Vevo, popularny serwis muzycznych teledysków, ogłosił oficjalną dostępność w Polsce. Usługa, wcześniej niedostępna w tym regionie geograficznym, będzie zawierać video-clipy najpopularniejszych polskich gwiazd jak Brodka, Pezet, a może i nawet David Hasselhoff.
Usługa jest dostępna na Vevo.com i pojawi się również na urządzeniach mobilnych oraz konsoli Xbox Live.
Vevo jest spółką joint venture pomiędzy Sony Music i Universal Music Group, powołaną do istnienia w 2009 roku. Obecnie zawiera tysiące teledysków, występów koncertowych i wywiadów.
A tak przy okazji, będę w Krakowie na Bitspiration w czerwcu tego roku, jeśli chcesz porozmawiać o Żubrówce, disco polo lub weselnych hulankach.
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If you’re one of those music fans who hounds bands and musicians with questions such as ‘When are you coming to play MY town?’, Detour is one service you will be all over like a
deranged groupie rash.
London-based startup Songkick launched crowdfunding platform Detour in private beta last year, focusing on a small group of serious music fans. In the intermittent period, the service has seen 10 fan-generated gigs come to fruition which, when you consider it was only opened to 1,00 fans, isn’t bad.
In its short life to date, 114 fans used Detour to bring Braid to London, while 80 fans prompted Desaparecidos to play live too. In total, $100,000 in ticket sales have been generated through Detour so far.
It’s a simple-yet-genius idea, and from today any music fan based in the UK capital can use the service.
There’s three stages to the crowdfunding process – pledging, selecting promoters and confirmation.
The first phase is all about building interest and seeing how much demand there really is. Sign in using your Songkick log-in details, and YOU decide how much you want to pay. Though your pledge is secured with your bank card, no money is actually taken off until the gig is confirmed.
Once an artist has gained sufficient popularity, the good folks at Songkick will establish contact with a promoter to help make the gig happen. And the final stage is ‘Confirmed’, meaning it’s all systems go and fan pledges are transformed into tickets. Any remaining allocation then go on general sale.
Now, to get your favorite artists to tour near you, you can manually search for them in the Detour database. If you choose someone who’s ‘too popular,’ you’ll be asked to search for someone a little more ‘niche’. In other words, someone who may not be confident of any demand for their live show. Otherwise, you can browse the existing Pledge Leaderboard and throw your own hat into the ring.
If you’re not familiar with how Songkick’s core platform works, it scans your device for music (via Web and mobile apps) and tells you what gigs are coming up near you, based on your collection. As such, Detour already knows who you like, so in your tracked artists section you can see if there’s anyone needing an extra pledge to get things moving.
Although it is only London-focused at the moment, it will be opening across the UK shortly. And don’t be too surprised if it opens further afield after that, as Songkick co-founder and CEO Ian Hogarth says in a blog post earlier today, that the team have been “thrilled at the emails we’ve been getting from fans and promoters across the world asking when Detour would come to their city.”
Interestingly, Detour isn’t just being used by fans. Some independent London promoters have also used Detour to kickstart concert campaigns, as it means far lower risk – it’s like a market research tool to establish demand. Also, it could be used for just about any artist or live performer – Detour has already been used to sway comedian Aziz Ansari towards a London gig.
“When we launched Detour London in November, we really didn’t know what would happen,” says Hogarth. “In some ways, that’s the most amazing thing about the Internet – if you give people a powerful new way to connect, they figure out ways to use it that couldn’t be anticipated in advance.”
Detour is open to London users now, and will open across the UK shortly after.
Have you ever wondered what your drawings would sound like if someone was to ever dream up a way of making that possible?
Well, researchers at Queen Mary, University of London, have made that a reality courtesy of Tunetrace, a quirky new iOS app it hopes will show budding coders the fun side of programming.
First up, you take a snap of your work of art. Then, the free app essentially ‘translates’ the photograph into a skeleton of line endings and crossings.
