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SoundCloud Allegedly Doesn’t Have Enough Money To Survive Past 80 Days

Reports have begun surfacing that SoundCloud may truly be on its last leg.

Truth be told, things haven’t looked well for the streaming company for the entirety of 2017. Despite still being hugely popular and ahead of its competitors as far as some of its offerings go, the company has had financial problems for years now and they have only been getting worse. This resulted in 40 percent of its staff getting laid off last week and statements from its founders that it may not have enough money to see it through the year.

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Behind the Fake News: The mp3 Is NOT Dead, It’s More Alive Than Ever

In the past few weeks you have likely read several articles, or at least headlines, proclaiming that the mp3 format is dead or will die soon. Some of these even came from authoritative sources in terms of music and technology, leading many to blindly believe that the death of mp3 was in fact real, and leaving many others to wonder what would happen as a result.

Resident Advisor stated that the “era of mp3 is over,” while those at Fossbytes announced that the “mp3 format is officially dead,”  and elsewhere at Gizmodo they announced that “developers of mp3 have officially killed it.” All these headlines, just like the countless others who followed suit with the hasty announcement, rushed to declare the death of the most popular audio compression format in circulation without examining all the facts. Interestingly enough it appears that they all regurgitated the same sensationalistic headline without properly reading the original statement of the Fraunhofer Institute and, above all, without confronting it against the sheer reality of the mp3’s role in today’s technologic world.

First of all, let’s examine what really happened: the only recent news, if we can really call it such since it’s been known for years, is that the latest American patents related to the mp3 format expired on April 16th, while in Europe they had all expired by the end of 2012. A few days later, on the 23rd of April, the Fraunhofer Institute, the former patent holder, published an official press release according to which the license for the mp3 format will be closed as the institute focuses its efforts on the AAC format.

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SoundCloud’s Strange Sex Bot Spam Market

If you’re a SoundCloud user it’s likely you’ve been at the receiving end of some peculiar sexual advances via the platform’s private message system.

Are they real people or are they just bot messages? Does anyone actually click the links? How much money do they make? These are just some of the questions you may have asked yourself after receiving a few of these strange messages.

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Rebekah Hits Back To Accusations That She Is Faking Her DJ Sets

Another weekend has gone by and here we are again having to witness an artist having to provide rebuttals for accusations that they are faking their DJ sets.

While it’s not clear if the nature of the accusations are sexist in nature, we cannot deny that we have not seen it all before with Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna, Nastia and others: the mansplaining and sexist comments of hundreds if not thousands who are quick to get to a keyboard to accuse female artists of not producing their own tracks or faking their DJ sets. This week it was the turn of Rebekah, and it wasn’t the first time she has had to defend herself either.

The British techno producer and DJ, who is in the midst of her Fear Paralysis Album Tour which sees her play live hybrid sets all over Europe and North America, had to take to her Facebook profile to fend off accusations of fake DJ sets. “So yet again it’s been brought to my attention that people think that I am fake djing in my sets. Firstly I will explain yet again that I play with Traktor with four channels open, to do this they are all beat gridded and synced, yes I use sync because I would rather spend time doing more interesting things like layering and quickly switching between tracks than beat matching, anyone says shit about this I will block you,” she began, before diving into a more in-depth explanation, complete with live video recording, exposing the lies behind the accusations received.

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Wheel: A Record Player Without Needle

A record player without needle? It’s 2017 and it seems like even that is possible, as Wheel introduces a minimalistic record player devoid of an external needle arm.

Truth be told, the Wheel player that is being manufactured by Miniot doesn’t look much like a record player at all. Its simplistic approach means that there are no extremities or components beside the base the record sits on.

How does the record play then? Wheel has explained that the vinyl is able to be played thanks to an “invisible” needle that sits below the record, allowing for the vinyl to be exposed with no obstruction. The Wheel can also be hung vertically on a wall as decoration, and can be played while in this position also.

The Wheel will retail for a not-so-modest price of $850 / £806, although those backing the Kickstarter campaign can benefit from a 30% discount. Nearly $160,000 has been pledged thus far, surpassing the original $53,000 goal by leaps and bounds.

 

 

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Why You Should Stop CDJ Shaming (A Message to Vinyl Purists)

 

It seems that the prevalence of CDJ shaming is a direct result of the rise of vinyl-exclusive DJs.

Hey, I incredibly enjoy an all vinyl set when it comes around, but to those who negatively label CDJ users as talentless laypersons are completely missing the point.

Technology has directly revolutionized the dance music community, especially with regards to accessibility, capability, and creativity when it comes becoming and being a DJ in today’s world.

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Introducing KADO: Your Own Personal DJ Assistant

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It can be hard for traveling DJs or even those in a city’s local scene to find time to fit everything they need to get done in one day. We have covered good advice on how to make more time to get into the studio and how to be more productive once in it, but what about the lengthy and arduous task of sorting through countless new releases to discover the music you should be playing in your gigs?

