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MIT Media Lab’s new knitted keyboard showcases the power of smart textiles

Despite the fact that it's made entirely out of soft, pliable fabrics, MIT's knitted keyboard is even more expressive and capable than a normal keyboard.
July 3, 2021
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New A.I. can identify the song you’re listening to by reading your brain waves

By analyzing your brain waves, it's possible to figure out what song you're listening to -- and a whole lot more. This project will blow your mind
January 30, 2021
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38 years ago, CDs rewrote our relationship with music and primed us for 2020

Approaching 40 years since the CD made its debut, the strange thing about CDs is how they have largely faded from our nostalgic consciousness.
October 12, 2020
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Five years on, Jay-Z’s Tidal is still fighting to make waves

Can J-Hova's streaming service ever compete with Spotify?
July 21, 2020
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I went to a gigantic virtual K-pop convention, and I saw the future

Virtual events can't quite replace the thrill of a live performance, but they're getting closer all the time.
July 9, 2020
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Fire up your brain with DT’s ultimate work-from-home playlist

This eclectic mix helps you forget the distractions and focus on the tasks at hand
April 20, 2020
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How the 2010s changed music (and listening to it) forever

My MP3 collection is better than yours. The iPod that I stocked was filled to capacity with top-shelf music. Like a goldfish, my collection grew to fill the space that allowed it. It expanded to the edges of the latest version of the iPod, as it gradually grew from 5 GB to 10 to 50 […]
December 30, 2019
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Apple Music is winning the stateside streaming war. Here’s how it beat Spotify

Apple now has more paying subscribers for its on-demand music streaming service in the United States than Spotify. Here's how Apple Music surpassed the Swedish streaming service for stateside streaming supremacy.
July 12, 2018
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The Glitch Mob spent a year making a VR experience as otherwordly as their music

For four years, EDM group The Glitch Mob has been performing in a high-tech, spaceship-style stage design called The Blade. Justin Boreta discussed changes made for The Blade 2.0, and how the band members are "children of music technology."
June 22, 2018
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Who needs a studio or label? LANY hit it big singing into a blanket

In 2014, Paul Klein, Jake Goss, and Les Priest decided to release a few songs together on Soundcloud, anonymously. Four years and a Billboard charting album later, the trio known as LANY describes how their lives changed, and where they're going next.
June 19, 2018
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Two Feet recorded a song, put it on Soundcloud, and woke up famous

Two Feet was a Berklee School of Music student living on his friend's couch until his break-through song gained 4 million streams on Soundcoud in hours. He discusses how that momentum and a major label helped him become a hit artist.
June 14, 2018
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Founder of Red Bull Radio talks streaming service morality and the future of radio

Red Bull Radio, a 24/7 radio station focused on obscure, indie artists, is an anomaly in today's music industry. Its founder, Many Ameri, discussed how the station fits with Spotify and Apple Music, and its stance on promoting controversial artists.
June 9, 2018
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Is laser-cut ‘HD Vinyl’ the Holy Grail for audiophiles, or just a gimmick?

Austrian music distributor Guenter Loibl wants to revolutionize the way vinyl is made by using an industrial laser in the pressing process. With claims of better sound and more play time, we asked the experts: Can HD Vinyl really deliver?
May 27, 2018
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Streaming music is clearly the future. Here’s why that sucks

Spotify and streaming services like Apple Music are taking over. But are we losing something valuable as we shift to on-demand music? Here’s why streaming isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
May 26, 2018
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Adrian Younge makes music for everything from orchestras to Netflix’s ‘Luke Cage’

Adrian Younge is a virtuoso musician and half of the team responsible for composing the score for Netflix's Luke Cage. The prolific musician discussed the music-making process for Luke Cage season 2 and why he prefers analog over digital.
April 28, 2018
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Urban Legends wants to bring Migos and millennials into vinyl

Andre Torres, VP of urban catalog at Universal Music Enterprises, is working on bringing more vinyl appreciation to millennials with UME's new online platform Urban Legends. Torres explained how he plans to use artists like Migos to help him achieve that goal.
April 21, 2018
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Why just listen when you can play? How Moodelizer makes music malleable

Want to listen to an acoustic version of a song, on the fly? With Dynamic Playback, a new music format technology from Moodelizer, listeners can manipulate songs in real time. But there's more in store for the tech.
April 6, 2018
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Is Spotify too big to fail? It just went public, so we’ll find out soon

Spotify is set to go public, but rather than go the IPO route, the streaming service has a different strategy in mind, and all point to this direct listing decision as being a way out for early investors.
April 3, 2018
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Is tech finally killing radio? Don’t let iHeart’s bleeding fool you

