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Finally! The Mirror’s Edge soundtrack is revealed

( Music and Videogames )

Mirror’s Edge is a new game coming out soon for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC which features both a unique gameplay mechanic (free running) as well as an amazing visual style. There have been a number of trailers for the game, all of them featuring a fantastic soundtrack which the makers, Dice, have refused to reveal the origins of. It always sounded too good to be in-house (with appropriate respect to the few very good in-house musicians!) but all they would say was that it was a commissioned composition from a “well known producer”. There’s been a lot of rumors on the forums, including various people falsely claiming to be the producer, but finally the most recent trailer reveals all – the music is produced by Swedish artist Solar Fields. A number of his albums are currently available on Amazon and Beatport.

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Squeezebox Boom

( Gadgets and Music )

A few weeks ago Slim Devices (now part of Logitech) released their latest network audio player, the Squeezebox Boom. In a departure from previous designs this model includes a built in amplifier and speakers, making it a great portable music source. Anyone who knows me probably knows of my Squeezebox obsession, and I’ve been testing this new one for a few months now.
The design is clearly aimed for three situations – the kitchen, the bedroom and outdoor use. The Squeezebox functionality works very much like the previous models (excellently) and as usual there are lots of neat design details such as a magnet in the remote so it will stick to the fridge door.
Sound quality is, for a device this size, amazing. Forget the Bose Waveradio, the custom DSP processing in Boom manages to squeeze exceptionally flat response over the full frequency range – and for times when you want a little more boom, there’s a connector to add a subwoofer.
From a portable point of view I’ve taken to running it outside during cookouts, synced to the indoor system so the music sounds great everywhere. Being able to plug in one power cord and having access to all your ripped CDs, radio and online services such as Pandora and Rhapsody is great – even in a house with as many Squeezeboxes as mine!

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