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Jack White Releases 3D Virtual Reality App

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Jack White Releases 3D Virtual Reality App

Jack White has a well-documented obsession with the number three, even going so far as to add a “III” to his name. Now, the inventive garage rock mogul has released his own app called Jack White: THIRD-D. The app has rather specific compatibility requirements to use properly, since an announcement notes that it works only with recent Android phones (five-inch or six-inch) using a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset. Without the headset, it works in regular 2D, or it’s possible to make your own Cardboard-style headset. Meanwhile, iOS users are out of luck. If you use the…Read More

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Skream: “Album Releases Are Still Important in Electronic Music”

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FACT has posted an interview with Skream, a highly respected producer (and DJ) who has been at it since the early 2000s. Skream was originally known for being a defining figure in dubstep (the U.K. kind, not the U.S. version), but has since moved into disco, house, and techno.

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FACT: You’re helping other artists on their albums at the moment. Do you think albums are becoming an outdated concept?

Skream: “…Albums are becoming outdated, but its more because of the pressures. We associate an album with ‘a band does an album’, whereas that thing Riton did was to say ‘this ain’t an album, it’s a mixtape.’ It seemed like it took all the pressure off. I think albums are important. Look, there’s a million-and-one singles released every day through things like SoundCloud, where you can have a record out as soon as you put a new tune up.

You end up with this entire fucking thing where it’s hard to release a single, because it’s so easy to hear music. I post something on SoundCloud; next day, it has a thousand-and-one reviews on it, but it’s like… you just put it up. It’s not necessarily a single, it’s just something you want everyone to hear.

Albums are important. It depends on what you’re doing, but I think they are important because it leaves some sort of structure, rather than people just putting out tunes.

I think it makes people think they are working as well.  Like you are doing something – it gives you a purpose.  I think people get excited about albums.  As long as people still get excited about buying albums – or downloading albums I guess – it gives it purpose.  Whereas, I dunno, I suppose it depends which way you’re coming from – but I definitely think albums are still very relevant to music buyers – and the people making music too.

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Cult Leader Set Sights on New Releases for 2015

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Cult Leader Set Sights on New Releases for 2015

Capitalizing on the attack of this year’s impressive and oppressive debut offering, Nothing for Us Here, Salt Lake City grind unit Cult Leader have announced that another pair of releases are due in 2015. News of the upcoming records came through the band’s Facebook page, with a group statement explaining that they’ll be hitting a recording studio next month with Andy Patterson (DJ Shadow, Gaza) to produce a 7-inch for Deathwish Inc.. Details on the tracks have yet to be revealed, as well as the due date. The act also reported that they’ll be heading to Salem, MA’s GodCity Studio…Read More

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Review: Bernhoft Releases an HD Album App…

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HD360 is a new app-based release platform for iOS devices. The company recently released their first app, an audiovisual version of Bernhoft‘s album Islander.

The purpose of the app is to bring the feeling of physical packaging to modern technology. Bernhoft says:

“…I’ve come from the world of vinyl, to CDs, to file sharing, to streaming and then back to a vinyl focus… What we wanted to do with the app was to bring all this together and get the feeling of a gatefold sleeve into the digital world.”

The price of the app is a steep $ 19.99. Those who want “the feeling of a gatefold sleeve” might be better off spending that money on vinyl. Regardless, the app has some forward-thinking features.

The Islander app has48k 24bit HD album tracks. It also has 11 videos, stories, images, photos, a merch store, social media feeds, a loop station, and a mixing console.

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The 360 degree video is pretty cool. It features a panoramic view of five Bernhofts playing the song “Come Around With Me”.

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The studio feature has a digital eight track mixing console of the song “Come Around With Me”. Users can change the volume, panning, and reverb of the vocals and instruments. There’s also an empty track so users can record their own audio, adding it to the song.

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The looping station breaks the song “Wind You Up” into various parts. Users can create their own version of the song by triggering the loops.

The app may be expensive, but it’s incredibly fun to use and is well designed. This is a good investment for Bernhoft fans, but casual listeners probably won’t be willing to spend $ 20 on an app.

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Rustie Releases a Video Game Stream of His Forthcoming Album…

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Electronic producer Rustie has joined the growing number of musicians creating digital worlds to accompany their albums.

Rustie has released a preview of his new album Green Language through an online video game. The game was made in collaboration with coder Hunter Loftis.

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Players explore a world that looks like a lo-fi Minecraft, using the keyboard to control movements. Players look for golden monuments that play album tracks when touched.

