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  1. SSD modules like this one are being abused by Spotify For almost five months—possibly longer—the Spotify music streaming app has been assaulting users' storage devices with enough data to potentially take years off their expected lifespans. Reports of tens or in some cases hundreds of gigabytes being written in an hour aren't uncommon, and occasionally the recorded amounts are measured in terabytes. The overload happens even when Spotify is idle and isn't storing any songs locally. The behavior poses an unnecessary burden on users' storage devices, particularly solid state drives, which come with a finite amount of write capacity. Continuously writing hundreds of gigabytes of needless data to a drive every day for months or years on end has the potential to cause an SSD to die years earlier than it otherwise would. And yet, Spotify apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux have engaged in this data assault since at least the middle of June, when multiple users reported the problem in the company's official support forum. "This is a *major* bug that currently affects thousands of users," Spotify user Paul Miller told Ars. "If for example, Castrol Oil lowered your engine's life expectancy by five to 10 years, I imagine most users would want to know, and that fact *should* be reported on." Three Ars reporters who ran Spotify on Macs and PCs had no trouble reproducing the problem reported not only in the above-mentioned Spotify forum but also on Reddit, Hacker News, and elsewhere. Typically, the app wrote from 5 to 10 GB of data in less than an hour on Ars reporters' machines, even when the app was idle. Leaving Spotify running for periods longer than a day resulted in amounts as high as 700 GB. Spotify officials hadn't responded to Ars questions more than two days after they were sent. According to comments left in the Spotify forum in the past 24 hours, the bug has been fixed in version 1.0.42, which is in the process of being rolled out. The update remains unavailable to many users, this reporter included. And that means Spotify's drive-assaulting behavior continues unabated for many. According to posts in the Spotify forum (see pages here and here, for instance), the massive data writes are tied to one or more database files with titles that include the string Mercury.db. Users have proposed several manual techniques that are supposed to correct or mitigate the problem, but the most preferable solution is for Spotify developers to fix this bug and to make the update available to all users immediately. The performance of millions of storage drives may count on it. Article source
  2. tagging

    MusicBrainz Picard Picard is a cross-platform music tagger written in Python. Multiple Formats Picard supports all popular music formats, including MP3, FLAC, OGG, M4A, WMA, WAV, and more. AcoustID Picard uses AcoustID audio fingerprints, allowing files to be identified by the actual music, even if they have no metadata. CD Lookups Picard can lookup entire music CDs with a click. Open Source Picard is licensed under GPL 2.0 or later, and is hosted on GitHub where it’s actively developed by some awesome developers. Plugin Support If you need a particular feature, you can choose from a selection of available plugins or write your own. Changelog Homepage v1.4 Setups Plugins
  3. I want that artist to be on Spotify, here are my favorite artists for now: 8Dawn Adrian Von Ziegler Aleksander Dimitrijevic Audiomachine Brand X Music BrunuhVille Epic North Epic Score Epic Soul Factory EpicMusicVn Ezietto Fearless Motivation Fearless Motivation Instrumentals Fringe Element Future World Music Hans Zimmer Heavy Melody Iliya Zaki Imagine Music Intrumental Core Jo Blankenburg John Dreamer Lindsey Stirling Mattia Cupelli Michael Maas MythFox Peter Roe The Piano Guys R Armando Morabito Really Slow Motion Sound Adventures Soundcritters Thomas Bergersen Tunes Of Fantasy Twisted Jukebox Two Steps From Hell Xtortion Audio
  4. The former litigating adversaries have come full-circle. Metallica's entire catalog is finally returning to Napster, 17 years after the band filed a famously contentious lawsuit against the former peer-to-peer file-sharing network. The news comes as the metal band is set to release its tenth studio album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct this Friday (Nov. 18). "The release of Metallica’s new album comes at an incredible time for streaming music with streaming subscriptions accounting for almost half of industry sales in the first half of 2016," Napster said in a statement. "Today, Napster is a legal, paid subscription service with a catalog of over 40 million tracks. We are thrilled to bring Metallica’s full catalog -- including their latest new album -- to Napster subscribers around the world." Certainly a lot has changed since 2000, when the metal behemoths and the once-notorious Napster were embroiled in a lawsuit at a time when the struggle between copyright and music piracy threatened to tear the music business down. Unlike file-sharing, music streaming has become a viable business model. Further, music streaming revenues have increased dramatically to the tune of some $1.6 billion in the first half of 2016, according to the RIAA. Also, the court of public opinion has shifted as many more today would likely support Metallica who at the time were pilloried for taking something of a principled stand against piracy. "We weren’t quite prepared for the shit-storm that we became engulfed in," Metallica's Lars Ulrich told the Huffington Post in 2013 when looking back at the lawsuit. At the time Metallica were upset over "I Disappear," a song recorded for the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack which, much to the band's dismay, leaked and actually received radio airplay before the final mix was even done. The band soon discovered their entire catalog was up on the P2P