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'Old MacDonald Had A Farm' gets remixed into an EDM rap beat on TikTok – Insider

A TikToker took the melody from the classic Americana song “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” and turned it into a raucous EDM-style rage beat, amassing over 150,000 views on the platform.
The song sounds relatively normal in the clip at first, until six seconds in, when it explodes with a car crash sound effect, hi-hats, bass, and pummeling synthesizers. The music style is known as “rage,” an EDM-inflected rap subgenre popularized by artists like Yeat and Ken Carson.
“Old McDonald ahh beat,” the creator wrote in on-screen text. The comments are overflowing with viewers writing memes about the music or demanding the creator put it on Spotify, with some calling it a “masterpiece.”
“I’ve ascended into a higher plane of existence,” one commenter wrote.
The creator, Shankz, has amassed over a million likes and tens of thousands of followers for making similarly “goofy” beats (like a recent Christmas-themed one) and bizarre parodies, along with more serious music production.
The origin of the song “Old MacDonald” dates back centuries to the playwright Thomas d’Urfey, who wrote it for a 1706 opera and called it “In the Fields in Frost and Snow,” according to the songwriting news and tips outlet American Songwriter. Versions of the song were consistently reused, and it has persisted as a popular folk tune up to today.
There’s a whole TikTok subgenre of music producers making intentionally silly beats by splicing strange sound effects into finished songs or purposefully going against proper sound design techniques. The style has gone so widespread that a producer even made a tutorial on how to make an “ACTUALLY good beat” with only “goofy ahh sounds.”
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macOS Ventura not currently so ace for computer music makers … – MusicRadar

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Multiple developers advise against installing macOS 10.13 too soon
macOS Ventura (10.13) has been available for a couple of weeks now, and for musicians, the not-at-all-surprising news is that you should probably hold off installing it for a while.
Pro Tools Expert (opens in new tab) has put together a pretty exhaustive list of which music software is certified as Ventura-friendly, but the bottom line is that, even if you find that your DAW is supported, there’s a very good chance that some of your plugins currently aren’t.
This isn’t to say that they definitely won’t run, but until all of your instruments and effects are greenlit for Ventura – or all of the ones you really care about at least – it makes sense to stick with the OS version you’re currently rocking. 
Among those companies currently advising that you shouldn’t upgrade if you’re using some or all of their software are Arturia (opens in new tab), Cherry Audio (opens in new tab), Eventide (opens in new tab), GForce (opens in new tab), iZotope (opens in new tab), Native Instruments (opens in new tab) and Output (opens in new tab).
Don’t forget about your audio interface, either – you need to ensure that this is compatible with macOS 10.13 before you make the jump, too.
Once you do install Ventura, you’ll be able to benefit from a number of new features, including Stage Manager – a new tool that automatically organises open apps and windows – and Continuity Camera, which enables you to use your iPhone’s camera as your webcam.
Rest assured, though, that there’s nothing in macOS 13 that’s going to dramatically change your music-making life, so don’t worry about installing it until it’s safe to do so.
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Governor Hochul Announces Selection of 221 New York State … – ny.gov

More Than 1,600 Outstanding STEM Teacher-Leaders Earning Master Teacher Recognition Across New York State
New Application Round for K-12 STEM Teachers and K-12 Counselors Now Open Until February 25, 2023
Governor Kathy Hochul announced the selection of 221 educators to the New York State Master Teacher Program, a professional network of public school teachers with a passion for inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders. These educators will join the network of Master Teachers, created in 2013, bringing the total number of selected NYS Master Teachers across New York State to over 1,600. Governor Hochul also announced the opening of the next round of applications for eligible K-12 STEM teachers and K-12 counselors in all regions. Interested applicants can review the eligibility requirements here.
“Our teachers are the driving force behind New York’s leading education system, and continued investment in our world-class teachers is crucial in the development of our State’s future leaders,” Governor Hochul said. “I’m proud to announce the expansion of the Master Teacher network and the open application for the next round of STEM teachers and counselors. New York is home to many talented teachers and we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to educators across our state.”
The 221 Master Teachers are dedicated professionals who teach science, technology, computer science, robotics, coding, engineering, math, and integrated STEM courses across grades K-12 including Advanced Placement, Honors, and Regents levels.The new members add 26 new school districts with a Master Teacher among their faculty. The program welcomes 52 elementary teachers and 37 teachers from high-needs districts including Albany City, Syracuse, Rochester, Utica City, Binghamton City, and Buffalo City School Districts.
SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said, “Great teachers can change lives and guide students towards success. For nearly a decade, New York’s Master Teacher program has done just that and has recognized the critical contribution of New York State educators in setting students on that path toward rewarding careers in STEM. Millions of STEM jobs require some form of higher education. Teachers play a critical role in preparing those students for college and a career beyond the classroom in an ever-changing and ever-growing field. We are honored to recognize these dedicated educators for their contributions and to be able to provide them with the tools they need to ensure student success.”
State Education Commissioner Betty A. Rosa said, “When I started my career in education, I was fortunate to have an outstanding mentor to help guide me. Now, STEM teachers across the state will benefit from the guidance and expertise of these extraordinary Master Teacher mentors. I welcome the new class of professionals and thank them for their dedication to educating New York’s young people.”
Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said, “The Board of Regents and I congratulate these exceptional teachers and counselors who will serve as mentors to their colleagues in the STEM fields. Providing support to new teachers can have an incredible impact on retaining individuals in the profession and in our districts most in need.”
The incoming group of Master Teachers includes 156 teachers with multiple teaching certifications, 38 certified in Special Education, and 18 teachers certified in Technology Education who are offering various courses in Engineering Design & Development, Computer Aided Design, and Automation & Robotics. The selected Master Teachers have been teaching for an average of 14 years. More than 68 percent have been in the classroom for more than ten years, and 24 percent have been teaching for more than 20 years. The 221 Master Teachers represent 143 school districts. A full list of Master Teachers and their school districts is available here.
All Master Teachers are teacher leaders, serving as curriculum and department leaders or members of district and State level committees, as well as mentor teachers for student and early career teachers. Many new members have been awarded grants for school STEM resources. They are advisors of student enrichment activities including Future Farmers of America, Science Olympiad, afterschool and summer STEM camps, school gardens, FIRST Robotics teams, and Coding Clubs. The Master Teachers hold leadership roles in New York State STEM professional associations and lead professional development workshops for regional and statewide educator conferences. Many of the 221Master Teachers have been recognized for outstanding service by their peers, local communities, or professional associations.
In nine regions across the State, the Master Teacher Program is hosted at a SUNY campus to leverage the expertise of the University’s faculty and existing educator preparation programs. The number of selected teachers from each regional cohort and the respective partner SUNY campus are:
Throughout their four-year participation in the Program, Master Teachers:
In January of 2022, Governor Hochul announced the expansion of the NYS Master Teacher Program to create a cohort of counselors and to encourage more teachers with CTE certificates related to STEM careers that are projected to be in high demand to apply.
About The State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit www.suny.edu.
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Studio One shares their favorite indie and alternative music of the year – Iowa Public Radio

