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Turn Your iPad into a Music Box

July 21st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Here’s an exercise in I-did-it-just-to-see-if-I-could-do-it.  A woman has devised a neat little system that involves hand-cranked thingys that turn into


Guest Blog: 14 Artists Affected by the Early Deaths of a Parent

July 21st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

This list came about as the result of an email conversation with reader Marc MacMaster.  He brought up an interesting point about famous musicians being affected by having their parents die when they were still very young.  

To underscore his point, Marc provides this list.  Makes you think, really.

1. Bono: Lost mother when he was 14. Inspired "I Will Follow", and had an impact on "Mofo", "Lemon" and "Out of Control".

2. Larry Mullen Jr: Mother passed when he was 16 (almost 17). This happened about 2 years after the formation of U2. Internet sources claim that he was ready to quit the band after this happened, if it wasn't for Bono convincing him to stay (likely due to his ability to relate to the loss).

3. Dave Matthews: Lost his father at age 10. His biographer claims that this incident has influenced his "carpe-diem"-style lyrics.


This Week’s Top 11 Playlist – 20 July 2012

July 20th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Just as you're heading into the weekend, here are eleven tracks (some old but mostly new) that will hopefully fill your boots to come extent.  Listen using the player below or the Mediazoic player in the right-hand column of the page.  And if you want to see a list of what's involved, it's after the jump.


The Dark Knight Rises “Augmented Soundtrack Experience”

July 20th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

I can't imagine a worse day to release an app like this.  I'll just quote from the press release:

Academy Award® winning composer Hans Zimmer and leading music app developer RjDj have created a groundbreaking new app: The Dark Knight Rises Z+ for iPhone and iPod touch, available now on the App Store.

The app immerses fans in a one-of-a-kind sonic experience that syncs daily life with the sonic world of Gotham City.

Through the use of proprietary audio technology, The Dark Knight Rises Z+ blends Zimmer's evocative score for Christopher Nolan's film with the user's surroundings to create a personal augmented sound experience. 



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