are expensive. Minor things like key rings, pictures, posters, and t-shirts can be bought for minimal rates. These items are classified more as merchandise than memorabilia. Nevertheless, they are good to start with.

You should look for a right timing to buy the same, meaning a time when stores are running sale and discount period. There are many items that can be collected for making your own music memorabilia.

How to make your own memorabilia?

Memorabilia is so important that it can’t be measured by money. Even though, if you feel that you cannot afford to have an expensive music memorabilia, you can take the following measures to make your own easy music memorabilia:

Firstly, start by choosing the lyrics of the songs that impress you the most. Combine all the lyrics and songs

Music… The Perfect Remedy To A Long & Tiring Day

There are so many types of music out there. You can buy CDs,listen to the radio and even listen to music or learn aboutmusic on TV. MTV, VH1 and various other television channelsare geared towards music. You can turn on your radio andpick up the waves of many local and some even distantstations that play different types of music. Music is reallyeverywhere and there is so much to choose from.

Some of the more common types of music are country, R&B, hiphop, rock, classical and pop or dance. Many other categorieshave came from these basic genres. There are also manydifferent categories according to decade. For example, youcan get hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today. These will playyou all the hits and chart toppers from that era.

Digital Music

Just like many other things in life today, music has wentdigital and there are many more opportunities now for you toenjoy it. You can download music online and store it on yourcomputer. You can also listen to music online. There aremany websites that let you listen to music and there areliterally thousands of stations so you can listen to anytype of music you like. Many of these let you customize themso you only

The Problem With Music Advocacy

The word, “advocacy,” indicates helping an underdog. It places it in a category of sympathetic efforts toward something worthwhile in need of saving. Contemplate the term, “child advocate.” What pictures come to mind? Visual images of children in need pulling on your heart-strings of giving, right? We love them and want to do more for them, but invoking emotions of sympathy only reaches a few. Think of all the phrases that include the word, “advocate,” or “advocacy.” What is your instant emotion? pity? charity? sympathy? empathy? left-wing? righteous? desire to fight for the cause?

Why do we feel that way? It indicates a need to fight for the defenseless, vulnerable, needy. Who puts on the gloves and does the defending? The one’s closest to the underdog. Those with a deep compassion and emotion connected to the victim.How do they fight for the victim? They work to bring the world’s attention to the problem. They paint graphic pictures through word and images that guilt people into giving. Those most passionate for the defenseless work tirelessly, attempting multiple methods to reach the masses, but only winning a few.

Music is not the underdog in reality, just in the education system, and in lack of

The Problem With Music Advocacy

The word, “advocacy,” indicates helping an underdog. It places it in a category of sympathetic efforts toward something worthwhile in need of saving. Contemplate the term, “child advocate.” What pictures come to mind? Visual images of children in need pulling on your heart-strings of giving, right? We love them and want to do more for them, but invoking emotions of sympathy only reaches a few. Think of all the phrases that include the word, “advocate,” or “advocacy.” What is your instant emotion? pity? charity? sympathy? empathy? left-wing? righteous? desire to fight for the cause?

Why do we feel that way? It indicates a need to fight for the defenseless, vulnerable, needy. Who puts on the gloves and does the defending? The one’s closest to the underdog. Those with a deep compassion and emotion connected to the victim.How do they fight for the victim? They work to bring the world’s attention to the problem. They paint graphic pictures through word and images that guilt people into giving. Those most passionate for the defenseless work tirelessly, attempting multiple methods to reach the masses, but only winning a few.

Music is not the underdog in reality, just in the education system, and in lack of

The History Of Music From Grunts To Guitars

Where did music begin, and where is it going? How did we get to the type of music we have today? Is radio and recorded music improving music? This piece examines the history of music, and provides predictions for the types of music to expect in the future.

Where did music begin, and where is it going? The answers are surprising. There is a modern movement leading humanity back to the music it first created tens of thousands of years ago. A conflicting movement is creating ever more complex sounds, and creating a world of smaller audiences for more musicians.

Before humanity could write, and even before they could speak, rhythm and single tones were used to communicate. The song of a bird may have inspired a prehistoric man to mimic and improve on the noise. Evidence of prehistoric music is sparse, since there was no language to describe the sound to descendants. Drumming objects and mimicking are considered to be the first “music”. This continued with words being added as speech was discovered.

After the development of writing, music became more refined. Crafted instruments were added. Harmonies were created. Pipes, flutes, basic stringed instruments, and similar tools were used to create the

Get your groove on for Black Music Month!

