Off Notes: Dog Days of April

Off Notes - Dog Days

Happy Friday!

Spring is in the air! Temperatures are rising, birds are singing, and creatures are coming out of hibernation. This week it seems everyone had animals on the mind. Friends sent me not one, but two different videos of dogs playing piano and singing. (Fear not, I agree with you. You probably should see them both.) Scientists discovered the first known musical instrument had actually just been a hyena’s chew toy all along. And the “more cowbell” pup has learned a bunch of new tricks. But there were also a few non-canine things that happened in the world of music, so read on for the best the musical internet has to offer!

What we’ve been reading

  • Every major recording artist you can name stood up beside Jay Z this week for the launch of his new music streaming company, Tidal. The service bears a hefty $20/month price tag, but boasts exclusive content and, most importantly, is wholly artist-owned. Billboard thinks it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Gawker wrote a laugh-out-load teardown of the press conference. And Ari Herstand put together the most profound and compelling analysis of the topic we’ve seen so far. [Billboard, Gawker, Digital Music News]
  • Buzzfeed’s “Who Said It: Kanye West or John Ralphio Saperstein” had me on the floor. [Buzzfeed]
  • And without further ado, here are two singer-songwriter puppies. Presented back-to-back to facilitate strictly technical comparisons of their skill level:

  • If you’re on social media, you are likely well aware that this past Wednesday was April Fools’ Day. Naturally we were quite partial to our “Scoring for Cell Phones” prank. But YouTube also nailed it, adding a “” button to their media player which. when pressed, added snippets of Darude’s “Sandstorm” in the middle of any video. [Tubefilter]
  • Here’s something heartwarming for your Friday afternoon: The New Forest Spectrum Music Festival is the first-ever national music festival exclusively for people with learning disabilities. They’re currently raising money on Kickstarter for the festival, happening this June in Lyndhurst, UK. [New Forest Spectrum and Kickstarter]
  • The “more cowbell” dog is at it again!

Pour commencer la semaine avec le sourire 🙂

Posted by Spi0n on Sunday, March 29, 2015

  • I was very smug last week upon learning of the demise of Top Gear (a fiercely debated TV show around Soundfly HQ), but little did I know, presenter James May is a fellow recorder enthusiast. I may have felt the slightest twinge of guilt… [The Telegraph]
  • This story of a Syrian musician dragging a piano around a refugee camp destroyed by war to sing with local communities will bring you to tears. [The World Post]
  • This video of two people playing the guitar at the same time is incredible. [Brazillian Music Institute on YouTube]
  • Last week a news helicopter in LA spectacularly discovered a picturesque piano sitting on top of a mountain. (Later it came out that it had been litter from a music video shoot.) [KTTV]
  • Back to our theme: the Muppets are all animals, right? (With the obvious exception of Gonzo, who as we all know is a “whatever”.)

What we’ve been listening to

And to wrap up, while we’ve succeeded in finding much cuteness this week, I’ve thus far failed to bring the weirdness. I am a child of a digital age, dogs playing instruments is simply not enough. Sometimes you need anthropomorphized, dancing, headless chickens.

Ryan Lott: Designing Sample-Based Instruments

Join our Mailing List

We offer creative courses, articles, podcast episodes, and one-on-one mentorship for curious musicians. Stay up to date!

columbia house

Discover

Off Notes: RIP Columbia House, Prince goes Tidal, and More!

So many important things happened out in the world of music this week, and we weren’t about to let a single one slip by unnoticed. From opera in living rooms, to the demise of mail-order music, to a fond harkening back to that time when Dave Matthews Band spilled poop on everybody, we’ve got all of the […]

Discover

Off Notes: What Happened in Music This Week

Welcome to our weekly recap of the best of the musical internet. Summer is an awesome time for music. While the rest of the entertainment industry takes sun-drenched breaks, the northern hemisphere (sorry, chilly Chile) is abuzz with all kinds of outdoor shows and festivals. This week we saw more of Lenny Kravitz than we expected, a lovely show of […]

Off Notes, paula abdul

Discover

Off Notes: Artists Loving Artists

Hopefully by now you know we’re celebrating #SongwritingWeek here at Soundfly, and we’ve seen loads of brilliant original submissions from friends, followers, and fellow artists showcasing their voices and sounds in an inspiring show of collective creativity. This got me thinking… most of us have so many incredibly talented friends writing and making music, and I love […]