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10 Free And Useful Websites For Music Lovers

10 Free And Useful Websites For Music Lovers

Pandora and Soundcloud may be awesome, but the web is full of even more creative, fun, and useful music websites. There are numerous ways to engage with music apart from just listening to it. From crafting your own tunes to converting different formats, here are 10 amazing free sites that all music lovers will find handy — and slightly addictive.

1. Unhearit

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    The concept behind Unheartit is brilliantly simple: got a song stuck inside your head? Kick it out with something even catchier! The creators claim they are using the latest in reverse-auditory-melodic-unstickification technology to give 100 per cent results. Try it yourself!

    2. Concert Vault

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      This is a huge directory containing live concert records that you can steam online. Jamiroquai at Woodstock ’99 or Ella Fitzgerald Birthday Tribute in 1978 — you name it. There are various channels to choose from — country, rock, jazz, blues, indie, and more. Plus, you can create personal playlists, queue songs for listening, browse interviews, watch videos, and search by name, album, or song. Concert Vault is an essential resource for everyone loving the classic beats. Still, the best is when you find a concert you’ve attended and get lost in the memories.

      3. 2conv

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        Heard a tune in a Youtube video and desperately trying to get it on your phone? That’s easy with 2conv.com — a free convertor to extract mp3 tunes from videos. Simply paste the url and download the file within a few seconds. You can also download 2conv to use it straight from your laptop, tablet, or phone. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

        4. Beat Lab

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          Beat Lab is an awesome free beatmaker, equally enjoyable for pros and newbies. Tap the grid and mix a new cool tune in just a few minutes. You can upload personal tracks and sounds or choose from a massive collection on site. Adjust speed from slow to OMG-fast, regulate volume and change genres to create unique melodies. Beat Lab also has an active community where you can look for inspiration, ask for advice, and get feedback on your music.

          5. Gnoosic

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            Want to discoverer new songs outside the genres you typically listen to? Try gnoosic, a search engine that helps you discover music that’s new to you. Answer a few simple questions — such as, what’s your favorite band? — and the engine will suggest performers that you may also enjoy. You can refine your experience by marking the tracks with like/don’t like/don’t know. My music suggestions turned out to be pretty accurate and I discovered some great tracks to add to my playlist. Currently, the site’s database contains a few thousand tunes, so you are bound to find something you like.

            6. Listen to Wikipedia

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              You would never think that Wikipedia could sound so great! Listen to Wikipedia creates a melody based on recent article edits made. Bell jingles signal additions to a page, while plucks signal removals. The bigger the edit was, the deeper the pitch is. The tune is never same and never stops. Plus, you can choose to listen to edits made in the different languages that Wikipedia supports. The sound is truly fascinating and very relaxing.

              7. Seaquence

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                The description on the Seaquence homepage is pretty vague and confusing: Adopting a biological metaphor, you can create and combine musical lifeforms resulting in an organic, dynamic composition. However, press go and give it a try. You have your colorful form of life on display and you can help it grow by adding new body parts via a grid-based beatmaker. Adjust the grid and change your pet color to get another melody and mix the sounds. It’s just too fun to stop.

                8. This Is My Jam

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                  The name says it all. This is my Jam is the community where everyone can share their ultimate song for today. The one that you’ve listened to countless times on repeat, that means something for you and helps you get things done faster. Users can create curated playlists based on the jams shared by other people, upload their own, like others, re-jam tunes, and follow users with similar musical tastes. This is my Jam is a fantastic place to discover truly great tunes curated by similarly minded people.

                  9. Every Noise At Once

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                    Have you ever pretended you totally knew what “new jack swing” is just to impress someone? Well, Every Noise at Once will help you discover all the weird and wonderful music genres that exist today. It’s a scatter-plot map of genre names. You can click to listen to an example song and click again to get a list of bands and singers. Now, who knows how Japanese psychedelic sounds or the names of four solipsynthm bands?

                    10. Blues Maker

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                      Whenever you feel blue, try playing around with Blues Maker. You can create your own sad song by choosing words and adding different harmonic effects. Afterwards, the site will turn it into a short blues song sang with a raspy man voice. A beautifully designed time-killer which can inspire you to compose some blues lyrics yourself.

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                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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