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Saturday December 20, 2014

Stories related to ‘music’

Next Big Sound is Next Big Startup in NY

Next Big Sound is Next Big Startup in NY

  NY-based startup "Next Big Sound" is becoming a successful startup by adapting to the shift in the consumer music industry towards social media. The company tracks data from Pandora, Facebook, digital downloads, and Twitter and packages them into one location. For a flat monthly [Full Story…]

Money is No Object at High End NY #Audio Salon

Money is No Object at High End NY #Audio Salon

At Audio Arts, a sound system can cost as much as a one-room apartment. The stereo equipment store, located off Madison Square Park, has a marble fireplace, lovely park views and high security. Owner Gideon Schwartz told The Wall Street Journal that for most of his clients, it’s not about the money. [Full Story…]

NY Theremin Society Wants to Elevate Status of Instrument

NY Theremin Society Wants to Elevate Status of Instrument

The New York Theremin Society wants to deliver the instrument to the status they feel it deserves. Invented by Russian Leon Theremin, the electronic instrument has long been associated with soundtracks involving UFOs or otherworldly effects. It's played by manipulating the electromagnetic fields [Full Story…]

Iconic NY Record Album Covers Mapped via Google

Iconic NY Record Album Covers Mapped via Google

Bob Egan, a 59 year-old New Yorker, spends his time searching for locations depicted in artwork on record album covers. For instance, the wall behind Billy Joel on his "52nd Street" album, or Bob Dylan's stoop on "Highway 61 Revisited." So far, Egan has concluded that the Who almost positively [Full Story…]

Spotify May Lease New NY Office

Spotify May Lease New NY Office

Spotify may soon sign a 73,000 sq. foot lease for the seventh floor of 620 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. The company provides online music streaming services and will be moving from its current location on 111 Eight Avenue. Rents were not available, but RXR Realty acquired 620 Avenue of the [Full Story…]

First Round Capital’s Fralic Talks Digital Music at NY Event

First Round Capital's Fralic Talks Digital Music at NY Event

Chris Fralic, a partner at the NY office of First Round Capital spoke yesterday at the New Music Seminar's tech summit near Union Square. Fralic discussed both the successful digital media companies he has backed, as well as those that did not survive. According to Xconomy, however, Fralic gave a [Full Story…]

Songza Launches iPad App, Surpasses One Million Downloads

Songza Launches iPad App, Surpasses One Million Downloads

NY-based Songza launched their iPad app last week and since then has reached more than 1.15 million downloads. Songza is a music curator and streaming service available on iPhone, Android, web apps, and now iPad. Though they did not release numbers pre-iPad launch, founder Elias Roman told [Full Story…]

Popdust Closes $4.5 Million Funding Round

Popdust Closes $4.5 Million Funding Round

Earlier this week NY based Popdust received Series A funding totaling $4.5 million from such backers as New Enterprise Associates, RRE Ventures, SoftBank Capital, and Project A Ventures. The website provides cheeky music-celebrity news, but recently added a fashion store filled with items curated, [Full Story…]

Blip Festival: NY’s Geeked Out Music Fest

Blip Festival: NY's Geeked Out Music Fest

Blip Festival, a NY music festival centered around retro video games, is taking place this weekend at Gramercy Theatre. The sets feature 8-bit stage projections and an array of unique sounds. According to The Village Voice, "Chiptune" is the style to emulate. This geeky niche of electronic music [Full Story…]

Attention Engineers: NY Tech Industry Needs You

Attention Engineers: NY Tech Industry Needs You

Demand for engineers in NY is the number one concern facing the growing number of startup tech companies in the city.  According to WNYC.org, the need for these coveted code-writers was apparent at  New York Tech Day job fair this past April. Jesse Chad-Norris, co-founder of NY-based Indaba Music [Full Story…]

New Ideas for Digital Music Mulled at #IWNY

New Ideas for Digital Music Mulled at #IWNY

A panel of backers for new digital music ideas spoke on this week on an Internet Week NY panel about the need for innovation in digital music, how audiences discover music and new ways of connecting fans to their favorite groups at live venues. According to Xconomy, Jalak Jobanputra, managing [Full Story…]

TuneCore Finds Its Niche in the Online Music Industry

TuneCore Finds Its Niche in the Online Music Industry

Six years ago, Jeff Price, founded TuneCore, a Brooklyn-based service for artists who are not quite in the realm of mainstream music. Price was one of the founders of the independent label, spinART, in 1991, but by the mid-2000's, the rise of digital music had pushed the company along with many [Full Story…]

Startup Weekend NYC Highlights Music, Gaming Innovations

Startup Weekend NYC Highlights Music, Gaming Innovations

At this year's Startup Weekend NYC, which took place this past weekend, about 110 participants gathered to create "disruptive music and game-themed software." These apps developed over the 3-day event are prototypes; but they have the potential to scale the business and provide a reasonable [Full Story…]

New York NeoFuturists Brings Nerd-themed Musical to NY

New York NeoFuturists Brings Nerd-themed Musical to NY

The New York NeoFuturists,  a collective of theatrical artists, have premiered a new musical in the city called "You Are in an Open Field" based on the "nerdcore" genre of music (hip-hop music dedicated to nerd-themed interests, such as video games and D&D).  Headed by NeoFuturists Kevin R. [Full Story…]

Webby Awards Announce Winners Today #IWNY

Webby Awards Announce Winners Today  #IWNY

The Webby Awards, which celebrate various Internet achievements, announced today this year's winners. Amongst those being honored include comedian Louis C.K., who won the "person of the year" award for innovating the channels of distribution in media,  Bjork, who was voted as "artist of the year" [Full Story…]