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What is the Name of That Song?

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How often have you heard a new song and liked it, only to not find out the name of it at the end? It can drive you crazy trying to Google pieces of the lyrics, attempting to figure out who sings it, and what it’s called. You can’t buy the song for yourself if you don’t know the name of it. That’s where Midomi comes in. With Midomi, you can use your own voice to hum or sing lyrics to any song, and the service will find it for you. Once you’ve found it, you can watch the video for that particular piece of music, or even record a version of your own to share with the world.

Create a profile on Midomi, and sing your favorite songs. Upload them and create a playlist of searchable songs for others to enjoy. The next time anyone searches for that song, your performance might be the top result! You can listen to and rate others’ musical performances, see their pictures, send them messages, buy original music, and more.

There are more than two million legal tracks on Midomi. You can listen to samples of original recordings, buy the full studio versions directly from Midomi, and play them on your computer.

Thanks to James for sending in this screencast, so that everyone can have fun on this awesome site. Let me know what other websites you cannot get through the day without!

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GarageBand Tutorial

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Today’s screencast is one that is both informative and fun. Alex is a GarageBand expert, and wanted to show all of you his tips and tricks. When I’ve used GarageBand in the past, I simply clicked on a lot of things and attempted to actually make something that resembled music. However, there are actually specific things that you can do. Who would have ever guessed?!

Once you open GarageBand, you’ll want to choose “Loops”. That lets you use all of the tracks included with the application, as well as adding in your own instruments. Name your recording whatever you choose. At the bottom, you’ll see options for changing the key, tempo and beats per minute. However, it’s usually better to change it from within your project.

Choose a category to the right of your project window. You’ll see a listing of all the tracks, and you should choose whatever one you like the most. You should play around by putting a few different tracks together, to see what works well together.

GarageBand allows you to change the length of each track in your project, as well as letting you fade tracks in and out. Alex gives excellent instructions for managing this, and plays his end result for you. It’s not difficult to do. I would have never figured it was this easy!

You can also record your own voice (or musical instrument!) and add it to your track. Use your built-in mic or external microphone. Create a new track, and choose “Software Instrument”. Once you’re all set, you can start playing your tune… and then save it. Play around with the different instruments that come included with GarageBand, and even add your own singing in there if you dare!

Once you are finished with your song, click on “Share”. You can now send your creation to different applications, such as to a CD burner or iTunes. Don’t compress the song file, or you will lose quite a lot of quality.

Thanks a lot Alex for teaching this old dog some new tricks!

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The Twelve Days of Christmas – Geek Style

I admit it – I love Christmas music. I like the old, traditional stuff. I like some of the funny stuff. I even like some of the new-fangled stuff! Earlier this evening, I was listening to some Christmas tunes while working in my office, and the Twelve Days of Christmas song came on. As I hummed along with this cute little song, I remembered that there’s a “redneck” version, as well. That got me thinking… where’s the Geek version?! Surely there are more than enough gadgets lying around to help inspire us, right? We demand equal representation! If Jeff Foxworthy can sing about redneck gifts, why can’t we sing about Geeky ones?

Here’s my challenge to you – come up with a whole new version of the standard Twelve Days of Christmas. The catch is, of course, that it has to be Geek style! Only Geeky gifts, gadgets and gizmos are allowed for each of the days. Make sure the song makes sense, and rhymes at least somewhat. If you want me to sing it on stream some day, you need to make sure it sounds at least kind of coherent. If I receive one that is truly awesome, you never know where you might see or hear your creation!

Get to writing, and email me your lyrics!

There are a lot of cool games and software titles available for excellent prices in our downloads center today – just in time for holiday gift-giving!

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How to Remove Vocals from Songs Using Audacity

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This is the next in our series of screencasts recorded by people in our community! You can always submit your own, you know. I’m still looking for more good screencasters! Daniel has created this short tutorial for us, to show us how to easily remove the vocals from any song using the free Audacity software.

Open up your song in Audacity. In that top box, click the small drop-down arrow, and choose “Split Stereo Track”. Once it has split into two panes, go to the top of the Audacity window and click “Effect”, and then “Invert”.

Once it has finished, go back to that bottom pane, and click on the drop-down arrow there. Choose “Mono”. Select the top track and repeat the procedure, choosing “Mono” there, as well.

Once you have done this, you’ll notice that the vocals aren’t nearly as prominent. It doesn’t remove it completely, but it does lessen the strength of the voice so that you can easily sing over it, using the edited track for Karaoke purposes.