This year Iowa Public Radio’s music experts discovered breakout artists and new music from old favorites. Studio One Tracks and All Access hosts Mark Simmet, CeCe Mitchell and Tony Dehner have been busy all year going to music festivals and hosting live events across the state. They sit down with Charity Nebbe to play Talk of Iowa listeners excerpts from indie and alternative songs that made it to the top of their playlists in 2022.
Explore all Studio One’s album picks and the rest of their playlists here.
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Artifact wants to record your family history in podcast-like audio recordings – TechCrunch

After Ross Chanin’s grandfather died, Chanin mourned not only him, but the fact that he’d never gotten a chance to hear more about his grandfather’s life. Over a conversation with a journalist friend, George Quraishi, it became clear to Chanin that Quraishi’s skill set — interviewing and audio editing — could be conducive to capturing a family’s history.
Chanin and Quraishi started conducting interviews for friends and family and recruited software engineers Martin Gouy and Moncef Biaz to build apps to make it easier to record remote interviews and play them back on the web. Convinced that they had the seeds of a business, Chanin and Quraishi decided to apply to Y Combinator and were accepted into the Summer 2020 batch.
Today, their startup — Artifact — has over 10,000 customers across 15 English-, Spanish- and French-speaking countries. It’s raised $5 million inclusive of a seed round led by GV, which had participation from Atento Capital, Goodwater and Offline Ventures and notable angels such as Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear and former Blizzard CEO Michael Morhaime. 
“Interviews are incredible storytelling spaces, but they’re generally reserved for the rich and powerful and are not about our parents, grandparents and children,” Chanin told TechCrunch in an email interview. “Our dream is that Artifact will become the place where families the world over tell and experience their stories.”
Artifact charges customers $149 to have an interviewer (mostly moonlighting journalists, according to Chanin) conduct an interview with a family member. Packages include one interview and an edit with a custom introduction, sound mixing by an audio engineer and a web page for listening and adding photos.
It’s a four-step process. First, Artifact customers tell the interviewer who they’ll be interviewing and what they’ll discuss. Then, Artifact invites the interviewee to choose a day and time for the interview, which happens via phone or videoconferencing. The resulting recording — usually 30 minutes in length, give or take 15 minutes — is edited down to a 20-minute “episode,” which can be shared via the web with loved ones or publicly.
Artifact aims to turn around episodes within five business days of an interview. Up to two guests are included in the price of a single interview, with a $35-per-guest charge for additional interviewees.
“The people in your life may not be natural storytellers, but when they’re guided by professional interviewers, their stories become heirloom-quality episodes that live in your family’s private account,” Chanin said. “Once there, it’s easy to add photos and then securely share your Artifacts with the people you love.”

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That’s a lot of sensitive info to upload to the cloud. But Chanin was adamant that Artifact doesn’t share personal data with third parties without “explicit and affirmative” consent from users. The platform stores data for as long as a person maintains an account, although users can delete recordings, notes and photos at any time.
Artifact is one startup among many delivering professional interviewing and audio biography services tailored to families. For instance, Vita’s app lets family members record audio stories and transcribe the text and even hand-select accompanying family photos, recipes and other media content for posterity if they so choose. Tales and Origin offer packages along the same vein while StoryWorth and StoryCorps are more self-service in nature, providing users with the tools to conduct interviews themselves including suggested lines of questioning.
So what sets Artifact apart? Chanin argues it “fills a need that remains unaddressed.”
“The large genealogy platforms do incredible work, helping families trace their lineage and build family trees. Cloud photo and print apps make experiencing family photos easy and fun. [But] while it’s one thing to trace your family’s history, it’s another entirely to record it in the voices of the people themselves,” Chanin said. “It’s the conversation spaces with our professional interviewers that create the magic — the intonations of voice, laughter and emotion that can make it feel like the person we’re listening to is sitting right there in the room with us.”
Artifact is also unique in that it operates on a marketplace model, connecting customers with freelance interviewers, audio editors and sound engineers who piece together each audio biography. The compensation structure for contractors wasn’t immediately clear in our interview with Chanin; we’ve asked Artifact for clarification.
In another differentiator, Artifact has dipped a toe into the corporate market, offering custom podcast creation services to companies, academic institutions and nonprofits. As with its biography business, Artifact’s enterprise-focused offering pairs customers with an interviewer who they instruct to talk to people about certain subjects, with Artifact handling all the scheduling, remote interviewing and editing.
To date, Artifact has produced podcasts for Clipboard Health, Onfleet, Yale, the University of Chicago and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Chanin claims.
In a bid to remain ahead of rivals, Artifact aims to embrace merging AI technologies to further personalize the experience for its family biography customers. As customers upload photos and videos to their accounts, Artifact will soon begin marrying the images and videos to what’s being spoken about in an interview, Chanin says — no curation required.
“So, this is taking different types of media — image, video and text — and finding connections between them, then surfacing the result to the customer. We are calling this the ‘Sitback Experience,’ where users will simply click play, sit back and listen to people you love telling stories while relevant imagery and video play across the screen. It’ll be like a movie or a Ken Burns documentary about your family.”
Beyond the Sitback Experience, Artifact plans to launch Family Spaces, a dashboard where account holders will be able to add family members in a way that makes it clear which stories the platform’s recorded for individual people.
The swift development roadmap will keep Artifact a step beyond rivals, Chanin asserts, while delivering top-requested improvements to the user base. That’ll be key. Aside from the nascent enterprise venture, Artifact’s growth will depend on convincing existing customers to buy additional packages and new users to join in the first place.
“The pandemic reminded all of us that life is precious and that the people we love must never be taken for granted. In that way, Artifact provided a vehicle for many of our early adopters to act on those feelings and record family stories,” Chanin added. “From day one, we’ve built Artifact lean and as a service that provides immediate value to our customers — that our customers pay for. So in many respects, we launched the company the old fashioned way: introducing a new solution to a universal problem, learning from our customers and not focusing on growth at all costs.”
Chanin wouldn’t disclose Artifact’s burn rate. But he claimed that the company is “well capitalized,” with cash on hand for years. Artifact currently has a 14-person team (excepting the hundreds of freelancers in its marketplace) based in San Francisco and expects to “at least” double headcount over the next 12 months.

