Dear EarthTalk: I'm a musician and am curious about what the guitar industry is doing to ensure that the wood it uses is not destroying forests. -- Chris Wiedemann, Ronkonkoma, NY
Though it has not received a lot of press to date, the industry is on the case -- in part for the sake of its own survival, and thanks to the hard work of a handful of green groups, guitar makers and wood suppliers.
Why reproduce in digital form something that's worked perfectly fine for hundreds of years as an analog device? That's the question I had for Yamaha about their new AvantGrand piano. The answer: So you can save five feet, 1,100 pounds, and $80,000.
Now you can rock out even with puny laptop speakers. Normally when you try to pump up the bass using the equalizer settings in iTunes or other software, you inadvertently distort your music's sound by boosting frequencies that small speakers can't reproduce. New software and chips promise crisper sound and fuller bass, using tricks such as toning down the extra-low frequencies that your speakers can't handle. We tested the tech by cranking the volume on CDs, DVDs and MP3s on three laptops.
By Jonathan CoultonPosted 02.02.2009 at 12:42 pm 5 Comments
Chances are you've got a more advanced recording studio in your laptop than the Beatles had when they made Sgt. Pepper's, so record your music yourself. Then build an Internet home that can grow with your entourage. Skip the cookie-cutter MySpace stuff and get a full-fledged content-management system like WordPress or Drupal, which will allow you to build your empire as you go: a blog, forums, photos, videos -- all in one place that you control. And make sure it can support a digital music store so you can sell your own MP3s.
Enter the Bushwick artists' co-op 3rd Ward between 7:30 and 10:30 pm on the third Thursday of the month, and you'll be greeted with a cacophony of strange ambient digital sounds, a crowd of enthusiastic geek-hipsters, and free PBR. Welcome to the wonderful world of DIY digital music.
The opening chord to “A Hard Day’s Night” has reached an almost mythical status. For years, no one knew what it actually was. People would come close, through trial and error, watching Ed Sullivan performances, and studying advanced music theory, but no attempts ever quite captured the exact chord.
The next big thing in music was typically predicted by a talent scout’s “gut” reaction. Now they may have some competition from an unlikely source
By Brooke BorelPosted 12.16.2008 at 10:54 am 0 Comments
Researchers at Tel Aviv University’s School of Electrical Engineering have developed an algorithm that predicts the next big music superstar, and the accuracy is amazingly high: so far, it has a success rate of about 30 to 50 percent, according to lead researcher Yuval Shavitt.
The algorithm pulls data from Gnutella, which gets about 30 to 40 million queries a day and is currently the most popular peer-to-peer file-sharing network in the United States.
Blasting some music while riding a bike isn't a terribly exciting or technologically novel concept. In the mid 80's grown men would hoist a boombox pumping Run-D.M.C with one arm while controlling their beach cruiser with the other. The Cy-Fi wireless speaker ($199.95) is a long overdue evolution in cycle speakers and it's a bit easier on the back. While it offers no singular technology worth noting, the finished product is as simple as it should be, a feat rare in modern electronics. We tested the iPod speaker (there's a Bluetooth model as well) on the local boardwalk in San Francisco.
Most avid runners have their 'song': "Chariots of Fire", "Don't Stop Believing", "Freefalling". But is it the terribly clichéd lyrics or the beat itself that provides inspiration? The Yamaha BodiBeat is part MP3 player, part heart-rate monitor, and part metronome for your workout. The gadget serves as a personal trainer and DJ by selecting songs with the beats per minute necessary to keep you going. Armed with a setlist of Journey and Sublime, and in search of a nine-minute mile, we tested the device on the hills of San Francisco.