With two of the largest radio conglomerates filing chapter 11 bankruptcy in the past five months, it might seem as though the format is struggling for survival. The real story of radio is much more interesting.
March 24, 2018
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The way you listen to music is in jeopardy. Here’s how Pandora plans to survive

As on-demand music subscription streaming services continue to grow in popularity, services like Pandora are still losing large sums of money. Pandora's Elizabeth Moody spoke with us about what needs to change in order for streaming services to survive.
March 23, 2018
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Outkast set a high bar for hip-hop. Duo Rae Sremmurd wants to clear it

Rae Sremmurd is preparing to release a three-disc album, SremmLife 3, along with a signature shoe with Reebok called the SremmBoks.
March 7, 2018
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For singer Tory Lanez’ totally freestyled new album, memories are everything

Platinum-selling R&B artist Tory Lanez just released his second studio album, 'Memories Don't Die." He discussed with Digital Trends why social media isn't good for storing memories, the status of his collaboration with Drake, and a lot more.
March 2, 2018
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Raphael Saadiq talks about his new album, Oscar nomination, and ‘Black Panther’

Accomplished producer Raphael Saadiq, a professional musician for more than 30 years, spoke to us about helping Netflix receive its first best original song Oscar nomination, how he'd remake the Black Panther score, and the status on his first new album in seven years.
February 21, 2018
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Taryn Southern’s new album is produced entirely by AI

YouTuber Taryn Southern's new album, I Am AI, was entirely produced by AI programs. Southern used Google's Magenta, IBM's Watson Beat, AIVA, and Amper Music to craft the music behind the album.
February 20, 2018
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How SiriusXM is dominating in the Spotify era

Satellite radio service SiriusXM boasts less than half the paying subscribers as the most popular on-demand music streaming service, but manages to stay profitable while Spotify hemorrhages money. Read our in-depth analysis to find out how.
February 13, 2018
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The Life and Times of the Late, Great CD

Best Buy’s decision to stop selling CDs altogether by July marks the end of an era. The once-dominant format is going the way of the dodo, so in memoriam, we’ve created this timeline marking the CD’s rise and fall.
February 7, 2018
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Producer Cardo on making Drake’s new No. 1 hit, Kendrick Lamar’s “evil genius”

Producer Cardo explains to Digital Trends how he went from making music on Playstations to producing hit records with Drake and Kendrick Lamar using programs anyone can download for free.
February 7, 2018
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How Syd Bennett launched an R&B career with old MacBooks and a microphone

Syd Bennett, lead singer of R&B group The Internet, talks to Digital Trends about how she turned a crappy MacBook, a few living rooms, Limewire, and some recording equipment into a music career that would later spawn a Grammy nomination.
January 24, 2018
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Embracing the ’80s and flipping the script with The Shins frontman James Mercer

James Mercer and his ace band The Shins came up with eleven new arrangements for every song on their 2017 release Heartworms and re-recorded them for a stunning role-reversal album called The Worm’s Heart, which may even eclipse the power of its predecessor.
January 20, 2018
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Naked but never nihilistic, Starsailor charts a course for indie soul

Modern vocalists have to navigate the slippery slope of connecting emotionally with listeners without tipping over into sappy/corny territory — something Starsailor leader James Walsh does with honest panache on All This Life.
January 6, 2018
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Meet the playlist curators who mint new music stars, one pick at a time

Playlists from the biggest streaming services have influence on what's a hit, and who's a star. Spotify and Apple Music's most successful playlist curators explain how playlists changed the music industry.
January 2, 2018
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How new wave legend Nick Heyward transformed his musical doodles into songs

Nick Heyward’s knack for creating indie-rock-laced earwig confections are akin to those found in the DNA of modern pop artists like Sam Smith, Hozier, Charlie Puth, and James Bay
December 30, 2017
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Avenged Sevenfold is down with Beach Boys covers, but not with going to Mars

The deluxe edition of Avenged Sevenfold’s The Stage doubles the album’s original track count with one new song, six covers, and four live tracks. Singer M. Shadows sees it as the next stage of the band’s creative evolution.
December 23, 2017
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Joss Stone tossed the script (and recorded her dogs) for ‘Project Mama Earth’

Singer Joss Stone told us how five people maintained a free-thinking approach to creating music without restriction, how to stop obsessing over studio perfection, and how Nature helped pave the way for Mama Earth’s lyrics and rhythms.
December 16, 2017
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How superstar producer Swizz Beatz uses Instagram to push art, battle Timbaland

