The Music Of A Hardware Startup

CMJ Music Marathon Day 1: Where to go and who to see (Video)

White Lies, In The Valley Below at the Great American Music Hall

By Associated Press, Magpie and the Dandelion, The Avett Brothers (American) The evolving definition of folk music currently carries a little bit of rock, a little bit of reverb and a few other nontraditional flavors thrown in the stew. Its all being well received and The Avett Brothers new album Magpie and the Dandelion should be no exception. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Songs like Open Ended Life and Skin and Bones present a folk version of rocks wall-of-sound approach. Instead of a nuanced give and take between banjo and guitar and drums, we get them all at once, side by side, vying for attention. With proper mixing it works on these hardened-heart love songs. Things work up to a glorious crescendo on several tracks, going from simmer to boil on Another is Waiting. Though its worth noting that the sizzle on Magpie is mostly thanks to strong instrumentals. The group lacks a strong lead vocalist. Both Scott and Seth Avett can sing, but not convincingly enough to mesmerize the listener because of it. All in all, this is pleasant listening and the songs stick in the head. The North Carolina trio is a tight band eight albums into their career, and the folk renaissance has ushered in a new and deserving appreciation for their lilting nu-folk. ___ Follow Ron Harris: Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Music and the Politics of Resistance

in particular has had some extraordinary musicians and songwriters who have, over the decades, brought about great social evolution with story-songs and political messages that have moved hearts and changed minds. When Woody Guthrie sang “Roll On Columbia” about the enormous Columbia River, he was expressing his love for the natural landscape of the American West. When Pete Seeger wrote “My Dirty Stream,” it was his alarm call to the industrial pollution that was destroying the Hudson River, a song that sparked the modern day clean up of the Hudson River Valley. When Billie Holiday sang about “Strange Fruit” hanging from the trees, she was decrying the lynchings and abominations that were going on in the American South. People started to listen, and when the Civil Rights Movement started in the 1960s, Aretha Franklin brought her gospel music out into the streets with marching protestors as they demanded “Respect”, and ultimately won it. Curtiss Mayfield united everyone with his epic song of hope, “People Get Ready”, and Stevie Wonder continued that tradition with song after song that uplifted the American spirit. Bob Dylan wrote one of the greatest anti-war songs of all time, “Blowing In The Wind”, and the Canadian Native American singer, Buffy St. Marie, offered a simialr message with her hit, “Universal Soldier.” Even the Jazz musicians used song titles and instrumental melodies to get their social and political messages across. When Charles Mingus composed “Better Get It In Yo’ Soul”, man, he meant it. And when John Coltrane composed the mournful melodies of “Alabama”, it was in honor of the four girls killed in the Birmingham church bombings. Even with just a song title and a melody, instrumental Jazz allowed the listener to create their own storyline in their mind.

However, the music-making industry is, yet, to catch up with the mobile revolution. Most new instruments in the market are generally toy-like , foreign, and difficult to use, says Butera. INSTRUMENT 1 deliberately focuses on the creation niche for mobile music. Overcoming Limitations The transition from a simple idea to a workable prototype, however, took much longer. Specifically, it took four prototypes, five interfaces, and multiple firmware builds to get the INSTRUMENT 1 to its current state. In his efforts, Butera, who is the youngest member of his team, was helped by Nashville-based veterans from the recording and music industries. We could have released a workable product one-and-a-half-years ago, says Butera, who admits that notoriously perfectionist companies, such as Apple Apple and Bang and Olufsen are his inspirations. The original prototype for the instrument had twelve buttons and featured components, such as Arduino, that are standard to several hardware startup products. However, Butera says the resulting prototype was limited in variety and scale. They were nice for Western music scales but they were simply switches, he says. In other words, their resulting notes were binary, which toggled between on/off switches. It was bit like a piano that can only be played at a single volume, says Butera.

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Former MTV News correspondent John Norris will talk about the state of music videos , Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons will share his advice on getting discovered in 2013 , and The Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison will speak about survivng as a musician today. All panels and showcases require a CMJ badge for entry, unless paid admission or RSVP are otherwise available. Each venue has a limited number of spots to accept those with CMJ badges, so venues recommend arriving early. 6 p.m. In the early evening as the showcases begin, the meek and understated, but lovely Hollie Fullbrook will play under her moniker, Tiny Ruins. More info 7 p.m. Across the river in Brooklyn at The Rock Shop, SWF will play ’60s inspired jams with a strongly strummed guitar and his wild hippie hair waving about. More info 9 p.m. London glam band Placebo will play Terminal 5 in support of Loud Like Love, released in September. More info 11 p.m. A rather light, delicate and politely toned singer songwriter, Sondre Lerche will play the Bowery Ballroom later in the evening. More info