Google's Thursday homepage doodle is celebrating what would have been the 96th birthday of musician Les Paul with a playable guitar logo.
For the next 24 hours, the logo on Google.com will be replaced with the strings of a guitar that will play a tune as you strum them with your mouse. In the U.S., users can click the black "compose" button and record a 30-second track. Clicking the button again will display a link to share the song you've just created.
Google said it was inspired to include the record button because Paul, in addition to his guitar work, also "experimented in his garage with innovative recording techniques like multitracking and tape delay," Alexander Chen, a designer (and musician) with Google's Creative Lab, wrote in a blog post.
Want to keep track of your fave artists’ new releases? Blyper will do that for you. Sign up at the beta site, insert musicians’ names and they will e- you when each of them has a new single or CD. Decide how often you want to be notified, let your friends know who your picks are and find new artists from others with similar taste. The service is free with online registration.
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In this lousy economy, why not invest in something that you know will produce a return? SongVest auctions off song rights and royalties. Register with the site, pick a song that you think will be a big hit, make a bid, and a portion of it will be yours if you win. The legal site will also give you a Gold or Platinum wall award that includes handwritten, signed lyrics in addition to the royalties. If you are a musician, you can also contact them about selling your tunes.
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Mars Volta’s latest album, “The Bedlam in Goliath,” was released last month in a USB drive that included extras for $29.98. They have already sold out. We have mentioned the practice before and it seems to be spreading in popularity. Barenaked Ladies released Barenaked on a Stick in 2005 and since then other artists, such as JLo, have followed suit.
All Access, which put out drives by Ringo Starr and Matchbox Twenty, has gotten together with EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal Music to make USB bracelets. These have previously been sold at concerts from such musicians as Willie Nelson and the Black Crowes. If you saw the last Grammys, you might have noticed that Ringo wore one of his own. We call that free advertising at its finest.
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Imeem is a free online community where fans and artists can come to share music, videos, photos and chat about them. Imeem cut deals with Warner and several indy labels to provide over 3 million legal full-length tracks. With a customizable profile, you can create a playlist with fast-forward capability. Not only can you stream content with protection, you can get paid when others play your tunes or videos with their share revenue system.
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