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How to Sing Karaoke Online for Free

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Who doesn’t like to sing? Even if you can’t “sing” really well, you still probably like to. I sing in the shower, in the car, and even on my live stream. Heck, people have recorded me singing in the past, and uploaded it all over YouTube. Oh, the joys of live streaming!

If you enjoy belting out songs, you will probably become addicted to the new online Karaoke site! Karaoke Party is a free service where you can practice from your own home, and “compete” against others. Sing karaoke online in your web browser. Practice your singing and increase your score. Challenge your friends in becoming the next karaoke champion. All you need is a microphone and a web browser that connects to the ‘Net!

Just a few minutes before recording this video, I recorded my own Karaoke version of the song “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. I know nothing about music, and I can’t really sing. I’m sure you’ll cringe when you hear it, but that’s ok. I just love to sing along though!

You don’t need a Karaoke machine, nor any other fancy equipment. All you need is yourself, an Internet connection, and your microphone. Send everyone outside so they can’t hear you, and cut loose. Show the next American Idol that is inside of you!

If you want to share what you’ve done, make sure you leave us a link!

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Where do You go to Find Music Online?

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Sometimes you may have a song running through your head. You may know the artist and title of the song, but you cannot find it online. You want to hear the song, yes. But you don’t want to have to surf for the right video on YouTube, and you don’t want to download something in order to be able to listen. So what now? When you just want to hear a song, try using JustHear!t.

JustHear!t is becoming the place for music online. It is the most innovative on-demand music discovery service. You can listen instantly to any song you want without signing up (or paying for!) anything.

Simply go to the website, and type in the song you want to hear. Hit your enter key – and there you go. Listen to your song. Yeah – it really is that easy. Sort by song or by artist… or even metadata.

It even finds really obscure stuff. There’s so much more out there that you don’t realize is there, because you’re using the wrong search tool. You can use YouTube, but you’ll only get results from YouTube. You can use Google, but then you will get thousands of things you did not mean to look for, and we know how much of a pain that can be at times.

So if all you want to do is actually listen to music, then try out JustHear!t today.

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Would You Like to Make Money with Music?

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How would you like to find an unknown band or musical artist, support them, help them get a recording contract, and then receive a portion of the proceeds from their sales? Is that something you’re interested in? On SellaBand, artists can upload their music, and find supporters.

For the first time fans and Artists can be in business together. Therefore each Artist issues 5,000 so called Parts. Parts cost $10 (plus transaction costs) each. Together Believers have to raise $50,000 to get their Artist of choice in the studio. At any point before your Artist has reached the Goal of $50,000, you can withdraw your Parts and pick a different Artist. You can even get your money back (minus a small transaction fee). It’s your music. It’s your choice.

Once your Artist has raised $50,000 SellaBand will assign an experienced A&R-person to this project. Together with a top Producer, your Artist will record a CD in a state-of-the-art Studio. During the process you will get an exclusive sneak preview of this exciting process.

All advertising revenues generated via SellaBand will be shared equally between the SellaBand Recording Artists, their Believers and SellaBand. The amount of money you and the Artist will get paid depends on the market share the artist has in the total number of downloads on SellaBand.
Three of the songs on the CD will be given away as free Downloads. The other tracks will be sold as paid Downloads for 50 dollarcents each. The net profit of these sales will be split evenly between you, your Artist and SellaBand.

That is very cool. Discover new artists and music, help launch their careers, and make money in the process. It doesn’t get much better than that.


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How Do You Discover New Music?

I love listening to a wide variety of music. When I’m working, I will often have music playing, which can be heard over my stream. People send me emails all the time with recommendations of different music, songs and artists I should check out. I always take the time to do so, since you never know what I might find that I enjoy and would have never heard of otherwise. I tend to discover my music this way. I had to ask my friends how they discover their new tunes.

