SUNDAY , FEBRUARY 25 , 2018

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Apple Buys Shazam For $400m

Apple Buys Shazam For $400m

Tech giant Apple has just settled on it’s latest purchase—the application Shazam, whose name is as associated to song identification as Apple’s is to computer manufacturing. It was a natural choice for Apple given the company’s recent success with their musical streaming service Apple Music—and thus this is precisely their motive. The company said in a statement that the two pairing naturally, and allow users to “shar[e] a passion for

The Future is Now For Women Entrepreneurs

The Future is Now For Women Entrepreneurs

It’s 11:20 am and Dr. Corinne Jenni is now on her second cup of coffee. She has already spent the morning putting the finishing touches on an analysis for a client—a synthesis of market research, client sales and finance data and, of course, tied it all together with her expert opinion as a strategy consultant for her private consulting business Strategati. The day is still young however; later she facilitates

More Than Just a Musician

More Than Just a Musician

As an adolescent and amateur musician in the mid-2000s before the days of Facebook and Spotify, I remember eagerly awaiting my weekly guitar lesson. While I could practice and cultivate my skills on my own, these lessons were what truly allowed both my ability to play and understanding of music to flourish. I never aspired to play the guitar professionally for a living, but during that time, I thought I

‘Sea of Thieves’ – Will it be Rare’s Comeback?

‘Sea of Thieves’ – Will it be Rare’s Comeback?

To many millennials who grew up playing Nintendo’s revolutionary 1990s video game console, the N64, British game developing company Rare and specifically its logo featuring a gold, backwards ‘R’ is a nostalgic picture that is permanently etched into one’s memory.   Receiving an unlimited budget from Nintendo at the time during the late 90s. Rare was the company behind some of the most critically acclaimed and industry defining games of

Bringing Something New to The Studio

Bringing Something New to The Studio

As an adolescent growing up in the age of closing record stores and declining physical album sales, I quite clearly remember the first time I downloaded iTunes. YouTube hadn’t quite grown into the music platform it also functions as today. As a late-teenager, the feeling of having an endless amount of music at my fingertips was a godsend to an artsy young mind like mine. Regardless of the fact that

Acoustics, Audio & Audience: an interview with Varun Nayyar

Acoustics, Audio & Audience: an interview with Varun Nayyar

The music scene in 2018 is one largely consistent of festivals, consistent touring and blending genres as more and more artists collaborate in booking festival gigs. While many musicians have learned to produce music on their own, engineering and mixing audio for a live performance is a whole different ball game. Acoustics, crowd noise, as well as instrument and microphone levels are just a few of the variables an audio

Telling a Story That Sticks: an interview with Karolyn Carnie

Telling a Story That Sticks: an interview with Karolyn Carnie

Screenwriter Karolyn Carnie is at the center of a changing Hollywood landscape that has seen a wave of strong female millennials make their way into the cutthroat industry both through creative tenacity and storytelling. Drawing on real life experiences, Carnie’s stories have emotionally touched script judges and film buffs nationwide, additionally earning her the respect of high profile showrunners like Aaron Korsh, for whom Carnie has worked for on Suits

Posthumous Prince Music On the Way

Posthumous Prince Music On the Way

On Friday, those representing the estate of late pop legend Prince announced that previously unreleased material was being prepared to be released. It is rumored that when Prince died in April of 2016, he left behind hundreds of nearly or partially-finished tracks that had never been heard by the public. Speaking with Variety, Prince’s estate advisor Troy Carter was quoted as stating, “I heard some music the other night that

Making it in the Music Scene in 2018

Making it in the Music Scene in 2018

Successful musicians in the new millennium aren’t just multitaskers by coincidence – they are multitaskers out of necessity. Seldom has an industry been so unorganized yet potentially lucrative, so subjective yet competitive as is the music business. Technical producing skills that were once reserved for music engineers using large analog equipment have now been taken up by the musicians themselves as recording software like ProTools and Logic progressively have become

“Zeppelin I” Approaches 50 Years

“Zeppelin I” Approaches 50 Years

This week 49 years ago, a ragtag foursome hailing of the outskirts of London released their first album, Led Zeppelin, in the UK with limited expectations.  Completely unknown to anyone in the US, Led Zeppelin chose its name based on an early critic review in which the author ripped the band apart, claiming they would go as far as a “lead zeppelin.”     Obviously this early review, along with

Sticking to the Script: Composing Film Scores with Kanako Hashiyama

Sticking to the Script: Composing Film Scores with Kanako Hashiyama

A seasoned film and performance composer on the international stage, Kanako Hashiyama knows how to translate emotion with audiences of all cultures through the power of music. Through her ability to create versatile and engaging textures, Kanako has struck a chord in the ears of listeners from China to the United States.  We had the opportunity to get a glimpse into the life of this accomplished composer, asking Kanako about

Nick Saban’s Magic Rolls On

Nick Saban’s Magic Rolls On

There were moments during Monday night’s College Football National Championship in which Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, for once, looked frustratingly human.  With the Georgia Bulldogs leading 13-0 at halftime and Alabama looking sluggish at best, it appeared that maybe the magic of Saban’s tenure as head coach had finally worn off.   Then Saban did it again in historic fashion, by pulling one of the gutsiest, and seemingly craziest