The Baker School in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Brookline just completed quite possibly one of the most unique elementary school courses ever offered: An eight week semester of DJ class, where students from Grade 3 to Grade 6 were put in front of turntables and mixers and taught the the basics of hip-hop musical production. Read MoreBlowing their own hornSix music tech startups pitching at Berklee tonight
A Waltham startup is fast approaching its $15,000 crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter for the Octopus Shower Speaker, a water resistant speaker that connects to your device over Bluetooth and suctions onto any flat surface. Update: The campaign met its goal as of late Friday afternoon.
In the spacious 11th floor of the Microsoft NERD Center, LJ Rich sat at a keyboard before a roomful of onlookers, all poised and waiting, with fragments of chocolate donuts in our hands.
On Rich’s cue, we popped the small confections in our mouths. As we chewed, Rich, who has “taste-chord” synesthesia, played arpeggios on the keyboard approximating what the taste of a chocolate donut sounds like to her: A pleasant major chord at first, moving into dissonance after a few seconds, before falling into the lower register and fading away. Read MoreBattle of the brandsPandora should be afraid: Spotify has big plans for The Echo Nest
I’m a big fan of Spotify as a way to listen to songs I already know about. But the service’s radio station option — which automatically picks songs for you based on your first song choice, a la Pandora — hasn’t impressed me. In my opinion, Pandora remains the superior product for personalized Internet radio.
That could change with Spotify’s acquisition of The Echo Nest of Somerville. Read MoreSweet sounds for BostonBoston a music tech hub with Spotify acquisition of The Echo Nest
Popular online music service Spotify will have its largest U.S. engineering outpost in Somerville with the planned acquisition of The Echo Nest.
That’s the word from Antonio Rodriguez, general partner at Matrix Partners and board member at The Echo Nest. “We are going to have the largest U.S.-based Spotify engineering group here — not the Valley, but here,” Rodriguez said in an email.
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