#44: Transhumanism & music 🌠 | The gender problem in music 🙅 | Context aware music 🏙 | Lots on Spotify 📱
Two lead pieces for you this week.
One in response to a brave girl speaking up about her experience as a woman in the music business at a recent conference.
The other is about the concept of transhumanism & music’s part in getting to that future.
Looking for connections to people at DAW companies who do technical partnerships. Also looking for people in labels / management who are using messenger bots in their artists’ campaigns.
If that’s you - reply to this email.
Enjoy the reads. Much love,
From me, for you
What you ♂ can do about the gender problem in the music business (MUSIC x TECH x FUTURE)
It may seem difficult to understand what you can really do when you’re in a position of privilege. Especially since you don’t want to disempower the people you’re trying to help.
But it’s not that hard.
Music's role in a transhumanist future (Projecting Trends, Synchtank)
In which I look at how technology is likely to enable the next step in human evolution, and how music will play a part in this.
Digital Music Space
Streams ahead: the artists who made it huge without radio support
Thanks to Spotify, Apple Music and co, musicians such as Glass Animals and Anne-Marie can go global without radio support. But can they convert streaming stats into fans?
Is Facebook starting to take music copyright seriously?
Facebook’s steadily growing its music product team.
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Spotify is investing in original musical content with new programs 'Singles' and 'Live'
Spotify is upping its game when it comes to original content with more than one new program.
Now may be a good time to re-read my piece Do streaming services now compete with labels?
How context awareness is the next frontier in the music industry
Cherie Hu takes a look at how context awareness can transform the creative process, and generate new revenue streams and business models for the music industry.
A decentralized content registry for the decentralized web [blockchain]
Trent McConaghy, the founder of Ascribe & BigchainDB talks about Coala IP + IPDB + IPFS: a shared global commons to connect creators with audiences.
One of the smartest people I’ve met this year. Read this.
In-house playlist brands will expand beyond Spotify
“We’ve got ambitions I can’t really talk about too much now, but if you imagine how you might build a brand and then extrapolate it beyond being just on Spotify, that is a really key part of the future for us.”
Spotify’s march to monopolise playlists continues
Tom Packer of Motive Unknown expresses worries about the redesign of the search results and the way it pushes down user (and artist) generated playlists.
Spotify could have been six months from death in 2013
Good write-up about Daniel Ek’s talk at Slush in Finland last week. Including some solid advice for startups.
Dubsmash syncs €9 million Series B
The Musical.ly competitor is said to be adding “about a million new users added every five days”.
Live Music Space
Ticket bots are now illegal (in some markets), but they’re part of a much bigger problem
New legislation is a good first step, but the accountability rests with those greedy institutions enabling scalping in the first place.
You can fit this miniature synthesizer in your wallet
It’s the size of a credit card.
Hallucinogenic drugs could soon work 'like a surgical intervention' for mental illness
A single meaningful experience that people highly value and has transformational, enduring effects. “I don’t think we have any models in psychiatry like that. It’s more like a surgical intervention.”
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