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Streaming Music Services, From Most Screwed to Least Screwed

SoundCloud is fucked. On Thursday, the streaming music service mostly known as a place to hear podcasts and remixes from unknown DJs confirmed that it had taken $70 million (£56 million) in debt funding—basically a loan from various investors—in order to stay in business. Read More >>

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Your Favourite Music App Has Higher Quality Audio Than You Think

Chances are you’ve signed up to at least one streaming service—but are you making the most of the best-quality music on offer? A quick audit of your apps can boost both streaming and downloaded bit-rates, so you’re always assured of the highest fidelity audio flowing through your pricy headphones to your eardrums. Which means you hear more of the music and a little less of the noise that can accompany lower quality music files. Read More >>

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This Is Where All of Daft Punk’s Impossibly Catchy Samples Come From

Have you ever found yourself listening to some classic 70s funk, rock, or disco and suddenly recognised a portion of the song you swear you’ve heard elsewhere? As YouTube’s Daftworld reveals, it was probably in a Daft Punk track, given the duo’s almost bizarrely impressive ability to turn classic samples into electro hits. Read More >>

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All the Instruments In This Excellent Rock Band Are Played by Actual Rocks

Last year, artist Neil Mendoza turned a hamster running in a wheel into a talented sketch artist. This year he’s pulled off an even more amazing feat by turning inanimate rocks into a talented (literal) rock band that plays a surprisingly decent cover of The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.” Read More >>

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This Scrolling Storybook is Also Playing Its Own Fantastic Soundtrack

The stories Mari Lesteberg tells won’t put her on the New York Times’ bestseller list, but that doesn’t make them any less fantastic. Watching her simple side-scrolling tale of a little girl venturing into a dark cave isn’t terribly exciting, until you realise the artwork is actually playing the accompanying soundtrack using the tiny piano on the far left. Read More >>

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Guitar Hero Is Now a Yu-Gi-Oh-Style Card Game For Aspiring DJs

Harmonix is best known for video games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and cluttering up your living room with fake plastic instruments. Its next music game, however, trades guitars and drum sets for collectible cards that has aspiring DJs competing to remix songs — like playing Yu-Gi-Oh in the club. Read More >>

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This Piano-Playing Computer Makes Me Feel Less Lonely But Also Really Weird Inside

Most people, with the exception of those who live beneath the subway grates and Ted Cruz, don’t like to be alone for too long. We need — nay, crave — the attention of others. When that attention comes from an intelligent piano-playing machine, however, shit gets weird. Read More >>

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This Tiny Paper Organ Deserves Its Own Jam Band

A pipe organ can cost more than £150,000 and weigh thousands of pounds. Not this instrument. The paper organ built by master craftsman Aliaksei Zholner costs and weights only a fraction of that — and it works just like the real thing. Read More >>

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Prince’s Music is Coming to Spotify

As of Sunday 12th February, Prince's catalogue of music from his time at Warner Bros. from 1978 to 1996, including 1999, Diamonds and Pearls and Purple Rain, will be available on streaming service Spotify, as well as Apple Music and Napster. Read More >>

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The Lego Batman Movie Soundtrack Makes Its Play For the Next ‘Everything is Awesome’

While it’s hard to imagine anything that could reach the infectious, earworm-y highs of The Lego Movie’s ‘Everything is Awesome’, some newly-released tracks from The Lego Batman Movie try very hard. And also allegedly feature Alfred Pennyworth shredding a guitar in a rather radical fashion. Read More >>

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You Can Now Listen To Ariana Grande And John Legend’s Version Of The Beauty And The Beast Theme

We got a brief listen of Ariana Grande and John Legend's duet in the most recent trailer for Beauty and the Beast, but Disney have now released the song in its entirety. It's... well, it's certainly something. Read More >>

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Mesmerising Video Captures What It’s Like to Stay Indoors for Too Long

The director Oscar Hudson explains that his music video for Bonobo’s song No Reason is a film about staying indoors. I think it’s a magnificent take on that feeling when you’ve stayed indoors for way too long and you suddenly feel trapped and unable to escape because you’ve run out of things to do inside and the walls are starting to close in and you become a little crazy. Read More >>

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David Bowie Must’ve Been Good as They’re Doing Him in Stamps

The Royal Mail clearly takes a while to get things done, as it's just revealed a plan to launch a series of stamps featuring David Bowie -- the man who even innovated in death by kicking off 2016's celebrity apocalypse just over a year ago. Read More >>

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Tidal Now Has Chipmunk Mode

Tidal, the music streaming service for Jay-Z's friends, has added a new feature called Track Edit that lets you mess about with songs and save the edited versions to a playlist. Read More >>

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This Pocket-Sized Synth Uses Dial-up Internet Tricks to Share Sounds and Songs

For electronic musicians who still like being able to perform with dials and buttons, Teenage Engineering’s Pocket Operators are miniature synths that manage to pack a tremendous amount of functionality into a tiny package. And that now includes the ability to import and export sounds and patterns with the new PO-32 Tonic synth. Read More >>