Blind Musician Gains Sight With New Technology

 

 

 

A legally blind musician in Denver has been given the gift of sight thanks to a pair of high-tech goggles.

 

They were created by a company called ‘Irisvision’ and they combine two pieces of technology and some app-based software.

 

The technology includes a Samsung phone, which is placed inside a Samsung virtual reality headset. Musician Brian Hurley, who started losing his sight at age 13, uses them on a daily basis to make music.

 

“Being able to look at my instruments allows me to be creative in as real-time as I want,” Hurley said.

 

He had tried other models from different companies but said none were worth the money the way Irisvision’s are.

 

“It’s almost like the sky is the limit!” he said.

 

Hurley is able to zoom in on objects through the goggles and focus in on things he wasn’t able to see before.

 

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Amplify Austin Day 2020

 

Amplify Austin Day 2020 is fast approaching and it’s time for us to get in gear and get it together.  Amplify Austin Day runs from 6:00 PM on March 5th until 6:00 PM March 6th.  Early giving started on January 21st so any donations between now and 6:00 PM March 6th will be counted.

 

This being our first year to participate, we are holding the first annual fundraising competition.  We are looking for between 6 and 10 teams to join us and help us compete for who can get the most donations online.  Teams can be from 1-5 members and we are trying to get each team to raise $500+.  This is pretty easy with multiple members and here is how you do it:

 

Register your team and get online before Amplify Austin Day and recruit your online friends through whatever social media you prefer.  See if they are willing to donate anything to help you reach your goal and then see if they can contact their friends and so on.  We plan on having a party during Amplify Austin Day so everyone can get online and work together (or remotely if you wish) to reach your goal and compete for the gold or silver prize.  Once you reach your $500 goal your team is eligible for the prizes offered.

 

To register your team for the fundraising competition just go to https://www.amplifyatx.org/organizations/texas-music-partners and click on the FUNDRAISE button.  Let me know and I’ll give you a planning packet.  Remember this is a friendly competition for Texas Music Partners and central Texas school kids so the most important thing is to HAVE FUN!

 

If you don’t want to participate in the fundraising competition you may donate directly on our site using the Austin Amplify Donate button (not PayPal) or clicking on the link above and clicking the donate button anytime between now and 6:00 PM on March 6th.  You may also wait and donate to one of our fundraising teams and help them out.  It all goes to the central Texas school kids!

 

Michigander named 2019 Woman of Worth for special needs music therapy work

 

 

 

A Michigan woman has been named to the 2019 Women of Worth honoree list for her music therapy work with special needs children.

 

Judy Winter founded Eric “RicStar” Winter Music Therapy Camp after the death of her son Eric Winter at age 12. He had suffered from cerebral palsy but thrived in a community music program at Michigan State University.

 

The camp uses music therapy and one-on-one support to nurture and celebrate abilities while modeling positive inclusion. Students make gains in physical, emotional and social areas, which allows them to increase their independence and form meaningful friendships.

 

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From Market To Entertainment: How Technology Bridges Creativity With Innovation

 

 

 

The way technology is defined today often flies in the face of previous eras’ definition of the term. For instance, the phonograph was a technological innovation once upon a time that today is viewed as more mechanical than technological simply because analog creations are often disregarded as part of that larger agglomeration of technology. So to enter into the frame the innovations of multitrack recording, the electric guitar, the synthesizer, auto-tune and MIDI controller which are widely part of both electronic and analog music today.

 

What we take as technological advancements in music, however, are often rooted in business and scientific innovations that have been adapted for creative markets or that are found to be as useful inside business as much as they are outside. What marks the place of music in new technology, however, is often how certain companies are themselves opening up to new markets such as Sony’s recent debut of speakers that can imitate a live concert and Apple’s letting go of its closed-loop software which for years notoriously refused to allow competitors to integrate their technology with Apple’s.

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What Do You Think?