network. Metallica has stated that they were never financially motivated to file the lawsuit but rather simply wanted to control their music. Napster, too, has changed drastically in the ensuing years. The service, which struggled with bankruptcy, was purchased by Rhapsody International from Best Buy in 2011. The company brought in CEO Mike Davis last April to run the streaming service and in June rebranded itself in the U.S. as Napster. The fully-licensed service has a reported 3.5 million paying subscribers. Napster recently announced a partnership with Sprint whereby it gained direct access to the telecom's 60 million customers. In 2012, Metallica’s master recordings reverted to the band from Warner Music Group. The group now sells its works through its own Blackened Recordings, handled by Metallica’s longtime manager, Cliff Burnstein. Blackened, which will release Hardwired... To Self Destruct, directly negotiated the deal with Napster. This week Metallica achieved the rare feat of charting three singles from the new album on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart dated Nov. 19 as the songs "Atlas, Rise!" debuted at No. 22 joining previously released tracks "Moth Into Flame" (No. 6) and "Hardwired" (No. 23) on the chart. The last artist to achieve this was actually Metallica itself in 2008. Recently, the band's self-titled 1991 album -- known as The Black Album -- reached the 16 million sales threshold as it continues its reign as the best-selling release of the Nielsen SoundScan era. Metallica has also sold more than 56 million albums, a number bested by only Garth Brooks and The Beatles. Article source Good old day: Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live) [Cliff 'Em All]
  5. If you have trouble relaxing or sleeping, there are loads of great music and soundtracks that you can listen to which are claimed to help. Have a look on Youtube, for example, or Spotify. Also, Moby, one of the best-known DJs in the world, has released 4 hours of relaxing sounds to help you sleep, meditate and generally chill out. They're free to download at WeTransfer and they total around 4 hours of MP3 files and 260 MB. The download is a single zip file which you simply unzip and load onto your favorite player. Source
  6. Ever since it was reported that the Rolling Stones were headed back to the studio last December, fans have been eagerly anticipating new songs from the long-enduring rock legends. But given the length of time fans have already waited — the Stones’ last studio album came out in 2005 — most expected this latest release might be in gestation for a good while. But then it was announced, via a Billboard interview with guitarist Ronnie Wood, that the group would have new songs out before the end of 2016, after a successful bout in the studio yielded a number of worthy new blues songs and classic-sounding covers. The band have stayed true to their word: The Rolling Stones’ first album in morethan a decade will be called Blue & Lonesome and will just eke in before the year’s end, hitting stores on December 2. “We went in to cut some new songs, which we did. But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days,” Wood said of the record. “They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic.” Featuring all four original Stones, as well as special guitar performances by Eric Clapton on two tracks, Blue & Lonesome is exactly the kind of record that will have longtime Stones fans thrilled. Old-school covers make sense for The Rolling Stones, who started as a blues band when they originally formed in 1962. In fact, blues-heavy content will probably bode well for sales of the new record, as longtime fans of the outfit are likely eager to hear the band take a sonic journey back to their roots. It also won’t hurt that, as far as Wood is concerned, the new cuts sound amazing. “When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, ‘Who’s that? It’s you,'” Wood said. “It sounded so authentic.” The Stones have released a total of 24 studio albums in the United States, with the last being 2005’s A Bigger Bang. A hard-working band who have toured heavily throughout their career, the band wrapped up a massively successful (but somewhat precarious) South American tour this year, including one stop in Cuba. In addition to the album announcement, the band have released the first snippet of the record, a clip of a track called Just Your Fool. Article source
  7. Spotify said to be in advanced talks to buy rival SoundCloud The Financial Times reports that an acquisition announcement is expected soon for the steaming service often referred to as the "YouTube for audio." Spotify is reportedly in talks to acquire rival music-streaming service SoundCloud in a deal that could be worth $1 billion. Music-streaming service Spotify is in "advanced talks" to acquire rival streaming service SoundCloud, the Financial Times reported Wednesday. An acquisition announcement could be made soon, according to the FT (subscription required), which cited people briefed on the discussions. A sales price wasn't mentioned, but Bloomberg reported in July that SoundCloud's owners were considering a sale that could value the company at $1 billion. SoundCloud is a popular source for music, with about 175 million unique visitors a month compared with the 100 million active listeners for streaming music service Spotify. Often referred to as the "YouTube for audio," it differs from services like Spotify and Apple Music by allowing people to upload tracks, which could beef up Spotify's appeal as it goes toe-to-toe with Apple. SoundCloud's catalog of music contains more than 125 million tracks, including tons of user-submitted remixes, mashups and covers. The Germany-based company rolled out a premium Go tier in March, which killed the ads found on the free version of the SoundCloud service. Spotify and SoundCloud representatives declined to comment on the report. Article source