Two former Google and Twitter employees with a penchant for DJing have teamed up with one of electronic music’s most respected experts on DJ technology to create a new application for DJs. Called KADO, the app aims to ease the life of DJs by providing intelligent recommendations of tracks that they might want to play out there.

KADO sifts through information from over 200,000 DJ sets (a number that will keep on growing) to formulate personalized recommendations based on what DJs with similar sounds are playing.

“We want you to spend more time DJing and less time searching,” says KADO co-founder AJ Asver, a DJ who left Google to focus on music technology. “Give KADO a starting track and it will show you highly curated tracks based on what other DJs like to play next.”

As we continue to see the rise of vinyl’s popularity once again, KADO borrows the concept of a personal DJ assistant from the heydays of record store buying. A good record store has clerks who would get to know customer’s taste and have music set aside just for them, able to carefully select gems for that individual DJ. As technology advances, KADO is bringing back that very same spirit in digital form, analyzing your current music library, playing behavior, artist similarity, taste preferences and more, juxtaposing this information with actual DJ sets around the world to create individualized suggestions for you and you only.

How does it work?

1.     DROP a track into the app – KADO will match it against its library of millions of tracks and sets.

2.     DISCOVER what other DJs played after or before your track – analyzing over 200,000 DJ sets and filtering them based on your own tastes.

3.     DIG into results – find tracks or remixes by artists and labels that are being played by other DJs based on your preferences.

4.     ADD tracks to your crate or download them – KADO links you directly to purchase tracks within the app, continually learning from the music you choose to crate

KADO’s founders are fast to point out that the app doesn’t seek to completely replace the track digging process, but to make it slightly easier and less time consuming so that DJs can focus on playing and producing music with the time freed up by the app’s use.

“Our mission is to make the world dance more”, says KADO co-founder Rob McQueen, previously an engineer at Twitter. “We believe KADO will inspire DJs to play because they are getting better quality music from far less prep time.

Ean Golden, KADO’s product designer, saw the need for a proper discovery tool designed by DJs.

“Every day thousands of new tracks are released, and it’s impossible to stay on top of a growing collection without spending countless hours every week,” Golden says. “We solve the problem by suggesting great music other DJs are already playing and then custom tailor those results to fit your music style. It’s everyone’s favorite record store clerk, available 24-7, with the intelligence factor turned up to 11.”

You can sign up for KADO directly on their website.

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Roland Commemorates 909 Day with Release of More Than 30 New Products

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The big day is finally here: 909 Day. And Roland, the company behind the iconic and genre-defying TR-808 and 909 drum machines, is set to commemorate the 33rd Anniversary of the 909 with a ground-breaking and innovative event: a globe-wide initiative lasting a full 24 hours on September 9th (today), and taking place in eight cities with more than 30 new products debuting via live streaming demos and artist performances.

The event is so unique and iconic that Roland has dubbed it a “24-hour music festival,” aiming to redefine the future of its brand by fusing liveliness and diversity.

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Is Apple Going To Block iPhones from Recording Live Concerts?

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Is it ok to spend time at a club, festival or concert with your phone in the air, taking constant pictures and videos of what’s happening on stage or behind the decks? People are divided on the subject, with some thinking that such use of cellphones disrupts the atmosphere (and views) at a show, while others think it’s their prerogative to do what they want for a show they paid money to attend.

But what if that prerogative didn’t exist? That may be the case soon with the latest patent awarded to Apple! The technology would allow Apple to activate specific data transmission protocols in conjunction with partnering venues to ensure that your iPhone camera is blocked from taking pictures and videos when held up to the stage. In order to do this, it will tap into infrared technology to ensure that the camera is not functioning solely when pointed to designated areas.

Although the patent was last re-filed in 2014, it was originally first awarded in 2011 despite no specific plans to introduce the technology into upcoming generations of iPhones.

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According to FACT, the technology could have other uses too. Immediately it becomes obvious that it could be used to prevent the illegal filming of films in movie theaters, as well as photography in sensitive locations.

The technology could also be used for augmented reality purposes. As an example, the phone could be held in front of exhibits at a museum or art galleries, immediately becoming the recipient of applicable information via infrared on the item being featured.

Needless to say, as the patent belongs to Apple, this technology shouldn’t prevent Android users from taking advantage of their smart phone cameras when out at their favorite show.

Watch Richie Hawtin Debut the Play Differently Mixer on Boiler Room

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Earlier this year Richie Hawtin announced Play Differently, an event concept and mixer curated by Hawtin and his colleagues. Since the initial announcement, Richie Hawtin has teased the community with videos and pictures of the mixer, although they really don’t reveal much. The wait to finally see the Play Differently mixer is over, with an official launch and live stream occurring Tuesday May 3, courtesy of Boiler Room Berlin.

Running from 8:00PM-1:00AM CET, Boiler Room will broadcast sets from Chris Liebing, Dubfire, Ellen Allien, Hito, Fabio Florido, Joseph Capriati, La Fleur, Chambray, Whyt Noyz, and of course, Richie Hawtin.

The stream is now LIVE!

 


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For more information on Play Differently, visit the official website

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