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PAM Club: beatsbyhand presents I Am Jazz – Pan African Music

PAM Club: beatsbyhand presents I Am Jazz
Born in Port Elizabeth and currently residing in Johannesburg, Hein Bosman started playing music in church before discovering FL Studio at the age of 18, like many curious young people of his generation. At 29, he is now part of the new generation of South African producers who are shaping a modern and radiant deep house. In 2020, he was noticed on Stay True Sounds with Are You Jazz? an EP with heady melodies that seduced the biggest DJs in Africa and Europe. Last September, he answered his own question with the album I Am Jazz, a collection of high quality deep-house nuggets with neo-soul influences and a powerful and minimalist groove. He summarizes this album in a PAM Club, dropping an unreleased edit of the classic “Township Funk” by Mujava! 
Tracklist:
beatsbyhand – Don’t Let Me Down
beatsbyhand – I Am Jazz
beatsbyhand – Hold My Hand
beatsbyhand – Free Ya Soul
beatsbyhand – Sunday Drive
beatsbyhand – I Don’t Even Know
beatsbyhand – Can’t Let You Go ft. Justin Chalice
beatsbyhand – Back To You
beatsbyhand – Township Funk Edit [unreleased]
I Am Jazz is available here.
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FL Studio 21 released as free update | DJMag.com – DJ Mag

There’s also a new option to autosave every minute, personally requested by Afrojack
The new version of FL Studio has arrived as a free update after being teased as “around the corner” back in February. 
FL Studio 21 makes a number of updates to the popular DAW and music production software. The top-line changes include: faster and more precise Audio Envelope and gain controls with automated crossfader; a new browser with the ability to tag, make custom-coloured tabs and access online content, plus an in-line audio player with visualiser and scrubbing; interface with customisable themes, brightness contrast and other aesthetic personalisation; new effects boards VFX Sequencer, Multi-band Delay, Vintage Phaser and LuxeVERB; and support for Chinese, English, German and Spanish languages. 
The more in-depth notes on what’s new to FL Studio 21 detail improved audio playback commands, more exact Boolean search commands, visibility improvements, the changes to several plugins and more. It also notes a new option to autosave every minute, personally requested by Afrojack.  
Revisit Declan McGlynn’s 2020 feature on how FL Studio changed electronic music forever.
Watch this video breaking down FL Studio 21’s new features and updates, and learn more here.
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Music production software market size to grow by USD 369.87 million, Insights on the Key Drivers and Trends – Technavio – Yahoo Finance