  8. What year was streaming music introduced? Think before revealing the answer.
  9. Does anyone know what exactly happened to the popular site (back in 2011) www.123musiq.com? It was the best Indian music site, where you could freely download all the Indian songs (Bollywood, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, etc.) in great quality & proper tags (i.e. album name, artist name etc.). It was my favourite music downloading website in 2011, but since 2012, that website just vanished from the internet with no notice, nothing!?!?!!! I guess the Indian government took it down, but although it was a famous website, it didn't create any big news like the shutdown of KAT. The reason could also have been that 123musiq didn't get enough funding for running the website, which was getting Lakhs of visits daily (as of 2011), & their team shut it down. Or it could be that 123musiq team were getting immense pressure from the officials (f**k off!) & decided to shut it down instead of taking risk. Similar is the case with www.sensongs.com. It was too a popular music downloading website, mostly Tamil & Malayalam songs, but that too got vanished together with 123musiq, again no news/notice. Just silent disappearance ?!?!?!?!! Back in 2011, movies & audio piracy in India was at its peak. Since 2012, the government started blocking websites, taking down many torrents. Also, the message which we get when we try to view a torrent website without the https in front of it, "Your requested URL has been blocked as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India." wasn't there before 2012. Even Songs.PK, which was a very famous high quality Bollywood songs download site, vanished in 2012, but came back in 2014 (or maybe 2013) under the domain name "SongsPK.name", & since then underwent many domain name changes like KAT, & now is still functional (wow!) under the name http://songspk.guru. Even this website may shutdown anytime (but the chances are likely). Does anyone know any website similar to 123musiq where you can get Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam & Telugu mp3 songs with proper tags & quality? EDIT: I just found some whois information for 123musiq.com, sensongs.com & Songs.PK: http://whois.easycounter.com/123musiq.com http://whois.easycounter.com/sensongs.com http://whois.domaintools.com/songs.pk According to this information, both 123musiq.com & sensongs.com are operated by Tamilians (Chennai & Nagercoil respectively). Songs.PK seems to be perated by a Muslim in Lahore. I salute these folks!
  10. Got high quality audiophile headphones as a Birthday present just a few days ago. Plugged them in .... only to learn that my huge music collection (mainly in mp3 format) can't be played on them. These cans are simply too good for heavily compressed mp3 files. I'll have to use lossless formats like FLAC or WMA lossless from now on. But at this moment have very few CD rips of this kind. Seems like I need to start collecting my music almost from scratch. ...................................................................................................... And here comes my request : Are you aware of any good sources for downloading any kind of music (all genres including classical music) ? Post them in this thread, please. I would appreciate just links to the sites with music, as well as links to particular album downloads. However one limitation applies here : they have to be in one of lossless formats (FLAC / WMA). Thank you in advance. MODS : If by chance you think this topic will better fit in DOWNLOAD section - please, feel free to move it there. I wasn't sure.
  11. Spotify Music v6.0.0.864 Final Requirements: 4.0.3+ Overview: With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Want to discover new music? Choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood or get personalized recommendations. Listen for free on mobile • Play any artist, album, or playlist on shuffle mode Listen for free on tablet • Play any song, any time Spotify Premium features • Play any song, any time on any device--mobile, tablet, or your computer • Download music for offline listening. • Enjoy amazing sound quality. • No ads – just uninterrupted music. • No commitment - cancel any time you like. Please note: This app features Nielsen’s audience measurement software which will allow you to contribute to market research, such as Nielsen’s Audio Measurement. If you don't want to participate, you can opt-out within the app settings. Whats new We’re always making changes and improvements to Spotify. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, just keep your Updates turned on. Unlocked Spotify Connect Seek FWD button added to information bar/tablet mod Visual ads blocked Audio ads blocked Seeking enabled unlimited shuffle Choose any song Extreme audio unlocked Repeats enabled These are patched slightly different from previous versions - trying to block ads which occur when people use spotify connect with chromecast, as I don't have one of these devices i can't check that the added mods will work - they just add 2 extra function patches and try and stop the apk from reaching: pubads.g.doubleckick.net More info: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music Download: arm: Site: http://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode[?]: /files/1CY3XZEU/Spotify.ver.6.0.0.864.build.13896225-Mod.apk_links x86: Site: http://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode[?]: /files/61WF1RJU/Spotify.6.0.0.864.(x86).MOD.apk_links
  12. RNS is open for signups, get in while there's time! Signup Link: http://rainbownationsharing.net/signup.php
