Synthesizers reached their apex when Ferris Bueller used an E-mu Emulator II to take a “me-day,” but Zach Lieberman’s installation Play the World has managed to make electronic keyboards cool again—and a little mind-blowing. Commissioned by Google as part of DevArt, a program to encourage creative coding, the contraption turns a piano’s keys into a musical web browser.

Amazing Software Turns the Internet Into a Musical Instrument | Design | WIRED

People love to make fun of the apparent technical ineptness of America’s congressmen, so it was no surprise that plenty of cheap shots were taken when it was discovered that the U.S. House of Representatives is blocking Spotify. The reason? The legal music-streaming service incorporates the same peer-to-peer network technology found in shady illegal file-sharing networks.

Paranoia or caution? Why US House blocked a popular music-streaming service | NBCNews

Wow, nice! WorldStreams’ Leonard Cohen video of “First We Take Manhattan” is featured on the “Heck Of A Guy – The Other Leonard Cohen Site” as one of 3 videos of import from the December 18, Madison Square Garden concert.

Videos Of Import: 2012 Leonard Cohen Madison Square Garden Concert: Chelsea Hotel, First We Take Manhattan, & Lover, Lover, Lover. Read more via Heck Of A Guy – The Other Leonard Cohen Site.

What an honor and pleasure it was seeing Leonard Cohen in Manhattan at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. He was exceptionally gracious and charming, as always. His voice, despite his 78 years, seemed even stronger than when I saw him in 2009.

Even though Madison Square Garden is not known for being a place of warmth and sensuality, Leonard transformed the arena into a temple of sensuous sound and light. And a huge crowd of 20,000 fans felt the magic.

“I promise you we’ll give you everything we got,” he said near the beginning of the show, and in his beautifully, elegant way, he did.

By some stroke of luck, I was able to film First We Take Manhattan. My friend shielded me from the eyes of the usher who kept coming over and acting like a film director or an orchestra conductor motioning with his hands in various attempts to get me to quit. And I was giving him the.. duh? do you mean me? look. I was told twice to stop recording video. But I couldn’t resist.

Although I was close to the stage, I also had to deal with a giant in a fedora in front of me. You’ll notice his subtle presence for a couple seconds now and then on the left side of the video. First We Take Manhattan was the last song of the first of two encores. The audience was singing along, while clapping and stomping and it was fantastic. Because after all, it was Manhattan!

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“Vevo launched in December, 2009, and instantly became one of the internet’s hottest sites, thanks to its extensive collection of music videos from major artists. Owned in part by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, Vevo has become the go-to site for videos on demand. But if you haven’t visited in a while, check the site out again, because it’s also now the home of live music online.”

Read more: Vevo Has Become the Online Live Concert Connection – Streaming Media Magazine

Each year, just before Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration, he puts together a solstice collection album, and invites you to download it for free. The 10-track collection includes music by renowned African griot singer Abdoulaye Diabaté; vocalist Theresa Thomason; and the reunited Paul Winter Sextet, with pieces from the new anthology Count Me In, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of his historic jazz concert at the Kennedy White House.

Free Download of some very beautiful music…