Music Technology

Gift Card Offer: Shopper’s Drug Mart

Participating Shoppers Drug Mart locations are offering 10% discounts on $50 and $100 iTunes cards until July 24th, 2015. Please consult your local flyer for details.

Neil Young Quits Streaming

Neil Young has posted a statement on Facebook stating that “Streaming has ended for me”.

Apparently the sound quality of the current streaming services has caused him to pull his music from these services.

In another Facebook message he claimed “AM radio kicked streaming’s ass. Analog Cassettes and 8 tracks also kicked streaming’s ass, and absolutely rocked compared to streaming.” But he still has hope in regards to streaming, claiming that he would return if the quality of the sound were improved.

I personally think streaming is o.k but I still prefer listening to my own library of high quality recordings, that i’ve ripped from compact discs at a higher bit rate and stored on a local drive.

Where is GEMM ?

The site has been unaccessible for several days and appears to be down according to several other sites.

The URL remains registered and will only expire in September but I will keep an eye on the situation and post updates on this blog.

Another Interesting Device

Aumeo is a device that one uses to alter and customize the sound of music through one’s headphones.

This lightweight device from Hong Kong is currently being offered through an Indigogo crowd funding campaign, where additional information on the device can be found.

David Barrett Live Tonight in Toronto

Progressive rock guitarist David Barrett will be celebrating the release of his “The Acoustic Guitar Album’ compact disc at Whistler’s McNeil Room tonight in Toronto.

The club is located at 995 Broadview Ave and the doors will open at 7pm. Tickets will be $10, $20 if you want your own copy of the new compact disc. The show begins at 8pm. Click here to view David Barrett’s catalog on iTunes.

Interesting Crowd Funding Campaigns

You’ll notice that from time to time I like to link interesting music related crowdfunding campaigns, either on Kickstarter or Indiegogo. And today I think i’d bump two of them.

The first is actually as accessory item ; A fleece jacket that has hidden pockets for your phone, tablets, portable power banks, etc.

The SCOTTeVEST not only conceals your devices but enables you to run wires through-out the jacket to charge a phone in one pocket from a portable power bank in another pocket. And this jacket also contains a packet that blocks RFIDs, to prevent people from stealing personal data from passports, etc.

You can find more information about this campaign by clicking here.

The second crowd funding campaign I encountered is a piano that teaches people to play.

The Apple MFi-Certified ONE Smart Piano and Light Keyboard are pianos or keyboards that connect to phones and tablets, on which learning software and games can be played.

The piano version is a classic body upright 88 key piano with 3 pedals whilst the keyboard version has 61 LED keys, AUX Output and MP3 speakers. And the included APP has thousands of interactive free sheet music and virtual music lessons.

Details on that campaign can be found by clicking here.