I Meditated Using Sam Harris' Waking Up App for Six Months

Since December of 2018, I have been using Sam Harris’ app Waking Up designed for meditation. The following piece represents part of my experience meditating with the app. Of course, not everyone will follow the same path. To get the full picture you must actually try Waking Up. I’m in the beginning stages of meditation with a basic level knowledge of the practice. For a more in depth analysis and discussion of meditation, I highly suggest checking out Sam Harris’ works in the form of his podcast, articles, and books. If you’ve never meditated before, I hope that this helps you start your journey. And if you’ve tried meditation and given up, I hope that you give it another shot:

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Giving and Receiving Criticism (from the filous podcast)

Each podcast, article, or video I create for Auxoro is subject to the eyes and ears of my peers. Some feedback is tough to hear. Likewise, when other people show me their projects, I need to find a way to communicate my thoughts constructively. So, makes for good criticism? How can you constructively receive criticism? Here are some ideas that have helped me do both:

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Bahari: Making Waves

Meet Bahari, the duo comprised of singer/bassist Natalia Panzarella and singer/keyboardist Ruby Carr. After parting ways with a major label, the two have reclaimed their sound and have collaborated with producers like Illenium, Zedd, and Grey. In this interview, Natalia and Ruby speak on their beginning from opposite sides of the globe, the evolution of the creative process, Rock Mafia, and why they’re now “off-white.”

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SoundCloud Strives For Universal Distribution

SoundCloud continues to support the interests of the independent artist. This past week, the streaming platform announced that they will implement a new feature that will allow artists to upload music universally to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other services. What does this mean for the streaming landscape? How will this affect artists and listeners? Here’s what you need to know:

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Marshmello Flies High With First Ever Virtual Concert On Fortnite

This past week, Marshmello made history with the first ever virtual concert in the online video game Fortnite. In ten minutes, the superstar producer Marshmello reached more people than the Super Bowl Halftime Show. What does this mean for the future of concerts? How can this virtual reality takeover be repeated? What goes into planning a groundbreaking event like this? Here’s what you need to know:

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A Deeper Purpose: A Letter by Lo Village

Rebel Music Collective (RMC) is an entertainment label that was created by Kane Tabiri in 2011. The idea for the Collective came as Kane realized the arsenal of talent that he was surrounded by, namely in his sister, Ama, and his close friend, Charles Tyler. By 2015, Ama joined Kane and Charles Tyler to form the hip-hop/R&B group now known as Lo Village. The group is based out of their hometown, Gaithersburg, MD, a well-known breeding ground of hip hop and R&B legends ranging from Logic to Wale. Taking a new approach to modern day hip hop, Lo Village blends neo-soul, old school R&B, go-go, and traditional rap into a striking sound that instills both nostalgia and irresistible head-nodding in every listener.

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Fake Music Is Now A Real Problem

Music Streaming has brought great music to billions of ears throughout the past decade. But some scammers are taking advantage of this technology to artificially pump up numbers and even going as far as stealing artists’ music. What does this mean for the music community? How can streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify cut down on this fraud? Here’s what you need to know:

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Seeb: Getting A Grip

Meet Seeb, aka Simen Eriksrud and Espen Burg, two powerhouse artists and producers who understand the science and feel behind a great song. With a combined four decades of experience, the two have mastered the mix of emotion and energy, crafting smash hits like ‘Grip’ with Bastille and their remix of ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza.’ Take a dive into minds of the duo who thinks nowhere near the box.

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Alec Benjamin: Looking For An Open Door

At the end of 2018, Alec Benjamin released a mixtape titled ‘Narrated For You.’ Before that, he got signed by a major label, made an album, then got dropped. He’s spent time touring with Matisyahu, Jon Bellion, and Hoodie Allen. Over in Europe, he played the guitar and sang for fans in parking lots outside of Troye Sivan and Shawn Mendes concerts. “I handed out a ton of business cards, my Staples bill was insane,” says Alec. From playing parking lot shows to releasing smash hits like ‘Let Me Down Slowly,’ here’s a bit of insight into Alec’s story telling process.

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Virtual Reality Is A Virtual Certainty In The Future Of Music

Before, a fan had to attend a concert venue to see their favorite artists play live. Now, MelodyVR is bringing you up close to live performances from the comfort of your couch. An Oculus Headset and the MelodyVR app can transport fans to the concert venue through virtual reality technology. How will this affect the live performance market? What does this mean for artists and fans? What will this experience look like? Here’s what you need to know:

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