Music

Women's concentration 'less disrupted by music'

Rock music was found to be particularly distracting for men.

The study, from Imperial College and the Royal College of Music, played music into headphones while people tried to play the Operation board game.

The research teams have been examining how music can alter performance.

Families might have arguments about whether teenagers should be listening to music when studying.

But there are also professional settings where music is sometimes played in the background - including operating theatres.

 

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Oliver Heldens: Game soundtracks are 'huge' for musicians

The music video for the DJ's latest song, Good Life, is a collaboration with Ubisoft to mark the release of their action-adventure game Watch Dogs 2.

"Gaming is huge, its definitely a good way to reach new fans," he told Newsbeat.

"I make music for myself but having it on a really big game can get to people who would never hear my music."

The partnership came about when Ubisoft approached Oliver's record label looking for a track to feature in the game.

Music in schools would create career options

RNZ reports the University of the South Pacific's choir, Pasifika Voices, secured a contract to sing on the soundtrack for the film Moana - a musical fantasy that follows a young navigator's journey across the South Pacific to find a fabled island.

The head of performing arts at the university, Igelese Ete, said Pasifika students have natural musical talent but lack theoretical skills because music is considered an extra-curricular activity.

He said theoretical knowledge would help students turn their talent into a career.

Tevita’s hopes to reach people with his music

Tevita Halahingano Hafoka an emerging artist from Tonga hopes to spread happiness to people with his group Kava Drive.

Tevita’s passion for singing began when he was 5 years and his family started signing him to sing for occasions like birthdays and singing competitions.

“I started singing in Tonga and it was in those performances I began to enjoy singing and found I had a passion for it as well as listening to music”

“Singing became an escape from any form of disappointment and still is to this day”

The world stands in solidarity through music for West Papua

Rize of the Morning Star CD Compilation #02 is the second edition of a long-term publicity campaign to spread light on the dark history of West Papua and to amplify the indigenous people’s cry for freedom.
The sounds of this star-studded music compilation will engulf listeners with soundscapes and songs with fierce messages that reflect the troubling heart of a people facing injustice, and a struggle for their rights to self-determination.

Napster:Spotify's free streaming model isn't sustainable

A spokesperson for the firm told TechRadar that there is no future in freemium streaming because the business model is not sustainable.

"In terms of Spotify, there is no evidence that their 'freemium' business model is sustainable, as their numbers for the last two years show," said Napster in a statement.

Napster, which has around three million premium customers, also took a thinly-veiled pop at Apple Music and its Zane Lowe-curated Beats 1 Radio service.