Hum On! App Turns Your Humming Into Music

People love to hum, whether it’s along to music or just a tune you’ve got stuck in your head, it is an easy way to express yourself even if you have no musical talent or skill. Now, Samsung’s C-Lab have developed a way for you to both hum and make music with Hum On! a new app that records your vocal noises and attempts to turn them into music.

Using the app is simple, just hit a record button and hum away. When you are done, the app will convert your vocalization into musical notation and let you play it back like a MIDI file. If you aren’t happy with the result, the app will let you adjust the notes after the recording and even change the genre of the song played back with choices such as “rock”, “orchestra” and “R&B”.

The app works by analysing the pitch and duration of the user’s voice and employs machine learning techniques to calculate suitable accompaniments for the vocal sounds using methods likened to a musician applying melody and chords.

“For hundreds of years, music has only been created by a select few, but that will no longer be the case,” said David Choi, Creative Leader of the project. “With Hum On!, we aim to provide a platform where anyone can turn their inspiration into great music.”

Currently the Hum On! app is in a very early beta phase, with the version of the app being on show at SXSW being very basic, lacking even some of the features that are becoming commonplace in modern apps such as the ability to easily share data with other apps and devices. It is unclear if and when Hum On! will be available to the public, but it should be an entertaining addition to many smartphones.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj1r9YJ6INA

SXSW Gaming Events Cancelled After ‘Threats Of Violence’

Well this is a mess but here goes, two gaming events have been cancelled at the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) festival that is due to take place next year (March 2016), after organisers confirmed they have become victim to continuous threats of violence which includes a direct message of the potential for violent behaviour “on site”.

At first, the content of the discussion panels seem compelling and rather innocuous considering the alleged reaction, the first was coined “SavePoint: A discussion on the Gaming community” while the other was named “Level Up: Overcoming Harassment in Games”  The former was there to primarily analyse the social and political landscape within the ever-changing and diverse gaming community as well as a closer look at the journalistic integrity of gaming journalists themselves; the latter was focussed on data around abuse in larger gaming communities as well as other related topics.

Sounds interesting right? Indeed, the reason this has somewhat blown up in the organisers faces is down to the panels referring to the madness known as “GamerGate” neither panel was officially linked to this subject but did intend to discuss issues associated with both sides of the row. SavePoint was due to feature prominent GamerGate supporters while Level up was likely to feature an argument, sorry discussion against Harassment in games and I would have thought GamerGate would have come up at some point.

So that’s it, no, supporters of the GamerGate campaign suggest that they themselves have been the victim of “abuse after they tried to highlight conflicts of interest in the video games industry. The organisers of SavePoint have announced that they will go ahead with plans to host a panel discussion themselves and will do so by other means.

To add to the complications, media organisation BuzzFeed has threatened to boycott SXSW unless the festival reinstated both parties, which looks unlikely at this time considering both panels are fearful of their safety. Buzzfeed released a statement that reads as follows,

“We will feel compelled to withdraw [our staff] if the conference can’t find a way to do what those other targets of harassment do every day – to carry on important conversations in the face of harassment. We hope you can support the principle of free speech and engage a vital issue facing us and other constituents on the event.”

I have always felt rather non plus with the ideology of threats of violence, granted, if you received one then you are well within your rights to take it with the utmost of seriousness, but, if someone intended to hit you, they probably would not warn you that they intended to do so in the first place, it rather defeats the point. It’s a tough one, free speech should be the number one focus, but, free speech itself does not mean you can say what you want if there is a chance that it could cause major offence.

It does seem silly though that two gaming events have been cancelled because it has caused this reaction, can’t people debate like adults and others listen with respect like adults without the need for threats?

AeroMobil to Launch Flying Car by 2017; Driverless Model to Follow

Slovak roadable aircraft developer AeroMobil aims to have the first flying car on the road (and in the sky) by 2017, the company’s CEO Juraj Vaculik revealed at South-by-Southwest (SXSW), with the promise of an automated version to follow.

Vaculik believes that personal transportation is overdue a reinvention, and that driverless flying cars will usher in a revolution.

The current prototype of Vaculik’s flying car, the AeroMobil 3.0, is not a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) craft, so demands a runway to take-off and land, so its practicality is limited. The AeroMobil’s functionality would need local governments to build flying car runways and free up airspace, while drivers would, of course, require a pilot’s licence.

That’s not to say that the craft is being aimed at the average consumer: AeroMobil will target the wealthy, since the two-seater vehicle will cost over €200,000 when released in 2017, according to Vaculik. A four-seater driverless version is penciled in for release soon after.

Source: TechSpot

iTunes Festival To be Held In the U.S. Alongside SXSW

The iTunes Festival will be held this year as well. The difference between all other years and this year is that Apple will be hosting it in the US, and not the UK. Yes, after seven years, the iTunes Festival will be held in the US, so ‘yay’ for those living in the US and ‘nay’ for brits who wanted to attend and can’t go to the US.

The festival is reportedly being held in Austin starting from the 11th of March and ending on the 15th. A much shorter Festival this year, however it is compensated by including a mix of well-known American and European artists, ranging from Willie Nelson to London Gramma. The other bit of good news is that the iTunes Festival will be held alongisde South by Southwest.

As always, Apple is using a technological showcase for its Festival, therefore you will get to stream live and on-demand performances from the event on both Macintosh and iOS devices. It might be common to people who have used it before, but for most US residents it can be considered a big thing.

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