Studio Tool You Need 🎹
Ever wanted to make music with NASA's telescope? Well, now you can, sort of. NASA's Chandra X-ray Center recorded digital data from telescopes and transformed them into notes and sounds. It allows the listener to experience what the telescopes have "seen" by hearing the data. In the video above, the Chandra X-ray Center explains how this process works. Learn more about it and download the files here!
In another video, composer Sophie Kastner created a musical piece using data from around the Supermassive Black Hole in the center of the Milky Way; check it out!
Production Sauce 🎵
One of the most challenging tasks in music production is creating a successful arrangement. Alex Rome gives us the Two Loop Rule, which is his favorite method for arranging dance music. It sounds great and looks like fun to try out, so click here to learn how to!
News Story You Should Hear About ⚠️
SoundCloud, the popular music streaming site that has famously launched artists Like Kehlani and Post Malone, is set to be sold this year for over $1B. Insight from company insiders reveals that the decision to sell has been in motion for over a year, and acquisition interest has primarily come from private equity firms.
Founded in 2007, SoundCloud introduced an era of accessible music promotion, giving artists the tools to release and market their music without costly fees and industry backing. The company has recently endeavored to evolve alongside the music industry and dynamic digital landscape, launching SoundCloud for Artists in 2022 and laying off 8% of its workforce last year in a successful attempt to reach profitability for the first time ever.
Under the leadership of the recently appointed CEO, Eliah Seton, and with the departure of the COO and CFO Drew Wilson this year, SoundCloud is on the cusp of a new beginning—one that hopefully prioritizes its unique relationship with internet culture and independent artists.
An Industry Secret They Don't Want You To Know 🤫
Sampling has always been a hot topic in the music community. If you like to use samples in your productions, you'll be pleased to see a huge list of popular works, including Mickey Mouse himself, have been added to the public domain, according to Duke University's School of Law. Check out the list here!
Artists We Love 🎤
Hailing from Madrid, Zuaraz comprises three friends who have crafted a distinctively blended Latin sound. The group's serene and acoustic musical style stands out amidst the prevailing landscape of Latin pop, often characterized by the dominance of high-energy reggaeton and Latin trap.
Check out our top tracks, "Uh," an irresistibly rhythmic earworm featuring soft, layered vocals and crisp guitar melodies, and "Fiaca," the group's latest single release—a percussive indie track that captures the essence of their evolving musical prowess. Available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.
What's Happening at 343?
We had a blast at our Ableton User Group this week! Thanks to everyone who braved the cold to join us. ❄️
We've got plenty of fun events coming up this month, including an exclusive masterclass and feedback session with Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Chris Sclafani on January 25th. Scalafani has produced vocals for Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and The Weeknd, so this is an event you don't want to miss. Grab your tickets here!
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