  13. I love opera, not the browser but the music, it grips me and makes me cry. I love Maria Callas, shame she died fifty five (55) in 1977 as I might had met her one day, she has the voice of an Angel and the beauty of the best looking woman ever. Maria Callas was born Cecilia Sophia Anna Maria Kalogeropoulos in New York City on December 2, 1923, a date confirmed by the attending physician for the delivery and what is believed to be her birth certificate. (Over the years, discrepancies and confusion have arisen concerning Callas's birth date. Callas herself, along with school records, had stated she was born on the 3rd while her mother had claimed the 4th.) Her parents, George and Evangelia, were Greek immigrants who eventually shortened their last name to Callas by the time of Maria's christening. Callas began taking classical piano lessons when she was 7 years old. Though overshadowed by her older sister Jackie, who was seen as beautiful and charismatic, Callas proved adept at singing music with dramatic flair, with her mother pushing her on to pursue a vocal career. In 1937, when Callas was a teen, her parents separated and she, her mother and her sister moved back to Greece. In Athens, Callas studied voice under Elvira de Hidalgo at a famed conservatory. As a student, Callas made her stage debut in 1939 in a school production of Cavalleria Rusticana. For her dazzling performance in the role of Santuzza, she was honored by the conservatory. Opera Career In 1941, Callas made her professional debut with the Royal Opera of Athens in a modest role in Franz von Suppé's Boccaccio. Later in the year, she took on her first major role in Tosca. During World War II, Callas struggled to find roles. In the mid-1940s, she moved back to New York to spend time with her father and look for work, but experienced a number of rejections. She eventually moved to Verona, where she met rich industrialist Giovanni Meneghini. The two married n 1949. Callas's Italian opera debut took place at the Verona Arena in August 1947, in a performance of La Gioconda. Over the next few years, under the management of her husband, Callas continued to perform in Florence and Verona to critical acclaim. Though her voice captivated audiences, as her fame increased, Callas developed a reputation as a temperamental, demanding diva and was nicknamed "The Tigress." Fiercely resilient, Callas said of audience members' jeers, "Hissing from the gallery is part of the scene. It is a hazard of the battlefield. Opera is a battlefield, and it must be accepted." In 1954, Callas made her American debut in Norma at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The performance was a triumph and was seen as a signature role. In 1956, she at last had the opportunity to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in her home city of New York, but in 1958 was fired by director Rudolf Bing. Callas's marriage had also begun to unravel. Callas and Meneghini split at the end of the decade, during which time she was having an affair with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. (He would later wed former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, causing much sadness for Callas, with Onassis nonetheless still trying to woo the singer after his nuptials.) Later Years and Death During the 1960s, Maria Callas's formerly stellar singing voice was discernibly faltering. Her performances grew fewer and farther between, as a result of her frequent cancellations. Though she formally retired from the stage in the early '60s, Callas made a brief return to performing with the Metropolitan Opera mid-decade. Her final operatic performance was in Tosca at Covent Garden in London on July 5, 1965, attended by Queen Mother Elizabeth. In 1969, she also appeared in the title role of the film Medea. In the early 1970s, Callas tried her hand at teaching. In '71 and '72, she conducted master classes at Juilliard in New York. Despite her failing health, Callas accompanied a friend on an international recital tour in 1973 to help him raise money for his ailing daughter. Following the tour, Callas moved to Paris, France, and became a recluse. On September 16, 1977, at the age of 55, Maria Callas died suddenly and mysteriously in her Paris home in what was believed to have been a heart attack. Whom is your favourite opera singer?
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  16. Mötley Crüe and Sixx:AM co-founder wants to swell the chorus of criticism of Google service from musicians and persuade it to up its payouts Sixx:AM members Nikki Sixx and James Michael are speaking out about YouTube royalties. Mötley Crüe co-founder Nikki Sixx is the latest musician to criticise YouTube over the royalties it pays out for music video streams. Sixx’s call for the video site to pay more to musicians for using their videos is part of a campaign by a coalition of prominent musicians launching this week, with pressure to be put first on YouTube, then on US legislators. Sixx and James Michael – partner in his current band Sixx:AM – are calling for more artists to speak out and put pressure on YouTube to match the royalty payouts of music streaming rivals. A number of big names are expected to speak out this week. “YouTube is paying out about a sixth of what Spotify and Apple pay artists,” Sixx told the Guardian, on the eve of a world tour that he intends to use to bring the issue to wider prominence. “We are not telling them how to run their business. We’re saying treat artists fairly the way other streaming services are. And by the way, we are a big part of what built your business: music is the No 1 most-searched thing on YouTube.” Sixx:AM are joining a debate that has heated up in recent weeks, as legislators on both sides of the Atlantic mull reform of the “safe harbour” laws governing sites such as YouTube that allow their users to upload content. Under current safe harbour laws, these sites are protected from copyright infringement prosecutions as long as they remove any copyrighted material when notified by the rights owners. The music industry bodies argue that this immunity means YouTube negotiates from a position of strength when negotiating licensing deals with labels and publishers. They were recently backed by a petition sent to the US Copyright Office for its consultation on safe harbour reform, signed by artists including Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Deadmau5 and Christina Aguilera. When musicians get involved in debates about streaming royalties, a common criticism is that they are motivated by greed: rich artists grumbling about not being richer. However, Michael – who is also a producer who has worked with Meat Loaf, Kelly Clarkson and Alanis Morissette as well as emerging artists – stressed that Sixx:AM are speaking out on behalf of their younger, poorer peers. “Fans may look at this and say, ‘You guys are rich, why are you complaining, why do you want more money?’ But it’s not just a bunch of rich guys wanting more money,” he said. “Quite the contrary: this is about the little guy – the up and comers that we were at one point. We were afforded the opportunities, but those opportunities will go away if we don’t get some balance. This is about the future of music.” A spokesman for YouTube, which is owned by Google, told the Guardian: “Google has paid out billions to the music industry, and we’re engaged in productive conversations with the labels and publishers around increasing transparency on payouts. We believe that by providing artists and songwriters greater visibility around revenue earned on YouTube, we can solve many of these issues. “We’re also working hard to bring more revenue to the music industry through our subscription service, as well as continuing to grow our ad supported business, which allows artists and labels to monetize the 80% music listeners who historically have never paid for music.” YouTube’s defence against criticism over its music payouts is multi-pronged. First, it points to the $3bn it has paid out to music rights holders so far, noting that they include some young, independent artists who built their fanbases on YouTube. Violinist Lindsey Stirling, for example, earned more than $6m in the 12-month period up to June 2015 according to Forbes. Those earnings included album sales and tours, but were fuelled by her YouTube channel. YouTube also points to its “Content ID” system that identifies copyrighted music uploaded by its users, and enables the rightsholders to remove it from YouTube, or “claim” the videos and make money from adverts shown around them. Under safe-harbour laws, rights holders have to send a separate “take-down” notice every time they find a song that has been uploaded without their permission. Content ID automates that process, with YouTube telling the Guardian that 98% of copyright management on its service taking place through the system, and only 2% through takedown notices. “Over 90% of all Content ID claims result in monetisation, resulting in significant revenue for YouTube partners,” said a spokesperson. The complaint from the music industry is that rights holders have to agree to YouTube’s licensing terms if they want to use Content ID, and that those terms are inferior to those negotiated with rivals like Spotify, which do not qualify for safe-harbour protection. “YouTube have said, ‘Here’s our solution: we will ask artists to agree to our licensing terms, and in exchange for that we will pay you.’ But what they’re offering to pay is such a small fraction of what their competitors are paying,” said Michael. “The technology does already exist to do a much more accurate job of protecting artists against unlicensed use of their music. The problem is that the only way they will engage that technology to protect you is if you agree to their terms. And those terms are just not adequate.” “They’re hiding behind this safe-harbour loophole,” added Sixx. “That is allowing them the freedom to not take care of artists.” Sixx:AM are about to release their latest album, Prayers for the Damned Vol 1. Despite their campaign over royalties, the band will still use YouTube to promote their music. “We love it. Are we planning on pulling [our music] and not even being engaged in YouTube right now? No. We love YouTube. We just want them to pay everybody fairly,” said Sixx, who hopes more artists will put pressure on the video service’s parent company. “Google’s original corporate motto was ‘Don’t be evil’ because they wanted to take care of their employees and do things fairly. They recently changed it to ‘Do the right thing’,” said Sixx. “All we’re saying to Google, which owns YouTube, is yes, don’t be evil! And do the right thing as far as artists are concerned, for the fans. That’s all we’re saying.” Article source
  17. Microsoft released a significant new version of its Groove Music client to users in the Windows Insider program, marking the first time that the music app was pushed to machines based on participation in the beta program. Now, pending positive Insider feedback, apparently, the new version is making its way to production Windows 10 machines. According to Microsoft Groove engineer Ellen Kilbourne on Twitter: Perhaps the biggest aspect of the new Groove Music app is its new status as a Universal Windows app. You can check out the full (and impressive) list of fixes and updates over at the Microsoft Answers page for Groove Music. The update isn’t live quite yet, but should be shipping soon. Keep hitting that update button, and the Windows Store link is below. Groove Music Article source
  18. Lyrify is a Spotify addon that automatically finds lyrics for your Spotify music. This means that you just need to play a song in Spotify and Lyrify will find the lyrics and display them in a separate window. Simply download and install it on any Windows computer. With its clean interface and useful functions it's certainly the most useful addon for Spotify available. Home http://www.lyrify.com/ Download http://www.lyrify.com/setup_lyrify.exe
