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 www.givingproject.com – 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

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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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New Study: Trigger Warnings Might Make People Less Resilient to Trauma

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Academic trigger warnings—notes of caution that inform students about emotionally disturbing content ahead of time—may “present nuanced threats” to psychological resilience, according to a study that raises important questions about an increasingly controversial classroom practice.

The study was authored by a team of Harvard researchers and will appear in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. (Reason obtained and reviewed an unedited version.) The study does not deal trigger warnings anything close to a fatal blow, but it does yield credence to the theory that forewarning students about challenging material may fail to prepare them for life’s challenges.

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The CW’s Constantine Animated Show Is Being Turned Into a Full Movie

For a character who had his own show canceled after just one season, years later Matt Ryan’s take on DC’s snarky English spellweaver John Constantine is still surprisingly flourishing. Along with guest-starring on Arrow and a full-time turn on Legends of Tomorrows, Ryan’s Constantine even got his own animated show—which is now being turned into a movie.

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“Richmond storm drains painted for art project”

I LOVE it when communities use utilitarian objects as a blank canvas for public art.  Good stuff.

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Richmond is bringing color to its storm drains as part of the “RVA H2O Storm Drain Art Project.”

On Tuesday, project leaders, artists and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney led tours showcasing the drains in Carytown.

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