The Best Streaming Services For Musicians

For artists, these platforms are more than the soundtrack for a fun night. The money a musician makes from a streaming service can be enough to live on, so it’s important to know which streaming service pays the most.

The sound that connects Stravinsky to Bruno Mars

If you listen to the first few seconds of Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” (hint: listen to the Cardi B remix) you’ll hear a sound that immediately creates a sense of 80s hip-hop nostalgia. Yes, Cardi B’s flow is very Roxanne Shante, but the sound that drives that nostalgia home isn’t actually from the 1980s. Robert Fink and the inventor of the Fairlight CMI, Peter Vogel, help me tell the story of the orchestra hit – a sound that was first heard in 1910 at the Paris Opera where the famed 20th century Russian composer Stravinsky debuted his first hit, The Firebird. The video below is, in short, a history of the original orchestra hit sample from The Firebird Suite to the 1982 hit “Planet Rock” to “Finesse.” And as a treat, here’s a playlist of way more songs with orchestra hits than you probably wanted.

I love the scene where Herbie Hancock is showing Quincy Jones the fairlight.

Oddball – The Drum Machine Crammed in a Ball

Oddball is a drum machine you can bounce off walls to make beats! Currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, Oddball is a drum machine encased in a bouncy ball you can throw at any surface. The ball behaves as the percussion trigger, and sensors inside translate noise via Bluetooth to a dedicated app. The harder you bounce it the more intense the sound, the lighter you bounce it the more delicate. Users can play around with beats, looping them to make original tunes, or even adding them to existing tracks and share their creations. For more advanced users, the round instrument also works as a MIDI controller in apps like Ableton, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Garageband. Oddball can easily be recharged over USB, and includes an app preloaded will all kinds of effects. watch the video below

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Smartphone Addiction in America

Americans are addicted to their cellphones, but that’s not exactly fresh news. There is something unnerving about our obsession, though. 

The stats from this infographic shows exactly how far our cellphone overuse goes. The average American uses their phone around 3 hours a day, and we’re checking our cell phones roughly 110 times per day!

Learn Hao To Play the Piano in 10 Minutes

At age of 40, Jeff, the oil company executive, tried to learn to play a small song on the Casio keyboard that he bought for his children. He quickly went on to play many original works of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Elton John, Billy Joe, John Lennon, and Jay Chou … all because he built a notation system that anyone can read immediately. The patented Hao Staff (named after him and referenced against the traditional Grand Staff music notation) is now already used by thousands of people.

At age of 40, Jeff, the oil company executive, tried to learn to play a small song on the Casio keyboard that he bought for his children. He quickly went on to play many original works of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Elton John, Billy Joe, John Lennon, and Jay Chou … all because he built a notation system that anyone can read immediately. The patented Hao Staff (named after him and referenced against the traditional Grand Staff music notation) is now already used by thousands of people. That number is expected to grow into tens of millions in the near future, and hopefully, will teach people around the world how to play the piano in a matter of minutes.

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This Is Helen Keller’s 1932 ‘Modern Woman’

In 1932, Helen Keller wrote, “I am tempted to think that the perplexed businessman might discover a possible solution [to] his troubles if he would just spend a few days in his wife’s kitchen. Let us see what would happen if he did.”

These Social Media Trends Are On The Rise In 2018

There’s no doubt social media will remain center-stage in our lives this year, but what type of content will make you shine this coming year?Unsurprisingly, video will remain the preferred vehicle for information. By 2020, around 80 percent of global internet traffic will be attributed to video, so it’s smart to get in right away! Choosing video makes sense when we look at the stats: almost 95 percent of video messages are retained by viewers, compared to only 10 percent of text content. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that?

Another trend? Generation Z is filled with true digital natives, with more than 30 percent using YouTube, 25 percent using Instagram and 14 percent using Snapchat. This year also brings good news for every content maker out there: investment in influencers is on the rise across all platforms and has even trumped classic email marketing campaigns. The increase in investment has its reasons: influencers can increase your conversion rates tenfold. Not bad in our book!

Another trend that won’t comes as a surprise? Smartphones gain more popularity every day, and by the end of the year, the world will see nearly 2.5 billion of them in use. That’s why social media platforms are developing better functioning mobile versions: more than 50 percent of screen time in the U.S. is on the phone, so it’s only logical mobile versions need to be up to the task. We wish you luck creating winning content this year!