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Google's AI can jam with you on a virtual piano

Playing music is always more fun when you have someone to accompany you. Google’s latest AI experiment aims to fill that gap with a virtual piano that can jam with you, thanks to machine learning, loads of examples from classical music and some pretty decent keyboard chops.<p>All you have to do is …

The Brilliant Soundtracks of Summer

In a summer Hollywood would otherwise like to forget, here are a few of the soundtracks that made it all bearable.<p>While everyone pretty much agrees …

How to Create Engaging Content Marketing Strategy

Before you read this, you may want to read this first: What is Content Marketing Strategy and How It Builds Your Brand?<p>Let’s get it straight. …

Marketing

The Yamaha LL-TA Guitar turns a lonely little room into a concert hall

“Well you’re in your little room,” wrote the bard. “And you’re working on something good. But if it’s really good you’re gonna need a bigger room.” With the Yamaha LL-TA you can have just that.<p>The $1,600 Yamaha LL-TA – the TA stands for Transacoustic – is an acoustic guitar with a built-in effects …

The Rhythm Guitar is a really complicated way to not learn guitar

Even in 2016, there isn't a better way to learn guitar than sinking hundreds of hours and a few calloused fingers into it. So musician and sometimes-startup founder Brian Fan thought he'd make an instrument that’s easier to pick up.<p>The result is Magic Instruments' Rhythm Guitar. It's similar in …

Not Everyone Has The Ability to Compose Music, And Your Genes Could Explain Why

Thank your genes for your creativity.<p>Creativity is hard trait to explain - particularly when it comes to trying to figure out how much of it is …

6 Mixing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

<b>A good, thorough mixing session is essential to the success of your final track, but there are plenty of pitfalls to avoid. Rob Boffard rounds up six</b> …

50 production secrets from the pros

Intro<p>We’ve corralled tips from artists, producers and DJs from all over the globe on how you can become more successful as a music producer. Read …

10 fresh ways to start a new track

Kickstart your enthusiasm<p>Visions of label interest, Beatport No.1s and A-list DJ-play briefly flash through your mind as you fire up the DAW. You …

6 Ways to Get Inspired

<b>Inspiration is essential to musicians, but it can be an elusive and fickle beast. Rob Boffard brings you his six tips to make sure your creative well</b> …

10 easy music theory tricks that every producer should know

Theory queries<p>This bad rep is entirely unjustified, however, since regardless of whether you're a composer, songwriter, producer or DJ, shoring up …

5 Branding Tips for Holiday Marketers From Twitter's Content Expert

Stacy Minero dispenses some advice for building a brand on Twitter.<p>Brand building on Twitter no longer need be a guessing game. Stacy Minero, Head of Content Planning at Twitter, works with companies to grow their businesses. A veteran of Mindshare, Minero has led custom content programs for AmEx, …

Marketing

Feed.fm picks up $1.2M to inject music into your marketing campaign

Marketers spend gobs of money and even more time trying to devise ways to engage people with a particular brand. Not enough of them realize music might be the best way to do that — and that Feed Media could be music to their ears.<p>Feed Media (aka Feed.fm) launched a “music-as-a-service” platform …

Can Rocksmith 2014 Really Teach You to Play Guitar?

Two Popular Mechanics players find out whether an Xbox game can level up their axe skills.<p><b>Following the phenomenal success of games</b> like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Ubisoft sensed an opportunity. If gamers went nuts for playing real rock songs on plastic guitars, why wouldn't they swoon for a game …

Google Street View Gets Sound via Amplifon Experiment

Google Street View is a brilliant way to immerse yourself in some of the most remote parts of the world, but right now it’s a strictly visual experience. Amplifon, a specialist in hearing aids, is hoping to change that with a new project called ‘Sounds of Street View.’<p>As the name implies, this web …

This Glove Makes You Beethoven

“Have you ever seen the Matrix?” Thad Starner excitedly asks me over the phone. “There’s that scene where they need to fly a helicopter and Trinity just says, “hang on” and then uploads the instructions to her brain. That’s the future of what I’m doing.”<p>What started as a wearable experiment for the …

Purple Haze - Kronos Quartet

BANKS - Bedroom Wall (Prod. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)

D-Verso

Gregor Samsa - The Adolescent

John Adams: A composer scavenging for his art

John Adams is at the forefront of a generation that is revitalising the orchestral repertoire for a new century. One of the triumvirate – with Philip …

The Married Monk - The Jim Side - Moving

Eno • Hyde - The Satellites

Minutemen - This Ain't No Picnic