ivideosongs.com: Like GarageBand’s Artist Videos, But First, and No Software Needed

Here’s a novel concept: Provide video tutorials that teach you how to play an instrument and walk you specifically through the technique of a song Make them available as downloads Charge US$4.99 each Get the artists (and producers) involved in the original song Let people hear the original track Break down the song piece by piece so you can learn it Get the artists talking about the inspiration for the song, and what it means Apple pitched these as a new concept in music education in its Macworld keynote. The company calls the videos “a whole new way to help …

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GarageBand ‘09 Details, Including Artist Lessons

Apple has posted the details of GarageBand ‘09. Most of the new improvements are in the form of the new Lessons feature, both built-in “Basic Lessons” and a la carte, $5 “Artist Lessons.” The basic specs: Basic lessons: Included with the program, these teach you the fundamentals of piano and guitar, with side-by-side notation, frets, and graphical representations of where to put your fingers if you’re an absolute beginner. The lessons include video and play-along music with adjustable tempo. Artist lessons (US$4.99): Available separately, the Artist Lessons include one song each, taught to you by the celebrity artist that created …

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Elton John to World: Tear This Internet Down!

All in all, we’re just another blog in the Wall. Ich bin ein Webizen. Celebrity musicians say the darndest things. We’re still reflecting on the layers of meaning in Bob Dylan’s “New records have sound all over them.” And along comes Elton John, to say: Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet… I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. There’s too much technology available. Why we must close the net [The Sun Online, bastion …

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Their Studios: Branson, MO

We continue our look at studios we wish we had by going to . . . Branson, Missouri?! Yes, Branson is now home of the elegant Citywalk Studios. Here’s the good news: you can find out just about everything you need to learn about acoustic treatment from the Auralex website; Citywalk’s builders made use of the acoustic products company’s friendly instructions. You might not use quite the amount of Auralex kit these guys did, but you’ll find a little high-quality acoustic treatment can go a long way. And, of course, it looks great, and I’m guessing is substantially cheaper than …

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04/01: Wing Endorses M-Audio

No . . . not Wings, Wing, one of the hotest vocal artists on the planet. If you haven't heard this Hong Kong native yet (she was recently featured on South Park, a TV show that has launched . . . or re-launched . . . many a pop superstar), you're missing out on incredibly smooth, sultry tones. Velvet fog, indeed. And now M-Audio (a part of Avid) has earned a major endorsement. Sure, M-Audio has scored endorsements from the likes of everyone from Grammy-Winning Black-Eyed Peas to Straight Male Apartment Conversion Theme Song wonders Widelife, but clearly the addition …

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Stewart Copeland on Inside Mac; Setup Described

Stewart Copeland, drummer for The Police and leading film composer (Wall Street, Pecker, many others) as well composer for ballet and opera, talks to Inside Mac Radio's Scott Shepard in an interview posted today. [ Show notes and downloadable MP3 ] Copeland was a keynote speaker at the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, an appearance I wrote up for the February Keyboard Magazine. Copeland's setup isn't all Mac: he uses a PC to run Tascam's Gigastudio sampling software, controlled from his primary G5 tower. He is, however, a longtime user of the Mac-only MOTU Digital Performer, joining other film composers …

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Electronic Music Pioneer Dave Smith

Today on my weekly 'Economy of Scales' segment for Gizmodo, I take a closer look at Dave Smith's new analog/digital-hybrid keyboard. How did Dave earn the "pioneer" title? His background includes co-founding Sequential, makers of the classic Prophet synth, and a leading role in the creation of MIDI, as well as fathering the Korg Wavestation. Further reading: Dave Smith's history, as told through his own Ego Museum Roger Linn and Dave Smith, interview for Red Bull Music Academy Dave Smith, interview with MacMusic Sequential Circuits history at Synthmuseum Prophet 5 resources

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