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06 Apr: Why Streaming is the Future of DJ’ing

Download sales are in a free-fall as acceptance of music streaming continues to grow. If you’re in the dance music industry, you might feel some immunity (at least for now) as DJs are your primary customers. And DJs have to download, right? They still need the digital files on a USB, or a CD if they’re (ahem) old school. Well … Complete Music Update: Dance music download platform Beatport has acquired Pulselocker, the DJ-centric streaming…

Ways of Hearing Podcast

08 Aug: ‘Ways of Hearing’ Explores Listening in the Digital Age

  I’m excited about this new Radiotopia podcast named Showcase. Mostly because the first season consists of the six-part series Ways Of Hearing, hosted by Damon Krukowski who you may know as the drummer for Galaxie 500 and a member of Damon & Naomi. Apparently inspired and culled from Damon’s recent book The New Analog, Ways Of Hearing explores how listening has changed as audio delivery moves from analog to digital. It looks to go…

26 May: Sampling in the 21st Century

DJ Shadow in The Guardian: “I’ve always believed in clearing samples, however I believe it needs to be done on a musicologist basis.” This would involve, {DJ Shadow} explains, breaking down a song in a forensic way, and working out compensation accordingly: “This bass line sample constitutes – based on the space that it occupies and the number of seconds that it plays over the course of the track, in relation to other elements that…

24 May: Blockchain: Anchoring Music in Time and Space

Benji Rogers (dotBlockchain Music) via MIDEMBLOG: Blockchains represent the opportunity to anchor a digital event – in this case, music – in time and space. To say “at this time, in this place, these are the people that own the work.” Today, in 2017, if I’m a songwriter or an artist, I have nowhere in which I can digitally express my rights. As an artist, I come out of the studio, I put that recording…

14 Mar: Road Maps, Rainy Days, and Digital Streaming

Spotify, Waze, and road trips, via Endgadget: Drivers use their smartphone for both navigation and music, so why not put the two together? Waze and Spotify have announced that they’ve done just that: You can now navigate with Waze within Spotify and access Spotify playlists from Waze. After you set up a playlist, it’ll automatically play when you start your journey, while letting you “easily” change songs. At the same time, you can browse playlists…

20 Feb: Speed It Up and Start Again

Ubergizmo: There are a number of ways that music streaming services can set themselves apart from one another. This can be done through price, the size of their catalogue, and also exclusives. However Tidal seems to be going one step further and that is through features where they will now allow users to edit song length and tempo. Dubbed “Track Edit”, this feature is basically what its name suggests. Users who feel that certain songs…

01 Jun: The Music Industry Isn’t Ready for the Blockchain

Medium: Every day there are headlines about companies in the banking industry employing blockchain technology. Technologies like this could make the music industry more fair and transparent, and reduce a lot of friction around rights and payments, leaving more money to flow from fan to creator. The biggest obstacle, however, is the music industry itself. The problem in getting the music industry to adopt the blockchain for anything beyond metadata is that there are competing…

09 Aug: The Audiophile’s Dilemma: Strangers Can’t Identify $340 Cables, Either

Ars Technica: After calling out the audiophile cable gods, I’d come to settle the score. I’d brought a $340 “audiophile grade” Ethernet cable, and I was ready to put it to the test with the assistance of the James Randi Educational Foundation in front of a live audience of several hundred people. The goal was to find out if (this) cable made any difference when you’re using it to connect a computer to a NAS…