Play Spotify From Your Browser

Spotify have just launched it’s first web based music player, meaning you can log in with your Spotify subscription and access all of your songs and playlists, right from your browser of choice.

The website is still currently in beta, so you are sure to come across a number of bugs. However I have been using it for about an hour now and haven’t had any issues with it. I’m able to log in fine and listen to all the music I had stored on my account from when I was a paid subscriber, which you don’t actually need to be to use this.

You may be able to access the app already by going to play.spotify.com, however you might have to follow this Facebook link to activate it, (don’t worry, you don’t have to log in with Facebook).

Source: LifeHacker

An iMac Touch Would Complete Apple’s Heart & Soul Advert

If you’ve turned on your TV in the last few days, it’s almost inevitable that you have seen Apple’s ‘Heart & Soul’ advert for the iPad Mini. If you haven’t seen it yet, it begins with the normal sized iPad playing part of the tune, and  drags the camera to the right, where you see the new iPad Mini playing another part of the song. The parody above is an example of how good the advert could be if Apple created it with all of their touchscreen products, such as the iPhone, iPod Nano and the fictional ‘iMac Touch’.

Source: Gizmodo

Music and Technology: What does your playlist reveal about you?

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“So, what sort of music do you listen to?” is one of the very first questions that many ask upon meeting someone new. The question echoes throughout many high school and university hallways countless times everyday. It is a common conception that a lot could be deduced from someone’s music preferences. Some relatively recent and interesting science is present to entertain this conception. Two experienced scientists, namely Professor Adrian North and psychologist Sam Gosling, examined the relationship between the music genre one identifies with and certain personality attributes and lifestyle choices. For example, both scientists observed that classical music aficionados are creative, gentle and curious about new things, whereas rockers and heavy metal enthusiasts tend to be athletic and open to new experiences. Admittedly, these scientists have adopted different definitions and categories for music genres and, therefore, they do not see eye to eye on all subjects. Relying on a fresh collation of data by Beluga Analytics, the above infographic works a distinct angle on the issue.

As noted in a recent Mashable post, Beluga’s collation of music and technology usage statistics provides interested parties with fun information on the relationship between an individual’s favorite music genre and his/her technology usage and choices. The infographic above shares some of the interesting findings. The data reveal that a staggering percentage of dance music enthusiasts, seventy percent to be exact, talked about technology in their daily conversations all the time in the last month. For most pop and classical music enthusiasts, on the other hand, technology related subjects did not constitute a significant part of daily conversations. Another interesting observation is that the listeners of Hip Hop music were more prone to watching and downloading movies online. Similar level of passion for online involvement was interestingly absent in the listeners of classical music. The infographic has more interesting anecdotes and is worth a close look.

It would also be very interesting to read whether this correlation extends to computer hardware and tech gadgets choices listeners make. Do classical music lovers go for a plain mono laser printer or a colour laser printer; a wireless mouse or an old school mechanical mouse. Such data collations would definitely be fun fodder for daily conversations.

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Wooden Earphone Organizer

If you listen to a lot of music, then you will be aware that all earphones, no matter the brand, have the ability to tie themselves into knots when your not looking. Okay, that may not be entirely true, but they certainly have a habit of getting tangled, no matter how careful you are.

I’ve seen earphone organizers which try to put an end to this problem, however most of the are packaged with the buds and are made out of a very poor quality plastic.

Luckily today on ETSY I came across this wooden earphone organizer, which looks extremely stylish and compact. The almost $30 price-tag for an accessory which isn’t a necessity can’t really be  justified, however if you have some money burning a whole in your pocket, or the wire tangling issue is getting too much for you, then I would certainly advise you take a look at this.

The Sound of The Avengers

The Avengers, or Avengers Assemble in the UK, has already broken records in cinemas around the world, and has been a huge success in the eyes of critics and viewers too. But not all of the films skill lies in the script and camera work, one of the most amazing things in the blockbuster is the audio, both the music and the sounds used to create the amazing effects.

The video above is a clip of sound mixer Christopher Boyes discussing how he created the sounds used in the final film.

The sound of the Hulk was originally going to be the sounds of several different animals, however changed to become a modified version of the voices of Lou Ferrigno, the original and probably most popular Hulk ever, Mark Ruffalo (Avengers 2012), Boyes himself and the speech of two men from New Zealand.

Boyes also discusses how he created the sounds for hand-to-hand combat, explosions and

Rebecca Black’s Friday Gets a Sequel

Last year, 13 year-old teenager Rebecca Black became a YouTube sensation for all the wrong reasons, after her debut song ‘Friday’ was met with such a poor critical response that the video became a viral meme on the internet.

Patrice Wilson, the guy who is responsible for producing the video as well as writing those comically awful lyrics, has this week released the sequel song to Friday, with the one exception being that it doesn’t star the voice or appearance of Rebecca Black. Nope, instead the main vocals are done by Wilson himself, and a whole lot of auto-tune.

The six minute video begins with Wilson acting out his perspective of the backlash caused by Friday, including taking a humorous view on the weight gain and depression he admits to experiencing.

The actual music begins with Patrice continuing from where Black left off, Saturday. Yep, the entire song is dedicated to Saturday, and being ‘H.A.P.P.Y’.

The song is better than Friday in no doubt, but it still isn’t very good. Luckily as the song has been used as a way to poke fun at his previous work, Wilson probably won’t take the failure of this song to hard. It’s not bad or good enough to go viral.

 

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