 

WE NEED YOUR INPUT
We’re always trying to improve our organization and we have run across many people that don’t quite understand what is our actual mission. So here is our original mission statement and the latest mission statement for you to compare and give us feedback. We want to be as clear and transparent as possible and we value your opinion. If you need further clarification please go to www.texasmusicpartners.org … or … www.texasmusicpartners.org/about. We will be rewriting that soon as well but it should give you a pretty good feel for what we are trying to do at TMP.

ORIGINAL MISSION STATEMENT
Developing the next generation of creative thinkers by showing kids how to creatively combine technology and music through education and performance.

NEW MISSION STATEMENT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT
To combine music, academics, and the STEAM approach (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to learning, to help students succeed in school and find a creative passion.

To plant the seed of creativity in a student’s mind so they learn to think outside the box and stay creative. To use creativity to help them problem solve through school and as an adult.

We do this by promoting music: on its own, through other arts, and through academics while showing students how to think positively and learn from their mistakes in a positive way.

Email us.  Your thoughts and comments are appreciated.

Amazon Teams Up with Ciara to Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Through Music

 

 

 

Amazon announced a new addition to its Amazon Future Engineer program – a music remix competition that teaches students how to write code that makes music. Alongside Georgia Tech and their learn-to-code-through music platform, EarSketch, participating high school students have the opportunity to win prizes by composing an original remix featuring original music stems from Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ciara and her song, “SET.

 

Students will use computer science and coding to build their remix using musical samples from Ciara’s song “SET,” as well as other sounds from the EarSketch library. Students will learn looping (repeating) to extend the length of their song, use strings to create new beats, create custom functions representing different song sections, and learn to upload their own sounds to the EarSketch library.

 

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The (drum) Beat Goes On For This Musician Engineer

 

 

A funny thing happened when Sanaa Finley (class of ’23) took part in the University of Rochester’s Early Connection Opportunity program this summer. She switched majors before even starting college.

 

“I came here looking to major in mechanical engineering,” the Ocean, New Jersey, native says. “We listened to lectures from professors in the different engineering disciplines, and when a professor from audio and music engineering came in, I realized I didn’t have to give up music in college. AME combined two things I’m very passionate about, and I couldn’t wait to call my mom and tell her.”

 

Music and technology have interested Finley for most of her life …

 

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A New Advent in Headphones Technology

 

(These Wireless Headphones Play Music, Translate 11 Languages and Work as a Portable Speaker)

 

Headphones usually come in two flavors.

  1. There’s the earbud style you see everywhere.
  2. And there’s the over-the-ears, band-over-your-head style popularized by Bose, Beats and air traffic controllers.

 

This is like a hybrid of the two, with some ear muff sensibilities thrown in for good measure.

 

Cue up a playlist for Human Headphones, a new kind of wireless music-listening apparatus that… is a little hard to categorize. But know that it does at least three things: 1) affixes to your face and plays music; 2) operates as a portable speaker; 3) translates languages like a polyglot.

 

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6 Ways to Make a Career in Music Technology

 

 

Want to turn that (possibly very) expensive hobby of yours into a career? Want to make money from the flashing hardware and great software that you use? There are some obvious and not so obvious paths – and we cover them all.

 

If you’ve ever considered turning that money-draining hobby status into a professional money-making (aka trickling in) enterprise, then you’ve come to just the right place. There are several routes you might not previously have considered taking to turn your creative passion into a career and we have five – plus one you really don’t want to consider, believe us – right here …

 

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Digital Hearing Aids Turn the Whole World Into a Giant MP3 File

 

The world has rediscovered the virtues of analog sound. Why has the hearing aid industry gone completely digital?

 

For someone like me—an avid record collector with profound hearing loss—the past decade has produced severe cognitive dissonance caused by two contrary developments. First, vinyl came back; then, good hearing aids went away. I realize that a mostly deaf music snob sounds like the premise for a Kids in the Hall sketch, but in many ways, I’m not alone. I’ll explain …

 

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