• Automatic Apps Could Save Lives, But Are Still Kind of Creepy

    By Jason Epstein If the financial and logistical cost of outfitting every audible alarm with a visual detector for the deaf (and vice versa for the blind) wasn’t somewhere beyond astronomical and impossible, the world would be doing right by our disabled brothers and sisters. But until that happens, we turn to apps that automatically
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  • Coachella Upgrades with Apple’s iBeacon Technology

    By Carolyn Heneghan Coachella has announced that it will bring some of the latest in Apple technology to its festival attendees: iBeacon. The iBeacon is a small device that communicates with iPhones via Bluetooth to deliver proximity-based information, navigation, and notifications. On the official Coachella app, an update on April 9th says, “Enable On-site iBeacon notifications
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  • Red Bull Music Academy Festival 2014 Preview

    By Briana Cheng  It all began 15 years ago in a backyard of a Berlin warehouse, and now in 2014, Red Bull Music Academy is returning to New York with a month-long festival in May. RBMA was in New York City just last year, with its prestigious production academy, hosting workshops for a select group
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  • Sonos and Google Play Nice

    By Jason Epstein Owners of Sonos wireless speakers are typically a proud bunch who tout its excellent sound quality and app-integration.  And there’s good news for them – Google Play and Sonos are finally starting to play nice with each other.  Now you can open Google Play Music and stream it to your Sonos speaker
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  • The Four Finalists of the Moogfest Circuit Bending Challenge

    Now in its 4th year, Moogfest presents the Circuit Bending Challenge, which invites engineers to hack everyday objects to create new instruments. Sponsored by MAKE Magazine, the contest has whittled down to four finalists, whose inventions have been selected by a panel of judges, including Mark Frauenfelder (MAKE Magazine), Ryan Germick (Google), Amos Gaynes (Moog Music), and Andy Huges (Moog Music).
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The Four Finalists of the Moogfest Circuit Bending Challenge

Events, News SoundCtrl April 15, 2014

Now in its 4th year, Moogfest presents the Circuit Bending Challenge, which invites engineers to hack everyday objects to create new instruments. Sponsored by MAKE Magazine, the contest has whittled down to four finalists, whose inventions have been selected by a panel of judges, including Mark Frauenfelder (MAKE Magazine), Ryan Germick (Google), Amos Gaynes (Moog Music), and Andy Huges (Moog Music).

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John Luther Adams Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Live Music, News SoundCtrl April 15, 2014

The nearly century-old Pulitzer prizes honor achievement in journalism, books, drama, and music. This year’s music winner, John Luther Adams, is an Alaska-based composer whose orchestral work “Become Ocean” was commissioned by the Seattle Symphony, inspired by the waters of the Pacific Northwest. The piece, which is written for an exceptionally large orchestra (including four

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Sonos and Google Play Nice

Discovery, Mobile & Tablet, News, Top 5 SoundCtrl April 14, 2014

By Jason Epstein Owners of Sonos wireless speakers are typically a proud bunch who tout its excellent sound quality and app-integration.  And there’s good news for them – Google Play and Sonos are finally starting to play nice with each other.  Now you can open Google Play Music and stream it to your Sonos speaker

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Red Bull Music Academy Festival 2014 Preview

Discovery, Events, Live Music, News, Top 5 SoundCtrl April 11, 2014

By Briana Cheng  It all began 15 years ago in a backyard of a Berlin warehouse, and now in 2014, Red Bull Music Academy is returning to New York with a month-long festival in May. RBMA was in New York City just last year, with its prestigious production academy, hosting workshops for a select group

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Coachella Upgrades with Apple’s iBeacon Technology

Discovery, Events, Live Music, Mobile & Tablet, News SoundCtrl April 10, 2014

By Carolyn Heneghan Coachella has announced that it will bring some of the latest in Apple technology to its festival attendees: iBeacon. The iBeacon is a small device that communicates with iPhones via Bluetooth to deliver proximity-based information, navigation, and notifications. On the official Coachella app, an update on April 9th says, “Enable On-site iBeacon notifications

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Arturia Brings Audiobus 2 to iSEM Synth App

Artist Support, Mobile & Tablet, News, Top 5 SoundCtrl April 9, 2014

By Ruben Lone Now that Audiobus has announced its newest update, allowing inter-app presets to be saved and recalled, soft and hardware instrument maker Arturia has adopted the new technology for its iSEM mobile synth. Made specifically for iPad, iSEM is an impressive digital reconstruction of Oberheim’s 1974 SEM synthesizer. Praise for the device’s accurate

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