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      Apple buys 50-year-old record label to grow Apple Music Classical app / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 6 September - 18:01

    Apple Music Classical app screenshot on an iPhone

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    Apple has acquired 50-year-old record label BIS Records, the Swedish company's founder, Robert von Bahr, announced Tuesday. The purchase of the classical music-focused label follows Apple's late March launch of the Apple Music Classical app.

    Apple's BIS purchase adds to the app, which in March Apple called the "world's largest classical music catalogue" with "over" 5 million tracks. Von Bahr said the record label will be incorporated into the Apple Music Classical app and Platoon. Apple bought Platoon , which identifies new talent and helps creators make, distribute, and market their content, in 2018. Von Bahr noted his just turning 80 as part of the decision to sell. He also pointed to his interest in Apple's support for spatial audio and in bringing "classical music to new audiences all over the world."

    Neither Apple nor BIS disclosed the price of the acquisition. However, von Bahr said that he and the rest of the BIS staff will be "retained" by Apple.

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      End of an era: CD Baby stops distributing artists’ CDs, vinyl, and other goods / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 23 May, 2023 - 12:46 · 1 minute

    Artist whose head has a CD transposed over it

    Enlarge / CD Baby no longer sells or distributes CDs but will help an artist figure out how much to charge for their discs . (credit: CD Baby)

    CD Baby, an online indie music pioneer and the go-to place for indie music artists looking to get their music into storefronts, has told its customers that it will no longer distribute physical goods, like CDs, after June 22, 2023.

    As seen on Twitter , on music blogs , and in its Help section , the Portland, Oregon-based distributor of independent music will continue to help artists get their music onto the digital stores of Spotify, Amazon, and Apple. But as of June 22, CD Baby will no longer warehouse, ship, or distribute CDs, vinyl, cassette tapes, or DVDs to Amazon or music wholesaler Alliance. Once artists with inventory in CD Baby's warehouse receive notice, they'll have 60 days to decide whether to get their inventory shipped back to them or have it recycled.

    Like other services that date back to the late-1990s dot-com boom, CD Baby has gradually shifted away from its namesake offering. Launched from Woodstock, New York, in 1998 by Derek Sivers, it was one of the first web-based CD stores that focused on selling independent artists' work. By 2009, according to the company, physical sales through its store accounted for only 27 percent of the revenue it paid out to artists.

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      Spotify ejects thousands of AI-made songs in purge of fake streams / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 9 May, 2023 - 13:20

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    Spotify has removed tens of thousands of songs from artificial intelligence music start-up Boomy, ramping up policing of its platform amid complaints of fraud and clutter across streaming services.

    In recent months the music industry has been confronting the rise of AI-generated songs and, more broadly, the growing number of tracks inundating streaming platforms daily.

    Spotify, the largest audio streaming business, recently took down about 7 percent of the tracks that had been uploaded by Boomy, the equivalent of “tens of thousands” of songs, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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      Elemental music: Interactive periodic table turns He, Fe, Ca into Do, Re, Mi / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 29 March, 2023 - 15:40 · 1 minute

    A recent college graduate has converted the visible light given off by the elements into audio, creating unique, complex sounds for each one.

    Enlarge / Graduate student W. Walker Smith converted the visible light given off by the elements into audio, creating unique, complex sounds for each one. His personal favorites are helium and zinc. (credit: W. Walker Smith and Alain Barker)

    We're all familiar with the elements of the periodic table, but have you ever wondered what hydrogen or zinc, for example, might sound like? W. Walker Smith, now a graduate student at Indiana University, combined his twin passions of chemistry and music to create what he calls a new audio-visual instrument to communicate the concepts of chemical spectroscopy.

    Smith presented his data sonification project—which essentially transforms the visible spectra of the elements of the periodic table into sound—at a meeting of the American Chemical Society being held this week in Indianapolis, Indiana. Smith even featured audio clips of some of the elements, along with "compositions" featuring larger molecules, during a performance of his "The Sound of Molecules" show.