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The music production software market size is projected to grow by USD 369.87 million, progressing at a CAGR of 7.31% from 2021 to 2026. By region, the global music production software market is segmented into North America, South America, Europe, APAC, and MEA. North America is estimated to contribute 42% to the growth of the global market over the forecast period. The significant increase in the adoption of music production software by professionals such as musicians and music production companies will facilitate the music production software market growth in North America over the forecast period.
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Music production software market: The increase in the adoption of DJ software to produce music drives the growth
One of the key factors driving the music production software market growth is the increase in the adoption of DJ software to produce music. The increasing interest in music among the young population is providing several opportunities for DJ artists to give live performances, which is one of the sources of revenue for organizers and artists. The growing inclination towards music will drive the adoption of music production software, which is used to compose, edit, record, and produce new songs and update old songs by adding new lyrics or music. Owing to the growing interest of musicians and music enthusiasts to create their personal remix tracks, the adoption of DJ software is on the rise. The increasing popularity of live events, concerts, and EDM encourages people to develop their own remix tracks by mixing songs. Such factors are expected to accelerate the growth of the global music production software market during the forecast period.
Music production software market: Growing demand for digital audio content is the key trend
Growing demand for digital audio content is one of the key trends shaping the music production software market. Digital audio content, such as music and podcasts, is gaining popularity globally. In urban areas, people are increasingly utilizing digital content to listen to and share music. The increasing adoption of electronic devices such as smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, and tablets has enabled people to consume more digital audio content. People are spending at least four hours a week listening to music on mobile phones. The growing demand for digital audio content is expected to accelerate the demand for music production software during the forecast period.
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Music production software market: Segmentation Analysis
This market research report segments the music production software market by end-user (professionals and non-professionals), type (editing, mixing, and recording), and geography (North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and the Middle East and Africa).
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Market Drivers
Market Challenges
Market Trends
Vendor Landscape
Vendors covered
Vendor classification
Market positioning of vendors
Competitive scenario
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Music Production Software Market Scope
Report Coverage
Details
Page number
153
Base year
2021
Forecast period
2022-2026
Growth momentum & CAGR
Accelerate at a CAGR of 7.31%
Market growth 2022-2026
USD 369.87 million
Market structure
Fragmented
YoY growth (%)
6.52
Regional analysis
North America, Europe, APAC, South America, and Middle East and Africa
Performing market contribution
North America at 42%
Key countries
US, China, UK, Germany, and France
Competitive landscape
Leading Vendors, Market Positioning of Vendors, Competitive Strategies, and Industry Risks
Key companies profiled
Ableton AG, Acon AS, Acoustica Inc., Adobe Inc., Apple Inc., Avid Technology Inc., Bitwig GmbH, Cockos Inc., GoldWave Inc., Image Line Software NV, iZotope Inc., MAGIX Software GmbH, MakeMusic Inc., MOTU Inc., MuTools, NCH SOFTWARE Pty Ltd., PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc., Reason Studios AB, Serato Ltd., and Yamaha Corp.
Market dynamics
Parent market analysis, market growth inducers and obstacles, fast-growing and slow-growing segment analysis, COVID-19 impact and recovery analysis and future consumer dynamics, and market condition analysis for the forecast period.
Customization purview
If our report has not included the data that you are looking for, you can reach out to our analysts and get segments customized.
Table of contents:
1 Executive Summary
1.1 Market overview
2 Market Landscape
2.1 Market ecosystem
3 Market Sizing
3.1 Market definition
3.2 Market segment analysis
3.3 Market size 2021
3.4 Market outlook: Forecast for 2021-2026
4 Five Forces Analysis
4.1 Five forces summary
4.2 Bargaining power of buyers
4.3 Bargaining power of suppliers
4.4 Threat of new entrants
4.5 Threat of substitutes
4.6 Threat of rivalry
4.7 Market condition
5 Market Segmentation by End-user
5.1 Market segments
5.2 Comparison by End-user
5.3 Professionals – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
5.4 Non-professionals – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
5.5 Market opportunity by End-user
6 Market Segmentation by Type
6.1 Market segments
6.2 Comparison by Type
6.3 Editing – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
6.4 Mixing – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
6.5 Recording – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
6.6 Market opportunity by Type
7 Customer Landscape
7.1 Customer landscape overview
8 Geographic Landscape
8.1 Geographic segmentation
8.2 Geographic comparison
8.3 North America – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
8.4 Europe – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
8.5 APAC – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
8.6 South America – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
8.7 Middle East and Africa – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
8.8 US – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
8.9 China – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
8.10 UK – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
8.11 Germany – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
8.12 France – Market size and forecast 2021-2026
8.13 Market opportunity by geography
9 Drivers, Challenges, and Trends
9.1 Market drivers
9.2 Market challenges
9.3 Impact of drivers and challenges
9.4 Market trends
10 Vendor Landscape
10.1 Overview
10.2 Vendor landscape
10.3 Landscape disruption
10.4 Industry risks
11 Vendor Analysis
11.1 Vendors covered
11.2 Market positioning of vendors
11.3 Ableton AG
11.4 Adobe Inc.
11.5 Apple Inc.
11.6 Avid Technology Inc.
11.7 Cockos Inc.
11.8 Image Line Software NV
11.9 MAGIX Software GmbH
11.10 PreSonus Audio Electronics Inc.
11.11 Reason Studios AB
11.12 Yamaha Corp.
12 Appendix
12.1 Scope of the report
12.2 Inclusions and exclusions checklist
12.3 Currency conversion rates for US$
12.4 Research methodology
12.5 List of abbreviations
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After a brief pause for the holiday weekend, shares of cybersecurity stocks are moving higher Tuesday morning, with Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) tacking on 2% through 11 a.m. ET, CrowdStrike Holdings (NASDAQ: CRWD) rising 2.6%, and Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS) leading the sector higher with a 2.9% gain. As Slate Magazine reports this morning, the Biden Administration "is getting much more aggressive" in the field of cybersecurity — potentially yielding financial benefits for cybersecurity companies including CrowdStrike, Zscaler, and Fortinet. Describing the new, not-yet-public 35-page National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS) document that President Biden will soon sign, Slate says that on the one hand, the policy "authorizes U.S. defense, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies to go on the offensive, hacking into the computer networks of criminals and foreign governments."
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The bank's profit plunged 66% in the fourth quarter, with high expenses and weak investment banking revenue.
Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has ruffled some investors' feathers in recent weeks, as it has slashed prices of its electric vehicle (EV) offerings, first in China and then in Europe and the U.S. Ramifications from those moves continue to drive momentum in the stock. Today that momentum is to the upside, with Tesla stock jumping almost 7% at its morning high. As of 11:15 a.m. ET, Tesla shares were still trading up by 4.6%.
The expected layoffs would be the latest in the U.S. technology sector, where companies including Amazon.com Inc and Meta Platforms Inc have announced retrenchment exercises in response to slowing demand and a worsening global economic outlook. Microsoft's move could indicate that the tech sector may continue to shed jobs. "From a big picture perspective, another pending round of layoffs at Microsoft suggests the environment is not improving, and likely continues to worsen," Morningstar analyst Dan Romanoff said.
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one take architects' coffee studio reflects the heritage of tangkou – Designboom

 
Hidden among Tangkou’s natural landscape with its curving mirrored facade, Tangkou Coffee Studio by One Take Architects marks a fusion of the Chinese village’s past and future — reflecting its modern, optimistic future as well as its rich cultural heritage. Marked by a prominent arching orange entrance like an ‘eternal flame in the mountains’, the minimalist café workshop overlooks the idyllic Huangshan Mountains. The sculptural structure is composed of two delicately sweeping walls that unite at a point that forms a cross, reflecting the town’s religious values.
 
At the same time, the studio welcomes young locals of the future generation to learn coffee preparation skills to support their livelihood, while paying tribute to the town’s rich history — notably the nearby girls’ school and hospital which were inaugurated in 1910 by Dr. Mabel Pantin who pioneered Western medicine in the region.
one take architects' coffee studio reflects the landscape and heritage of tangkou, china 
One Take Architects completes the Tangkou Coffee Studio | all images courtesy the author
 
 
 
The team at One Take Architects completes the coffee shop with an ambiguous mirrored facade which discreetly melds in with its natural surroundings, and like a floating illusion, quietly reflects the passage of time. The form is composed of two French window arcs that sweep in delicate motion and create the illusion of thick walls that recall the colors of the interiors in the former Mother’s and Children’s Hospital.
 
Two separate lines of vision further gather the two adjacent facades which together with the horizontal drainage elements reflect a complete Latin Cross emerging from the expanses of mirror. From certain perspectives, the hidden cross appears to echo the red cross crowning the church down the hill. At night, the result is a floating Latin Cross of light, celebrating the area’s embedded faith and introducing a new luminous monument in mountains for the villagers who will view it from afar.
 
Inside the Tangkou Coffee Studio, the architects restored the structure’s previous wooden interiors with refreshed finishes. Facing the open view of the mountains, the central semi-circular bar serves as the workspace for selecting and roasting coffee beans and making coffee.
one take architects' coffee studio reflects the landscape and heritage of tangkou, china 
sweeping mirrored facades conceal the structure amid the landscape
 
 
 
The coffee shop sits close to the Shuhua Girls’ School and Women’s and Tangkou Children’s Hospital which was built in 1910 by Dr. Mabel Pantin, a British Church doctor who also pioneered Western medicine in Tangkou. During the Second Sino-Japanese War, the complex was requisitioned as a military site. Since then, though the buildings have sat inactive for many years, they have been preserved due to their cultural heritage and vital importance to the collective memory of the Tangkou area.
 
