Technologies and media

Innovating the classical music experience

A live symphonic classical concert is an adventure: under the guidance of a conductor, more than a hundred players take you along on an extended musical journey. To someone not used to go to classical concerts, this may be quite daunting though.

Phenicx

2016 — The year music woke up

The music tech industry is awaking from a deep sleep with some pioneering new instruments. But this wake-up isn’t just for music creators — it’s going to change everyone’s relationship with music. If you think you’re not a musician think again.

Medium

Tape Hiss, Compression, and the Stubborn Materiality of Sonic Diaspora

In an article for Pitchfork, music critic Adam Ward reminisces about digital music files that sound as if they’re “being played through a payphone,” and calls the extreme compression of the low-quality MP3 “this generation’s vinyl crackle or skipping CD.”

Sounding Out

Spotify rachète Soundwave et Cord Project pour enrichir ses services

Pendant un temps, l’objectif de Spotify a été de travailler sur la découverte. La problématique rencontrée par ces services s’exposait alors facilement : avec des dizaines de millions de titres, comment faire en sorte que les utilisateurs puissent découvrir de nouveaux artistes?

Next Inpact

Will Affordability Position Hi-Res Music to Go Mainstream?

Hi-res audio is resonating loud and clear at this year’s CES, with more than 60 manufacturers showcasing products compatible with various deep-bit formats.

Billboard

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials.

New York Public Library

Top Music Marketing Trends For 2016

As we begin a new year, it's time to look ahead at what 2016's music technology trends will be, with an expected continuation of the streaming wars, the blending of tech with the live music experience, and other predictions.

HypeBot

Astronomer Uses Stars as Musical Instruments

If stars can vibrate like bells, why not use them in a musical composition?

MIT Press

The value of vinyl

The invention of digital recording left in its wake a tremendous and lasting after-shock. On October 1, 1982, Billy Joel’s sixth studio album, 52nd Street, became the first album to be released commercially on a compact disc.

The Varsity


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