KIMT: Mayo Clinic Launching “Carillon Cam” Livestream. “The decision to have the tunes streamed comes as more people are still working from home. People who are no longer in The Med City have also reached out and told Mayo Clinic they miss the sounds from it. Carillonneur Austin Ferguson is super excited to have his music reach more ears.” A carillon is a musical instrument consisting of bronze bells which are “played” with a keyboard. You can learn more about them here.
Input: Scan Band turns your lunch into a playable AR musical instrument. “Artiphon, the company behind novel musical instruments the Orba (which we reviewed last year) and Instrument 1, has made an augmented reality (AR) app called Scan Band that lets users turn objects around them into virtual instruments…. Once a user’s opened Scan Band in Snapchat they can point their cameras at quotidien objects (like food, pets, plants) and they’ll be transformed into AR stickers. They can then bang out sounds on the stickers.”
Glasgow Times: New online database resource tracks fiddle music origins. “A NEW online resource dedicated to finding some of the oldest Scottish fiddle music has launched. The searchable online database, which was created as part of PhD research at the University of Glasgow, will allow users to find original sources of tunes, as well as track information regarding the creators and collectors of the songs.”
The Violin Channel: American Viola Society Creates a Database for Underrepresented Composers. “The goal is to amplify the voices and music that have been overruled by white, Western Euro-centric, male narratives and compositions. Standard repertoire can be re-evaluated and examined through a more culturally inclusive and broad lens. The database information page offers plenty of information to consider when going into programming and performing a piece, or pieces, by a BIPOC composer.” Unfortunately this article doesn’t really get into what the database offers. Allow me to point you toward a September 2020 article in the Daily Wildcat with a more extensive background.
The Guardian: ‘A new obsession’: the people who learned to play instruments during lockdown. “Many people dream of playing the piano or learning the guitar, but what about the Celtic harp? Or the dulcimer? Perhaps the kalimba is more your style. The Guardian has spoken to dozens of people who have used their time in lockdown to fulfil an ambition to make music, with a diverse array of musical instruments being reported.”
Hyperallergic: Listen to the Sounds of an 18,000-year-old Conch. “Music elites better table your ukuleles and unplug your theremins; science is bringing the noise with the newest in niche musical instruments. Or, more accurately, one of the oldest. A massive conch shell, unearthed by archaeologists in 1931 amid the remains of the Upper Paleolithic Marsoulas cave society, has been recently determined to be a musical instrument.”
Google Blog: Music, Makers & Machines. “Music, Makers & Machines, the new exhibit from Google Arts & Culture and YouTube, celebrates the history of electronic music: its inventors, artists, sounds and technology. More than 50 international institutions, record labels, festivals and industry experts have come together to capture the crucial role electronic music plays within wider culture, from the WDR Studio for Electronic Music to Blacktronika to the ‘Diva of the Diodes’ Suzanne Ciani. There are more than 250 online exhibitions, an extensive archive of photos, videos, 360° tours and 3D-scanned objects, including synthesizers and the door of Berlin’s legendary Tresor techno club.”
The Strad: New website displays images of bowed string instruments from all periods of history. “Founded by the researcher Barry Pearce, the Bowed Strings Iconography Project is intended as a historical research tool for musicians, luthiers, bow makers, students, researchers, academics, and teachers. It provides an extensive database of information on sources of bowed string instrument iconography and associated images dating as far back as the 9th century – when bowing is believed to have originated (the earliest iconographic evidence is from c.920-930 CE Iberia).”
Ubergizmo: This AI Playing A Non-Stop Bass Solo Is All Kinds Of Impressive . “Playing a musical solo can be difficult, especially if you’re required to think and improvise on the spot. This is because our brains need to make the connection as to which note that we should go to next, whether or not it’ll sound good, the different rhythms we can apply, and so on. However, it’s a different story when it comes to AI which can think of these things more objectively.”
Geeky Gadgets: Roland TR-808 and TB-303 synthesizers now available in your browser. “A new website… has been created by Yuri Suzuki, in collaboration with Roland, offering a digital musical instrument emulating the sound of the original TR-808 drum machine and TB-303 bass synthesizer, allowing you to play around with the iconic instruments directly from your browser.”
Classic FM: Genius Google tool turns your tuneless humming into a lovely violin solo. “Using your phone or desktop, you can transform any unpolished melody into a violin, saxophone, flute or trumpet solo. And when we say unpolished melody, we literally mean any noise. Honestly, anything.”
Broadway World: Columbus Symphony Unveils Two New Music Education Web Sits For Kids and Teens. “Via an online library of educational videos, students can learn everything from the basics of reading music to the history behind famous orchestral composers. Visitors can view online lessons or get audition tips from a Columbus Symphony musician. Both sites offer the ‘Columbus Symphony Recommends’ page which lists Columbus Symphony concerts featuring their favorite instrument.”
Reuters: Paris pulls out the stops to restore Notre-Dame’s grand organ. “Workers will dismantle its five keyboards, pedalboard and the 109 stop knobs that control airflow to its 8,000 pipes, some as high as 10 metres. The organ which sits under the Gothic cathedral’s huge rose window, was completed in 1867, shortly after the spire, which crashed through the roof during the fire.”
The best online guitar lessons sites and apps 2020: improve with Truefire, JustinGuitar, Fender Play and more (Music Radar)
Music Radar: The best online guitar lessons sites and apps 2020: improve with Truefire, JustinGuitar, Fender Play and more. “There is a cornucopia of online guitar lesson resources to guide our playing, but why not take that a step further and find a structured teaching platform so you can be the best player you can be? With some time on your hands, now could be the moment to start learning a new instrument, or take the next steps in your playing development.”