Humankind: A Hopeful History

Humankind: A Hopeful History

Early in March, the London-based worldwide publishing house Bloomsbury Publishing (best known for publishing the Harry Potter series and academic literature) contacted me and asked if I would like to read a proof copy of Rutger Bregman‘s new book “Humankind: A Hopeful History“. Providing a new historical perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think – and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society. I was hooked and immediately told them to send over the copy. Let us dig a bit deeper in the following!

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A77X by Adam Audio – Perfect Near/Midfield Monitors For Project Studios?

A77X by Adam Audio - Perfect Near/Midfield Monitors For Project Studios?

Until recently, I was a satisfied user of KRK studio monitors for almost eight years. Those speakers are super fun to listen especially when you produce urban or electronic music, but definitively lack in detail and transparency to be an appropriate toolkit for audio professionals. Additionally, I was looking for a set of speakers with significantly more power. After testing out different studio monitors in the same or even upper price range from brands like Focal (Shape Twin and Twin 6), Dynaudio (LYD-48), KS Digital (C88-Reference) and Neumann (KH 310A), I ended up buying the A77X by Adam Audio. Read in the following, what these monitors make special and why I have chosen them at the end.

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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

In the context of the “Leadership Check Basic” by TTI Success Insights that I did in summer 2016 (read the full story and learn what it is in detail here), I came in contact with interesting literature as recommended readings during the coaching sessions that resulted from the above-mentioned test. One of the books was “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” written by American psychologist and mediator Dr Marshall B. Rosenberg, which I have read several times in total and just recently. In the following article, I want to familiarise you with Rosenberg’s book and the concept of nonviolent communication.

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Vezt – Intellectual Property Monetization For Artists & Songwriters

Intellectual Property Monetization For Artists & Songwriters

Recording music in the Internet age is not a lucrative business anymore. The nature of today’s popular streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and TIDAL cause that most artists and songwriters beyond the world’s top 10 artists make very little money directly from their music.

Vezt is the first blockchain-based mobile app where music fans can acquire rights in their favourite songs. It claims to be a new reasonable income stream for creatives. Let us take a closer look at the app’s concept and find out what is it all about.

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“Later” – How We Manage Our Social Media Channels

Later App - How we manage our social media channels

Social media counts to the essential promotion channels not only for brands but also for musicians, producers, music labels and concert promoters. The community of such media platforms can not get tired of new content and expects that you flood your channels with exciting and various types of content in that ephemeral environment. If you are not regularly publishing new content and interacting with other platform users, not only the platform users but also its algorithms will turn you down. How can we take care of our social media channels the most professional and effective way to cope with that time-consuming task? We will tell you now!

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Vocalizr – Connecting Singers & Producers From Around The World

Vocalizr - Connecting Singers & Producers From Around The World

Are you tired of looking for skilled singers in music forums or facebook groups? It takes a lot of time and usually is – at least for us – not successful and depressing. The lack of interested candidates is not a problem. Instead, the people contacting you on those platforms are often not professional enough and – until now – did not meet our needs sound- and skill-wise. That misery can finally be history! In the following, we present you the service Vocalizr that wants to help to connect singers and producers from around the world. Let’s see if it does what it promises.

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Vampr – Tinder for Musicians

Vampr - Tinder For Musicians

Info : [UPDATE 18. June 2019] Shortly after the article was published, I received an email by Vampr’s Co-Founder Josh Simons appreciating my honest and detailed app review. Right now, Vampr is launching an equity crowdfunding campaign so they can not only fix bugs and improve the current version but also fast-track the app’s evolution. Vampr, solely focussed on the music community by now, wants to become the social network for all kind of creatives. Feel free to check out their crowdfunding campaign and objectives more in detail here: https://wefunder.com/vampr/ ×

Vampr, initially released in May 2016, is a location-based mobile platform that was developed to facilitate networking, music discovery and communication between creatives of the music industry such as musicians, songwriter, producers or other industry professionals. The startup was founded by the two Australian musicians Josh Simons and Barry Palmer and is based in Los Angeles. Being part of Apple’s “Best of 2017” app list, Vampr facilitated over 3,5 million connections between creatives until November 2018. In the following, we will take a closer look at the app’s functionality and use.

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