UNF Spinnaker: A new way for college students to share and listen to music. “Streaming music has become a very popular way to listen to music. If you’re a [University of North Florida] student who’s looking to showcase your music or are interested in discovering local artists who are also students, look no further than Quadio. Quadio is a social media music platform college students can now use to get their music out to a wider audience.”
The Verge: This website creates karaoke song versions of any YouTube video. “If you’ve ever tried and failed to find your favorite song in a karaoke song book, you’ll have better luck on Youka, a free website that creates karaoke songs out of any YouTube video. Youka, short for ‘YouTube to karaoke,’ isolates vocals from tracks and pulls lyrics from sites online.”
Artforum: New York Public Library Acquires Archive of Sound Art Pioneer Maryanne Amacher. “The Brooklyn-based nonprofit Blank Forms has announced the formation of the Maryanne Amacher Foundation and the donation of the American composer and sound artist’s archives to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The material, which was assembled shortly before Amacher’s death in 2009, includes more than one-thousand reel-to-reel tapes, a collection of writings, annotated drafts, project notes, performance materials, concert posters, and ephemera as well as some custom-made electronic music tools, which will be cared for by the foundation.”
Hypebot: Every Possible Melody Has Been Copyrighted, Stored On A Single Hard Drive. “In a unique effort to combat the high volume of dubious lawsuits flying back and forth in the music industry today, on team of musicians has recorded every possible melody onto a single hard drive, and then put each melody in the public domain.”
Geekologie: A Website Where An Artificial Intelligence System Will Write Song Lyrics About Your Topic Of Choice. “These Lyrics Do Not Exist is a website connected to an artificial intelligence system that will write song lyrics about your topic of choice. You just enter that topic (or a person’s name), choose a style of music from country, metal, rock, pop, EDM, or rap, and whether you want the tone of the song to be very sad, sad, neutral, happy, or very happy.” Not going to admit how long I spent here generating pop songs with my husband’s name in them.
CNN: How TikTok became a hitmaker for the music industry. “During the 1980’s, artist Matthew Wilder composed a song in about 30 minutes. That song, ‘Break My Stride,’ has been featured in films and commercials over the years and turned him into a one-hit wonder. Now, nearly four decades later, the song is gaining relevance for listeners who weren’t even born when it was first released, thanks to its popularity on an unexpected platform: TikTok.” I was watching a compilation of Art TikToks the other day and thinking, “Why are they playing this random 80s song?”
KHON: Creative couple comes together to create Hawaiian-language themed cartoon. “A creative couple used their family as inspiration for a passion project that teaches kids about island culture. Mom is a singer, dad a graphic designer. They merged their creativity to create a labor of love: Makaʻiwa Keiki.” It’s a YouTube channel to teach kids Hawaiian language. I can easily imagine absentmindedly singing the counting to ten song, but I’ll have to play the ʻHead-Shoulders-Knees-and-Toesʻ Song at quarter-speed to learn to say “toes.”