  19. The South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival is one of the largest and most popular in the United States. For more than a decade SXSW has been sharing DRM-free songs of the performing artists, over 69 GB worth so far. This year's release breaks a new record with 1,593 tracks totaling more than 10 gigabytes. Since 2005 the SXSW music festival has published thousands of free tracks from participating artists. For some of the first releases the festival organizers created the torrents for the artist showcases themselves, but since 2008 this task has been taken over by the public. Luckily all of the SXSW showcase MP3s are still freely available on the festival’s site for sampling purposes, so it only takes one person to get a torrent up and running. For the past several years Ben Stolt has taken the time and effort to put all the MP3s on BitTorrent, and the latest 2016 release consists of two torrents containing 1,593 tracks. That’s a record-breaking 10.39 gigabytes of free music in total, almost four times the file size of the first torrent in 2005. All the tracks released for the previous editions are also still available for those people who want to fill up their harddrives without having to invest thousands of dollars. The 2005 – 2016 archives now total more than 69 gigabytes. Every year SXSW torrents are a great success, with many thousands of music aficionados downloading gigabytes of free music across virtually every genre from both established acts and upcoming bands. TorrentFreak spoke to Ben Stolt who spends several hours preparing the releases each year, in part for his personal pleasure. “My motivation is in part selfish, because, like many others, my friends and I all use the contents of the torrent to prepare for our week at SXSW Music. But without fail the emails start coming in January and February asking if there will be a torrent,” Stolt says. “Many people come back every year, so I can’t leave them hanging,” he adds. The job comes witch challenges though. SXSW doesn’t always make it easy to publish the tracks. For example, a few years ago Stolt had to start re-writing the ID3 tags based on the artist pages, as SXSW stopped doing so. “Without that, the tracks would be a giant mess and mostly unidentifiable since the file names on the SXSW site are purely numeric. Also in 2014 they abruptly switched to using SoundCloud for the samples, but that was thankfully short-lived and things were back to normal the next year,” Stolt notes. The efforts pay off though. Many people love the SXSW torrents which attract tens of thousands of downloaders each year. For some, it almost makes up for not being able to attend the festival in person. “Appreciate the amount of work involved to make it happen. Can’t get to SXSW, so having these torrents available are the next best thing,” one downloader responds. This year’s SXSW music festival is currently underway in Austin, Texas and ends on Sunday. The torrents, however, are expected to live on for as long as there are people sharing. Article source
  20. 1. Symphonic Metal A melodic genre that combines heavy distorted guitar riffs of heavy metal with traditional instrumentals, booming orchestras, wide vocal ranges, and classical-sounding music. Depending on the band's style, the song may incorporate synths, full symphonic orchestras, choirs, and sometimes even opera-style singing. Metal fans who hate cookie-monster death growls or fry screams will easily be able to find this genre enjoyable. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBUK9uLSvbo 2. Hard Trance Trance is a genre of electronic music that developed in Germany (early 1990s) characterized by strong, hard kicks, fully resonant basses, repeating melodic phrases, and a musical form that distinctly builds up and down throughout a track. At a tempo of 130-180 beats per minute (BPM), a typical song begins with a progressive beat (a beat which becomes an increasingly more complex beat throughout the song), leads to a "build up" beat, and then to a "hook" or "theme". Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qErUMB4FAXU 3. Melodic Metal A genre of metal combining some elements of death metal (like heavy riffing) with elements of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and Power Metal (more classical riffing). Melodic Death Metal or "Melodeath", in short, is basically an amalgamation of #7 and #14 on this list. The style originated and developed in Sweden and the United Kingdom during the early and mid-1990s. Some bands strictly use death-growls, but many other melodic metal bands still include clean vocals. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqmnJTRZcgo 4. Dubstep/Drumstep Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music originating in London ( late 1990s) developing from a lineage of related styles such as 2-step garage, broken beat, and Dnb. The music generally features syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub bass frequencies. Usually includes a melodic build to a "drop" of distorted bass lines, melodic chord progressions, or dissonant breakdowns. The word "Drumstep" refers to a combination of dubstep elements with DnB to form a whole new beat and tempo. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m9PJqt-Bd0 5. Folk Metal Yes, this actually exists. "Folk metal" (Including but not limited to "Samurai Metal", "Pirate Metal", "Pagan Metal", "Celt Metal", and occasionally "Viking Metal") is a fusion genre of heavy metal music and traditional folk music that developed in Europe during the 1990s. It is characterized by the widespread use of folk instruments and, to a lesser extent, traditional singing styles. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMu1E3K-KjA 6. Hardstyle Hardstyle is a genre of electronic dance music (integrating various hardcore/hard techno styles) with origins in the Netherlands during the early 2000s. A Hardstyle beat generally consists of distorted sharp kick-drum sounds (~150bpm), faded bass lines, and finally, a signature dissonant distorted synth "theme" or melodic "hook" in the middle of the song following the drop-build. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVpvikQ1FgQ 7. Power Metal Power metal is a "fantasy-style" genre concentrated around medieval, renaissance, folk, and science fiction themes. Power Metal has origins way back in the 1970s drawing from the lyrical styles of Iron Maiden and Rainbow (RIP Dio). It combines characteristics of traditional metal with speed metal to create a more theatrical, dramatic, and emotionally "uplifting" sound (in contrast to death metal). Guitar chords are anthem-like, melodically harmonizing with frequently used keyboards. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Asjz_Kzw5yY 8. IDM/Glitch Before you scroll past this one due to the name, I should let you know that "Glitch" doesn't automatically indicate that it contains cacophonous toilet-noises in place of melody. "Glitch" and "Glitch-Hop" are subsets of IDM ("intelligent dance music") which relies on individualistic experimentation rather than adhering to specific "rules" and characteristics associated with the rest of EDM genres. Glitch does adhere to an "aesthetic of failure" and deliberate use of audio malfunctioning, but can still incorporate melody. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glK1FlzZvGg 9. Industrial Rock Emerging from the late 1980s, this genre draws influence from both Industrial dance music and hard rock/metal, using distorted guitar riffing, sampling, synths, sequencer hooks, and distorted vocals. The genre has also occasionally concentrated around dark, morbid, or dystopian themes due to influence from the black metal scene during the early 2000s. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbRl79o7fAw 10. House House music is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. It is characterized by a prominent kick drum on every beat, repetitive 4/4 melodies, off-beat hi-hats, and synthesized basslines. Great for beginners looking to get into electronic music due to its minimalistic nature, presence in mainstream radio, visible integration into "pop", and uplifting "soulful themes". Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQirm4nvN4o 11. DnB Emerging in England during the early 1990s, DnB or "Drum and Bass" is characterized by rapid breakbeats (typically between 150–180 beats per minute) and heavy bass/sub-bass lines. The "bass line" and lighter melodies are usually created with sampled sources or synthesizers. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol__7L1y-a0 12. Djent/Progressive A style of heavy metal music that developed as a spinoff of traditional progressive metal. The word "djent" is an onomatopoeia for the distinctive high-gain, distorted palm-muted, low pitch guitar sound most notably employed by bands like Meshuggah and Sikth. It also incorporates drawn out "drone" sounds or progressive guiltar leads over the palm muting rhythms. Many djent bands also substitute slower soloing for the "drone" riffing in more mainstream Djent bands. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yieKHp_j9VE 14. Death Metal/TechDeath This genre employs "heavy" distorted low-tuned guitars played with highly-technical palm muting and tremolo picking, frequent time-sig changes (TechDeath), deep growling vocals, and powerful double kick drumming (Blast beats). Any present melodies are usually played in minor keys, abrupt tempo, and chromatic chord progressions. For this list I've toned down the quanitity of Tech Met to make it easier to listen to. Either way, the lyrical themes of death metal strive to be "Br00tal", invoking slasher film-stylized mutilation, Lovecraftian horror, Viking mythology, and extreme violence (dissection, torture, cannibalism, and necrophilia). Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duqZwRsu-O8 15. Virtuosic (Neoclassical & Experimental Rock) Virtuosic rock pushes genre boundaries, common composition, and performance technique. Guitar-virtuosos attempt to individualize their music with strange instrumental tunings, compositional styles, and fusing elements of exotic musical genres. Genre-wise, artists like Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Joe Satriani defy the norms of socially-acceptable styles and push genre boundaries with innovative techniques, instrumental-emphasis, and unconventional compositional structure. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3_Q88DavD0 16. Trancecore/Trance Metal Genre mashing done right. Trance Metal is a mixed Genre of Melodic Death Metal and Metalcore (Or Post-Hardcore) with Trance music incorporated in it. It is NOT an EDM genre, it is usually classified as a Post-Hardcore subgenre (Enter Shikari) or "Metal" subgenre (Dark Tranquility), although minimal influence may be present. Trance Metal bands are usually heavily guitar riff influenced bands (like most melodeath bands) with little breakdowns grooves or none at all. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voz0iS-SCu0 17. Happycore Debatably a derivative of trance, hardcore, and hard dance, typified by a very fast tempo (usually around 160–180 BPM), coupled with solo vocals and sentimental lyrics (But not really in the case of this list). Its characteristically 4/4 beat "happy" sound distinguishes it from most other forms of hardcore, which tend to be "darker". This classification is kind of a grey area as the songs here might be more in line with trance (due to the weakness of the kick drum and slightly slower tempo), but I'm open to suggestions. