Most Exciting Music Tech From CES 2019

Music has been center stage this week at CES 2019, the latest edition of Las Vegas’s international annual consumer electronics bacchanal. As smart speakers and smart home devices become ubiquitous in households around the world, audio-tech companies new and old are now fighting to show off fresh-off-the-line premium technology at the show, an event that usually serves as a good indicator of trends — or at least fads — to come in the year ahead. Here are a few of the innovations in music that caught our eye this time around.

– Rolling Stone

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You Can Now Travel the World Through Beatles Lyrics

A new video uses Google Maps to take Beatles fans on a world tour, covering more than 25,000 miles, using the group’s lyrics as a guide.

Produced by Vanity Fair, the nearly 13-minute clip begins in their hometown of Liverpool. In addition to obvious places like Penny Lane and Strawberry Field, Beatles songs that reference their parents (like “Julia” and “Let It Be”) are matched with John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes.

– Ultimate Classic Rock

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“These 6 Types of Music Are Known to Dramatically Improve Productivity”

I was really surprised to see #4 on this list – Video Game Music! That’s kind of cool!

Research has found that certain types of music can be beneficial to us while we work. Some types of music seem to help with learning and improve our ability to process information. Other types help block out distracting background noise. Still other types sync with our brain waves to induce “eureka moments.”

– Entrepreneur

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Longtime fiddler, dance caller David Kaynor connects community through music

While alternate contra dance couples move up and down the set at Greenfield’s Guiding Star Grange on weekends, David Kaynor acts as caller, plays fiddle or simply inspires other musicians.

But he’s also present as a guiding spirit.

Kaynor, at 70, has been a staple of the nationally known Greenfield dances for nearly 40 years, as well as a central figure in building community around traditional music, dance and ritual. He’s also credited with keeping the grange halls in Greenfield and Montague alive and swinging.

– The Recorder

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Study finds Alzheimer’s cannot take away memories of music

Music is the most intangible of all of the arts. While visual art decorates a room and literary art can decorate your thoughts, music is a decoration of time that, once concluded, is left for philosophers to debate whether or not it had ever existed at all. Music is experienced in the mind and the body — in our minds the melodies can live for our entire lives, while the physical sound waves actually move through our bodies.

– Aleteia EN

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