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Rave culture is making its move onto the blockchain

In one sense, the rave scene has always been encrypted. In its heyday, when news of illicit parties spread by word of mouth, you just needed to know …

Bitcoin

Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening

In Clint Eastwood's 1988 film <i>Straight No Chaser</i>, Thelonious Monk road manager Bob Jones tells a story about Monk appearing on a television show sometime in the late '50s. Monk is asked what kind of music he likes, to which he replies "all kinds." The interviewer, hoping for a "gotcha" moment, …

Thelonious Monk

At CES, a vibrating recliner changed the way I think about music

It’s pitch black. The pair of Bose QC25 I’m wearing are blocking out the ambient noise around me. Suddenly, my legs start vibrating as if I were at a …

Wearable Tech

UK Music Industry Bands Together to Save Grassroots Venues From Closure

"It isn't talent shows on television or theatre schools that propagate great music, it's small venues," said Chrissie Hynde.<p>A bill that supporters …

Music (UK)

Musician's White Noise YouTube Video Hit With Copyright Complaints

When people upload original content to YouTube, there should be no problem with getting paid for that content, should it attract enough interest from …

Copyright

Introducing Plexamp

As we mentioned on the blog post introducing Plex Labs, one of the things we’re using Medium for is a venue for talking about awesome parts of the …

A D.J. Could Save Your Life Tonight

On New Year’s Eve, you’ll be dancing, one hopes. If you’re lucky you’ll be dancing to an honest-to-God disc jockey — not to someone’s Spotify playlist or the musings of the latest demi-celebrities to fancy themselves party conductors. A real D.J. is part shaman, part tech-wizard, part crowd …

Midtown Manhattan

Neil Young’s vast archive deal is backed by intriguing new technology

“Stand up for what you believe/ Resist the powers that be,” declares Neil Young on “Children of Destiny,” one of the many rabble-rousing tracks on …

Augmented reality’s surprising push into music memorabilia

As a lifelong and deeply passionate music fan, I have been enveloped in music and art since my earliest memories. Combing through Rolling Stone from cover to cover was a sacred practice, while going to concerts and nabbing the latest concert t-shirts or special edition albums was a deliberate and …

Augmented Reality

Here’s how robots could replace all popstars by October 11

This week a story from last year has bubbled back to the top of the pop agenda — the long and short of it is that Spotify seem to have playlisted …

Robots

Is Secretive Virtual Reality Startup Magic Leap Dreaming Up the Future of Music?

Augmented Reality

Apple’s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store

F<p>ollowing its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released updated App Store guidelines that included a new rule allowing it to ban apps created by a “commercialized template or app generation service.” The understanding at the time was this was part of Apple’s larger App Store cleanup, and the …

Apple Has Acquired Shazam [OFFICIAL]

____________________________________<p>In a statement released today, Apple confirmed that it has acquired Shazam:<p>“We are thrilled that Shazam and its …

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Spotify is quietly testing a new feature to make your Discover Weekly playlist even smarter

If you love Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist, but wish you could teach it some new tricks — you just might be in luck.<p><i>Mashable UK</i> Social Media …

The amazing classic synth and experimental moments on children's TV

Before it reverted to Internet age-blandness, American kids’ TV enjoyed a golden age of music, scored by oddball indie composers and legends …

Sesame Street

Red Bull Music Academy Daily

Red Bull Music Academy Daily

Can Music Heal Trauma? Exploring the Therapeutic Powers of Sound

Mind

Opinion: Why we're stopping the RA polls

We're no longer running the RA polls. Here's why.<p>Since <i>Resident Advisor</i> began back in 2001, our mission has remained the same: to support local …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Streaming

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