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BafD2bE3vus 18. Trap and Bass The Trap genre is all about its crisp, grimy and rhythmic snares, which can be incorporated into DnB (Drum and Bass) or Dubstep style beats to create a unique sound. Although Trap is typified by its aggressive lyrical content and sound, I find the Beat much more appealing. Trap beats (140bpm or higher) are propelled by 808 kick drums, heavy extended sub-bass lines, fast time-divided snares, double-time/triple-time hi-hats (Like in technical-sounding Hip-Hop beats), and multi-layered hard-lined and melodic synthesizers. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJYuzP8XJ4 19. Electronicore/Electronic Rock It's what it sounds like, different electronic genres mixed with either metal or post-hardcore. Electronicore (also known as synthcore or simply electronic hardcore) describes a stylistic fusion of post-hardcore and electronic music, specifically electronica. Notable artists of this genre have originated from England, Sweden, and Japan. Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEVLPugTqzM 20. Metalcore Metalcore is a broad fusion genre of extreme metal and hardcore punk. The name is an amalgam of the names of the two genres, distinguished by its emphasis on "breakdowns", which are slow, intense passages that are conducive to moshing. Some of examples i've included here also tend to incorporate complex melodic riffing over their breakdowns https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT4U71h4LGg Article source
  21. The Wintergatan Marble Machine, A Hand-Cranked Instrument That Uses 2,000 Marbles to Make Music This is a worthwhile video of the Marble Machine built by Martin Molin of the band Wintergatan. It is very impressive and I wish I could build things like this, but I can't build anything, particularly not meaningful relationships. " The Marble Machine is an elaborate hand-cranked wooden machine that uses 2,000 marbles to make music. As the marbles roll through the machine they strike drum pads, a bass guitar, a vibraphone, and other elements to produce sound ". The video really is worth a watch and you'll be missing out if you don't see it. Not allowed to watch videos at work? Go to the bathroom and watch it on your phone. Not allowed to take your cell phone to the bathroom at work? Get another job, clearly you're under-appreciated there. You deserve better in life, I mean that. Source
  22. Man Performs Impressive Metal Song On A Garden Shovel He Modded Into A One-String Electric Guitar This is a video of musician Rob Scallon rocking out on the garden shovel he modified into a one-string electric guitar. It sounds surprisingly amazing. I tried to make an electric guitar out of a hoe once but I stabbed myself during a concert solo and spilled my guts right there on stage. I'm gonna be honest, it was pretty metal. Sadly, we had to cancel the rest of our tour while doctors patched me up and now I pee out of my belly button, which is a cool party trick, but apparently not cool enough to get me invited back to a second party. Source
  23. THRONE - ‘THARSIS SLEEPS’ Music Video Shot Frame-By-Frame With Embroidery This is the very impressively constructed music video for metal band Throne's song 'Tharsis Sleeps.' The whole thing was shot frame-by-frame using individually embroidered scenes. That...sounds time consuming. Thankfully, they used a computerized embroidery machine instead of a sweatshop full of grandmas like I would have. *throws walker, yells through megaphone* YOU OLD BAGS BETTER MEET YOUR QUOTA OR NOBODY'S GETTING THEIR TEETH BACK. Source
  24. New Music Video from OK Go, Shot In Zero Gravity This is the just released music video for OK Go's latest track 'Upside Down & Inside Out' (previously: their other insane music videos). It was filmed in zero gravity aboard a plane flying on an elliptic flight path (aka a Vomit Comet). Things start off normal enough, then, well, you can see from the screenshot above that shit gets pretty out of hand. Personally, I don't know how they did it -- I would have puked. I'm a puker. Whenever I brush my teeth I always brush until I start gagging and that's when I stop and try not to heave into the sink. When surveyed, four out of five dentists agreed that's not okay, and the other one was huffing laughing gas. Source
  25. A two week old music streaming site, Wefre, has announced that until further legal research is done, it will close access to its music streaming platform. Initially, the Spanish-based team didn't think that they were breaking any laws because they were providing the service through YouTube's and Spotify's official APIs for developers. Wefre claimed that they created the service whilst fulfilling the terms of use of those APIs. Wefre's ease of use and huge range of music attracted a lot of attention. They received thousands of tweets on Twitter from new users thanking them for the service, but some others pointed out that they may be breaking the law. In its announcement, Wefre wrote "We want to point [out] that we haven't received any official warning from Google or Spotify, we never wanted to profit at the expense of the artists and, before making a huge mistake, we want to seek advice in a smarter way." By "seek advice in a smarter way", they mean that they're now pro-actively getting in contact with YouTube and Spotify to clarify whether or not its service is an acceptable use of the prior's APIs. Along with the postponement of its website, it has also closed its Kickstarter campaign which they were using to raise money for the development of an Android and iOS app. Wrapping up their announcement, the team behind Wefre reiterated that they're just three people - students and workers - whose plan isn't to take advantage of others, but to just provide a "really good streaming music service". Once they've clarified whether their service is legal, they've promised to come back "with new features, stronger and without technical problems." Source: Wefre Article source