Joshua Tree to the Power of Three

There is a saying, “Good Things Come In Threes”. The power of three was my revelation today. My first Joshua Tree interaction was today’s Momentum backdrop in the Google Chrome Browser. The second interaction was notification of the online tickets sale for the U2 Joshua Tree Tour. I flashed on how my son and I had seen the U2 2001 Elevation Tour which kicked off my attending 300+ concerts in 15 subsequent years. The third Joshua Tree interaction was to discover Childish Gambino’s collaboration with Microsoft in the desert.

I have to say what Childish Gambino, Microsoft, and Wolf + Rothstein have accomplished together is totally compelling. It will become my entrance ramp into Virtual Reality. The Microsoft Music x Technology ushers in the interactive, VR, immersive entertainment experience. I urge you to download the Pharos.Earth iPhone/Android app and if you don’t have a mobile VR headset, plug headphones into your smart phone for the fullest immersion. It is a 360 app that takes you to the Joshua Tree at night to witness Childish Gambino and his band performing “Me and Your Mama” Live. I loved holding my iPhone 6 listening through Beats headphones staring up at the stars in the Desert Sky.

Visit the Microsoft News page to learn more about how this innovative collaboration project innovates through artist and fan with audio/visual immersion.   As a music technologist, I am encouraged by what the Microsoft Music X Team is accomplishing.

I am interested in Childish Gambino’s Vinyl edition Box Set of Awaken, My Love for it contains:
exclusive booklet
-2 180 gram 45 RPM LPs
– a Virtual Reality headset
instructions to get access to exclusive virtual reality live performances from the PHAROS Experience

Told you this was the year of Vinyl 😉

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Journal of Music and Audio – Copper Webzine

PS Audio in Boulder, Colorado has launched a fun and informative webzine called Copper. It is a free biweekly publication dedicated to high-end audio enthusiasts. Once upon a time I owned a high-end separates audio system. I wish I still had that setup with the surge in the vinyl media in my music collection.

Download an issue and see what I mean.

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Intel INMUSIC and the House of Gaga

The music technologist inside me is thrilled to see Intel entering into a multi-year partnership with The Recording Academy. The use of 3D Facial Projection Technique at the beginning of Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie was innovative and compelling to experience.

Intel and the House of Gaga, have I believe, begun a mutual journey of expanding the vision of how technology will revolutionize live music. I envision greater collaborative efforts in the future which is what music needs to reach that next dimension of appreciation.

Bravo, Intel, House of Gaga and The Recording Academy, you have founded the new formula of creative, innovative excellence. We can’t wait to experience what you have in store for us next and beyond.

My Sunday Audio Technology Binge

What could be finer than binging on the 12 audio CD box set, Otis Redding, Soul Manifesto: 1964-1970

The collection features the eight studio and live albums that Redding recorded between 1964 and 1967, as well as several essential posthumous sets.

The King of Soul’s box set gives me the opportunity to test the Spotify on Chromecast (2.0) solution. There are several features I am really liking such as an effortless find of the Google Chromecast device on the home wireless network (Connect to a device option).  Then the pairing with the Spotify Web app which instinctively knows I have used the Apple iPhone Spotify app to connect to the device. (The Spotify device icon states, “You are playing from: Chromecast”, a nice pairing…The audio is smooth at a dedicated 5GB throughput through Chromecast to the SONY Blu-Ray 7.1 Home Theatre sound system.

Bet you thought I was going to reveal my device network….not…..

I’ve been listening to Otis my man from the first track until the Mets World Series game tonight. Wonder how far I’ll get 😉

Part II of this audio binge (next chance I get) will be with Tidal HiFi, Google Chromecast and the Sony Blu-Ray system. The audio fidelity is much better that way 🙂

Hope For The Future By Sir Paul McCartney Out Now On Vinyl

Sir Paul McCartney is a creative music genius when it comes to technology expression. His willingness to take collaborative risks with unique artists and entertainment alternatives keeps him ever-present. Sir Paul McCartney is blessed with multiple expressive artistic outlets, songwriting, painting and a sharp command of technical expression.

Sir Paul McCartney has performed with such luminary artists as Nirvana, Kanye West and now has released “Hope For The Future” on 12″ vinyl. The song was written by Paul for the record-breaking video game ‘Destiny’ from Bungie, Inc.(Activision).

The vinyl tracklisting is as follows:

SIDE A:
A1) Hope For The Future (Main)
A2) Hope For The Future (Thrash)
A3) Hope For The Future (Mirwais Mix)

SIDE B:
B1) Hope For The Future (Beatsession Mix)
B2) Hope For The Future (Jaded Mix)

The vinyl also comes with a download card featuring all five tracks.

