ABC News: Acoustic observatory will record ‘galaxy of sounds’ to help scientists monitor Australian wildlife

ABC News (Australia): Acoustic observatory will record ‘galaxy of sounds’ to help scientists monitor Australian wildlife. “Hundreds of solar-powered audio recorders are being installed across remote parts of Australia to create a unique ‘soundscape’ as the environment changes. The National Acoustic Observatory project, funded by the Australian Research Council, was a collaboration of academics from five universities.”

UCLA: Ethnomusicology Archive publishes 58 historical field collections online

UCLA: Ethnomusicology Archive publishes 58 historical field collections online. “Five years of planning and development across international waters have culminated in the online publication of 58 historical field collections held by the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive. The project, Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings, was a collaboration between the World Music Center at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, home of the archive, and Adam Matthew Digital, an academic publisher based in the United Kingdom.”

CNET: Google partners with publishers to bring audio news feeds to the Assistant

CNET: Google partners with publishers to bring audio news feeds to the Assistant. “Google on Tuesday said it’s bringing personalized audio news playlists to its Assistant software. The new feature will use the search giant’s algorithms and vast amounts of user data to tee up a feed of news stories tailor-made for individual people, based on their interests.”

Musical memories refreshed: Olo Radio gives Last FM users a new way to interact with their music-streaming history (Simon Fraser University)

Simon Fraser University: Musical memories refreshed: Olo Radio gives Last FM users a new way to interact with their music-streaming history. “Imagine accessing an archive of all the songs you’ve ever listened to—organized by the time of day, day of the year, or time of your life that you listened to them. With Olo Radio, a device designed by School of Interactive Arts and Technology professor William Odom and collaborator Tijs Duel, you can do just that. Olo Radio links to a user’s Last.fm account and uses simple metadata, including the time and date a song was played, to organize a personal music archive and make it accessible in a new way.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Audio Converters Online to Convert Any File Easily

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Audio Converters Online to Convert Any File Easily . “It’s surprising how often you need to convert audio files into an alternative format. Different MP3 players have different requirements. Some apps only work with specific formats, or perhaps you need to compress the size of recording to make it fit in an email or upload it to a cloud service. Whatever the reason, the web can help. There are dozens of audio file converters out there, each of which has different features and is designed for different use cases.”