I’ve had this dilemma until recently. I don’t use radio anymore, and I haven’t had cable in years so no MTV or VH1. I’ve recently discovered Pandora, quite happy with it. – Kevin Etter

On the radio ? – Charlie Anzman

Hype Machine is good although its hard to keep track of everything on there its updated constantly. – Sean Davis

I use Pandora constantly. – Morgan

last.fm, browsing iTunes & eMusic. Metafilter and various blogs also introduced me to a few bands – Mike Cohen

Definitely Last.FM ! – Γ‰ric Senterre

Pandora is definitely the way I find new music. I haven’t tried Last.FM in a while, I may need to rediscover it. – JT Perry

last.fm – nicerobot

Pandora and here. – Yolanda

I recommend Binaerpilot. – Vezquex

I have some friends whose raison d’Γͺtre is finding new music, and they toss it to me. – Kirk Kittell

I don’t listen to radio at all. I don’t watch videos. Primary source of music is Last.fm and I find new/different stuff via FriendFeed. If I can’t find anything I like…I create it. – Rahsheen Porter

Cool friends – Noah Carter

Any and every way I can. I especially like getting recommendations from people I trust. Then, if I really dig the music, I will always have that connection to reflect on. – Josh Haley

last.fm, eMusic, and Jamendo. – Steven Perez

Madison, Wisconsin enjoys the benefits of a fine community station and a killer student station (i.e., WORT, WSUM). Always way ahead of the curve. Plus the internets are a bonus. – Dave Martin

Last.fm, Pandora, a few choice blogs and–every now and then–the radio. – Aram Zucker-Scharff via twhirl

Pandora, BBC 1 (it’s new to Americans) and a few di.fm programs. – Andrew Leyden

I don’t listen to radio or watch TV since I moved to the UK, so my primary sources now are Last.fm, eMusic, FriendFeed and Rolling Stone. I’d say I’m purchasing about as much music as I used to though – mostly CDs when Amazon or HMV has a sale. DRM sucks. – Jon Price

Pandora, Last.fm, podcasts, & sometimes radio. Friends too πŸ™‚ – zoblue

primarily – last.fm and amazon.com recommendations. secondarily – friend recommendations. I have the benefit of having friends with impeccable taste in music. – Jason Toney

last.fm, hypem.com and podcasts oh and of course friends. – Got80s via twhirl

Corie Allison – Bren

Friends, last.fm, radio, newspapers, movies, tv shows, magazines, concerts, nightclubs, festivals, and FF. – Pete Delucchi

Oh, music blogs and podcasts, too. flux, gramophone, soul sides, rock insider, and the fader are go to blogs. KCRW top tune, kexp song of the day, and indiefeed are my go to music podcasts. But, damn, now y’all know all my secrets. How will I maintain my rockist/soulist cred? – Jason Toney

All I use is last.fm, because somehow it amanages to find new related artists each week despite my massive music collection – Bartek Gniado

I tend to rummage with radio, and internet cause I don’t get music suggestions. – Shawn

Last.fm – Roger Benningfield

I’m a bit of a new-music freak and take a lot of time out to find new music. I don’t ell se last.fm but I am hooked up on the site. While Pandora was available in the UK that was by far the best way I found new music. Since then I browse my iLike Activity page weekly, as well as check my iTunes weekly mail of new tunes from my favourite bands. I also check BBC Radio 1’s and xfm’s playlists and isten to the hottest tracks from sixtyone.com. Lastly I check the music page on MySpace nd anything the London Timeout lists in its weekly magazine. For my type of music I listen to Zane Loe on Radio 1 A LOT! Huw Stephens and the In New Music We Trust programmes are very good too. I’m a member of Blip.fm and several others but they don’t seem to give me good results. – Kol Tregaskes

Oh and once I do find a new band I hck them out on Amazon and AllMusic and seek out the similar artists/Albums they list. ALso, Radio 1 has lots of podcasts to listen to. – Kol Tregaskes

If the last.fm feeds on FF all hd lay buttons then I would check them out more too. – Kol Tregaskes

I don’t, really. Most of my new music is soundtracks. I just don’t listen to music. – Brent Newhall

a href=”http://www.freeformrock.com” rel=”nofollow”>http://www.freeformrock.com (traditional FM freeform, including contemporary Americana, from one of the legendary freeform DJ’s) and Pandora for stuff that’s new to my hearing, but I somehow missed over the years ( http://pandora.com/share/stati… ). – Malcolm Gault-Williams

Through friends and Amazon.com. Occasionally through the BBC’s 1Xtra and the NY Times Arts section. My friends are musical omnivores and voracious consumers. They’ve introduced me to most of the new music I’ve purchased in the last year. – tiffany

i am in the black/electro scene – new music i find via last.fm, listening to my friends’ music and – like last weekend – by visiting festivals πŸ™‚ – Carsten

How do you find new music to listen to? Do you just turn on a radio and listen? Do you take recommendations from others? Or do you just happen across new stuff occasionally online?