Attracted by the rich culture of the city, the owner of Tangkou Coffee Studio decided to move out to the city and initiated a restoration of the complex alongside the new the Mabel Pantin Art Gallery.  One Take Architects revitalized the existing structure, which now operates as a cultural coffee studio with the neighboring village of Longtan.
one take architects' coffee studio reflects the landscape and heritage of tangkou, china 
the facade culminates with a subtle cross, alluding to the town’s religious values

one take architects' coffee studio reflects the landscape and heritage of tangkou, china 
an arching orange opening welcomes visitors like an ‘eternal flame in the mountains’
one take architects' coffee studio reflects the landscape and heritage of tangkou, china 
the coffee studio leads coffee making workshops for local youths
one take architects' coffee studio reflects the landscape and heritage of tangkou, china 
two French window arcs sweep in delicate motion and create the illusion of thick walls
 
 
project info:
 
name: Tangkou Coffee Studio
architecture: One Take Architects
location: Tangkou, Fujian Province, China
 
 
designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.
 
edited by: ravail khan | designboom
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Standing by ‘George & Tammy‘: How the Cast and Crew Captured George Jones and Tammy Wynette‘s Songs and Spirit – Variety

Standing by ‘George & Tammy‘: How the Cast and Crew Captured George Jones and Tammy Wynette‘s Songs and Spirit  Variety
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SAND hosts your iOS plug-ins, sequences them with patterns … – Create Digital Music


SAND does what Abledon’t.* If you miss plug-in hosting in Ableton Note, here’s a whole app built around sequencing and recording your instrument plug-ins on iOS.
SAND came out this month. This is a first version from developer Matteo Caldari, so not everything on the wishlist is there. (Ableton Link support would be nice, for one!)
But the workflow looks great. You can create unlimited tracks on the Tracks screen. Each track then has an on-screen keyboard and step editor, and lets you quickly add clips. A plug-ins view lets you work with your plug-in instruments and effects via its own UI, or parameters. Everything is MIDI mappable, too.
SAND isn’t alone. Apps like GarageBand and Cubasis do this DAW-style; you also have choices like the AUM mixer. But I really like the simplicity here, especially if you just want to audition an app, sequence some quick ideas, and record your work. Note also nailed that kind of simplicity, but it’s limited to Ableton’s own internal instruments and effects – which makes syncing much easier, but isn’t helpful if you want to play with the new synth you just downloaded.
It seems like one to watch. There are already some useful features planned – not snapping to grid all the time being a significant one – and others being actively evaluated from user requests. Check the roadmap. If Matteo doesn’t get too overwhelmed with all our ideas, SAND could be a must-have app.
Plus, thanks to iOS app pricing, there’s really nothing stopping you from getting both Note and SAND for a few bucks and using each when it fits the task at hand.
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PS, one more I hadn’t seen before, but it also looks great on the sequencing side – Riffer gets a mention on Reddit, nice!
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Abrima Erwiah, co-founder and president of fashion label Studio One Eighty-Nine, and visual engineer Dali Gaga collaborated on a capsule collection that features motifs of the iconic Black Panther superhero. The collection is being sold exclusively at Foot Locker. The designers were inspired by the rich cultural history of Africa. The limited-edition hoodies and T-shirts were created using traditional African craftsmanship techniques and feature Adinkra symbolism.  
“This collection is inspired by traditional patterns, symbols, and techniques interwoven into cloth that communicates our values, history, and message to future generations,”  said Erwiah. “Each symbol, pattern and color tell distinct stories that highlight cultural values such as the power of collaboration, legacy, heritage, inheritance, partnering with an iconic retailer like Foot Locker was important to us to connect with Marvel fans and fashion lovers who share our ideals and want to express themselves through their clothing. We are excited for everyone to experience these designs and can’t wait to see how they style these pieces.” 
The collection is available at footlocker.com, and prices range up to $50. 
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Best mouse for music production 2023: the finest mice, trackpads … – MusicRadar

