The music video for the 1983 hit single “White Wedding” featured a barbed-wire wedding ring, a motorcycle crashing through a stained-glass window and singer Billy Idol unveiling his telegenic sneer. Its director, David Mallet, said it was filmed in one day, like many of the clips he did then, and aimed for a display much different from those we’re accustomed to today. “We were making videos for a screen that the very largest was 32 inches,” Mallet said, also lamenting that a lot of video work wasn’t carefully archived. As a result, YouTube — the place most consumers watch music videos today — still has plenty of videos represented by glitchy dubs off ancient VHS tapes. “A lot of them just don’t hold up when they get blown up to 60-inch screens,” Mallet added. On Wednesday, however, YouTube and Universal Music Group announced that they were upgrading more than 1,000 popular music videos to high definition, releasing them … [Read more...] about YouTube, Universal to upgrade 1,000 music videos to HD
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Apple iPhone and iPad users might be able to ask Siri to play their music in a third-party music app, like Spotify, in the future. According to MacRumors, Apple is opening up the SiriKit framework so that third-party music, podcast, audiobooks and radio apps can make Siri work on their apps. If these third-party app developers work on it, their respective apps just might become useable with Siri starting in iOS13 and iPadOS. With this development, iPhone and iPad users can expect to see Siri do more than just control playback on Apple Music, Apple Podcast and Apple TV, Engadget noted. Siri can be expected to work with popular music apps like Spotify and and Pandora, Of course, third-party app developers will be the ones who will need to enable Siri on their respective apps. MacRumors reached out to the developers of some of the most popular music, podcast and audio apps in iOS, but so far, they haven't responded or indicated their interest in the said feature. Unfair advantage This … [Read more...] about Siri might play third-party music apps in future
In 1868, after more than two centuries of isolationism, the opening of the port of Kobe brought a wave of international influences to this sunny city on the main Japanese island of Honshu. These days visitors will find Western-style mansions built by foreign diplomats, music influenced by the United States, and dim sum in the city's Chinatown district. But the main attractions remain rooted in the region. Kobe is the western neighbour of more well-trafficked tourist destinations – Kyoto is less than a half-hour away on the Shinkansen bullet train; Osaka is just 15 minutes. Although the city is best known for its beef, those who linger in this welcoming, walkable metropolis will also discover a singular music scene, memorable museums, eclectic shopping, little-known regional specialties and an easygoing atmosphere tinged with the foreign flavours that continue to flow through the city’s glittering harbour.3PM: TOOLS OF THE TRADEDon’t let the name of … [Read more...] about Your fix of Japan: Kobe beef and all that jazz in one weekend
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
In our increasingly connected world, music from around the globe is now at our fingertips. In fact, one in four Spotify users actively listens to artists from different cultures. Indonesian music is quite a phenomenon at Spotify, with close to 10 billion tracks streamed to date and an average of 66 million minutes spent listening to Indonesian music each day. The widespread popularity of Indonesian music within the country and – interestingly – in other countries has prompted Spotify to create the Pop Indo Hub for fans. Specially curated by Spotify, Pop Indo Hub features what’s trending in the country, up-and-coming music, top artists and, of course, its legendary ballads. Pop Indo Hub is the perfect place for fans to go and find Indonesia’s hits of the past, present and future. More than that, it’s also the best spot for music fans around the world to discover Indonesia through its unique sounds. Indonesian music is making waves beyond its borders, with … [Read more...] about Discover best of Indonesian music on Spotify’s Pop Indo Hub