    As an undergraduate, "I [earned] a dual degree in music composition and chemistry, so I was always looking for a way to turn my chemistry research into music," Smith said during a media briefing . "Eventually, I stumbled across the visible spectra of the elements and I was overwhelmed by how beautiful and different they all look. I thought it would be really cool to turn those visible spectra, those beautiful images, into sound."

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      Friday Squid Blogging: Squid in Concert / Schneier · Friday, 16 December, 2022 - 22:13

    Squid is performing a concert in London in February.

    If you don’t know what their music is like, try this or this or this .

    As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

    Read my blog posting guidelines here .

    Duke Ellington - Mood Indigo [Restored]

    Mood Indigo" (1930) is a jazz composition and song, with music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard with lyrics by Irving Mills. Ellington's biographer, Terry Teachout, described it as "an imperishable classic, one of a handful of songs that come to mind whenever Ellington's name is mentioned anywhere in the world".

    • Duke Ellington - Mood Indigo [Restored]

      Mood Indigo" (1930) is a jazz composition and song, with music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard with lyrics by Irving Mills. Ellington's biographer, Terry Teachout, described it as "an imperishable classic, one of a handful of songs that come to mind whenever Ellington's name is mentioned anywhere in the world". Colored in indigo. Recorded on January 23, 1967 in Denmark. Duke Ellington - Piano Rufus Jones - Drums John Lamb - Bass....

    Just created a Jazz music 🎶 Community here in Enjoy! #jazz #music

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      The style of Freddy Green #jazz #guitar #jazzguitar #swing

      The unique comping style of the famous guitar player of the Count Basie Big Band.

      group_work jazz-music 20 June, 2021

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      Apple Music subscribers will get lossless and spatial audio for free next month

      Samuel Axon · / ArsTechnica · Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 19:26

    Today, Apple announced that its Apple Music streaming app will get two major new audio features next month: lossless audio support and spatial audio with Dolby Atmos for a wide range of supported headphones and speakers.

    Apple Music will play songs in Dolby Atmos automatically when users play the music over the built-in speakers in "the latest versions" of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, as well as through a connected Apple TV 4K or AV receiver. Songs will also automatically use Atmos when played on AirPods or Beats headphones that have Apple's H1 or W1 chips. Users will be able to manually enable Atmos on other headphones by tweaking the app's settings.

    Spatial audio will be limited to certain songs, but Apple says "thousands of songs" across numerous genres "including hip-hop, country, Latin, pop, and classical" will support it at launch, with more to come.

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      Feel the need for a little karaoke? Check out UltraStar Play and UltraStar Deluxe

      Liam Dawe · / GamingOnLinux · Monday, 10 May, 2021 - 09:45 · 1 minute

    Two interesting projects we've not covered here before are UltraStar Deluxe and the newer UltraStar Play, both open source games aimed at karaoke fans. You've likely somewhere heard of SingStar, an exclusive PlayStation series. Sadly, it was shut and so it's mostly lost. Thankfully though, as usual, open source to the rescue!

    UltraStar Deluxe has been going for a while now, with an aim to create a similar experience. It's been going strong but there hasn't been a release of it since 2020 and going by the GitHub page, not much development activity for the last year either.

    Another more recent project appearing is UltraStar Play , which we're told is "the youngest of UltraStar games, currently in development and available for desktop (including Linux) and mobile (Android already available, iOS planned)" and that in response to SingStar shutting "UltraStar Play fills this gap by allowing everyone to create their own sing-along version of songs. And it removes the need to buy USB-microphones via the Companion App such that you can use a regular smartphone as mic (see the Companion App).".

    14766879141620639901gol1.png It's not pretty but it does the job.

    Note: while UltraStar Play is open source, the project itself relies on the proprietary Unity game engine.

    It's not finished but it's perfectly usable and should be fun enough to get a party going. With the UltraStar Play Companion , you only need a phone to use as your microphone so it's quite cleverly thought-out.

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