Will the future of sample clearance be as easy as tagging friends on Facebook?

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When rapper Lil Nas X, the artist behind the viral chart-topper Old Town Road, together with record-label Sony, were sued in July over unauthorised samples in the song Carry On for $25 million, it served as a fresh reminder of the long-standing complications of sample clearance that numerous creators and producers face daily and the […]

Facial recognition at gigs strongly opposed by musicians

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A new campaign to oppose the use of facial recognition tech has been launched by digital rights group Fight For The Future. The campaign has already been supported by artists such as Tom Morello, Thievery Corporation, Gramatik, The Glitch Mob, Amanda Palmer and even Summer Meltdown Festival in Washington state. “Music fans should feel safe […]

Etsy to acquire Reverb.com in deal worth $275 million

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The ‘eBay of music gear’, Reverb.com, has announced that it will be acquired by e-commerce titan Etsy in a deal worth $275 million. Etsy, an online marketplace which grew into the industry leader for buying and selling ‘pre-loved’ fashion and handicraft, is expected to finalise the deal within the next few months. Reverb.com will, however, […]

Neon Captain launches Radiator laser synth on Kickstarter

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Neon Captain has released the Radiator laser synth on Kickstarter. The device doesn’t make any sound of its own, instead offering colourful vector and laser graphics that can be controlled via synth-like components. Radiator is inspired by laserists, the skilled operators behind the live laser shows of the 70s. Conventionally, laserists were tasked with performing […]

Hugh Padgham on how he created the gated-reverb effect and evolving technology

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Hugh Padgham first utilised the effect that would become known as ‘gated reverb’ on Peter Gabriel’s eponymous album (actually on the track Intruder), before more famously applying it to Phil Collins’ Face Value. It was a somewhat accidental birth, working with an SSL desk at Virgin’s London studios meant a compressor and noise gate were […]

Steve Aoki on the world’s best DJs, Tupac as a hologram and the future of production

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When asked to single out the greatest DJ of all time, live-performance addict Steve Aoki offers this: “I don’t know if you can call them DJs, but Daft Punk are my greatest electronic artist of all time.” Describing their iconic Alive 2006/2007 tour which saw the French duo going full robot atop a Tron-inspired pyramid, […]

All you need to know about the 2019 International Music Education Summit

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Kicking off this Thursday (13 June), the 2019 International Music Education Summit is a three-day online professional development conference for music educators all over the world. At the Summit, leading educators will present innovative projects and share successful learning approaches. There will be interactive sessions, panel discussions, tech demos, live performances and even networking opportunities […]