New York Times: A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Into Podcasts. “As a content-obsessed millennial, I have made podcasts part of my daily routine for years. I listen while commuting, cooking, running errands, putting away laundry, washing dishes or during any relatively mindless activity that can be done while wearing wireless headphones. My bond with podcasts is so cemented that it comes as a shock when someone I meet at a party — or someone in my family, or a friend I thought I knew — tells me that they, in the year 2019, do not listen to podcasts. And never have. And don’t really get what it’s all about. And, worse, don’t quite know how to start.”
IBC: Google leads fight against fake audio. “Google has released thousands of phrases spoken by its text-to-speech technology as part of a challenge to researchers from around the world to combat fake audio.”
MakeUseOf: 5 Sites to Download Free and Copyright-Free Music for YouTube Videos. “Don’t post a video on YouTube with background music from a copyrighted source. It’s probably going to be taken down. Instead, get free and royalty-free music from one of these sites.” Of course, even if it is public domain, YouTube might flag it anyway.
Recording Academy: Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Names Research And Preservation Grant Winners. “The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has announced the recipients of their Research And Preservation Grant Program, established to continue the cultural understanding of Latin Music and its history.”
Dani Gal has created quite a collection of spoken-word political vinyl records at https://historical-records.com/ . From the about page: “Historical Records is an ongoing project of collectin commercially released vinyl records that document political events of the twentieth century. The collection contains over 700 LP’s of speeches and interviews of those who were in power and others who objected this power, of wars and peace agreements, human rights struggles and other radio broadcasts, of the events that shaped history from the invention of the phonograph to the fall of the Berlin wall.” Worst timesink I’e seen in a loooong time….
The Verge: Dolby made a secret app for recording studio quality audio on your phone. “Dolby has been quietly testing a new mobile app for recording and cleaning up audio under the codename ‘234,’ as first spotted by TechCrunch. The app, which was available through a website sign-up form, lets you record audio (a la Voice Notes), cancels background noise, and then apply presets, with names like ‘Amped,’ ‘Thump,’ and “Bright,” to theoretically make your recordings sound more professional.”
Digital Trends: How to add music to Instagram videos. “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes you need more than just a photo to stand out in a sea of well-crafted Instagram posts. If you want to grab the attention of your followers before they scroll past your post, some catchy music might be all you need.”