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Will Tech Startups Finally Make Record Labels Obsolete? Not So Fast

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Record labels are irrelevant because they’ve been disrupted by a venture-funded technology start-up. The …

Andreessen Horowitz

Download Theft! A History of Music, a New Free Graphic Novel Exploring 2,000 Years of Musical Borrowing

From the team behind the 2006 fair use comic <i>Bound by Law</i> comes a new fair use comic, <i>Theft! A History of Music.</i> Created by James Boyle and Jennifer …

Creative Commons

Hot Digital Shaman: New App Wavepaths Guides Users Through Therapeutic Trips

Brian Eno teamed up with neuroscientist Mendel Kaelen to create an app for therapeutic music – and it ended up expanding both their minds<p>The last …

Brian Eno

Radio | David Byrne Presents: One Year Later

Nov 1 2017<p>David Byrne Presents: One Year Later<p>By David Byrne<p>Song<p>Artist<p>Purchase<p>Asido<p>Purity Ring<p>Cold Little Heart<p>Michael Kiwanuka<p>Desperately<p>Sam …

Arcade Fire

Apple, Spotify, Tidal All Miss The Point. This Is The Future Of Recorded Music

Hopefully the millionaire musician owners of Tidal have been listening to the criticism from their fans and peers. I outlined a couple weeks ago how …

Daft Punk

4 Ways AI Startups Can Target the Music Industry

Startups have a lot of room to disrupt the music industry with AI and voice recognition.<p>Artificial intelligence has been in development for quite a while now. While companies initially struggled to find ways to apply and monetize functions such as speech recognition and voice translation, research …

Music Industry

Introducing the Bandcamp App for Artists and Labels

The Bandcamp App for Artists and Labels is here! It gives you a real-time mobile view into your stats, helps you manage and fulfill your merch, and …

Spotify knows you’ve been listening to that podcast at work

Podcasts are often associated with your morning commute or drive, but Spotify’s latest finding shows that mornings are not the most popular time for podcasts.<p>The music streaming giant looked at what a typical day of music and podcast listening looks like for their listeners–<b>and discovered that</b> …

Podcasting

Mixcloud premium plans include individual creator subscriptions

Mixcloud’s plans for premium subscriptions will include the ability for individual DJs, curators and podcasters on its platform to launch …

Warner Music

From Discs to Digital: The Odd History of Music Formats

Physical formats have only been around since the 1870s— But in that relatively short amount of time, we’ve managed to come up with some pretty …

Vinyl Records

Red Bull Music Academy Daily

Band uses delay from Facebook Live to loop a song and it's incredible

Any time there's a live streaming video, there will always be a little bit of delay in the feed. If you've ever been on a conference call, the short …

Facebook

WIN report claims independent labels now have 38.4% global market share

Independent-music trade body WIN has published its second annual ‘WINTEL’ report on the global music market. Its headline claim is that indie labels …

Markets

SOCAN First to Use Cloud-Based Technology for Real-time Electronic Music Royalty Tracking

SOCAN today announced it has partnered with Pioneer DJ Corporation of Japan to become the first music rights organization in North America to use …

Electronic Music

Vinyl is back and streaming is surging, so what to do with that CD collection?

Greg Cooper was going through a marriage break-up the day he decided to sell his CDs.<p>The 1,000-piece collection had been two decades in the making. …

Vinyl Records

How Augmented Reality Audio Will Let You Soundtrack Your Life

Last month, Apple launched iOS 11, and with it, a slate of augmented reality (AR) applications that allow users to do things like paint in thin …

Augmented Reality

Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new music

The science behind personalized music recommendations<p>This Monday — just like every Monday— over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist …

Machine Learning

Filmstro Makes Music For Sound And Vision Without AI

Last month in Italy and for the first time in human history, a robot called YuMi conducted a full-size orchestra.<p>Developed and designed by the Swiss company ABB, the two-armed robot apparently did a very good job. It conducted three pieces at the opening of the first International Festival of …

Artificial Intelligence

Mixcloud plans subscription service with Warner Music deal

Mixcloud -- a user-generated audio site similar to SoundCloud but with more of a focus on long-form content -- just signed a licensing deal with Warner Music, the <i>Financial Times</i> reports. This means that the site can soon begin to offer subscriptions. Mixcloud plays host to around 17 million …

Warner Music

The META Network: Lowering the barriers for developers in the music industry

<b>Value adding innovation</b><p>The supply side of the music industry is struggling with the technology requirements of becoming a digital industry. The era …

Innovation

Music Could Be the Biggest Casualty In the Streaming Wars

What happens when music streaming forgets about the 'music'?<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey Australia</i><p>No matter how monumentally cooked this lil' blue Earth of ours grows each day, we can at least rest our heads at night knowing that the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Sweden is preserving …

Streaming

Cryptocurrency Gives Artists More Power In The Music Industry

Bitcoin isn’t just for geeks and hackers anymore.<p>Rapper Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan will launch two cryptocurrencies with the startup Cream …

Bitcoin

Discogs, a Haven for Vinyl Lovers, Now Has 9 Million Releases In the Bank

Discogs, the crowdsourced online music marketplace popular among vinyl collectors, today announced it has surpassed another major milestone: the site …

Vinyl Records

Interview: A coworking space for musicians, and artists as startups

Music making requires a workspace – but what if a workspace were built for music makers? And what if artists and tech startups could be symbiotic? If …

Startups

Do Androids Dream Of Electronic Beats? How <em>Blade Runner</em> impacted electronic music

Blade Runner 2049 arrives this week. Gary Numan, Ikonika and more explain why electronic music is still obsessed with the original in our new …

Science Fiction

The Walkman Was a Machine for Daydreaming

More From Music Monday<p>20 articles<p>The Unwavering Positivity of Shamir<p>This Yemeni Refugee Tells Her Story Through Music<p>Tei Shi's Music Evades Definition<p>…

Walkman

Watch Little Dragon and R&B legend Faith Evans connect on surprise collaboration Peace Of Mind

We’re really excited to have an exclusive first-look at the video for Little Dragon’s collaboration with R&B legend and hip-hop royalty Faith …

Anime

Oreo Cookies As Vinyl Records? - ALT 92.9 Boston

Now this is interesting!<p>You may have seen the other "odd objects turned into vinyl records" videos, but have you ever seen them make your favorite …

Vinyl Records

The secret history of messages etched into records

<b>“ROBBIE WILLIAMS IS SHIT”… and other profound notes from the runout groove.</b><p>Could James Murphy be losing his edge? Not one to miss an opportunity for …

Vinyl Records