Moonalice Interview: Music Technology and Art With Roger McNamee

Moonalice Interview: Music Technology and Art Discussion with Roger McNamee

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Moonalice continues their 2014 East Coast Tour this week. The band will be performing concerts in Connecticut and New York. I urge you if you are in the vicinity of any of these events to come out and see Moonalice perform live.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Fairfield, C.T., StageOne

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014, New York City, N.Y., The Cutting Room

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Thursday July 31, 2014, Norfolk, C.T., Infinity Music Hall

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I had a 75-minute Web discussion with Roger McNamee last week. I am providing “teaser” highlights of the interview that further explains Moonalice’s command of music technology. The next intent is to publish the “entire interview” along with the Moonalice Infinity Music Hall July 31st concert review at the end of the week.

It was my sincere hope that Roger McNamee and I would mesh as music technologists and rock music poster fans. When you read the interview Q&A I’m proud to say that goal was met. Roger is an affable person who openly shared his love for music, people, society and art throughout our conversation.

Question 1: Does Moonalice plan to make recordings available in high-resolution audio for Neil Young‘s PonoMusic?

Roger: It’s a great question. When we did our first album, Moonalice with T Bone Burnett the answer was an emphatic Yes! We recorded it on an optimized audio DVD with the music in high-resolution stereo 24/96 WAV. The expectation was that you had a mega DVD which had images that went by while you were listening to it, etc. As it turned out T Bone Burnett was nominated for a Grammy as Producer of the Year for our album and T Bone Burnett’s recording. His pioneering work with packaging, high-resolution and high-end masters gained him that recognition. (The album was produced using XOΔE (CODE), a high fidelity audio standard and optimization system created by Producer Burnett.)  

We’re very focused on high-definition video, 1080p and we embed the audio into the video so the high-resolution audio is there. When we got started T Bone, Bono and I were working on a project designed to help artists in a very meaningful way. The first album started us on this commitment with what I knew about technology and anything that came along to see what we could do with it. This notion where we can produce live concert videos at 10% of normal cost was really exciting, the math starts to be pretty interesting.

Can I just tip my hat to you? You are the first person to ask me about high-definition audio and its significance in at least five years.

Questions 2: What is the next technological achievement that you seek to achieve with Moonalice?

We’re more likely to do vinyl before we do another experiment in high-resolution audio. Within our fan base there is a really serious market for vinyl. I believe oddly enough a larger percentage of our fans would be interested in ultra high-definition audio if we could figure out how to deliver it. (We discussed Neil Young and PonoMusic at length which I will include in the full Web audio interview.)

Question 3: I wanted to ask if you would give more information about the Haight Street Art Center?

We created the Haight Street Art Center, okay. The reason you can’t find any information about it is because we haven’t said anything. But I’m really happy to talk about it. The original notion is that I am somebody who has always loved studio art. I always loved poster art from the first time I saw it in the sixties. When I moved to San Francisco in the seventies I had no money at all. But posters weren’t expensive in those days you could get one for $15, a first printing was $25, I could afford that.

T Bone told us we should be part of the San Francisco psychedelic roots ethos. I suggested we should be doing rock poster art. I spoke with Chris Shaw, a natural leader with great organizational skills about how can we create posters for the band. Chris then helped us produce a poster for every show, 100 posters a year and we’re up to 735 different posters now. Wow!

We’ve now had 24 posters artists do posters for us, at least half get 50-100% of their income from that poster art. The problem became how do we get their poster art to be appreciated as fine art and put them in a position to make fine art.

What I realized is that we had to move from doing mass volume posters in offset printing to make great screen art and lithographs. What really came together was that we needed a museum, promotional infrastructure and printing capabilities. The Haight Street Art Center becomes that reality. (There is more to this benevolent art story which I will share later this week.)

whyd, “A Human Pandora”, Really?

Been reading recent ink on whyd, a social record collection. They have an iPhone App available here.

whyd’s goal is to be a “Human Pandora “, which allows people to discover new music that they wouldn’t have found out about otherwise.

As a music connoisseur I’m resistant when it comes to someone “picking my music for me”. I rejected BeatsMusic as a music service because their music curation method presented itself like progressive FM disk jockey playlist, all filler no substance…

I consider myself a crate digger. I will happily comb through vinyl record crates for new music. In addition I search extensively through music magazine Web sites such as Rolling Stone, Uncut, MOJO Magazine, Paste, etc. for music recommendations.

Don’t get me wrong I’m open to human curation. I think we can benefit from another person’s music explorations, choices and playlist builds.

I keep expecting to see Spotify with their acquisition of The Echo Nest evidence “intelligent” software curation in the Spotify application.

I just installed the whyd app today so I don’t have enough time in service to comment on its capabilities yet. I will follow-up at a later time with a technical assessment of whyd.