Electronic Music’s Godfather Isn’t Done Innovating
(Carlo Allegri / Invision/Associated Press) Also By Gerrick D. Kennedy October 10, 2013, 7:30 a.m. A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video – all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards , which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods. After a banner year, thanks to the success of Thrift Shop the bestselling digital song of the year Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will vie for new artist, favorite pop/rock band, favorite hip-hop act and artist of the year along with Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Thirft Shop is also up for single of the year, a new category being introduced this year that will pit the single up against Robin Thickes inescapable song of summer, Blurred Lines, and the inexplicable Flordia Georgia Line and Nelly collaboration, Cruise. Although Daft Punk s Get Lucky was surprisingly snubbed for single of the year, the French dance duo made it in the electronic dance music category, which was introduced last year. A quick scan of the nominees yielded few surprises. Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Phillip Phillips are up for new artist of the year. The race for favorite pop male artist is between Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, while Pink , Rihanna and Taylor Swift will battle it out in the female category. Miley Cyrus , who didn’t score a single nomination, and Imagine Dragons are the first performers announced for the telecast, which airs live from the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. For the seventh year, winners will be determined by online voting (its certain One Direction fans already have their ballots fired up). Also for the first time, fans will also be able to vote for their favorite artists via Twitter.
Or, in his words, “It was like a bombshell.” Silver Apples was the first piece of electronic music commissioned by a record label and was created on the first synthesizer small enough to sit on a table. Subotnick’s Greenwich Village workspace became a drop-in spot for musicians from The Mothers of Invention to The Grateful Dead to The Velvet Underground . One night, unfamiliar visitors arrived. “Some [club owners] came in and said, ‘We just bought the name Electric Circus. We don’t know exactly what it is, but we were told if anyone knows, you would know.’ So I gave them a demonstration of an electric circus. They made me the director,” Subotnick says. As that Manhattan nightclub’s artistic director, Subotnick gave birth to electronic dance music. He says opening night at the Electric Circus was a big event. “[Japanese conductor] Seiji Ozawa came down; members of the Kennedy family were there,” Subotnick says. “I played about a half-hour’s worth of material starting with a heartbeat. … It wasn’t a beat that you would usually use in rock ‘n’ roll, but it was a strong pulse, and that’s all they needed. And they ended up dancing to it.” Morton Subotnick And Joan La Barbara On Q2 Music’s ‘Spaces’ Credit: WQXR Subotnick’s interest in new sounds goes back a long way. As a child prodigy in 1950s Los Angeles, playing clarinet with symphony orchestras, he sensed that something new was brewing. The miniaturization that led to things like the transistor radio meant you no longer needed a room full of equipment to make electronic sounds.
We believe SoundTouch systems will change music at home the way Bluetooth speakers changed music on-the-go.” SoundTouch Wi-Fi Systems: Performance for Any Room There’s a SoundTouch system for any room, and they all communicate wirelessly. Each connects directly to the Internet using your existing home Wi-Fi network; if you have Wi-Fi at home and a computer, you have all you need to stream your stored music, Internet radio or music services. Every SoundTouch system is designed to automatically receive software updates to add functionality and content. SoundTouch systems will first offer Pandora, and add the world’s most popular music services regularly, like Deezer, iHeartRadio and others. Three one-piece systems debut today, each engineered to deliver the best audio performance available from speakers of their size: The SoundTouch 30 Wi-Fi system measures approximately 10″H x 17″W x 7 “D. It features exclusive waveguide technology and a new proprietary woofer to deliver deep, rich sound and the power to serve as a home’s main music system. The SoundTouch 20 Wi-Fi system is more compact at about 7″H X 12″W and 4″D. It offers natural, room-filling sound and can be placed almost anywhere. The SoundTouch Portable Wi-Fi system combines full-range audio and a rechargeable, lithium-ion battery in a speaker no bigger than the average book — about 6″H x 10″W and less than 3″D. Take it with you in and around the home, and the music keeps playing. The SoundTouch line will expand to offer a vast selection of products. Later this year, the legendary Wave music system will be offered in a SoundTouch version for the bedroom or kitchen. Early next year, other products join the family: the SoundTouch Stereo JC Wi-Fi music system will transform a living room with two tiny Jewel Cube speakers and an Acoustimass module for deep low notes and clear vocals, weather-resistant Bose outdoor speakers will bring streaming music to the patio or deck, and Lifestyle home theater systems and the VideoWave entertainment system will be SoundTouch enabled for media rooms. Users can start with any SoundTouch system and add others for a multi-room experience: play the same music in every room, or different music in different rooms, indoors or out.
Bose intros SoundTouch WiFi music systems, makes home audio more like a car stereo
Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Jinny Gudmundsen 4 playful apps introduce kids to music Jinny Gudmundsen, Special for USA TODAY 8 a.m. EDT October 13, 2013 “TuneTrain” is a melody-creation app that makes creating music as simple as drawing a line. (Photo: Jiyoung Lee) ‘TuneTrain’ makes composing music easy ‘Animal sound box’ lets toddlers play with parents ‘Little Fox Music Box’ explores three song-filled scenes SHARE 1 CONNECT 14 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Touch an elephant’s trunk to hear the plucking of a double bass. Draw a line with your finger to create a melody that a train will play. Tap on flying birds to tweet Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. These are some of the many ways apps can introduce children to music. Here’s a closer look at four fun apps that use play to introduce young children to music. TuneTrain Jiyoung Lee, best for ages 6-8, Free, iPad Rating: 4 stars (out of 4) This music-creation app uses a train motif to show kids how to compose music. By drawing train tracks across a scene populated with people and buildings, kids can experiment with creating melodies. TuneTrain brilliantly makes composing music easy. If you can draw a line, you can create a melody. The app cleverly surrounds each melody with accompaniment that makes even the simplest melody sound rich and varied. In each musical creation level, kids see buildings and people scattered throughout the scene and a train waiting to chug into the landscape.