Did you know that June is African American Music Appreciation Month? Back in 1979 musician Kenny Gamble, broadcaster Ed Wright, and radio personality Dyana Williams successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to dedicate the month of June to celebrating the impact and contribution of black music, first calling it Black Music Month. Then in 2009, President Barack Obama further defined June as African American Music Appreciation Month.

“The music of our Nation has always spoken to the condition of our people and reflected the diversity of our Union. African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters have made enormous contributions to our culture by capturing the hardships and aspirations of a community and reminding us of our shared values.”

Here at AARP in Los Angeles, we too are celebrating African American Music Appreciation Month by teaming up with the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza for the BET Experience Kick-Off Concert featuring Jordin Sparks, Deborah Cox and Chrisette Michele on Saturday, June 20th,

Join us to enjoy a day of music and fun for the entire family! Stop by our booth and learn more about everything we have going on in the community, from our walking group, Soul Steppers which we’ll be kicking off July 14th to

How music training alters the teenage brain

Music training, begun as late as high school, may help improve the teenage brain’s responses to sound and sharpen hearing and language skills, suggests a new Northwestern University study.

The research, to be published the week of July 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), indicates that music instruction helps enhance skills that are critical for academic success.

The gains were seen during group music classes included in the schools’ curriculum, suggesting in-school training accelerates neurodevelopment.

“While music programs are often the first to be cut when the school budget is tight, these results highlight music’s place in the high school curriculum,” said Nina Kraus, senior study author and director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at the School of Communication.

“Although learning to play music does not teach skills that seem directly relevant to most careers, the results suggest that music may engender what educators refer to as ‘learning to learn,'” Kraus added.

Kraus and colleagues recruited 40 Chicago-area high school freshmen in a study that began shortly before school started. They followed these children longitudinally until their senior year.

Nearly half the students had enrolled in band classes, which involved two to three hours a week of instrumental

The composers of One Ring Zero’s new astronomy themed album

When they began their musical collaboration in 1999, Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp were both college students working part-time as instrument-repair technicians in Virginia. Now, more than a decade later, they live and work in New York City, and their ensemble band, One Ring Zero, has become a celebrated fixture of thoughtful, eclectic ethno-pop music.

The band’s latest album, PLANETS, is a paean to the solar system and the scientists and spacecraft that have helped explore it. Hearst and Camp spoke with Seed’s editors about their creative process, and the inspirations for their celestial sounds.

Seed Magazine: Can you tell us a bit about how you came up with the idea for this album?

Joshua Camp: It started when the International Astronomical Union decided to demote Pluto to a dwarf planet.  At the time, we had just finished our album Wake Them Up, and hadn’t begun any other projects.  The news of Pluto’s demotion was shocking, inspiring, and funny, which led to us write and record a song about it.

Michael Hearst: Yes, at that point, it dawned on us that maybe we should write songs for all of the planets. After all, it had been just about 100 years since Gustav Holst had

Modern Girl’ Carrie Brownstein Describes Finding (And Hiding) Herself In Music

Guitarist and singer Carrie Brownstein is known for her defiant, kinetic performances in the band Sleater-Kinney. But she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that it was vulnerability that initially drew her to the music world.

“When people grow up with a family characterized by chaos and uncertainty and fragility, you look for a substitution for that,” she says. “Music was a means through which I could meet people and sort of begin the process of exploring who I was or who I could be.”

The child of an anorexic mother and a father who came out as gay in his 50s, Brownstein was an anxious, uncertain youth. She describes her search for identity and the sense of belonging she found in music in her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.

“It took a while, but just even listening to music with a group of people and going to shows, that really was a pathway towards getting out of some of that darkness,” she says. “All of the elements of my life that couldn’t be explained, that I didn’t have the words for,

Kurt Cobain’s Home Demos to Feature on ‘Montage of Heck’ Soundtrack

The upcoming soundtrack to the Kurt Cobain doc Montage of Heck will feature dozens of the Nirvana frontman’s home recordings. The album, Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, will be released on November 13th, ahead of a special seven-inch featuring his cover of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” and “Sappy (Early Demo),” which is set for a November 20th release.

The full-length will feature early and raw cassette recordings Cobain made alone alongside snippets of early songs, short demos, musical experiments and portions of tunes and lyrics that would surface on Nirvana records. It will be available physically as either a 13-track CD or a 31-track deluxe album on double-LP vinyl. Both versions will be available digitally.