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Accelerate your DAW workflow with the best mice and input devices from Logitech, Kensington, Apple, Contour and more
Buying a superior computer mouse is a superb way to supercharge your music production setup. The best mouse for music production will track faster, more accurately and more reliably, while a smattering of programmable buttons will have you carving effortlessly through even the most repetitive tasks.
There’s lots to get obsessively excited about when speccing a PC. Wicked processor speeds, unrivalled graphics power, ultra-fast SSDs, humongous amounts of RAM and plenty of flashing LEDs are all extremely gas worthy. But mice? 
Most of us end up using the basic two-button rodent that comes bundled for free. Which is a mistake because, as my granny loved to warn me, the only free cheese is in a mouse trap. What’s the point of the super-fast machine if it’s always waiting for you to catch up with your clunky mouse moves? 
If you’re currently bogged down in two-button hell, investing in a better mouse will not only see your productivity soar, it may even help to keep you healthier. Read on to discover the very best mice, trackballs and trackpads for music production. Want to know the difference? Head to our buying advice section.
The Logitech MX Master 3 is our weapon of choice. Not only does it boast many impressive mechanical and technological features, but its comprehensive integration with leading creative software packages is the icing on the cake. With its seven programmable buttons, innovative scroll wheels and an accurate Darkglass sensor, it’s difficult to see how Logitech can improve on this latest version. 
Our second recommendation is the Contour Shuttle Pro V2 (opens in new tab), and yes, we are sheepishly aware that we’re recommending a bit of kit that, strictly speaking, isn’t a mouse. Still, we have good reason to do so. The Shuttle Pro V2 is a superb companion device that’s designed to be used in combination with your mouse. 
So, while you’re busy clicking away with one hand, your other hand can be scrolling through tracks with the Shuttle’s jog wheel while, at the same time, triggering shortcuts from its 15 programmable buttons. It’s such a beautifully efficient way to work.Best mouse for music production: Logitech MX Master 3The Master MX mouse just keeps getting better. This, the third iteration, boasts a whopping 4,000 dpi resolution and, thanks to its Darkglass sensor, will track accurately on almost any surface, including glass.
Logitech claims that its MagSpeed Electromagnetic scroll wheels – there’s one up top and a thumbwheel on the side – are 90% faster and 87% more precise than its regular mice, performance boosts well worth having if you’re forever scrolling through tracks and selecting regions.
The biggest speed kick will come from programming its seven buttons to replace commonly used keystrokes. Pretty much any app is ripe for such workflow hacks, including Logic Pro, Cubase and Ableton. Content creators will be pleased to learn that the MX Master 3 even ships with predefined customizations for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office and more.Best mouse for music production: Contour Shuttle Pro V2Okay, well spotted, the Shuttle Pro V2 is not a mouse. However, it deserves a place in this guide because it’s kinda mouse-like, and it may be a more sensible buy than replacing your existing mouse. Alternatively, invest in both this and a new programable mouse and you’ll enjoy a real powerhouse of a setup. Let’s explain.
The Shuttle Pro V2 is best described as a mouse companion that’s worked with your free hand – the left hand, if you’re right-handed. It comprises a shuttle/jog wheel combo for fast/slow track scrolling, and fifteen programmable buttons to fire off shortcuts and macros.
Essentially, this clever little device enables you to navigate (and much more) with your free hand while continuing to do mousey editing-type stuff with the other. Working precisely with your non-dominant hand takes time but once mastered you’ll benefit from a huge boost in efficiency. 
The buttons are fully customisable, but it ships with pre-configured settings for most popular DAWs and video editing software too, making it ideal for music producers and creators.
Built quality is excellent, it’s weighty enough to stay put during use and the footprint is manageable for most desks. For those of you constantly on the move, Contour also makes the smaller, less expensive and admittedly slightly less capable Shuttle Xpress.Best mouse for music production: Kensington Pro Fit Ergo Vertical Wireless MouseHere’s a wireless mouse that offers both comfort and speed. Let your hand fall naturally to your desk and it’ll assume a handshake position that requires further inward rotation to hold a traditional mouse. To counteract this rotation, the top face of the Pro Fit Ergo Vertical mouse is tilted to 46.7 degrees, enabling your hand and forearm to adopt a more comfortable, neutral position.
Admittedly, the chunky looks are a bit odd, and the height takes some getting used to, but Kensington claims that it eliminates soft tissue compression, which has to be a good thing.
Six programmable buttons, a high resolution 1,600 dpi laser and a scroll wheel – a small ball, in truth – that can navigate both horizontally and vertically make this a fully-featured mouse that’s ready to speed you safely through long sessions at your DAW.Best mouse for music production: Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless TrackballIt may only have a resolution of 400 dpi, but don’t let that fool you, the Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball can show an impressive turn of speed when you need it. Unlike similar products that boast less impressive balls, Kensington’s range-topper features a big weighty red ‘un that’s approaching the size of a billiard ball.
This provides you with the necessary gearing to fling your cursor across a large screen with just a quick spin of your fingers. At slower speeds the ball is plenty accurate enough for music production tasks and, like most trackballs, it’s a godsend to be able to click on a critical selection without the risk of inadvertently nudging the cursor.
It’s not perfect, four buttons is only just enough, it’s a little too large to stuff into a laptop bag and you cannot scroll horizontally without holding down a modifier button. Nevertheless, the Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball is a joy to use, especially in crowded studios where space is at a premium.Best mouse for music production: Logitech mx ergo advanced wireless trackballAs its name suggests, this trackball’s raison d’être is healthy ergonomics. It’s a strange looking beast, like the lovechild of a vertical mouse and a trackball, but it’s claimed to reduce muscle activity by 20% and improve both wrist and forearm comfort. To facilitate the latter, the MX Ergo can be tilted up to 20 degrees from horizontal to suit your arm’s natural posture.
Tracking with the thumbwheel is both fast and accurate. If you feel the need for speed one minute but you’re work demands precision the next, no worries. A handy button, located just behind the ball, will instantly switch you between fast-tracking and precision modes.
Six programmable buttons are just waiting to be assigned shortcuts for your favourite DAW, or any other software for that matter. Just like its cousin, the Logitech MX Master 3, it comes complete with predefined shortcuts for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office and more.
In fact, if the superb functionality of the MX Master 3 appeals but you’d rather have a trackball than a mouse, the MX Ergo could be just what you’re looking for.Best mouse for music production: Apple Magic TrackpadApple’s Magic Trackpad shares a similar minimalist aesthetic with the Magic Mouse, but with a lot more functionality.
Appearance wise, it’s nothing to look at, which is great. Just a cool 6″ x 4.5″ slim wedge of austere aluminium and glass that’ll take up next to no space on your desk. Unlike the Magic Mouse, it can be used wired or wireless, which is an advantage you’ll appreciate when caught out with a drained battery during a critical job.
As you’d expect, it works just like an oversized modern laptop trackpad. You can lightly track and swipe to your heart’s content on the pressure sensitive surface, which because it has no moving parts uses haptic feedback to register clicks. 
But the feature that really sells the Magic Trackpad to us is Apple’s Force Touch technology, which opens up a tremendous amount of functionality in applications such as Garageband and Logic Pro. Pressing a little harder on the glass surface can trigger a host of  useful shortcuts, including adding notes to the Piano Roll and specifying automation points.
It’s available in two colours, but even though they both function identically the black version is currently more expensive than the white. Thanks Apple.Best mouse for music production: Razer Basilisk V3The Basilisk is an out-and-out performance-orientated gaming mouse, built for leaping whoever wields it through fantastically improbable challenges while deploying grenades and other deadly weaponry. So, what is it doing in this buyer’s guide?
In common with many gaming mice, the Basilisk has been engineered to be very responsive and extremely precise. It also boasts a multitude of programmable buttons that can replicate common keystrokes or trigger a host of effort-saving macros. So, it doesn’t take much imagination to see how a gaming mouse could bring new levels of accuracy and efficiency to your DAW workflow.
Its crowning feature is its 26,000 dpi optical sensor, though us musos will probably be more interested in its ultra-slick four-way scroll wheel, smooth PTFE feet and 11 – yes, count ’em – 11 programable buttons. 
It also performs a light show that puts the Blackpool Tower to shame, but if that’s not your thing you can dim the LEDs.
It could be a game-changer.Best mouse for music production: Contour Unimouse WirelessIt’s easy to see why the Unimouse won Contour a Red Dot Design award, it must be one of the most adjustable mice available on the market. In theory, it’s a vertical mouse but in practice you can decrease the amount of tilt to a relatively subtle 35 degrees or opt for a more acute 70 degrees. Whichever is more comfortable for you.
The thumb support is also completely adjustable in all directions – in/out, up/down, forward/backwards, inclination and rotation. Get the position right and Contour claim that it will help you maintain a more relaxed grip, lessening the chance of repetitive strain injuries. For you southpaws out there, the Unimouse is available in a left-hand version too, which is something of a rarity.
If all this sounds a bit clinical for creative use you’ll be pleased to learn that the Unimouse boasts a very respectable 2,800 dpi sensor and has seven buttons, six of which are programmable. It’s a shame the scroll wheel only scrolls vertically but you can easily remedy this oversight by partnering it with a Contour Shuttle.Best mouse for music production: Apple Magic MouseThis is an astonishingly beautiful mouse that’s way ahead of the competition in terms of aesthetics, if not ergonomics. Frankly, it’s a device you’ll either love or hate.
It looks fabulous, blessed with a flowing, streamlined silhouette that’s sleek, purposeful and stylish. As with all Apple products, there’s definitely a characteristic ‘less is more’ vibe going on here. 
The Magic Mouse’s minimalist aluminium base is capped with a couple of millimetres of featureless, smooth-as-glass perspex, with no visible buttons or scroll wheels. Essentially, what Apple has done is stuck a trackpad on the top of a Bluetooth mouse.
