This charts from Mashable & Statista shows a genre breakdown of album sales in the United States in 2013. Rock, R&B and Alternative were the most popular genres in 2013.
For many audiophiles, there’s nothing like the sound of vinyl records. If you’re a forever fan, check out this short documentary from 1956 presented by RCA Victor, explaining the process from live recording to the mass production from the molds.
To top it off, check to see if Grandma’s been hiding away this album underneath that monster stereo system in the living room. Yes, that’s a stereo, not a bureau all you nearly-digital natives out there.
Sonos has been making great iPhone- and iPad-controlled smart, connected speakers for years. Recently they’ve moved into the home theater space as well. Now, not only can you get all your audio anywhere in your house, but you can get up to 5.1 surround sound in your living room. Easily. But how does is work with iOS 7 and Apple TV, and more importantly, how well?
While I’ve been aware of Sonos for a long time, it wasn’t until recently that I became really interested in it. That’s mainly because Kevin Michaluk wouldn’t shut up about it. Kevin loved that Sonos integrated with the services he already used, like Songza on the ‘net and his iTunes library on his Mac. Not only that, he said Songza provided a better experience through Sonos than it did through its own web site or app. He also loved that his fiancee could easily use the Sonos app to control all the music in their house. Being able to scale from super geek to regular person and back was the killer feature for Kevin. But for me, someone who rarely listens to music, it wasn’t that enticing. The home theater was.
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NPR has a great interactive website to listen to & read about the musicians that died in 2013. Click the image to start your discovery.
Being familiar with the classics in any genre is a factor in one’s overall cultural awareness. In jazz, there’s Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight.” In country, Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” In R&B, everyone should know Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” is a hip-hop classic; Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” is one of the greatest pop songs of all time.
Classical music is a tougher nut to crack, not only because it has centuries of history behind it, but also because it seems classical music lovers belong to an exclusive club, throwing around terms like partita, singspiel and von Karajan.
For the classical curious, cutting through the mystique may be a challenge, but we’re here to help. Don’t be that person who says their favourite piece of classical music is Phantom of the Opera. Get to know the following works, and build your classical music foundation.
Learn about the 10 pieces of classical music everyone should know from CBC Music.
If grade school has taught us anything, it’s that turning a list of items into a song is a great way to remember things. That same basic process works just as well in adulthood, and The Wall Street Journal explains why.
As you’d probably expect, music helps us memorize items using rhythm and alliteration. The Wall Street Journal explains:
The words to a holiday song bubble up to the surface of the brain, even decades since last hearing the tune. Yet recalling a bank-account password can put the mind in a twist. Neuroscientists have long debated the brain mechanisms related to memory, but they agree on one thing: Information set to music is among the easiest to remember. One expert, Henry L. Roediger III, professor of psychology at the Memory Lab at Washington University in St. Louis, explains how songs easily stick in the mind.
Music is a powerful mnemonic device, but the song’s structure is what allows a person to recall the information it holds—not necessarily the catchy tune itself. The added melody encourages repetition and thus memorization, which is perhaps why patients with advanced Alzheimer’s dementia have been known to sing along to a familiar song.
Here’s a link to the entire article.
What a wild year it’s been. You could say that 2013 was the year of social media and you’d be correct. What was once a novelty for people bored and surfing on the ‘net has risen to be an industry in and of itself that companies large and small have embraced around the world as a powerful cornerstone of their marketing initiatives.
In case you got lost in the details of 2013, we’ve laid out all the notable moments of the year, month by month, in this handy infographic.
What was the most notable social media moment in your life in 2013? Let me know in the comments.