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I think I have broken the code for working with audio on Google Drive

Dear techinmusiced readers,<p>Several months ago, I began questioning how to use Google Drive with audio files on the iPad. The iPad remains a mystery …

Music & Neurosciences V – Blog 7 (Musical Emotions)

Hello Dear Reader<p>I hope you will forgive my lapse on the afternoon of Day 3. I was late staying at the poster session so I missed the start of …

Hooked on music: What makes music catchy?

Everyone knows a hook when they hear one, but scientists don’t know why. By playing the <i>Hooked on Music</i> game you are exploring the science of songs …

The invention that changed music forever

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Do you believe in life after love?" Cher used to sing. And if you've ever heard that song, you might now have an earworm in your head.<p>The singer's 1998 comeback track marked the first prominent use of a technology called "Auto-Tune", a pitch correcting software that has since changed the …

CNN

A Quick Guide To The Art Of Live Looping

Live looping – the art of recording layers upon layers live in real-time in front of an audience to create an entire performance (often with just a …

With Medieval Instruments, Band Performs Classic Songs by The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica & Deep Purple

We’ve seen Europeans cover famous rock and metal bands in an American folk style---Finnish musicians playing AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and Dio in …

Music Notation on the iPad – anywhere, anytime! (Handwritten music recognition)

I’ve been using the app NotateMe more lately and I’ve got to bring it up again here! (The app is no longer in beta so the price has gone up from it’s …

Apps

Apple GarageBand 1.3 (for iPad) review

The iPad is fast becoming a legitimate music composition tool – thanks in large part to its own version of GarageBand, Apple's seminal, entry-level …

Instrument 1

INSTRUMENT 1 by Antiphon is the latest project taking Kickstarter by storm. The revolutionary musical instrument uses a patented technology that …

Why Your Teen Should Join the School Marching Band

I never had any illusions that my kids were going to be “cool” or “popular;” I’ve met their parents, and… yeah, the deck was stacked against them …

How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, …

Education

Twelve Benefits of Music Education

3. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. …

11 Facts About Music Education | DoSomething.org | Volunteer for Social Change

1<p>Arete Music Academy. "Statistical benefits of music in education." Arete Music Academy. Accessed July 17, 2014. .<p>2<p>Arete Music Academy. "Statistical …

Flute

Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind

Nearly 20 years ago a small study advanced the notion that listening to Mozart’s <i>Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major</i> could boost mental functioning. It …

The Psychology of Music

Karaoke

The Importance of Writing Notes in Your Music

I was in Bloomington, Indiana in March to<p>buy some of the best donuts in the world do some workshops for the School of Music (when you have a moment …

Flipping The Music Education Classroom

The concept of the flipped classroom is growing in popularity across the country as more and more schools adopt the common core. While we in music …

Teaching

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts

You don’t find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM), but here’s a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. They serve as a reminder that the arts — …

Rehearsals: What is going on in there?

One positive trend in band and orchestra classes is the increasing focus on authentic individual assessment. Band and orchestra teachers are doing a …

Pedagogy

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

When friends learn that my nearly six-year-old has been playing violin for three years, their voices shift a bit, especially if they also have a child learning an instrument. Two questions come in quick succession: "Does she like it?" and "How do you get her to practice?" There's a nervous energy …

BB King on why he sang the blues

The King of the Blues has died at the age of 89. In this 1972 BBC documentary, he talks about his ‘stupid fingers’ and how he developed his style.<p>“All of my relatives were very religious… I was ashamed, man, to sing anything other than spirituals around the home. [In] fact, I’d probably get …

Guitar

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson: America’s Mozart?

He pushed the boundaries of rock, and some admirers hail Brian Wilson as a genius. Are they right? Carl Wilson looks beyond the hype.<p>Picture this: highly-paid session musicians made to wear fireman’s hats, blow through the wrong ends of their instruments and crawl around grunting like pigs; a grand …

Vincent Van Gogh

‘Jaws is no horror movie – it’s actually a comedy’

Steven Spielberg’s Jaws made people terrified of the water. But looking back 40 years on, Nicholas Barber finds the film more funny than frightening.<p>“The screams started and they never stopped.” That’s what producer David Brown remembers from an early test screening of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, 40 …

Steven Spielberg

Jurassic World: What a noted dinosaur expert thinks

Does Jurassic World actually get much right about dinosaurs? Paul Barrett from London’s Natural History Museum weighs in.<p>“Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth.” So says the owner of the Jurassic World resort, where tourists can get up close and personal with some of the most impressive …

Dinosaurs

The Grateful Dead: The band that could save music

The Grateful Dead didn’t rely on their intellectual property alone to build their following. Their relationship with their fans was even more lucrative, writes Greg Kot.<p>When pundits talk about the musical model for the internet era, they rarely talk about a bunch of prankster-hippies from northern …

Grateful Dead

Why museums are the new churches

Like the cathedrals of bygone eras, galleries are now the ultimate buildings of our times – and the way we use them mimics religious rituals, writes Jason Farago.<p>Art critics wear many hats, but lately the most useful one has been a safety helmet. Across the United States, arts institutions are in …

Museums

Why are the best films the old ones?

As BBC Culture’s poll of the greatest US films ever is published, Tom Brook asks if it’s true that ‘they don’t make ‘em like they used to’.<p>Contemporary films fared poorly in BBC Culture’s poll of the greatest US films: the most recent movie in the top ten is The Godfather: Part II, released 41 …

21st Century

The secret to listening to music

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including the Pixar theory of labour, Van Gogh’s letters and how to approach contemporary music.<p>Art history | Selfie with Sunflowers<br>Discussion of Vincent Van Gogh, drawing on Julian Bell’s biography, A Power Seething, and on a new edition of Van Gogh’s …

Vincent Van Gogh

Greatest US films: Amazing facts

Which Pinocchio song inspired Close Encounters of the Third Kind? And how did Buster Keaton break his neck without realising? Find out in BBC Culture’s A-Z of the stories behind the classics.<p><b>A – Aliens</b><p><b>Close Encounters of the Third Kind, number 75</b><br>Director Steven Spielberg was inspired by watching a …

Filmmaking

Was Tolkien a secret fascist?

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including the idea that streaming services pay fairly and how ‘worry’ as a verb is only 150 years old.<p><b>Music |</b> What if Spotify pays fairly after all?<br>Deep dive into the economics of the music industry as downloading gives way to streaming. Music was the first …

Literature