Archive for the ‘Online Music’ Category

Skype

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Skype.comHave you ever heard of Kazaa or the entrepreneurs who built it, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis?  It was the most popular internet software download in 2003.  Kazaa was a peer-to-peer file sharing service that was primarily used to share pirated music files online and it peaked in popularity sometime after Napster was shut down and when Walmart and then iTunes became the top music retailers in the USA.   Well if you ever heard of  Skype then you’re familiar with the next big project the Zennström & Friis took on.

Skype is a free download that enables you to make free voice and video calls through the internet.  It uses a combination of VoIP technology and peer-to-peer file sharing technology to deliver a virtually free video conferencing service to the world.  You just need a webcam and/or microphone and a computer with internet access.

First released in 2003, Skype was bought by eBay in 2005 for $2.6 billion then in 2011 it was bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion.  The future of any communication technology is always uncertain, but no matter what, the ability to see and speak with people around the globe for free is turning out to be very popular.  With 30+ million users every day accumulating over 300 billion minutes of online conversations in 2011 alone.  It is an amazing growth story that’s starting to make a profound change to the way we communicate.

So check out skype.com today, you might even want to consider downloading it yourself.

Skype Explained Visually

Free Public Domain Music

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Making an online video is getting to be a pretty popular activity.   Most budding digital film editors quickly realize what a huge part music plays in creating the atmosphere in a video.  Unfortunately the use of copyrighted music in a home made video or school project might get you in a bit of legal trouble with the copyright owner.  And by the way websites like YouTube.com have developed some sophisticated ways to identify your illegal use of music.  Instead, try using some of the music you can download for free from FreePD.com where you can find hundreds of musical arrangements that are available through a creative commons license.

Explore free music at FreePD.com today!

Jam Studio

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Since 2007 you’ve been able to go online at JamStudio.com and create your own authentic sounding music for free.  With an easy to follow tutorial and simple controls on the screen, this internet based Adobe flash website could definitely capture the imagination of even the most amateur musician.  Think of it as a music sandbox.

JamStudio.com was created by Dave Edwards and here is a 10 minute interview with him.  The online music mixer includes over 40,000 musical phrases played and recorded by real musicians that you can mix to create your own songs.  JamStudio.com is free, but you can create an account so you can save and further develop your creations later.  For a monthly fee of about $10 you can become an All Access Pass Member and you’ll be able to download all your musical creations royalty free.

For educators there is a special grant program that gives students an All Access Pass to JamStudio.com at no cost.  Here’s some more information about the grant program at Philly-Teacher.blogspot.com.

So find your musical talent and experiment with JamStudio.com today.

JamStudio.com on Fox 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX:


Virtual Piano

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Would you like to play a piano, right now?  Just go to the free online Virtual Piano and you can do just that.  VirtualPiano.net was created by Crystal Magic Studio LTD in London, England.  Even if you can’t play a note you can still enjoy trying.  And if you can play, you might want to consider entering one of their competitions.  Here’s a video of one of their past winners.

The Virtual Choir

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Composed and Conducted by
ERIC WHITACRE
“Lux Aurumque”

 

This original composition went live on YouTube on March 21st, 2010.   You can read about previous projects and the development of this virtual choir at Eric Whitacre’s Offical Blog.

GrooveShark

Monday, January 4th, 2010

grooveshark01If you enjoyed the music selection on Pandora then you’ll probably like GrooveShark even more.   It’s simple.  Any song you want, any artist you can think up.  Just type it into their search engine and they’ll find it for you and play it for free. 

GrooveShark was founded in 2006 by Sam Taratino and Josh Greenberg and it’s based out of Gainesville Florida, U.S.A.   It is a service of Escape Media Group and according to Wikipedia (01/04/10) they are streaming 50 to 60 million songs a month and growing at a rate of 2-3% a day.  

Give it a try today, see if you can find your favorite music on http://listen.grooveshark.com/


Pandora Radio

Friday, November 27th, 2009

pand01Internet radio usually consists of going to a radio station’s website and clicking to access the streaming version of their broadcast.  Pandora.com is a little different than that.  It offers internet radio also but it’s customized to each individual user’s taste. Pandora.com has been developed as part of the Music Genome Project which was founded in 2000 by Will Glaser, Jon Kraft, and Tim Westergren.  The goal of the project is to identify the fundamental attributes of music and so far they have developed a list of approximately 400 of these music attributes.  Below is a video where Tim Westergren attempts to explain the Music Genome Project and Pandora.

No matter what you might think of the project, the website is definitely worth checking our.  Apologies to those outside the United States, for various licensing reasons, Pandora.com‘s  free music service is not available world-wide.