Echo Nest, a Boston-based startup that builds music recommendation engines for folks like Spotify, just released a study that analyzes the top 5,000 songs since 1950. Indeed, the average volume of the songs climbs steadily until about 1990 when Kurt Cobain (probably) turned up the volume on the world. From that point on, the graph shoots upwards. S It’s very important, at this point, to specify exactly what the researchers mean by “louder.” This is not the actual volume of the music, the kind that you can turn up and down with a knob. Rather, this measure of loudness considers the difference between the softest part of the song and the loudest part. Over time, the softest parts of songs have been getting increasingly louder while the loudest part is getting closer and closer to the max. Try playing Rage Against the Machine and The Supremes at the same time. You’ll get the point. But that’s not all. Music has actually been getting consistently more energetic”energetic” being the mix of volume, beats, structural changes and instrument sounds. Echo Nest did a similar survey of those 5,000 songs and found that music today is about three times more energetic than it was back in the days of sock hops. So are we just a fiercer generation, one that wants MORE all the time? More volume, more energy, more power? More, more, more! Nah.
Bucharest’s biggest-ever classical music festival
The goal, according to Barlines manager Rebecca Senita, is to give hotel guests an authentic Nashville experience while also giving local residents a new nightlife option. “We want to be Nashville’s new hot spot,” Senita said. “We’re going to have Southern comfort food and classic cocktails mixed with music and sports.” Barlines will book a variety of bands and have a weekly songwriter night on Tuesday, said Senita, who said the venue is booking its October calendar. Additionally, performances will be recorded and broadcast on the Barlines channel for hotel patrons. “We’re going to have music seven days a week from open to close, with sports mixed in as well for big games, featuring Titans games,” she said. “Our music will range from country honky-tonk style to country-rock, bluegrass, rockabilly. We have a good variety of artists that we’re going to bring in.” Barlines is on the first floor of the west side of the 800-room hotel behind the Country Music Hall of Fame at 250 Fifth Ave. S. Omni actually links up with the Hall of Fame and even incorporates items from country music legends such as Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash along its main hallway leading from the lobby. Barlines has two full bars at opposite ends, a Southern-style menu and a “Tennessee whiskey trail” with 21 in-state whiskeys. Outdoor seating is available with a view of Music City Center across the street. ALSO ONLINE: A spirited journey along Tennessee’s Whiskey Trail Already, Omni has 390,000 confirmed bookings, said Tod Roadermel, director of sales and marketing.
24, 2013 photo shows the main concert hall at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania, before a concert of the George Enescu classical music festival. The festival which began in 1958 is named after Romanian composer, violinist and conductor George Enescu, who lived in Romania and moved to Paris when the communists came to power. Vadim Ghirda | AP Photo This Sept. 24, 2013 photo shows Russian-born violinist Maxim Vengerov reacting during a round of applause at the Romanian Athenaeum concert hall in Bucharest, Romania, during the George Enescu classical music festival. The festival which began in 1958 is named after Romanian composer, violinist and conductor George Enescu, who lived in Romania but moved to Paris when the communists came to power. Vadim Ghirda | AP Photo This Sept. 24, 2013 photo shows the main concert hall at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania, before a concert of the George Enescu classical music festival. The festival which began in 1958 is named after Romanian composer, violinist and conductor George Enescu, who lived in Romania and moved to Paris when the communists came to power. Vadim Ghirda, File | AP Photo FILE – This April 10, 2013 file photo shows a boy on a bicycle next to the memorial for those killed in the 1989 anti communist uprising in the Revolution Square in Bucharest, Romania. Octav Ganea | AP Photo FILE – This Oct. 26, 2011, file photo shows a general view shows the Romanian National opera hall, one of the venues of the George Enescu Classical music festival. The 2013 edition of the classical music George Enescu International Festival that takes place in the Romanian capital between Sept. 1 and Sept 28, 2013, enjoyed unprecedented levels of audience with 80 percent of the tickets sold out in the first few days they went on sale . Vadim Ghirda | AP Photo This Sept.
Sinead O’Connor pens open letter to Miley Cyrus: ‘Don’t let the music business make a prostitute of you’
Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana. Shes waaaaaaay gone by now. Not because you got naked but because you make great records. Read the full letter below: Dear Miley, I wasnt going to write this letter, but today ive been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares So this is what I need to say And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love. I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way cool to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping. Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent. I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you. The music business doesnt give a sh about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, they will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone. None of the men oggling you give a sh about you either, do not be fooled. Manys the woman mistook lust for love.