Watch Kanye’s meltdown unfold on TV

Watch Kanye’s meltdown unfold on TV
Really? And when he does, things often get weird. When Kanye West decides he wants attention, he goes for it. Slavery was “a choice,” Kanye? Check out his appearance on TMZ yesterday.

68-year-old grandma auditions for Britain’s Got Talent singing AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”

68-year-old grandma auditions for Britain’s Got Talent singing AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”
Now that she’s 68, she still loves that record. And she’s still going with her band Jenny Darren and the Ladykillers. In fact, she thought, it’s the best source for material for her Britain’s Got Talent audition. Make sure you stick around the crazy reveal. Let’s put that headline into proper perspective. Her band Stoney End opened for AC/DC in 1977. When AC/DC released Highway to Hell in 1980, Jenny Darren was a 30-year-old rock fan. She grew up with Robert Plant. Hey, if Brian Johnson can sing it at age 70, why can’t Jenny do it at 68? By the way, Jenny is a professional singer. Jenny was the first to record the song “Heartbreaker,” which eventually became a hit for Pat Benatar.

Do you think your music has been plagiarized? Here’s what you do.

Do you think your music has been plagiarized? Here’s what you do.
I’m talking like ten YouTube videos, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Last FM, Hype Machine, everywhere and anywhere it could possibly be, even Reddit,” she remembers. But what if you hear a song that sounds awfully close to one that you’ve written? Imagine hearing a track on a playlist that sounds similar to one on your songs… but it’s been released by another artist. Keep reading. The Music Network offers this help. It was pretty heartbreaking to see something that I’ve worked on all over the internet under someone else’s name.”
From a legal perspective, Andrew Fuller, director of Melbourne-based Clearview Legal Counsel (which specialises in arts, entertainment and media law), highlights that these sorts of infringement claims can be difficult to win. This is what happened to Sydney-based electronic artist and FBi presenter Seduna – aka Alex Hollis. Over 30,000 on SoundCloud and that’s just three right there. “On Spotify there’s been over 600,000 plays. “I started freaking out, as you would, and my housemate was helping me look for where it was on the internet, and it was absolutely everywhere. He’s getting money from it on various platforms; he’s had over 50,000 plays, I think, on YouTube. “My original track had 4,000 [plays on SoundCloud] so it’s really easy for someone to find a track that they like and go, ‘Oh this has had no response, it’s been a year, it’s not going anywhere, it’s not going to be picked up.’ [Then] take it and kind of blast it everywhere across the internet and get a bigger response. The song in question – released in March 2018 by Berlin producer Digitalluc, entitled ‘Float’ – allegedly shared similar melodic progressions, stylistic use of particular samples and beats to Hollis’ track ‘coy’, released in March 2017. There are only so many ways the twelve tones of the Western scale can be put together in a pleasing order, so some accidental duplication is inevitable.

Video game soundtracks: They deserve more respect

If you threw some of these on at a club, I have no doubt people would go crazy. Employee #2: I actually really like the Final Fantasy soundtrack. As a prisoner in a hi-tech jail, you are forced to slash, dodge and laser beam your way through a series of increasingly more difficult boss battles to gain your freedom. After a little more thought, I came to realize I couldn’t even remember the soundtrack from my favourite games. From orchestral battle pieces like ‘Hunt or Be Hunted’ to subtler songs like ‘Wake Up, Ciri’, this soundtrack has as much range and quality as some of our favourite film franchises. Well luckily, I am. The perfect backdrop for fending off ghouls, chimaeras and werewolves. It’s usually a comment about the combat mechanics, the crystal-clear graphics or some other visual element to the game. As opposed to having one company produce all the music, the developers reached out to several independent electronic music producers such as Waveshaper and Carpenter Brut. What do people talk about when they get a new video game? That’s when a little light popped on in my head to remind me of that adage; half of what you see is what you hear. Imagine; the epic scale of a Howard Shore composition mixed with the gritty electronic vibe of 80’s synth pop. The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3 is a 2015 adventure role-playing game developed by CD Projekt Red. You play as Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher, who is basically a bounty hunter for monsters, beasts and phantasms. [Another contribution from Thomas Dennett who thinks we should be paying more attention to the music we hear in video games – AC]
On one of my frequent trips to EB Games in the Eaton Centre, I overheard the following conversation between two of the employees:
Employee #1: So what’s your favourite band? If the music and sound is produced correctly in a movie, video game etc., you don’t really notice it. Sound serves to accentuate the visual components of a piece in ways we aren’t aware of. I think you could pick and place any one of The Witcher 3 songs into a fantasy epic like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings and no one would be the wiser. FURI
FURI is a dual-stick action shoot-‘em-up developed and released by The Game Bakers in July of 2016. If you’re not a gamer, I can get you started on the right track with a couple examples. The game has heavy sci-fi influences and the soundtrack reflects this perfectly. Rarely does someone say “Wow, the sound design in that game was great!” So about a year ago, I started to pay more attention to the music. I paused, and thought to myself, “What a silly answer, that’s not a band.” I mean with all the great music out there I just assumed that everyone’s favourite thing to listen to would be some sort of musician. And lo and behold, there is a cornucopia of incredibly high-quality music being produced for video games that lots of people will never get to experience because they’re not into that ‘nerdy stuff’. If you’re a gamer, start to pay attention to more than just what you see on the screen. At the very least, it’s a great backtrack for my Dungeons and Dragons nights.
Video game soundtracks: They deserve more respect

