Your phone has one, your laptop has one, and you've got a smart one in the corner of your room telling you the weather - but what makes a good speaker different from a so-so speaker? Why you might consider upgrading the audio capabilities of your TV or computer, and what should you look for if you do?
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When you use your phone as your alarm clock, you might think that you want to wake up to your favourite song. You do not. The first couple of days you'll enjoy it, but then the effect will reverse itself. It won't be "I wake up to my favourite song", it will be "sometimes iTunes plays my alarm". Every time your old favourite song comes on, you'll feel antsy or anxious.
Anyone who claims they've never dreamed of being a rock star is either a philistine or a liar. They are the closest thing to living gods we have: especially in the heady, hairy '70s era. Unfortunately, most of us never progress beyond music/rhythm video games or air-guitar gyrations in the bedroom.
This is where the 100 Riffs video series comes in: it explains how to play no less than 100 classic guitar riffs - from Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water to ACDC's TNT. Best of all, there are options for one finger, open chord, power chord and barre chord players, which means novices and advanced players are equally well catered for.
SoundCloud recently switched its music streams from 128Kb/s MP3 to 64Kb/s Opus. Many users hear a drop in sound quality in the higher frequencies. So artist Joseph Lyncheski, aka Direct, built an extension for Chrome and Firefox to force the site to stream in its old format. (For now, Safari is still streaming in MP3.)
Writer Grace Spelman collects songs like they're Legos, in a meticulously sorted tackle box. She has over 20 Spotify playlists that trace a specific concept, like False Starts/False Endings, 2000s Dialogue Opening and her magnum opus, Songs for Short Attention Spans, which includes over 200 songs that "totally switch up in the middle". Learn more about her hobby in her video interview with The Outline, above.
On Christmas day, you're probably going to be stuck with your extended family. This means awkward small talk with distant cousins, boring conversations with doddering old aunties and pointed questions about why you haven't got married/moved out/lost weight yet. In these situations, you need to shake things up a bit. You need to hijack the Christmas playlist. You need to blast out some Crudbump.
The Chrissy holidays are here, which means it's time to kick back and enjoy all the music, TV shows and movies you've been meaning to catch up on. On the other hand, who wants to stay cooped indoors during the Aussie summer? Fortunately, it's possible to have your cake and eat it too: here are six fabulous AV gadgets designed to bring your entertainment outdoors.
I'm the first to admit that my YouTube viewing habits are a little limited. I enjoy film analysis (Movies with Mikey, Every Frame A Painting - RIP), some sciency stuff like minutephysics and the International Space Station livesteam, and I force everyone who comes into my home to experience Bondi Hipsters' Pipi Dance.
But you mob. These are your top 10 most watched YouTube videos of 2017, and I'm...I'm kind of impressed.
Today I spent one hour playing the game called Whamageddon. Which is tragic, since the game lasts almost a month. The rules are simple: From December 1 to December 24, avoid hearing the Die Hard of Christmas songs, the song that isn't really a Christmas song but still gets played over every shopping centre sound system all December: Wham's "Last Christmas".
Vinyl records have made a huge resurgence in the past few years, with sales continuing to skyrocket year on year. Is it novelty? Nostalgia? The warm, crackling audio? Regardless, vinyl is back and it’s big. Whether you’re looking to ride the wave – or are already knee-deep in records – we’ve picked out five turntables that’ll help put you in a spin.
Welcome to the final episode of How to Fake Playing Piano, our video series on learning piano without getting bored. Previously, composer and pianist Jason Oberholtzer taught you about octaves and fifths, notes, chords and keys, and making your own music. Today he'll show you how to explore almost any kind of music on the piano.
Previously on How to Fake Playing Piano, composer and musician Jason Oberholtzer taught you all the building blocks: What to do with your left hand, what to do with your right hand, and how chords work. Today he puts it all together. In this video, Jason shows you how to noodle around on a piano and sound good, even if you have no idea what you're doing.
Do you have an audiophile in your life - that person who takes their love of music and high quality sound to the next level? And are you at a loss when it comes to buying for them at Christmas time?
We've compiled some gift ideas for audio-obsessed people that will quite literally be music to their ears.
Welcome to lesson two of How to Fake Playing Piano, a piano-lesson series that skips the "Hot Cross Buns" and teaches you how to bang around on a keyboard as if you know what you're doing. Yesterday, composer Jason Oberholtzer taught me how to play octaves and fifths with my left hand. Today, he teaches how to play in the key of C.
Imagine someone just starting to learn the piano. What does it sound like? "Hot Cross Buns"? "Mary Had a Little Lamb"? I sat down with composer Jason Oberholtzer for a fun piano lesson that concentrates on discovering new sounds and playing by ear, rather than learning specific songs or reading sheet music. It won't get you into Carnegie Hall, but it will get you excited to make music.
I rely on one song to be my psych-up music before job interviews: the theme from the 2011 video game Skyrim. The only place I've found the right version of this song is on YouTube -- the midi and orchestral arrangements just don't cut it. But every time I'm in one of these high-stakes moments, I inevitably navigate away from YouTube, or just lock my phone and the stirring chants of Dovahkiin! abruptly cut out.