Scrolling is a wonderful experience, with the very lightest of touches sending your cursor scampering right, left, up or down. It’s completely effortless. On the downside, beyond configuring left and right buttons, plus a few gestures, functionality is rather limited. 
Apple doesn’t publish a resolution figure for its Magic Mouse, but performance is sufficient. Similarly, wireless operation is limited to Bluetooth, which isn’t the fastest, most reliable technology but it does the job.
In use, in contrast to some of the bulkier mice in this guide, your hand will float over the top of the Magic Mouse, rather than rest on it. Whether you find this more comfortable or not is down to personal preference. Man in home recording studioIs the mouse that’s bundled with your PC a bit, well, Mickey Mouse? Perhaps you’re looking to revolutionise your workflow with a multi-button wonder that’ll speed you through the most repetitive of tasks? Or maybe you’re worried about developing a repetitive strain injury and want something more ergonomic? 
Whatever the reason for retiring your existing rodent, we’ve got your back, so get ready to scroll through our hands-on guide to buying the very best mouse for music production needs.
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We’re using the word ‘mouse’ somewhat loosely in this guide because some of you will be better off with a trackpad or trackpad.
Mouse
A true mouse has its advantages, familiarity for starters. Most of us have grown up using a mouse since kindergarten, and we’ve since developed the skills and dexterity needed to wield one effectively. So, switching to any other kind of input device will take time to get used to. 
Modern premium mice are fast, precise, comfortable, reliable and cost-effective. Trading up from a frustrating chunk of plastic (Mus Frustratus) to a mouse that’s a delight to use (Mus Delectatio) really isn’t that costly when you factor in the potential efficiency savings.
Trackball
The primary advantage of a trackball is its compactness. Moving your cursor from one side of a 30″ screen to the other with a mouse will typically require a foot of desk space (best move that coffee mug), while a trackball will take up less than a quarter of this. If your desk is already cluttered with controllers, interfaces, modules and mixers then a trackball can be a godsend.
Another significant advantage a trackball brings is that you can click a button without the risk of moving your cursor, a blessing when working with very precise selections. In comparison, even the slightest touch tends to nudge a mouse out of position. 
Some manufacturers claim that trackballs lessen the risk of RSI too, because they don’t need to be gripped and manhandled in the way that mice do.
Trackpad
Trackpads share similar advantages with trackballs, plus they can be sensitive to touch and gestures. Many of us who own or use laptops will have already mastered their use and they score highly in the looks department.
If you find the immense enjoyment you get from producing music is being sapped by the common repetitive tasks required by your DAW then, in the name of all things holy, atheist or agnostic, go buy yourself a programmable mouse. 
How often do you find yourself using your keyboard, or worse still your DAW’s main menu, to pull up the mixer or loop a region? How long-winded a process is it to use the transport controls to rewind, forward wind or start playback immediately after you’ve repositioned the playhead? 
Buy a programmable multi-button mouse and all these mundane tasks, together with many, many more, can be automated at a touch of a button. Freeing your time to do what you do best – being creative.
Serious gamers write wireless mice off for being too slow and unresponsive, and they’re right, up to a point. However, music producers and creators really don’t need the same level of performance, so we recommend wireless over wired.
Wires just get in the way, and if you’re trying to self-record yourself playing an instrument then it’s often handy to be able to operate your DAW from a modest distance. Better to move your mouse to a grand piano than the other way around.
Wireless mice typically operate over Bluetooth or 2.4GHz radio frequencies (RF), with many products offering both options. RF offers lower latency but requires a USB receiver dongle, which will take up a precious USB slot on your PC. Bluetooth may be slower, but it’s not noticeably so, and chances are your laptop or desktop already has a built in receiver.
Mouse sensitivity is expressed in dots per inch (dpi), so the higher the dpi rating the more sensitive the sensor and the faster and more precisely your cursor will move. Gamers favour very sensitive sensors, for obvious reasons, and we producers and creators also need a mouse that’s going to work with a high level of precision. 
Of course, you don’t always want your mouse to be racing around the screen, so look for one that enables you to lower the dpi rating on the fly.
When Steve Jobs and his team developed the first commercially available mouse back in 1984 they probably didn’t foresee that, decades on, busy producers, creators and editors would be using very similar devices for 10 hours a day or more. They certainly wouldn’t have had an inkling of the damage that kind of intense usage can cause our soft tissues, tendons and nerves.
Sadly, many mice still look pretty similar to Steve’s original puck-like device, but fortunately there are alternatives. Brands, such as Kensington, Logitech and Contour have all developed ergonomic mice, including vertical models, which they claim prevent and alleviate RSI-type injuries. Trackballs and trackpads also enjoy a better rep for preventing such problems.
Everyone is different so, if you can, try a variety of solutions to see which one you prefer. The very best advice is to avoid using these peripherals for intense periods in the first place, which we accept is easier said than done. That said, a programmable mouse that increases your efficiency should free up more time away from your computer. Sounds like a smart buy to us.
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Astronomers observed a major eruption from a volcanic comet flying through the solar system, likely spewing more than 1 million tons of debris into space.A bizarre, volcanic comet has violently erupted, spewing out more than 1 million tons of gas, ice and the “potential building blocks of life” into the solar system
The volatile comet, known as 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann (29P), is around 37 miles (60 kilometers) wide and takes around 14.9 years to orbit the sun. 29P is believed to be the most volcanically active comet in the solar system. It is one of around 100 comets, known as “centaurs,” that have been pushed from the Kuiper Belt — a ring of icy comets that lurk beyond Neptune — into a closer orbit around the sun between those of Jupiter and Neptune, according to NASA (opens in new tab).
On Nov. 22, an amateur astronomer named Patrick Wiggins noticed that 29P had drastically increased in brightness, according to Spaceweather.com (opens in new tab). Subsequent observations made by other astronomers revealed that this spike in luminosity was the result of a massive volcanic eruption — the second largest seen on 29P in the last 12 years, according to the British Astronomical Association (opens in new tab) (BAA). The largest eruption during this time was a huge outburst in September 2021
An eruption of this size is “pretty rare,” Cai Stoddard-Jones (opens in new tab), a doctoral candidate at Cardiff University in the U.K. who took a follow-up image of 29P’s eruption, told Live Scence. “It’s [also] difficult to say why this one is so big.”.
The explosion was followed by two smaller outbursts on Nov. 27 and Nov. 29, according to BAA.
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Unlike volcanoes on Earth, which eject scalding-hot magma and ash from the mantle, 29P spits out extremely cold gases and ice from its core. This unusual type of volcanic activity is known as cryovolcanism, or “cold volcanism.” 
Cryovolcanic bodies, which include a handful of other comets and moons in the solar system such as Saturn’s Enceladus, Jupiter’s Europa and Neptune’s Triton, have a surface crust surrounding a mainly solid icy core, Richard Miles (opens in new tab), a BAA astronomer who has studied 29P, told Live Science. Over time, radiation from the sun can cause the comets’ icy interiors to sublime from solid to gas, which causes a buildup of pressure beneath the crust. When radiation from the sun also weakens the crust, that pressure causes the outer shell to crack, and cryomagma shoots out into space.  The cryomagma from comets like 29P is mainly composed of carbon monoxide and nitrogen gas, as well as some icy solids and liquid hydrocarbons, which “may have provided some of the raw materials from which life originated on Earth,” NASA representatives wrote.
The ejecta from the most recent eruption of 29P stretched up to 34,800 miles (56,000 km) away from the comet and is traveling at speeds of up to 805 mph (1,295 km/h), according to BAA. The plume “probably comprised more than one million tons of ejecta,” Miles added.
Photographs of the erupting comet also show that the plume formed an irregular Pac-Man-like shape, which suggests the eruption originated from a single point or region on the comet’s surface, according to Spaceweather.com. 
These observations back up previous research that suggests 29P’s eruptions are linked to its rotation. Miles and Stoddard-Jones believe that the comet’s slower rotation causes solar radiation to absorb more unevenly on the comet, triggering the eruptions. So far eruptions from the comet tend to match up with its 57-day rotation period, the researchers said. 
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Researchers also suspect that 29P’s most explosive eruptions follow a cycle based on its orbit around the sun. A number of large eruptions were detected between 2008 and 2010, and now two massive explosions have occurred within the last two years, Miles said. It is therefore likely that there will be least one more major eruption from 29P by the end of 2023, he added.However, it is less clear how this longer eruption cycle is occurring, because unlike most other comets, which get closer to the sun during a specific period of their orbits, 29P has a largely circular orbit, meaning it never gets much closer to the sun than its average distance, Stoddard-Jones said. 
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29P has largely been ignored by the astronomical community since its discovery in 1927, but as new evidence emerges about its unusual volcanic activity it is starting to be taken more seriously, Miles said. “Clearly there is something new to be discovered in studying 29P.”
The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to take a closer look at 29P early next year, he added. 
Harry is a U.K.-based staff writer at Live Science. He studied Marine Biology at the University of Exeter (Penryn campus) and after graduating started his own blog site “Marine Madness,” which he continues to run with other ocean enthusiasts. He is also interested in evolution, climate change, robots, space exploration, environmental conservation and anything that’s been fossilized. When not at work he can be found watching sci-fi films, playing old Pokemon games or running (probably slower than he’d like). 
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New FL Studio 21 released as free update for existing customers – Mixmag