This is a combination of music video, charity plan and job application

This is a combination of music video, charity plan and job application
Take a look. All proceeds from the song go to CF research–and if you hire Mike, the money you pay him will also be donated. With his friend Ian Graham, Mike has a new music video that’s part fundraiser and part job application. Because Mike Farwell of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, lost two sisters to cystic fibrosis, he has been on a journey to raise money for CF research. (You can also donate here.)

 

Geeks and Beats Podcast, Episode 181: Duchess Nukem (Video Gamers: This is for you!)

Geeks and Beats Podcast, Episode 181: Duchess Nukem (Video Gamers: This is for you!)
Listen now! We break down the stereotypes, and Michael tells us why VR is closer to being a Holodeck thanks to a breakthrough at Google. http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/S05E37-Duchess-Nukem.mp3
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Random music news for Thursday, May 3, 2018

Brian Wilson needs back surgery this month. Sorry, CRA. There’s a petition demanding he shave it off. Fans at music festivals can get very weird. A Holocaust rock opera? Keeping the secret of Milli Vanilli. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is starting up a television division. He faces a $235 fine. But first, I have to report on the music news for May 3, 2018. I’ll do it today. Taylor Swift sold this place in Beverly Hills. Disney is planning to launch a video streaming service for millennials. I’m tired of him. A music industry group has officially asked Apple not to stop selling iTunes downloads. Spotify says it now has 75 million paying subscribers…
…and Spotify users can now share music in links to their Instagram stories. An Apple Watch saved a girl’s life by detecting impending kidney failure. Portugal.The Man canceled an appearance on an Australia TV show over a racism controversy that’s been brewing on the show. Oh, crap! See? Discogs.com is doing well thanks to the vinyl boom. One of the “Descpacito” accordion-wielding Toronto subway buskers has been busted. Yes, Disney. R Kelly has won an award: “The music industry’s biggest piece of male garbage“…
…which segues into this story of why he canceled a bunch of shows. VERY well. I forgot to take care of my quarterly HST payment! Arctic Monkeys fans REALLY hate Alex Turner’s beard. Justin Timberlake admits to hooking up with a Spice Girl. WhatsApp is KILLING Snapchat. No Kanye news today.
Random music news for Thursday, May 3, 2018

Your band has broken up. Now what?

This is especially true if you’ve been playing together for a long time and have deep personal connections with your bandmates. Keep reading. It’s much easier to make fair, rational decisions when things are good, rather than trying to figure out who deserves what in the middle of a heated argument. Whether it’s a build-up of small annoyances or big creative differences, it can be extremely difficult to come to the decision that it’s best for your band to break up. This story at Bandzoogle offers some advice. If opinions differ on how a certain situation should be handled, keep an open mind and try to come to a fair compromise. When emotions, friendships, and business matters are all tangled together, band breakups can get messy. Being in a band is just like being in any other relationship: the beginning is exciting and full of possibility, but at some point, you might realize that you and your bandmates just aren’t on the same page anymore. The longer you wait, the harder these issues will be to resolve — particularly if there’s money involved. Unless your name is The Rolling Stones, U2 or Radiohead, your band has a best-before date and is inevitably going to break up. That’s why it’s so important to have a band agreement in writing from the get-go. What do you do when the inevitable happens? If your band has just broken up and you don’t have a written agreement in place, take some time to think through all of the considerations below, and bring them up with your bandmates as soon as possible.
Your band has broken up. Now what?

Oh, dear. People know more about Kanye West than password security

Oh, dear. People know more about Kanye West than password security
 
  According to a new report from HighSpeedInternet.com, people (Americans, anyway) know more about Kanye West than they do about how to secure their devices with a proper password. Probably not good, right? And there’s more. Only 11% of people knew who to call if their password is hacked. Read the whole report here. I quote:

More people knew Taylor Swift’s lucky number than knew that the most common way to get hacked is via social engineering. The report comes with this graphic:

Digging deeper into the report, it becomes bleedin’ obvious that pop culture is more important to people (well, Americans) than cybersecurity. 3/4 of people knew who performed at the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime show, but only about 1/4 were able to correctly identify the strongest password from two options.

