Paul Allen Joins Rock n Roll Heaven

I was sad to learn of Paul Allen’s passing today.

We visited the Experience Music Project (MoPop) several times in Seattle in past years. Paul Allen’s affinity and love for Jimi Hendrix was always evident.

I know they’re jamming in heaven right now.

Excuse them while they kiss the sky!

MusicLink Up, The Future of Music Networking

I joined MusicLink Up because it effectively connects the world’s music professionals. The professional network platform launched a few days ago on July 2nd.

MusicLinkUp is a LinkedIn derivative. It’s a smart software reuse emphasizing the value of the semantic Web professional network architecture.  The system is designed to increase the economic opportunity for all members.

I hope to reach more music blog followers by participating in various collaboratives. The plan is to leverage the MusicLinkUp platform to further various music technologist objectives in development.

Billed as The Future of Music Networking. It is purported to be trusted by every sector of the music industry imaginable with 2.6 million music professionals worldwide. Quite frankly, I find that number to be a conservative estimate which MusicLinkUp’s subscriber base will substantiate as it is adopted.

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The conglomerate holdings company behind SIRIUS XM, JCM Holdings is responsible for the launch of this valuable music networking platform.

The mission of MusicLinkUp is simple: Create a level playing field where all of the world’s music professionals have equal opportunity to make the right connections, be more productive, successful and prosperous.

The company has a diversified business model with revenue expected from Premium Subscriptions and Strategic Marketing Solutions. Founded in 2014, MusicLinkUp is headquartered in New York with offices in India, London, and the Philippines.

 

Music for Installations – Brian Eno

Brian Eno announced he is releasing a CD box set, “Music for Installations,” on May 4, 2018. It features works he has composed since 1986 for mixed-media installations in galleries, airports, hospitals and other public spaces.

The set will be available as a six-CD box and on vinyl, with super deluxe editions of both versions containing a 64-page book that features rare exhibition images and a new essay by Eno.

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One piece, “Kazakhstan,” for example, was written to accompany the artist Asif Khan’s 360-degree movie, “We Are Energy,” in the British Pavilion at the World Expo in Kazakhstan.

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Music For Installations is a collection of new, rare and previously unreleased music, all of which was recorded by Brian Eno for use in his installations,” reads the press release for the set. “He has emerged as the leading exponent of ‘generative’ music worldwide and is recognized as one of the foremost audio-visual installation artists of his time. Eno’s visual experiments with light and video have proved to be the fertile ground from which so much of his other work has grown and they cover an even longer span of time than his recordings, paralleling his musical output in recent decades.”

Bloom Open Space, A Mixed Reality Installation by Brian Eno + Peter Chilvers

Bloom: Open Space,” is an art and music installation created by the influential producer and music pioneer Brian Eno and his frequent collaborator, the musician and software designer Peter Chilvers. It was situated inside an enormous warehouse in the Westergasfabriek, a city park and cultural complex in Amsterdam that was once a gas factory from February 21-25, 2018.

Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers are among the first major musical artists to explore the artistic potential of immersive technologies developed primarily for the video game industry. Other musicians, such as Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Tarik Barri, are entering this “immersive” realm, using tools such as virtual reality headsets, holographic mixed-reality goggles, and immersive surround-sound systems.

 

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Bloom: Open Space, is a generative audio-visual installation brought to life with Microsoft HoloLens. Based on the award-winning app, Bloom, from GenerativeMusic.com the innovative mixed reality installation blurs the lines between the physical and virtual, exploring uncharted territory in the realms of both applications and generative art.

Ideas at the intersection of music and technology, you will find Microsoft’s MusicXTech. Discover forward-thinking artists who are using Microsoft technology to transform the way we create and experience music.

Claire L. Evans – Weird Is Welcome

Claire L. Evans is a writer and musician. I discovered her whilst reading the March ’18 issue of Wired. 

She is the lead singer of the dance-pop group, Yacht.

Her forthcoming book, Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet informs us about the accomplishments of women technology pioneers.

If you plan to be in the New York metro area on March 6th, 2018, Claire L. Evans will be appearing at Word Bookstore in Brooklyn.

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Music Technologist – Open Music Initiative

My aim is to prove I have strong credentials as an educational music technologist.  (i.e. my revised mission statement)

I have grown my written communication skills over the last 11 years as an amateur music journalist with the Music of Our Heart WordPress blog. My evolution continues to the next phase of exploration and accomplishment.

In essence, the focus is to merge the three passions that serve as daily motivation.

1) Music Avocation: Reading about, listening to, absorbing and sharing music information with readers and friends.

2) Technologist: Leverage 45 years of information technology industry and education knowledge.

Music Technology Research Project

I have begun in earnest an educational music technology research project. I am not at liberty to reveal the nature and purpose of this research just yet.