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If players find every monument, reaching the pyramid at the end of the game, they’ll unlock a full album stream ahead of release. Green Language drops on August 26th.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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Cassette Store Day Announces Releases from Vivian Girls, They Might Be Giants, Rural Alberta Advantage

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Cassette Store Day Announces Releases from Vivian Girls, They Might Be Giants, Rural Alberta Advantage

Though grumpy curmudgeons decry them as gimmicks, relative cheapness and easy access has meant that the cassette tape revival isn’t going anywhere. As previously reported, the international Cassette Store Day is set to return for its second annual edition. Today, we get a taste of what’s to come with the first batch of planned releases. The enormous list is remarkably diverse, with releases planned from Kevin Morby, Vivian Girls, Mutual Benefit, Foxygen, They Might Be Giants, Weedeater, Zero Boys, Enslaved, Suffocation, Testament, the Rural Alberta Advangate, Chuck Ragan, the Gaslight…Read More

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Facebook Releases an App so Famous People Can Interact with Their Fans…

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Artists have been asking Facebook why they have to pay to reach their existing fan base. Now, Facebook is giving artists a new set of tools to interact with their fans… if you’re famous enough to have a verified page.

Facebook has released a Facebook Mentions app for iOS. They say it is “a new app for actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers to discover and join conversations on Facebook“.

Public figures can use the app to see what their fans are saying about them. There is a feed that displays updates from followed pages, a list of trending topics, and a notification section that displays mentions from other top influencers.

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Verified pages can share photos, videos, updates, and host live Q&As through the app.

Admins of verified pages can request access through Facebook’s Mentions page, or can download the app to request access.

 

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Google Releases Music Apps for Smartwatches…

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Google has announced apps for Android Wear, a platform for LG, Motorola, and Samsung smartwatches. Thirty three Android Wear apps are now available in the Google Play store.

There are a couple of dedicated music apps, expanding on smartwatches’ ability to play and control music on Android phones.

With Bandsintown, users can receive notifications on their smartwatch. The app will also show important event details and allows users to RSVP to events straight from their watch.

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MusiXmatch is the other music-related Android Wear app. The app syncs lyrics to music on users’ devices. With this app, users can also sync lyrics to music from Google Play Music and Spotify on their watch.

 

Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

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Berklee, a High-Priced Music School, Releases a Depressing Report on Music Jobs…

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If the math on ‘regular’ college is starting to look suspect, what about the math on music schools and conservatories? Perhaps the Berklee College of Music, a place where the annual cost of attendance can quickly soar past $ 62,000, is now answering the question on its own.  Because when you come out the other end, the real world is an increasingly brutal place for musicians.  And, ironically, a report from Berklee itself is now reaffirming this reality. According to a rather dreary report on musician jobs released by the school this week, most musicians are struggling with moderate salaries (at best), are underemployed in their chosen craft, and are working multiple gigs to get by.  And, session gigs, recording gigs, and salaried positions are all on the decline. Here’s a quick summary of Berklee’s report on the state of musical employment in 2012.  The findings were based on a sample of 5,371 musicians and composers, conducted by the Future of Music Coalition (and released this year).

(1) Musicians are underemployed:

40 percent said they spend more than 36 hours a week doing music.

42 percent said they derived all of their personal income from music.

(2) A substantial number need to supplement their musical salares with non-musical income:

Average personal gross income of survey respondents was $ 55,561.

The average estimated music income was $ 34,455.

(3) A vast majority paid handsomely for a music degree (with a significant percentage likely in debt):

80 percent have a college degree or higher.

(4) Most musicians are working multiple gigs, non-stop to make these moderate salaries:

More than half of respondents are earning money from three roles or more. It gets worse, according to the Berklee stats.  Because over the past five years — undoubtedly a stressed-out period economically in the US, world, and music industry — musicians have watched their earnings power and available work erode.  In fact, most categories are fighting to maintain their previous levels of employment, or struggling under declines.

But wait: didn’t we already know this? At least at a top level?  The answer, of course, is yes: parents are notorious for trying to steer their children away from music, simply because the jobs are erratic and the pay is lousy.  But for those committed to their passions, perhaps the question is whether it makes sense to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars to a musical education that will probably lead to a life of Ramen and long-term debt.  Or, if that’s even a luxury young musicians can realistically entertain anymore. The full report, which includes a range of salaries and music-related job details, can be found here.

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