Swizz Beatz has produced classics songs for Beyonce, Jay Z, DMX, and dozens of others, but these days he's also using Instagram to find artists for his No Commission art show. Digital Trends spoke to him about the show and his unique uses for Instagram.
December 12, 2017
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Pop a cork and sit down. For Slowdive, vinyl is all about the ceremony

Slowdive guitarist/vocalist Neil Halstead discusses the band’s new appeal to teenage audiences, why you have to curb your digital options during the recording process, and why shoegazing is no longer a four-letter word.
December 9, 2017
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Silverplanes jet into the ‘Gulfstream’ of modern listening, one EP at a time

There are those artists who embrace our collective recorded heritage as something that can be built upon — artists like Aaron Smart, the singer/songwriter/guitarist behind the rock collective he’s dubbed Silverplanes.
December 2, 2017
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Barenaked Ladies cut loose and show it all with ‘Fake Nudes’

Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies discusses how the band laid down the sonic template for Fake Nudes, how one’s love of vinyl comes in handy while on the road, and why they’re the perfect band to have a song featured on a recent episode of Mr. Robot.
November 25, 2017
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For the Bloody Beetroots, sometimes building bridges means tearing down songs

The Bloody Beetroots’ masked DJ/producer Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo tells DT about the band’s mesh of samples and live instruments, how living real life is crucial for creative songwriting, and what his personally perfect everyday Halloween outfit is, and why you’ll never spot it.
November 17, 2017
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How deep is your crate?’ DJ Cut Chemist digs down on ‘Die Cut’

Cut Chemist discussed how he perfected the art of mixing samples with live musicians on his new Madman EP and upcoming Die Cut album, why a certain drummer’s studio performance changed his production goals, and which pioneering tracks belong in a sample-based Smithsonian.
November 10, 2017
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As loud and snotty as ever, the Dead Boys are keeping punk alive

Before the Dead Boys headed out on the road on their 40th anniversary tour, guitarist Cheetah Chrome told us about the enduring legacy of their punk-template track Sonic Reducer, why finding the right producer is critical, and what a 80th anniversary run might be like.
November 3, 2017
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Big Boi of Outkast talks about holding ‘Jedi rap status’ in the streaming era

Big Boi of Outkast spoke with Digital Trends about his new album Boomiverse, his reaction when he first came across Napster, which 1980s pop star he still wishes he could make a song with, and achieving Jedi rap status.
October 31, 2017
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From early Macs to vinyl, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo digs his tech relics

We caught up with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo before he left for his Electric Trim solo tour to discuss the vintage gear on display in the New Thing video, his listening preferences, and which ionic artist stuck up for Sonic Youth’s right to “play whatever they want.”
October 27, 2017
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Friends, admirers, and collaborators remember Canadian rock legend Gord Downie

Some of the late Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie’s peers, collaborators, and admirers discuss his songwriting prowess and his knack for finding the best sounds to reinforce his sometimes nonlinear messages — plus we hear some exclusive thoughts from the man himself.
October 21, 2017
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His father did it with sitar, but Dhani Harrison proves EDM can heal, too

Dhani Harrison, son of late Beatle George Harrison, discusses how he developed the electronic sonic template for IN///PARALLEL, his long-term battles with fake news, and how he’s embraced his role as “healer-in-chief.”
October 13, 2017
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Remembering Tom Petty with an unreleased interview on gear, recording, his legacy

Tom Petty was the transitional glue linking the sonic sensibilities of the more freewheeling ’60s with the singer/songwriter/bandleader movement of the ’70s, the one catch being he was able to sustain a level of creativity and popularity until his literal last breath.
October 6, 2017
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Ever wonder how an album is made? Neil Finn live-streamed the process

Neil Finn tells us how artists balance mystery and transparency with their audiences, why the final version of Out of Silence came together so quickly, and how he’ll weather his next live-streaming experiences.
September 29, 2017
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Backed by an orchestra, Kaki King shape shifts yet again on ‘Live at Berklee’

Guitar whiz Kaki King follows up her recent boundary-pushing multimedia extravaganza with a live chamber orchestra recording that re-imagines eleven of her most challenging songs.
September 22, 2017
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Deer Tick returns from hiatus with a double-barreled dual album release

Deer Tick bandleader John McCauley told Digital Trends how their two new albums resuscitated the group as a creative force, which covers he may eventually tackle himself (and in what style), and about his recent “vinyl mishap” at home.
September 15, 2017
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Furious times call for furious songs on ‘Shade,’ Living Colour’s righteous return

Living Colour’s virtuoso guitarist Vernon Reid discusses how they create the soundtrack to accompany our never-ending information overload, how their songs most resemble a two-way conversation, and why tactile interaction with both music and gear remains important.
September 9, 2017
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