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Sefi Carmel of Spheretrax and what is music?
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Something of a music theme in this issue. My interview is with Sefi Carmel of Spheretrax, a new take on selecting, synchronising, and licensing music for TV, films, and games. I also look at what “noise” really is, ancient music software, the continuing sage of Terraform, the end of Google, and maybe one of the most famous Rock and roll fights of all time.

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The end of the Googleverse →

Is Google’s business model coming to an end? Or are they just changing?

Is Terraform still open-source? Yes, but… →

OpenTF promises to fill the gap now (maybe) left behind by Terraform. But what are those gaps?

“I made my first album on that actually,” he reveals. I used it long after I should have stopped using it.” →

Turns out I wasn’t the only one to use an obscure piece of music software on an Amiga. I have famous company.

A Well-tempered History of Noise →

What is noise? Different cultures make music differently, and different genres have different concepts of “good”. As always, it’s in the ear of the beholder.

"Never call me your drummer again": remembering the time Charlie Watts punched Mick Jagger in the face →

A year on from Charlie Watts’ sad passing, the world fondly remembers the late Stones drummer’s shy, slightly retiring nature: never one to give interviews unless absolutely necessary, and - for the most part - unimpressed by the trappings of the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.