✖️ Music habits post-net neutrality 💡 Chatbots & blockchain converge 🔮 Soundcloud, Instagram & hiphop 🎤
Hope you’re having a good start to your summer!
My day job is Product Director for a classical music streaming service named IDAGIO. We’re looking for a bunch of talent to join our talented team that I consider myself lucky to be a part of every day. Open roles in marketing & development!
My friends at Soundcharts are also looking to build their team in Paris and New York. Check it.
For those in Berlin: next Thursday I’m going to be at ’The Standard: What is shaping new music creation?’ put on by Women in Leadership at Soundcloud, including panelists from Native Instruments and Ableton. Come by!
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How chatbots and blockchain will converge to shape the future of music
This is going to be my last entry in the Projecting Trends series for a while - thanks Synchtank for the last year of collaboration. To wrap it up, I decided to look at two of the most important trends, which were also the topics of the panels I moderated at Sónar+D and Midem coincidentally.
6 lessons from 6 weeks without net neutrality
My music consumption has been clearly impacted by the lack of net neutrality on my new mobile plan. Here are my key takeaways as a heavy user of music services.
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Great research on the playlist economy by Liz Pelly - perfectly timed to sync up with a new feature by Spotify: sponsored songs on playlists.
Spotify has spent $120m on acquisitions in little over three years
The Echo Nest, Seed Scientific, Soundwave, CrowdAlbum, Preact, Niland, Sonalytic, MightyTV, MediaChain… If this keeps up, half of my contacts will be working at Spotify.
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Tesla is talking to the music labels about creating its own streaming service
This makes no sense, when they could just integrate with existing services. Unless they’re trying to compete with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, then it might make sense. As pointed out once by Stephen O'Reilly: tech giants are battling for the living room, and music is the trojan horse.
The rowdy world of rap's new underground
About the importance of Soundcloud to hiphop’s underground. Took a while for hiphop to really take root, but it’s exciting to see Soundcloud’s place in the subculture right now.
Mary Meeker's 2017 internet trends: what do they mean for music?
From interactive gaming to the rise of voice-controlled devices, Meeker’s annual report lays out a compelling blueprint for where the music industry should be looking and investing. Good piece by Cherie Hu – thanks for linking to a few of my pieces, Cherie!
Instagram is the true currency of relevance for hiphop's new wave
Following up from last week’s curated link on how Beyonce is turning her Instagram into a ‘label’. I cannot overstate the importance of Instagram right now.
Is the printed circuit board a form of musical notation?
Discussion of synthesizer modules and how their components are planned out on the circuit boards.
A music-lover's guide to tinnitus
Tinnitus is a bigger issue in dance music than we’d like to admit. Angus Finlayson lays out some clear ways to prevent it, and to cope with it.
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The death of the electric guitar
In the last decade, electric guitar sales have plummeted. The article delves into the why, with people explaining that music needs new ‘guitar heroes’, but I think they don’t get it. They look at pop stars like Taylor Swift, but that’s not edgy.
New music doesn’t come from pop, it comes from the underground, it comes from Soundcloud. That music is electronic and hiphop. Both styles were born out of cheap drum computers and samplers, just like how rock was born out of electric guitars (I’m simplifying, but that’s how it is).
Guitars are retro - there won’t be a guitar hero like what they hope for.
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People used to be so scared of coffee that Bach wrote a cantata about it
Coffee was once thought to be a devilish drink unfit for children, women, and men concerned about their virility.
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