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BE PART OF THE #CREATIVEEUROPEATHOME INITIATIVE

IMZ International Music + Media Centre The European Commission asks beneficiaries of the Creative Europe Programme to showcase their art work using #CreativeEuropeAtHome. The coronavirus outbreak has had a significant impact on the cultural and creative sector, artists and their audiences alike. Many activities carried out under the Creative Europe Programme cannot take place as planned due to the measures imposed by governments to contain the spread of the virus. While there is no denial about the gravity of the situation, it is also important to acknowledge and highlight the many positive examples that continue to move forward the cultural and creative life in Europe: movie archives opening up their websites for the public, theaters...

Collaborative tools for musicians

During this quarantine time caused by COVID-19, it seems necessary to do some list of collaborative tools and app for musicians to help them to work at distance and also share their creations. If we all use daily Soundcloud, Youtube, Skype, WeTransfer, Zoom and also IGTV Instagram and Facebook Live, some specific tools ca be useful.Avid Cloud Collaboration allows multiple collaborators to work on the major DAW on the market Pro Tools software. All it takes is Pro Tools and an internet connection. So, it is limited to Pro Tools users, of course, but as soon as you’ve logged into your Avid account, you can start collaborating with others just by clicking on File > Start collaboration. From...

Would you let me give you suprise?

Listening to new music is being considered as hard, when it’s compared to listening to music we already know. I assume most people —especially those who have settled into the rhytm of life after 30—simply don’t listen to new music, because they are focused mostly on work, rent, children, and broadly speaking “life”. Eventually, in some cases come to place where music becomes something to remember rather than something to experience. It’s just something „worth to know”. Why do we even listen to new music anymore? Most people have access to the songs they could ever need by the time they turn 30. Various streaming platforms can get us back to the days of our youth when life...

Coronavirus – how does it sound?

For the last couple of weeks, we have all lived only on this topic. Coronavirus. As a label, just like the entire cultural sector, we try to adapt to the new reality and go through this time in health and safety. We try to tame the epidemic in various ways, however it inspires to share with you one of the extended sonifications of his DNA code on our website. Meanwhile, the drastic steps taken by subsequent countries significantly affect various areas of artistic activity banned gatherings of human communities means also the concerts. As a result, many musicians (and other artists) lose their primary source of income, and no one is available...

Music will rebuild our environment?

During days of global warming and 6th significant extinction of species, news including acoustic ecology can get through even to publicistic and comedy channels as here. Some time ago medias throughout the world were describing history of use of sounds of alive Coral reef to revive dead reef. Field recordings attracted part of organisms becoming and impulse for regeneration. When we look at this from wider perspective – we are dealing with active attempt of rebuilding environment which takes its beginning with prothesis of acoustic niches, eventually aiming to dissolve in renewed and healthy sonic tissue. Article, which gives a close-up of acoustic activity in area of The Great Barrier Reef appeared...

Soundscape design for hospitals

"International Sound Award Podcast” recently published a statement of Anttio Ikonen – a composer, sound designer i and lecturer, responsible for students soundscape project for Helsinki New Children’s Hospital. In podcast Ikonen talks about obvious connections with acoustic ecology and he also describes the proces of creating acoustic experience for hospital personnel. It required resignation from obvious and simple solutions (such as using loudspeakers playing looped music from mp3 files) and creating computer ambient generator, which is collecting and mixing sounds in the way that makes them create audible identity of certain space, depending also on time of the day. It’s one of a kind audiokaleidoscope, which creates new colorful sound patterns made...

Is vinyl more ecological than CD?

Behind of great sound experience usually goes on a carbon footprint. Due to the renewed popularity of vinyl records and all their charm, old machines, the noise of Thai factories, the stench of heated plastics and the Chao Phraya River flowing down the carcinogenic stream. The Guardian reporter guides us through the entire process reminiscent of the "How it's done" program, although the narrative story should rather be titled "How harmful it is." Insightfull journalistic investigation containing a handful of specific, unfortunate data does not stop at the black disc and reminds that CDs and cassettes are also products that were initially oil. And which, along their entire way to the final...

Sonic Distancing

A guide to livestream concerts during the coronavirus outbreak. In the last 10 years or so, countless theories have surfaced to describe what ails classical music’s concert halls. Is it the stuffy architecture   the ban on beverages; the hushers and passive-aggressive insiders; or the (crumbling) bans on social media use that turn off many potential visitors, especially those who are young and non-white? The novel coronavirus is giving us a chance to test the widely held idea that if classical music was freed from the obnoxious rituals, it would find a wider audience. Some are skeptical: Last year, the artist manager Jasper Parrott told VAN, “Finding performances online is a very impoverished view of the inspirational value of making live art....