Rails Rumble is a 48-hour hackathon for folks all over the world using Ruby on Rails and related frameworks to create web applications. 500 teams participate and, over a course of 48 hours, code their way to a web app. There were numerous music entries though none of them made it into the top 10. Most but not all are listed in the Music category. Here are the 12 most focused on music in alphabetical order:
Ambience – “Makes it easy for venues to play background music [and give you a say] – you simply register with a venue name and email, and we take care of the rest.”
Crowdly Sound – “Creating music around the world.”
Encore! – “A personal journal system for live events.”
Garage – “A community for musicians, bands and music lovers to get together and share their love.”
List Me – “Create and share lists of your top five music albums.”
Mind Peace – “This is an effort to allow people to spend few minutes and relax their mind and body by using power of classical music.”
MMGC – “Find movie, game and music covers.”
Musical Battle – “A game where you can create a playlist and challenge your opponents, two playlists will battle for votes in a limited time, the most voted is the winner!”
Songabilly – “Songabilly is our version of…a TV show where people have just a fixed amount of time to listen to a number of tracks and guess as many songs as they can.”
timeTune – “Music timeline. Albums visualization. Search your favourite bands easily.”
Trackcha – “Takes any YouTube or Vimeo video and magically finds out what songs are playing in it. Then it suggests to follow iTunes store to buy them.”
WhereToSing – “A tailored search engine for nearest Karaoke places around you or a cheapest one.”
In this podcast, Billboard writer Kerri Mason talks about the rise of EDM to prominence over the last few years and how it has changed the musical and business landscape. Mason is recognized as one of the leading experts on the business of EDM — she has written features on major EDM festivals, Baauer and his rise to the top of the Billboard charts, and Robert FX Sillerman’s world domination attempts. They discuss the continued investment in EDM and whether or not there is a bubble. Definitely worth a listen…
French synth-makers Arturia have unveiled their latest piece of hardware, the MicroBrute. It’s based on its big brother MiniBute, but scales down some of the features into a smaller package. It is a 100% analogue monophonic synthesizer with a two-octave keyboard that comes with most of the same features as the MiniBrute. Some of its standout features include the Steiner-Parker Multimode Filter (LP, BP, HP), Brute Factor™ delivering saturation and rich harmonics, and a step sequencer.
It will begin shipping in November and comes with a proce tage of $349 USD. Check out their promo video to get a better look.
Machinedrum (aka Travis Stewart) has been pumping out forward-thinking bass music for quite some time now. He recently released his latest album Vapor City (on Ninja Tune) and it is arguably his most ambitious project to date. He recently made a podcast/mix for Resident Advisor where he blends all of his influences from footwork to jungle to DnB. I highly suggest you check it out here (you’ll need to login to RA to download the .mp3).
Following in the vain of Rustie and Hudson Mohawk, Ganz (Netherlands) brings his remix of “Shoulda Known” by Louis Futon (Philadelphia). Pitched vocal samples with filtered sparkling chords builds into a feel-good banger that works as both a dancefloor starter as well as a lean-back head bobber.
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Google finally announced it’s entry into the world of subscription music. Borrowing from both Spotify and Pandora, you’ll get access for $9.99 per month. Nothing new here folks, but a natural extension of Google’s already extensive stranglehold on the internet.
Kaytranada is a young artist from Montreal who has been lighting it up over the past 6 months. He’s done remixes of Janet Jackson, TLC, and Danny Brown and is definitely on my watch list. Check out this mix that he did for Scion, you won’t be disappointed…
Do you like Infographics? Do you like music? Then this is the picture for you. The folks over at The Music Bed have created this slick looking chart to give a snapshot of how we consume music.
Hailing from Baltimore, MD, Los is a force to be reckoned with. His recent signing with Bad Boy Records has shone the spotlight in his direction and his latest mixtape Becoming King shows us why. Featuring guest spots from Wiz Khalifa, Diddy, and Ludacris, this is a must have for anyone listening to hip hop.
British Duo Mount Kimbie recently announced that their forthcoming album Cold Spring Fault Less would include two songs from 18 year old British singer King Krule. Well, they have given us the first taste of the album with the track “You Took Your Time”. The laid back beats combined with King Krule’s smooth vocals make this track a must-listen.
Red Bull Music Academy Lecture
The RBMA puts on some great shows and hosts some great lectures. Case-in-point, the latest in their lecture series featuring Todd Edwards. If you have an 90 minutes to kill listening to the him talk about his influences, the differences between house and garage, as well as several other topics, give this a spin.
Remember Cassie? She had an album in 2006, did some collaborations with Lil Wayne, Diddy, and Akon, but didn’t do much else. Well, last month she released a new mixtape, RockaByeBaby and it’s pretty spectacular. Check out the first video from her latest release, “Paradise feat. Wiz Khalifa”.
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