All posts tagged: music

Going for gold

One for The Wishlist Hand-made in Sweden, these 18-carat rose gold earphones is the perfect example of an item that bridges fashion and function. It delivers sweet music to your ears whilst providing the enviable glint that can only otherwise be attained with a beautiful piece of jewellery. Each pair is built with 25 grams’ worth of solid rose gold so you might want to guard them safely. HAPPY PLUGS 18-CARAT ROSE GOLD EARPHONES. £9,500, HAPPYPLUGS.COM

Go off the grid at free Innocent Un-plugged festival

Innocent launches Un-plugged, a new weekend festival in the woods that lets you escape the city and go technology-free. Switch it off and leave it behind – there’s a whole other world beyond your phone, you know. This is the premise behind Innocent Un-plugged, a festival that encourages you to go offline and enjoy the moment you’re in for just one weekend. Guests will be sent to a secret location in the woods in Kent, one free of Wi-Fi, 3G and electricity, where a weekend of live music, forest banquets (with plenty of smoothies available, naturally), inspirational speakers, spas and yoga will set into motion, taking you away from the cares of city life. Be warned though – any revellers caught using their devices will have to face a penalty challenge. There will be a ‘people-powered’ disco with music provided by DJ Norman Jay and The Correspondents, along with a brilliantly diverse range of acts including brass bands, electric violinists and even a flute-beatboxer. Lycra-clad ‘Mr Motivator’ will also make an appearance to get the …

Not So Silent Movies kicks off with Ed Harcourt

Not So Silent Movies is back and the first in this year’s series of live performances by top musicians to classic silent films kicks off tomorrow with special guest Ed Harcourt. If you’re out of ideas for how to spend your Sunday, we suggest you grab a friend and head over to Notting Hill’s Electric Cinema for a pretty special “not so silent” silent film screening featuring live music from the house band and Mercury-nominated musician Ed Harcourt. Expect an edge-of-your-seat experience. Why? Because the live soundtrack provided by the musicians on stage to accompany the film is entirely improvised, with all cues taken from the film and audience. They don’t get to rehearse and there’s no preparation. They don’t even get to watch the film in advance as it’s only being chosen by the founder Philip Sheppard (and his five year old son) tonight in time for tomorrow’s screening. Ed Harcourt fans will be in for a treat and those new to his uplifting piano compositions and riotous ballads will walk out as converts. …

The best Christmas gifts for techies

Clever gadgets for clever people   Stelle Audio Go-Go Speaker £99, stelleaudio.com A brilliant speaker for enjoying music on the go, plus, it firmly ticks the style box. A removable strap allows you to hang it wherever you like (up to 50 feet from a connected Bluetooth device) and you can even mount it onto the handlebars of a bike so you can groove as you move. – – – – – X-mini KAI 2 Capsule Speaker £39.95, x-mini-com This portable speaker, with ceramic drivers that deliver loud and clear sound, doubles up as an excellent mobile conferencing tool. A clever, built-in noise-cancelling microphone helps to filter out background disturbances so you can hold quality conversations wherever you are. – – – – – Huawei TalkBand B1 £99, amazon.co.uk This sleek wearable tech packs a whole lot of function into a single band. There’s a fitness monitor to keep track of your activity levels, an alerts function so you can screen incoming calls and emails, a nifty screen that pops out doubling up as a …

A Groov-e music companion

All music lovers understand the need to be able to play our tunes whenever and wherever we choose, so our phones are never far away, but we also understand the limitations. There is only so much our phones can blare out on loudspeaker before the sound quality becomes negligible. In these instances, a small, portable wireless speaker may be just what you need. We like the Groov-e Soundbox Splash-Proof Wireless Speaker (£39.99, groov-e.co.uk) for those very reasons, and more. Wireless connection is made via Bluetooth so you can also connect your tablet from up to 10m away, or you can always use the 3.5mm audio output. When fully charged (via a micro USB port), you get up to five hours of music playback which comes out really clear and crisp. The bass is good also, all helped in part by the rubber casing which absorbs excessive vibrations which would otherwise compromise the sound quality. The volume can be adjusted using the buttons along the top or via the volume control on your device. But not …

Head Banger: B&O BeoPlay H6 headphones

Talk about a bronzed beauty. This new limited edition model of the BeoPlay H6 headphones by B&O Play is quite the head turner. Featuring soft leathers and sleek, brushed metal touches, it’s a winning combination of effortless style, brilliantly authentic sound quality and clever functionality. B&O BeoPlay H6 headphones in Bronzed Hazel. £329, beoplay.com

Sound it out

For a fully immersive, authentic music experience on the move, try Spaced360. With three high-powered speakers and internal bass radiators, you can rest assured that the sound will remain clear and balanced wherever you decide to take it. (£250, spaced360.com)

The most touching six minutes you’ll experience today

This month marks the third anniversary of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in 2011. In aid of Japanese children’s charity El Sistima, a charming yet powerful and moving animation has been released to help raise awareness and funds for the children of Soma, Fukushima. The short film, directed by Tsuneo Goda, was created by Zapuni LLC, an initiative connecting Japanese visual artists with renowned musicians to create works that will help children affected by disaster, and Japanese stop motion animation studio dwarf, with the soundtrack By Your Side (and video namesake), donated to the project by Sade. Donations can be made to the El Sistema charity here. [vimeo 88405888 w=500 h=281]