I am willing to share with my readers, various discoveries I make along the path of this journey.

Revelation #1: The Open Music Initiative Website

June of 2016, the Berklee College of Music founded the Open Music Initiative (OMI), to advance the way the industry administers music rights and help assure that all creators, performers and right holders of music are properly compensated.  OMI is developing open standards to enable the creation of platforms and applications that will simplify the way rights owners are identified and paid.

The initiative is led by Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, along with MIT’s Media LabIDEO and Context Labs.  It already has over 200 members, including the three major labels, Sony, Universal, and Warner, as well as Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, SiriusXM, YouTube, Alibaba and many others.

I have come to appreciate how open source projects have benefitted civilization and revolutionized the computer technology industry. Several examples come to mind.  Google’s TensorFlow, Node.js React Native,  Audacity, and my favorite of all WordPress.

The Open Music Initiative coupled with David Byrne’s book, How Music Works shapes my iterative thought process.  Stay on board the flight deck as this research project readies for liftoff.  I caution you the Geek who lives inside of me is unleashed. He’s a friendly soul that I can assure you 😉

 

 

Joshua Tree to the Power of Three

There is a saying, “Good Things Come In Threes”. The power of three was my revelation today. My first Joshua Tree interaction was today’s Momentum backdrop in the Google Chrome Browser. The second interaction was notification of the online tickets sale for the U2 Joshua Tree Tour. I flashed on how my son and I had seen the U2 2001 Elevation Tour which kicked off my attending 300+ concerts in 15 subsequent years. The third Joshua Tree interaction was to discover Childish Gambino’s collaboration with Microsoft in the desert.

I have to say what Childish Gambino, Microsoft, and Wolf + Rothstein have accomplished together is totally compelling. It will become my entrance ramp into Virtual Reality. The Microsoft Music x Technology ushers in the interactive, VR, immersive entertainment experience. I urge you to download the Pharos.Earth iPhone/Android app and if you don’t have a mobile VR headset, plug headphones into your smart phone for the fullest immersion. It is a 360 app that takes you to the Joshua Tree at night to witness Childish Gambino and his band performing “Me and Your Mama” Live. I loved holding my iPhone 6 listening through Beats headphones staring up at the stars in the Desert Sky.

Visit the Microsoft News page to learn more about how this innovative collaboration project innovates through artist and fan with audio/visual immersion.   As a music technologist, I am encouraged by what the Microsoft Music X Team is accomplishing.

I am interested in Childish Gambino’s Vinyl edition Box Set of Awaken, My Love for it contains:
exclusive booklet
-2 180 gram 45 RPM LPs
– a Virtual Reality headset
instructions to get access to exclusive virtual reality live performances from the PHAROS Experience

Told you this was the year of Vinyl 😉

Journal of Music and Audio – Copper Webzine

PS Audio in Boulder, Colorado has launched a fun and informative webzine called Copper. It is a free biweekly publication dedicated to high-end audio enthusiasts. Once upon a time I owned a high-end separates audio system. I wish I still had that setup with the surge in the vinyl media in my music collection.

Download an issue and see what I mean.

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Intel INMUSIC and the House of Gaga

The music technologist inside me is thrilled to see Intel entering into a multi-year partnership with The Recording Academy. The use of 3D Facial Projection Technique at the beginning of Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie was innovative and compelling to experience.

Intel and the House of Gaga, have I believe, begun a mutual journey of expanding the vision of how technology will revolutionize live music. I envision greater collaborative efforts in the future which is what music needs to reach that next dimension of appreciation.

Bravo, Intel, House of Gaga and The Recording Academy, you have founded the new formula of creative, innovative excellence. We can’t wait to experience what you have in store for us next and beyond.

My Sunday Audio Technology Binge

What could be finer than binging on the 12 audio CD box set, Otis Redding, Soul Manifesto: 1964-1970

The collection features the eight studio and live albums that Redding recorded between 1964 and 1967, as well as several essential posthumous sets.

The King of Soul’s box set gives me the opportunity to test the Spotify on Chromecast (2.0) solution. There are several features I am really liking such as an effortless find of the Google Chromecast device on the home wireless network (Connect to a device option).  Then the pairing with the Spotify Web app which instinctively knows I have used the Apple iPhone Spotify app to connect to the device. (The Spotify device icon states, “You are playing from: Chromecast”, a nice pairing…The audio is smooth at a dedicated 5GB throughput through Chromecast to the SONY Blu-Ray 7.1 Home Theatre sound system.

Bet you thought I was going to reveal my device network….not…..

I’ve been listening to Otis my man from the first track until the Mets World Series game tonight. Wonder how far I’ll get 😉

Part II of this audio binge (next chance I get) will be with Tidal HiFi, Google Chromecast and the Sony Blu-Ray system. The audio fidelity is much better that way 🙂