Twinkling lights splay across the screen, and the app serves up a cacophony of beeps and drum-based sounds. Not the most melodic thing you’ll ever hear, but it’s an interesting experiment nonetheless.
Tunetrace is optimized for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, ans is the latest music-themed app to emerge from QApps, Queen Mary’s app development arm, which strives to put its research into practical use-cases via connected devices.
Tunetrace is only as good as the time you put in to the drawing, a simple stick-man will produce a simpler sound to that of, say, a complex line-filled sketch. Also, as part of my testing, I thought I’d see if anything else could create a song and, well, we’re pleased to report you can use any existing ‘thing’ to produce tunes – even a radiator. One that has lines, of course.
“In theory, computers are predictable because they obey simple rules,” explains BAFTA-winning QApps developer Ed Burton. “However, I find programming computers to be full of mystery and surprise. Every novel line of code is an experiment – unexpected results often seem mysterious at first and the surprises are fun. I made Tunetrace interpret the lines of a drawing as lines of code so that anyone who can doodle can feel some of the mystery and surprise of programming.”
The app may appeal more to the younger generation, who can doodle to their heart’s content, then hear what it sounds like on their (dad’s) iPad. Indeed, the app is actually accompanied by classroom resources, designed to make computer programming more appealing.
“In this case, the drawing gives the instructions, the app applies its rules, and the music happens,” continues Professor Peter McOwan, Vice-Principal for Public Engagement and External Partnerships and co-founder of QApps.
“Using this app you can easily explore the ideas behind computer programming by adding more to the drawing to change the tune,” he continues. “Is it possible to draw recognisable music? Is it possible to make a tune that never ends? We don’t know yet. It’s the people who play with Tunetrace that might make these discoveries for the first time.”
There are other ‘experimental’ apps out there that strive to convert images into music – SnapNPlay, for example, is an Android app that reads sheet music and plays it back to you. When we last checked in on it, it was more of a proof-of-concept and required a bit of work though.
Tunetrace is available to download from the App Store now. Meanwhile, check out the official demo video for yourself below.
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Today Microsoft announced the next set of features that it will introduce to the Windows Phone platform. The update will ship on the Lumia 925, announced today, and will “start rolling out” to other Windows Phone 8 handsets this summer.
Its feature set, though Microsoft calls it “small,” has a number of key upgrades that should keep fans of the platform content. Up first: FM radio. Microsoft claims that it heard customer complaint, and thus has brought back the feature. A bit later than some might have liked, but it’s welcome all the same.
Also in the update will be the expansion of Data Sense to more carriers, and updates to Xbox Music to make music selection simpler, along with improved metadata accuracy.
Finally, and this is the feature that matters, the small update will contain support for Google’s sync protocols CalDAV and CarddDAV. This means that if you use a Windows Phone handset, you can keep using your full suite of Google mail, calendar, and contact services.
That’s big news for Windows Phone users, as Google had previously threatened to cut Windows Phone off as it dropped support for Exchange Active Sync, before Microsoft had built CalDAV and CarddDAV support for the platform. After a high-noon situation, Google relented, extending support a bit, granting Microsoft time to code.
To put the above update in context, we turn to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet. She calls the update GRD2, which is Microsoft-speak for the second ‘General Distribution Release.’ The first came last year, bringing messaging improvements.
However, what is interesting is that Microsoft’s ‘Blue’ update, according to Foley, isn’t even next in the docket:
The GDR2 update — which Microsoft officials never actually call GDR2 in today’s blog post — is coming “this summer.” GDR3 sounds like it may be timed to arrive this fall. And Windows Phone Blue is sounding from tipsters more and more like a 2014 release.
This is both good, and perhaps less good. Great that Microsoft has more updates in the pipelines. Less good as I frankly can’t wait to get my hands on Blue.
For now, Windows Phone 8 continues to better itself with improved code, and new handsets. Nokia’s second quarter Lumia sales will be the report card, of course.
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