Napster – P2P’s Sacrificial Lamb

Napster was a pioneer in peer-to-peer file sharing services. The service specialized in sharing audio files, especially music files encoded in the still-popular MP3 format.   The service allowed its users to easily exchange songs through a decentralized file sharing system - the first of its kind, really - which changed the way everyone got their…

Gracenote – Providing Entertainment Metadata

Gracenote is a company that provides music, video, and sports metadata, as well as automatic content recognition technology (ACR) to entertainment companies and developers of consumer electronics across the globe. In total, Gracenote operates five businesses. These are music, video, sports, automotive, and video personalization. History of Gracenote Gracenote was originally started by Ti Kan…

David Dawg Grisman – Mandolin Masters Series

David “Dawg” Grisman is a living mandolin master, and today we celebrate his contributions to bluegrass and newgrass music, as well as acoustic composition. He is so revered in the bluegrass scene to have invented his own genre of music called Dawg Music, into which we shall delve further along in this article. Dawg has…

Who Is Aphex Twin?

“Forget all the equipment, forget the music, at the end of the day it's just literally frequencies and their effects on your brain. That's what's everyone's essentially after.” Aphex Twin, born Richard David James, is an electronic music artist born August 18, 1971, who has come to be associated with genre descriptors such as IDM…

Sam Bush – Mandolin Masters Series

 Sam Bush is a pioneer of the newgrass style, a style of bluegrass that incorporates sometimes electric instruments and uses inspiration from genres like rock n roll. Bluegrass music traditionally takes song structure from old jazz music, where individual players take turns improvising over the main rhythm to show off their virtuosic skill. The tempo…

Bill Monroe – Mandolin Masters Series

Bill Monroe is a very important figure in the world of mandolin. He helped create bluegrass music, earning him the title Father of Bluegrass. A Bit About Bluegrass Style Bluegrass is encompassed by the genre of country music, taking root in Irish, Scottish and English music while incorporating elements of jazz. These traditional music styles…