✖️ How tech will turn pop into folk 🎤 Music, sustainability, and insects? 🐛 The end of the smartphone cycle ➰
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From me, for you
How pop replaced folk music & how we’ll get it back through tech
Some personal notes about one of my key motivators for working in music, and how that translate to long term goals.
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Streams, data, and royalties
Uptime, YouTube's experimental app for watching videos with friends, opens to all
One of these things that has existed in some forms in the past, but curiously enough hasn’t really taken off yet. Hope YouTube gets it right – if not, I think Facebook Messenger is well-positioned to do so. Makes more sense in a messaging context than in YouTube’s context, but then perhaps Uptime is Google finally getting social right.
Understanding people through music
Nice page that explains how streaming habits translate to other types of behaviours that are not related to music. Via Carlo Kiksen’s weekly newsletter (in Dutch) about music, marketing, and branding.
Where's my f**king money? The transparency problem in music
Good panel report of a discussion at The Great Escape, with input from Dave Rowntree (Featured Artist Coalition), Crispin Hunt (BASCA), and Suzanne Combo (International Artists Organisation).
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The bigger issues
Evolution/Revolution: the future of classical music
Music Academy of the West opens its 70th season with a two-day conference “Classical Evolution/Revolution” with international movers and shakers looking at where they see the art form going.
Roskilde - Could festivals be the new home of edible insects?
Roskilde Festival’s food hall is hoping to break down the prejudice against edible insects with an innovative sustainability project. Last year I looked at what the live industry can do to be more sustainable in my piece: The urgent need for a sustainable music industry & the tech that makes it possible.
Why is there so little space for women in jazz music?
Women are disturbingly under-represented in jazz, with relatively few female composers and instrumentalists. What’s holding them back? And what can be done about it?
Growth is getting hard from intensive competition, consolidation, and saturation
Thought provoking piece about the end of cycle dynamics we’re seeing now. App fatigue, shifts towards messaging apps & chatbots, artificial intelligence, voice-activated interfaces, blockchain… They’re forming a layer for the rise of the post-smartphone cycle.
The mere presence of one's own smartphone reduces available cognitive capacity
Speaking about smartphones.. They take up mental space. Beware.
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Scaling Ethereum to billions of users
More blockchain talk. Interesting explanation of the scaling issues that the most popular blockchain for smart contracts faces, and how it can overcome them. If you need a primer: Wtf is blockchain?
The gear that changed electronic music by mistake
Unintentional discoveries about aspects of certain equipment have had a profound impact on the growth of electronic music.
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