The record will accompany the Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film, Montage of Heck, which will also come out on November 13th. In addition to a regular edition of the film, it will also be available as a super-deluxe edition. The souped-up release will contain 48 minutes of bonus interviews, the 31-track soundtrack on CD and cassette, a 160-page hardbound book with extended interviews, a puzzle, movie poster, postcards and a bookmark. This

Justin Bieber: ‘I Want to Live Like Jesus’

For Justin Bieber, the past few years have been defined by arrests, scandals (night club urination, confiscated monkeys) and public attempts to soften his image and reboot his career. Now the 21-year-old pop superstar – whose new, Kanye West-assisted LP is out November 13th – has shared the source of his redemption: Christianity. “I just wanna honestly live like Jesus,” Bieber told Complex in a lengthy cover story. “Not be Jesus – I could never – I don’t want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, he died for our sins.”

The singer clarified that he’s “not religious,” as he’s bothered by the “really weird stuff going on at churches” and the holier-than-thou attitude of certain Christians. But he emphasized that his life has been transformed by faith. “We have the greatest healer of all, and his name is Jesus Christ,” he said. “And he really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all share our voice. Whatever you believe. Share it. I’m at a point where I’m not going to hold this in.”

The key to being Christian,

Fiona Apple, Beck Record Sixties Covers for Cali Folk-Rock Tribute

Fiona Apple, Beck and several other musicians have recorded covers of songs by artists who emerged from Southern California’s fruitful Sixties rock scene for a tribute album, Echo in the Canyon. The LP’s smooth and loungey recording of Cat Power and Jakob Dylan dueting on the Turtles’ “You Showed Me,” written by the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark, is streaming below.

The record, which also features recordings by Regina Spektor and former Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes singer Jade Castrinos, among others, includes songs by the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, the Mamas and the Papas, the Association and Love. The album is set for release next spring.

In advance of the album’s release, the aforementioned musicians and others will participate in an Echo in the Canyon one-time-only concert at the Los Angeles venue the Orpheum on October 12th. Tickets will go on sale on October 2nd at 10 a.m. PST.

In other Apple news, the singer-songwriter has been busy performing with the folk supergroup Watkins Family Hour, singing a version of Ella Fitzgerald’s “When I Get Low I Get High” with the collective and previously recording the bluegrass standard

Bleachers Re-Release ‘Strange Desire’ With Female Vocalists

Bleachers’ debut album Strange Desire has been re-released and reimagined with female vocalists, as Charli XCX, Sia, Carly Rae Jepsen and Tinashe are among those contributing to Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2.

The LP was digitally released via Google Play — the same site hosting Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff’s docu-series Thank You and Sorry — as a free download. Terrible Thrills, Vol. 1 was released in 2010 as a companion to Antonoff’s old band Steel Train’s third and self-titled LP and featured contributions from Tegan and Sara, Scarlett Johansson and Amanda Palmer.

“I love female voices,” Antonoff said in a statement. “I wish I had one. When I write songs, I typically hear things in a female voice and then match it an octave lower so I can hit the notes. That’s why so many Bleachers’ songs are sung so low. I could change the key, but I like things sounding like a male version of what in my head was a female-sung song.”

For Vol. 2, Antonoff hooked back up with some of his frequent collaborators of the past few years. Sara Bareilles, who had a massive hit with the Antonoff-co-penned “Brave,” sings

Tom DeLonge Plots ‘Poet Anderson’ Film Starring Tyler Posey

Tom DeLonge is continuing to grow his Poet Anderson franchise with a forthcoming short film, with Tyler Posey, star of MTV’s Teen Wolf, playing the titular character.

“[The upcoming film] is a brief and modest look into the mythology of the Poet Anderson Universe,” DeLonge told The L.A. Times. “Meant to be a bit ambiguous and artistic, the plot traces the edge of a girl having recurring dreams of a boy at her school. While the dreams are romantic, fun and adventurous, a real threat exists requiring someone there at all times to protect her.”

Dylan Sprayberry, Taylor Spreitler and Samantha Logan will star alongside Posey in the as-yet-untitled film. No release date has been set yet.

DeLonge had previously directed Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, an animated short that won Best Animated Film at the Toronto International Short Film Festival. Though part of the same universe, the live-action film will follow a separate plot from Dream Walker.

The author-musician will release the first literary installment of a young adult sci-fi trilogy next month. Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares, co-written by Suzanne Young and set for release on October 6th, centers around two orphaned teenage brothers in the

Slipknot Singer Joins Doctor Who Cast as Alien Warlord’s Roar

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor will be joining the cult-hit TV series Doctor Who in a unique way, providing the monstrous scream of a new alien warlord called Fisher King, according to the BBC

“We needed an awesome roar for the Fisher King,” Doctor Who producer Derek Ritchie told the British news network. “We asked Corey if he might like to do the honors. He was completely up for it. … He has one of the most well-known screams in the history of music. We now have the most incredible roar for our incredible monster! He now sounds as terrifying as he looks!”

