Google’s New Smart Textile Tech Lets You Control Music by Pinching a Cord





Google has been actively exploring ways to expand virtual interactions beyond touchscreens and voice assistants. After pioneering touch-sensitive denim jackets and hands-free radar phone controls, Google’s research division is now experimenting with weaving technology into fabrics.


Called “E-Textiles,” the concept takes advantage of textile braiding techniques to enable cords to sense gestures. This could potentially allow people to, for instance, control their music by pinching the wire of their headphones or skipping the track by twisting their hoodie’s strings. Google says the research, for now, exclusively focuses on “drawstrings in garments and as wired connections for data and power across consumer devices,” since they’re commonly used.


Instead of using three or more material strands to form a braid, Google’s project involves interweaving a series of electrically conductive textile yarns. When the user performs an action like pinching a wire, these yarns transmit signals that tell the connected device to perform the assigned task. In addition, this design is interlaced with fiber optic strands that can display color and offer visual feedback whenever someone interacts with the cord.


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Super Hi-Fi Is Reshaping The Sound Of Streaming With AI




On many digital music services, transitions between songs can vacillate between two unpleasant extremes: ear-splitting ads, and seconds of sterile silence. Some of the world’s best-known media and entertainment brands are calling on Super Hi-Fi, a Los Angeles-based artificial intelligence company, to solve this problem.


Super Hi-Fi’s highly specialized AI technology creates smooth transitions and crossfades between songs. It also can stitch ads, news updates and other audio content into music as it plays. The overall effect can make digital music services sound a lot more like live radio stations.


“Broadcast radio seems like a dinosaur, but it actually has many desirable features for streaming services,” said Zack Zalon, co-founder and CEO of Super Hi-Fi. “There is no technology to bridge those silos, so that’s what we set out to build: an AI with the same depth and dexterity as a human DJ.”


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TMP’s Annual Report is Out for FY2020!


Fiscal year 2020 has passed and it’s time to report on the events of Texas Music Partners in the past year.  It’s a relatively short read so you don’t have to shy away.

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Learning to Compose Virtually, Innovating Music Podcast




Listen to innovators, change agents, entrepreneurs, creators, and researchers who all are making big leaps, nudging change, creating differently, or watching what is happening from a unique point of view.  Dr. Gigi Johnson from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music explores with her guests how tech is transforming how we create, collaborate, and create communities around music in a connected age — in our home towns and in communities across the globe.


Guest, Akira Nakano studied at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in both piano and percussion.  Mr. Nakano spent over twelve years working as a video editor, writer, producer, and live event director at TRW Space & Electronics and went on to have 20+ years of video marketing/communications and film producing experience which will dovetail into the LA Inception Orchestra’s Virtual Reality/360 music education program.  Mr. Nakano talks about music, technology and VR technology.


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Guildford Based Music Company Launches Free Learning Resource Team Tutti




A Guildford-based company, M:Tech Education, has created a free interactive learning resource called ‘Team Tutti’ that is available to all schools and children immediately.


Hoping to encourage creativity and support music education for children in KS2 during this challenging period, Team Tutti is a self-guided learning experience using animated characters to deliver fun and engaging lesson content whilst promoting a deep dive into composition and technology.


Presented in a series of weekly modules, it aims to deliver a combination of musical concepts, creative challenges and an interactive quiz to assess learning. As the lessons progress, the content becomes more challenging.


The Team Tutti team is available to answer questions via its parent-guided teacher chat feature.  Children can take advantage of the interactive features including videos, animations, audio buttons and the sketchpad sequencer to explore new and exciting music topics.


Weekly lessons discuss musical concepts including…rhythm, tempo, texture, timbre, harmony, melody, pitch, dynamics, structure and basic musical notation.


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Technology Allows Joslin to Provide Fun, Educational Videos for Music Students




A wealth of district technology is helping Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools elementary music teacher Eric Joslin to provide his students with fun educational lessons each week.

Joslin, who also teaches band to students in fifth through 12th grade, teaches music to each of the elementary grades. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he no longer has direct contact with these students, but he has worked hard to continue to educate them with 20-minute videos that he creates weekly for each grade.


“I find that I’m really enjoying do that,” Joslin said. “It’s just fun to make them and share the music with the kids.”


Joslin said he has developed a schedule where he spends the first two days of the week scripting the videos and then makes two each day for the rest of the week. When it comes to the lessons, he does incorporate curriculum, but he said he also wants to include singing and dancing fun that reinforces the lesson.

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Notre Dame Prep Students Use Love Of Music To Stay Connected During COVID-19 Pandemic





With the doors at Notre Dame Prep closed for the rest of the year, there will be no more performances.  But the spring is usually a busy time for students, with performances and senior recitals.


To showcase the students’ talents, starting last month, every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, they’re asked to submit a short music clip of their choice to share with the community.  Although students aren’t able to practice with the full ensemble in-person, they’re making the best of the situation.  Overall, students said this goes to show music is truly a universal language that can unite people on any given occasion, no matter the circumstances.


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Enabling Music Education in Boston Schools to Thrive




A few years ago, Daniel Fox, owner, producer and engineer with Wondersmith Audio, plus a Zumix volunteer, discovered a missing link between school music programs and the professionals leading them. To repair that link, Fox began offering his services to the schools to help them make bigger and more prolonged advances in their musical and theater programs.


“A school might have a five-year-old mixing board no one really knows how to use,” he says. “And if someone changes something, they assume that the whole thing is broken.”


A major problem he sees throughout the schools he works with are instruments and supplies getting broken because nobody knows the correct way to care for them. “For example, I teach them how to coil a cable so there aren’t any kinks, or how to solder cables instead of replacing them.”


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Technology and Automation Should Allow Us to be More Human




Holly Herndon has outlined her thoughts about the effects of artificial intelligence on music, as well as the conditions of a new “interdependent” model of music production and consumption.


The statement arrives as response to a Twitter debate between Grimes and Zola Jesus, borne out of comments made by Grimes during her appearance on science podcast Mindscape, where she stated her belief that the emergence of an AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) could lead to, as she put it, “the end of art, human art”, a sentiment that led to Zola Jesus calling her “the voice of silicon fascist privilege” in a since-deleted Tweet.


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Soundtrap for Education and FutureDJs Inspire Kids to Take DJ-ing and Music Production Beyond the Classroom




Soundtrap, a Spotify company, and FutureDJs, a company igniting students’ passion for music, are partnering to help nourish the future careers of budding musicians. Combining Soundtrap for Education’s easy-to-use online music and audio creation platform with FutureDJs’ music production and DJ-ing programs will help students create, record and save their best creations.


Soundtrap for Education and FutureDJs are teaming to offer music programs and instruction that will give students in years 7-12 one-on-one or paired lessons covering the music essentials that form part of a GCSE in Music, including such important elements as timbre, keys and scales, arrangement, composition and ensemble. Together, these companies will visit UK schools to help students identify and refine their best creations and turn them into high-quality online music. They also hope to nurture students and inspire them to extend their talent beyond the classroom by now having access to tools required for professional-level music production and composition.


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