DIY Music: How Musicians Did It For Themselves

DIY Music Feature

From cave tunes to thrash punk, cotton-field blues to the early days of hip-hop, the urge to make music, using whatever is at hand, is a constant in human behaviour. Percussion instruments created from stones, sticks, rocks and logs – cut in different shapes and designs to change the quality and pitch of sound – were being made more than 165,000 years ago. And if you look around today, you’ll find DIY music everywhere.

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YouTube Music is about to get a lot better

YouTube Music launched in May to mixed reviews. Even though its song catalog matches Apple Music and Spotify’s (in addition to millions of videos pulled from YouTube) it arrived missing some essential features. Something as simple as sorting out your saved albums alphabetically, for example, isn’t an option. You also can’t browse by genre or easily see new albums from the week. But Google, which will replace Play Music with YouTube Music, is aware of these shortcomings and plans to address them soon.

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Rap’s Ascent Is Bringing a Whole New Money Stream to Music

Through the years, two of rap’s most steadfast loves have proven themselves to be money and Gucci. The latter, more than any other fashion house or consumer product, is the most name-dropped brand in rap lyrics. Then there’s the embedding of Gucci into names and signature phrases themselves, e.g. artists like Gucci Mane and songs with on-the-nose titles like Soulja Boy’s “Gucci Bandana,” Tyga’s “Gucci Snakes,” Migos’ “I’m Gucci,” Red Cafe’s “Gucci Everything” and — freshest in the mind — Lil Pump’s summer chart-topper “Gucci Gang.” All told, the word “Gucci” makes nearly 3,000 appearances in the English-language lyrics canon. (The two-minute-long “Gucci Gang” claims a noteworthy 51 of those alone.)

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5 Summer Music Festival Discoveries In 2018

Hot weather and pop music have always gone together.

Since the creation of Bonarroo in the early aughts, summer music festivals have edged toward the center of millennial culture — crowned by Beyonce’s appearance at this year’s Coachella. But they’ve also become a driver of live music sales — SXSW alone has boosted Austin’s economy by $350 million in 2018. As the mere number of festivals continues to grow, ranging in genre and location across the world, it has become impossible to absorb it all. But while the headliners grab all the attention, I’m more interested in the artists lower down the bill. So here’s a list of five pop and rock acts I discovered this summer at music festivals, mostly in the New York area:

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SoundReels: Classical 101 Launching New Film Music Podcast

Ah, the joys of summer — sunshine, long days, grilling on the patio — and movies.

It’s time for the Summer Festival of American Film Music on The American Sound, plus a new podcast series devoted to film music.

SoundReels, Classical 101’s film music podcast series, will take you into some of the most beautiful and compelling film scores, so you can see — and hear — what makes the music work with the visuals and story of each film. The four-part series will be available here on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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eMusic seeks to raise $70 million for blockchain music platform

U.S.-Israeli digital music store eMusic said on Tuesday it plans to raise $70 million to build a blockchain-based music distribution and royalty management platform to ensure artists and service providers get a fair share of revenues.

It will conduct in September a public presale for its eMusic utility digital-token that will be used in the platform.

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The Giving Project to launch August campaign benefiting Music is Art

The Giving Project announced it will launch an August campaign to benefit Music is Art.

The online professional fundraising platform works closely with local companies to generate money for deserving charities while providing them with a low-cost and effective marketing tool.

Each month, the Giving Project will feature a new campaign to benefit a charity. These campaigns – at – will be sponsored by area businesses and individuals who create exclusive prizes and experiences for the purposes of an online sweepstakes. When individuals donate to the charity via the website, they’re rewarded with entries to win the prize.

This month’s prize is two front-row seats to the Goo Goo Dolls concert at Shea’s Performing Arts in Buffalo this October, as well as a meet-and-greet with Robby Takac, an autographed guitar, and a private tour of Takac’s recording studio. The contest kicks off Aug. 1 and concludes after the Music is Art Festival on Sept. 8.

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Google’s Clock app can now wake you up with music from Spotify

Man shutting off alarm clocks

You probably never think about the Google Clock app on your Android phone. And unless you are one of those happy early risers, it’s not exactly an app that brings you joy. But every day, it wakes you right on time, with either some annoying chirps or other sounds that, over time, will stress you out. But stress no more. Google today launched an update to the Clock app that now lets you choose any song or playlist from Spotify to wake you up.

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Ancient Greek music: now we finally know what it sounded like

In 1932, the musicologist Wilfrid Perrett reported to an audience at the Royal Musical Association in London the words of an unnamed professor of Greek with musical leanings: “Nobody has ever made head or tail of ancient Greek music, and nobody ever will. That way madness lies.”

Indeed, ancient Greek music has long posed a maddening enigma. Yet music was ubiquitous in classical Greece, with most of the poetry from around 750BC to 350BC – the songs of Homer, Sappho, and others – composed and performed as sung music, sometimes accompanied by dance. Literary texts provide abundant and highly specific details about the notes, scales, effects, and instruments used. The lyre was a common feature, along with the popular aulos, two double-reed pipes played simultaneously by a single performer so as to sound like two powerful oboes played in concert.

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She Did That: Because of Beyoncé, Tyler Mitchell Is the First Black Photographer to Shoot a Vogue Cover

Say what you want about Beyoncé, but what we’re not going to do is act like she doesn’t use her power to champion black excellence, prosperity or artistry. Case in point: According to the Huffington Post, when Beyoncé agreed to cover American Vogue’s September issue, she was contractually given “unprecedented control” over her images and captions by editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. And what did Bey do with that control? Hire a black photographer—the first ever to shoot a cover in the magazine’s 126-year history.

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