The band had visited the show’s set in Cardiff, Wales this past January. Although it’s unclear exactly when the show drafted Taylor, the singer tweeted that he’s known he’d be doing this for a while. “You have no idea how hard it’s been to keep this awesome secret,” he wrote.

The singer will make his Doctor Who debut on October 10th in an episode called “Before the Flood.” It is the second part of a two-part story arc, which begins with the October 3rd episode “Under the Lake.” The BBC reports that the

Hear a Yearning Demo From Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Reissue

Twenty years after Jagged Little Pill turned Alanis Morissette into one of the Nineties’ most brutally honest voices, the singer-songwriter is dusting off her once-buried demos for part of the soon-to-be-released 1995 LP’s four-disc collector’s edition, out October 30th. Listen to one of those bonus tracks, “Closer Than You Might Believe,” exclusively here.

“So if the love that you’re chasing after is in the heart to be found in the out of reach,” Morissette sings on the folk-pop tune’s chorus. “Well, if you break it all down, take a good look around, you’d see that it’s closer than you might believe.”

“this song was from the songs that glen ballard and i wrote together leading up to the writing of jagged little pill,” Morissette told Rolling Stone in a statement. “this was when we were writing music and lyrics together. once we got into the zone, after the writing of ‘ironic,’ i would go on to write the lyrics myself, and the music with glen. this song was about my lamenting the fact that i was relegated to the ‘friend zone’ with someone i cared deeply about in a romantic way. I had

Hear Florence and the Machine Cover Jack U’s Where Are U Now

Florence and the Machine picked a surprising song to cover during a recent BBC session: “Where Are Ü Now,” a tune made by Jack Ü producers Skrillex and Diplo and sung by Justin Bieber (via Pitchfork). Where the original is an echoey, Auto-Tuned synthesized pop song, Florence Welch and her bandmates opt for more organic sounds. The singer tackles the verses from her gut, allowing them to swell up with emotion before the Machine replicates the song’s moody textures on guitar (and with a little synth), making Welch’s belting even more dramatic.

The performance, which begins at around 23:20 in the video below, was part of the band’s BBC Radio 1 “Live Lounge” set. They also sang “Ship to Wreck,” “Sweet Nothing,” “What Kind of Man,” “Queen of Peace” and “Delilah,” while they were in the studio.

The group recently made a 10-minute short film for “Queen of Peace” and “Long & Lost,” two songs off their recent How Big How Blue How Beautiful album. Filmmaker Vincent Haycock, who directed the clips for How Big songs “St. Jude,” “Ship to Wreck” and “What Kind of Man,” among others, helmed the clip. The group has tagged each video

Grammy-Nominated Producer Dave Brainard Brutally Beaten

Dave Brainard, a celebrated Nashville producer who has worked with artists from Brandy Clark to Jerrod Niemann, was attacked over the weekend near his Music Row studio

According to a report in the Tennessean, Brainard and two women were walking in a crosswalk on Demonbreun Street, near a lively strip of bars, clubs and condos, early Sunday morning when a four-door gray or charcoal Infinity struck one of Brainard’s friends. A man and woman, reportedly dressed in formal attire, exited the vehicle and began assaulting Brainard and one of the women, Deborah DeLoach. Brainard was punched and choked until he lost consciousness.

The man and woman then fled. The female assailant is described as white, five foot six, in her early 30s, while the man, also white, is six foot two, 200 pounds. Witnesses are encouraged to call Nashville police at 615-742-7463.

“We couldn’t get out of the street because they kept hitting us,” DeLoach said. “They both get out and start yelling – she starts yelling, he’s yelling. The woman attacked me, and the man attacked Dave.”

Brainard, who was conscious last night and responding to text messages, is scheduled for reconstructive face surgery today.

Frank Sinatra’s Radio Broadcasts Unearthed for Reissue

December 12th marks what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, and throughout 2015, Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings have celebrated the legendary singer’s career with a series of archival releases. That will continue with Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955), a 4-CD collection gathering the Chairman of the Board’s long-unheard radio broadcasts over a two-decade span.

The set features over 100 rare Sinatra tracks, 91 of which are previously unreleased live performances from the “Golden Age” of radio. Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air (1935-1955) arrives November 20th, though pre-orders are now available at Amazon.

The collection is the first official release to anthologize Sinatra’s radio performances from the era, and spans from Sinatra’s first radio performance – singing “S-H-I-N-E” with the Hoboken Four in 1935 – to the last episode of The Frank Sinatra Show in 1955. The broadcasts’ openings, closings, announcements and commercials are also preserved in A Voice on Air, which will house a 60-page book featuring a remembrance by Nancy Sinatra, an essay by Sinatra historian Charles L. Granata and more.

The set also features dozens of tracks from the Great American Songbook that Sinatra performed