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The Arcade Fire – “Neon Bible” – Interactive Music Video!

What honestly could be better than an interactive music video that makes people want to play your song over and over again?? not much I can think of..

It’s more or less different every time you play it. Try it out!

What a great f**king idea! As an artist, if you’re lucky enough to  have a budget, it’s pretty obvious where you should be spending it.

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iDaft – The sickest Daft Punk app! [CRAZY addicting]

Everyone needs one of these next to them at all times for the world to be a better place, in my opinion. Check it out!

Thicket. – Sick Audiovisual Interactive App for iPhone & iPad

Awesome Create Digital Music blog find:

“What could audiovisual art made for tablets look like? Some dismiss the results as “toys.” The creators of Thicket embrace that very role. Thicket, the product of electronic A/V artists Morgan Packard and Joshue Ott, is intended as a kind of immersive distraction, filling the screen of an Apple handheld or iPad with clouds of abstract color and ambient sound. Free of controls or widgets, playing with Thicket is a bit like sticking your hand into a mist, more gently responsive than overtly interactive.

It’s also lovely, and – for the moment – free. As an experiment, Josh and Morgan are offering up Thicket free of charge on the store, meaning those of you with appropriate devices can try it out as you read.

http://apps.intervalstudios.com/thicket/

Continue Reading – Interview w/ Creators


NI’s Holiday Spirit – Free Reaktor Prism little brother – Micro Prism [Free Software]

A free instrument from Native Instruments is always a good thing. This time it’s an abridged version of NI’s popular Reaktor Prism synthesizer. There’s even a free version of Reaktor included if you don’t have it. Download Here!

Go here to learn more about Micro Prism

Isle of Tune – The Strangest Music Sequencer Ever

This sequencer is pretty ridiculous. You lay out a bunch of different objects like houses and trees and lamp posts and you set each one to the sound that you want it to make. Then you send cars through your isle to play the music. It’s actually pretty fun and will take up entirely too much of your time, but you should still give it a try.

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Free Recording Software Roundup

There are tons of free recording programs out there, but we’ve made a list of our favorites. These programs are what we consider to be the highest quality open source software packages with a great set of features for making an entire record.

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The Map of Metal

This site is awesome. It basically lists ALL the genres and sub-genres of metal and lets you listen to examples, while mapping them appropriately on an interactive map.

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The Beat-Play Radio [Update]

Beat-Play is the first social radio app on Facebook - in internal beta now - the picture above shows Beat-Play still in progress

Beat-Play is a Facebook Radio App, launching in a few months, where you will “follow” people who you share a taste in music with (friends, favorite artists, family, etc). The songs that they like enough to actually save into their playlists, automatically get sent to your radio. If you like a song enough to save, it automatically gets sent to anybody following you.

This creates a viral spread of the music unlike anything seen before in music. It will completely level out the playing field, insuring that if the music is good enough to spread, it will. Beat-Play is completely devoted to helping independent artists create sustainable careers with their music.

A couple of other great benefits of Beat-Play:

  • It’s a FREE form of promotion and distribution for artists – and we believe it will be more efficient
  • It’s an incredibly easier way for fans to find and share music
  • It operates using free streams – free music for the fans!
  • Artists can get paid based off of plays, not sales, by generating ad revenue from their popularity. (more info)
  • Beat-Play uses “Piracy,” or music sharing, as a driving force for artist revenue instead of an opposing  force for it
  • Artists maintain full control over their music, their rights, and even the price of their ad space, and they never have to sign away a thing.
  • There’s no risk to try it

We are currently looking for more awesome music and artists to add to our app’s music library so that there can be music on the player when we launch officially, on Jan 31st 2011. If you would  like us to put your music on our radio app, please email our Customer Relations Director at Kian@musicwithoutlabels.com, and please include information about how to obtain your music in mp3 format.

We’re getting really excited about this, and it’s coming along beautifully!  We hope to hear from you!

– The Beat-Play Team

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Audio Surf – Sick Music Game – Ride Your Music – Daft Punk – Around the World [Video]

I’m pretty sure this game is only for Windows and you need a gaming platform called Steam that you have to pay for (not sure how much) in order to play it, but it could possibly be worth it.

The key to Audiosurf is sick visuals that correspond to the music, letting you virtually ride your music. The road you cruise down changes with the actual music waves. It’s a pretty cool concept that could be taken a lot farther.

Fullscreen the following vid and enjoy the music:

Drum n Bass Song in Audio Surf:

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What To Do If Your Musical Gear Breaks Down At A Gig

When you are playing live on stage there are few things that can be worse than a musical equipment failure. Every professional musician will have technical problems on the stage. I’ve had numerous different problems with my gear in the past.

Here are some solutions that I’ve found work well:

  • Get a technician to help you set up and monitor your equipment before and during the show. You can either hire a professional (if you can afford it) or at least find a knowledgeable friend who will follow your set up instructions.
  • Map out (on paper) all of your equipment, how and where it should be placed on the stage, how each item is connected, the order in which midi instruments should be connected and turned on, which items are to be held on ‘standby mode’ and when they should be turned into active mode.
  • Pre-connect as many pieces of gear as possible before it is even placed on the stage. If there is no time for a sound check on the stage, then do your own quick sound check off the stage before the equipment is moved onto the stage.

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