The Foo Fighters are now marrying people during their concerts

The Foo Fighters are now marrying people during their concerts
Back on April 21st in Dallas, a couple got married during “Everlong.”
The Foos didn’t realize this was going on because they were a little busy onstage, but at least the couple can say that the Foo Fighters played their wedding, right? (Via CoS)

Hey @foofighters big shout out for being the band at your wedding. Thanks a million to the staff at the starplex pavilion for helping our dreams come true #foofighterswedding #bestfoodayever #davegrohl #foofighters pic.twitter.com/ioq9Sunj4p
— Belinda Marie Rosales (@BeLLaHMaReE) April 23, 2018 Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters have really embraced the audience participation thing on this current tour.

Because everyone likes to make fun of people who mishear lyrics…

Screaming is not a style of communication that has a big emphasis on diction, but it really should for instances such as this. Hint: The first name of the artist is rather fitting. I was almost relieved when I was told the real lyrics, as the thought of losing my life in the bathroom was one I just couldn’t bear. But sometimes, the words just don’t come across as they were meant to.    
3) Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
I grew up listening to my parent’s favourite classic rock and my dad is a big CCR fan. Unfortunately, none of the cars blew up in the actual chorus. A line of 60 muscle cars driving down the highway, when the one second from the front spontaneously combusts. The song “Chasing Pavements: from the 2008 album 19 is a mellow love ballad where she really shows off the range of her vocals. – AC]
Lyrics. However, Colin James’s pronunciation of this iconic line is a little bit off, and for most of my life I was convinced he was singing ‘Sixty cars and the third blew up’. They can be a beautifully written narrative or a mess of nonsensical jargon. There’s a bathroom on the right.” As a kid, I sat there thinking, my god what kind of terribly unkempt public restroom is this that it can take a life?! 4) The Sinner – Memphis Mayfire
“The Sinner” is off of American metalcore band Memphis Mayfire’s 2011 album, The Hollow. Here are 5 songs with some hilariously misheard lyrics.  
2) The Old Master Painter – Dick Haymes
A cute little song from the 50’s about a widely loved painter and his works of art. The music video has a dark feel to it, which is immediately dissipated at around 3:15 in the song when lead vocalist Matty Mullins tries to scream ‘”ake all my guilt, take all my pride.” Instead, he manages to blurt out the two lines in a way that they seem to say “Tickle my goat, tickle my bum,” which isn’t very hardcore. [Another list from contributor Thomas Dennett. Unfortunately, the diction was just slightly off, which results in a rather inappropriate, albeit hilarious, interpretation of the song. Unfortunately, the main word in the song, pavements, is slightly mispronounced so it sounds like Adele is singing “Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing penguins?” I say that if you really want something, never give up. Chase those penguins, Adele. Instead of me repeating it here, it’s best you listen to the pronunciation of ‘master painter’ in the song and laugh at how a single misspoken word gives the song a whole other, dirty meaning. 5) Chasing Pavement – Adele
Even artists as popular as Adele, with the voice of an angel, can’t always pronounce words properly. “Don’t go ‘round tonight, it’s bound to take your life. 1) Chicks, Cars and The Third World War – Colin James
Women, fast things and explosions sound like rock and roll to me. Don’t get me wrong, the visuals were impressive. Music with screaming in it can be hard to understand at times. These are called mondegreens; what we hear makes sense in our head but are in fact completely different from what was actually said. This is a great tune from the 1969 album Green River, but every time it comes on I can’t help but singing the misheard lyrics during the chorus.
Because everyone likes to make fun of people who mishear lyrics…

Now that U2’s Songs of Experience tour has begun, what can fans expect? Glad you asked.

Glad you asked. Now that U2’s Songs of Experience tour has begun, what can fans expect?
Here’s a trailer. Interesting choice of material. Here’s last night’s tour opener setlist from Tulsa. And the rumours of U2 dumping “Where the Streets Have No Name” from their set for the first time in 28 years, 5 months and 14 days turned out to be true. U2 is back on the road for the second time in less than a year, this time with a tour they call Songs of Experience. What can fans expect to see?

This new app is essentially a Shazam for album artwork. Cool.

Cool. This new app is essentially a Shazam for album artwork.
Snap a picture of any album and the app finds it on a streaming music service. Here’s how it works. A company called Glitch has introduced a new app called Record Player that could be helpful for vinyl buyers, record collectors and crate diggers. Ever been shopping for music and come across an album that looks interesting, but you hesitate buying it because you’re not sure what it sounds like? Newest experiment made with @glitch, @Spotify and @googlecloud, a record player with computer vision: https://t.co/fhQsEruCoF pic.twitter.com/z54s9GIbYc
— Patrick Weaver (@patrickweave_r) May 2, 2018 There’s now a solution. You’re listening to the album in seconds, which should help you make up your mind. Using your phone’s camera, the app is connected to both the Spotify API and the Google Cloud Vision API.

How big is the gender gap in music? Big. Disturbingly big.

their male counterparts. Click on the image to see the whole thing. Last.fm–yes, they are still around–went through 16 years of music awards and music festivals to see where female artists stand vs. We knew that the gender gap was big, but this infographic brings us face-to-face with the stark reality.
Big. Disturbingly big. How big is the gender gap in music?