Features include a more powerful Audio envelope and gain controls, as well as autosaving projects every minute – requested by Afrojack
FL Studio 21, the new version of the popular digital audio workstation (DAW), has been released as a free update for all existing customers.
It comes with several new key features, including upgraded audio clips with integrated envelopes, more precise level control and an automatic crossfader; updates to the system browser; a VFX step sequencer; as well as upgrades to various premium plugins
The update also comes with the ability to autosave projects every minute, which was a feature personally requested by Dutch producer and DJ Afrojack.
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Announcing the news on Instagram, the developers of FL Studio wrote: “Introducing faster and more precise audio editing, improved content discovery, control over the mood of the DAW and even more inspirational, creative tools.
“All free for existing customers because we LOVE your Lifetime Free Updates! To celebrate the release [of] FL Studio Producer Edition, All plugins Bundles are ON SALE!” it continued.
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People have reacted positively to the news, with musician BOMBS AWAY commenting: “the best just got better. What a beast.”
Another user wrote: “FL 21 TO THE MOON.”
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For new customers, FL Studio 21 starts at £85, rising to £344 (on sale until January 1 2023) depending on which plugins bundle chosen. Purchase here.
See the full list of new features here.
Take a look at a video explaining the new features below:
Earlier this year, Keysound producer E.M.M.A. hosted a free production workshop in association with FL Studio for women, with each attendee receiving a free copy of FL Studio 12. Read more here.
There have also been a number of bug fixes. See the complete list here.
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