Viberate, an online database of musicians, is trying to pair musicians with event organizers as well as create a payment platform. The focus is on the live music industry. It is an existing service which rewards users with Vibe points. They are planning to transform these points into a digital currency – Vibe tokens that can be used on the Viberate platform but also be associated with smart contracts for music related activities.
Will something like this catch on? Will we see other currency forms for individualized markets? I’m not sure how I feel about this whole alternative currency issue.
Full Story: Live Music Industry to Get its Own Cryptocurrency
The music business essentially spent the last decade trying to make a business out of letting consumers listen to any song they wanted. This shift — from selling music to charging for access to it — has been so profound that executives are only now figuring out what all of the new streaming service subscribers actually want to hear.
Full Story: How Mood Music Is Changing Streaming | Billboard
Three years ago, Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He had to give up his job as a software designer, but his wife Joni says the cruelest part is the toll it’s taking on the music he composed.
“Losing the songs would be like losing him,” she said.
A part of Alzheimer’s we don’t often discuss – the loss of “self”. It’s not just about forgetting the little things like daily activities or even the big things like recognizing family & friends. It’s also about losing what has made us “us” – our unique, personal identity.
It feels as though Alzheimer’s steals from us the very things that make life worth living, as if it eats away at our soul piece by piece and leaves an empty shell.
Full Story: Man with Alzheimer’s on a mission to save his music – CBS News
With the new show, NBC is looking to do for people who love to make music the same it did for dancers with World Of Dance. Telegdy declined to discuss specifics about the new series as they are still being honed in, but noted that it will carry “the NBC reality brand pillars: humor, heart, courage.” It also is expected to incorporate the way music is distributed and consumed these days, migrating from CDs to digital downloads and streaming.
Full Story: NBC Developing New Music Reality Series | Deadline
YouTube Red users have had the option to listen to music offline in YouTube Music for some time, but only through the offline mixtape feature, which is automatically populated based on your listening history. While this technically worked, there was no way to have any additional control over what you were able to listen to. Now, users can also choose specific songs, playlists, and albums to save for offline listening.
Full Story: YouTube Music now lets you save songs, albums, and playlists for offline listening – The Verge
Billboard is bringing a music documentary series to Snapchat.
“Artist Pass” is Snapchat’s first original music programming, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at artists as they prepare for performances. The episodes, which are sponsored by Honda and are four to five minutes in length, will air biweekly starting Sunday and be available on Discover for 48 hours. Musicians Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato and Rae Sremmurd will be featured on the show, with more musicians to be announced.
Full Story: Billboard is bringing a music documentary series to Snapchat
During two weeks in 1927, a group of singers gathered at a recording studio in a renovated hat warehouse in Bristol, Tennessee. Johnny Cash once called what happened next “the single most important event in the history of country music.”
Full Story: How the Bristol Sessions Created Country Music | Smart News | Smithsonian
Even when other therapies fail to help dementia patients interact with others, music has been shown to reach these people suffering from a decline in mental ability, such as memory loss, which is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia, according to Alzheimers.org.
Full Story: Fox Point: Music soothes dementia sufferers | Northwest Herald
A new music therapy program in the Star City has the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra teaming up with Friendship Health and Rehab to play music for memory care and Alzheimer’s patients each week.
But it’s not just a concert at the Friendship community. The healing arts program has a specialized schedule of songs and interactions to get the patients involved. There’s a question and answer session and the patients use their own drum sticks or egg shakers to play along with the music.
Full Story: New music therapy program in Roanoke sparks memories for…
It’s a shame this isn’t publicly available – I know lots of 80s MTV fans that would get a kick out of this!
A-ha’s classic video for “Take On Me” was the result of painstaking effort — it took 16 weeks to rotoscope the frames, creating that signature blend between the real and hand-drawn worlds. Now, however, you only need an iPhone to recreate the look yourself. Trixi Studios has shown off an augmented reality iOS app that produces the “Take On Me” look in your own home. The proof-of-concept software makes do with virtual versions of A-ha’s Morten Harket and the pipe-wielding thugs, but its effect is more convincing than you might think.
Full Story: ‘Take On Me’ app turns your home into an ’80s music video