jm + music   81

On the association between adolescent well-being and digital technology use
Lies, damn lies, and statistics. 'if we believe screens are destroying a generation [of kids] that would mean that so are potatoes, having asthma, not drinking milk, going to movies, music, religion, being tall, biking, and wearing glasses' [...]

'The take home from this new study is the evidence that smart phones are destroying a generation is not any stronger than potatoes and eyeglasses are destroying a generation. The moral panic surrounding the fear of screens is simply not supported by good science.'
potatoes  funny  glasses  asthma  milk  movies  music  religion  cycling  screens  screentime  kids  teenagers  wellbeing  mental-health 
4 days ago by jm
This Music Theory Professor Just Showed How Stupid and Broken Copyright Filters Are - Motherboard
Kaiser then decided to test Google’s system more fully. He opened a new YouTube account named Labeltest, and began sharing additional examples of copyright-free music.

“I quickly received Content ID notifications for copyright-free music by Bartok, Schubert, Puccini, and Wagner,” Kaiser said. “Again and again, YouTube told me that I was violating the copyright of these long-dead composers, despite all of my uploads existing in the public domain.”

Google’s Content ID is the result of more than $100 million in investment funds and countless development hours. Yet Kaiser found the system was largely incapable of differentiating between copyrighted music and content in the public domain. And the appeals process that Google has erected to tackle these false claims wasn’t any better.
content-id  copyright  copyright-filtering  youtube  fail  google  public-domain  ip  music  filtering  bartok  schubert  wagner  puccini 
august 2018 by jm
Horslips respond angrily to xenophobic #irexit use of their hit "Dearg Doom"
Some of you may have spotted that the saddos in the Eirexit conference had the feckin' temerity to use Dearg Doom as a soundtrack and to show the image of the album cover on the big screen.
Needless to say, they didn't ask us.
If they had, we'd have pointed out that we wouldn't piss on them if they were on fire -which they're unlikely to be, anytime soon. Five hundred damp, self regarding eejits being patronised by the Crazy Frog lookalike Nigel Farage ... isn't going to set the heather blazing in the near future.
Horslips stood for a hopeful, outward looking, inclusive vision of Ireland with plenty of drink and a Blue Range Rover.
This lot stand for a diminished, fearful, xenophobic state. Little Irelanders.
Checking out whether we can do them for copyright infringement.
We'll keep you posted.Feel free to share.

horslips  music  1970s  irexit  facebook  copyright 
february 2018 by jm
Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new music
Not sure how accurate this is (it's not written by a Spotify employee), but seems pretty well researched -- according to this Discover Weekly is a mix of 3 different algorithms
discover-weekly  spotify  nlp  music  ai  ml  machine-learning 
october 2017 by jm
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell Live on Vimeo
the entire concert set. This was the highlight concert for me in 2015
music  video  sufjan-stevens  concerts  2015 
may 2017 by jm
HiFime Sabre 9018 USB DAC
USB DAC strongly recommended by Soren Ragsdale -- EUR66
usb  dac  music  audio  hardware  recommendations  tips  toget 
november 2016 by jm
Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.
some amazingly terrible product decisions here. Deleting local copies of unreleased WAV files -- on the assumption that the user will simply listen to them streamed down from Apple Music -- that is astonishingly bad, and it's amazing they didn't consider the "freelance composer" use case at all. (via Tony Finch)
apple  music  terrible  wav  sound  copyright  streaming  apple-music  design  product  fail 
may 2016 by jm
David Bowie: Father Of The Sleng Teng Riddim
A great theory!
I don’t have contact information for Hiroko Okuda, but I am positive that the track she is referring to [as the source of the Casiotone MT-40 "rock" preset] is “Hang Onto Yourself” by David Bowie.
david-bowie  sleng-teng-riddim  riddims  reggae  casio  presets  samples  history  music  trivia 
january 2016 by jm
Chromecast Speakers
Supports Spotify -- totally getting one of these
spotify  speakers  music  home  google  gadgets  toget 
october 2015 by jm
Little Drummer Boy Challenge
'It's very easy: So long as you don't hear "The Little Drummer Boy," you're a contender. As soon as you hear it on the radio, on TV, in a store, wherever, you're out.'
ldbc  games  funny  xmas  christmas  music  songs  cheese 
september 2015 by jm
What the hell is going on with SoundCloud?
tl;dr: major labels.
Despite having revenue coming in from ads and subscriptions, SoundCloud still relies on outside investment. While the company received $150 million in a funding round at the end of last year, it pales next to the reported $526 million Spotify gained in June, and if one report is to be believed, SoundCloud is running very low on cash. Furthermore, sources suggest that potential investors are waiting to see what happens with Sony and Universal before ploughing in more money. With the high sums reported to be involved, it’s a stalemate that could potentially break the company whether it decides to pay or not.
soundcloud  music  mp3  copyright  sony  universal  spotify  funding  startups 
august 2015 by jm
This Is My Jam shutting down
but, crucially, with an Andy-Baio-approved archival process. Nicely done -- this is a good example of how to do it
api  archiving  music  mp3  this-is-my-jam  archival  shutdown 
august 2015 by jm
The Tamborzão Goes to Thailand
This is great. the story of how cheesy funk carioca tune “A Minha Amiga Fran” managed to become "Kawo Kawo" and become a massive hit in Thailand
thai  brazil  carioca  music  dance-music  kawo-kawo 
june 2015 by jm
Javascript Acid Machine
a 303 and an 808 (correction: apparently more like a 909) in your browser. this is deadly
acid  303  music  javascript  hacks  via:hn  techno 
march 2015 by jm
Listen to a song made from data lost during MP3 conversion
Ryan McGuire, a PhD student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, has created the project The Ghost In The MP3 [....] For his first trick, McGuire took Suzanne Vega’s ‘Tom’s Diner’ and drained it into a vaporous piece titled ‘moDernisT.” McGuire chose the track he explains on his site because it was famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests used to develop the MP3 algorithm.
mp3  music  suzanne-vega  compression 
february 2015 by jm
China’s Internet Censors Now Have Their Own Theme Song, And It Is Glorious - China Real Time Report - WSJ
According to a report posted Thursday to the website of the state-run China Youth Daily, the Cyberspace Administration of China choral group this week unveiled a new song, “Cyberspace Spirit,” glorifying the cleanliness and clarity of China’s uniquely managed Internet.
The song, an orchestral march built around a chorus that proclaims China’s ambition to become an “Internet power,” opens with lyrics describing celestial bodies keeping careful watch over the sky. From there, the lyrics conjure more vivid imagery, comparing the Internet to “a beam of incorruptible sunlight” that unites “the powers of life from all creation.”
china  great-firewall  censorship  music  songs  cyberspace-spirit  omgwtfbbq 
february 2015 by jm
Zoë Keating on getting a shitty deal from Google's new Music Key licensing
The Youtube music service was introduced to me as a win win and they don’t understand why I don’t see it that way. “We are trying to create a new revenue stream on top of the platform that exists today.” A lot of people in the music industry talk about Google as evil. I don’t think they are evil. I think they, like other tech companies, are just idealistic in a way that works best for them. I think this because I used to be one of them. The people who work at Google, Facebook, etc can’t imagine how everything they make is not, like, totally awesome. If it’s not awesome for you it’s because you just don’t understand it yet and you’ll come around. They can’t imagine scenarios outside their reality and that is how they inadvertently unleash things like the algorithmic cruelty of Facebook’s yearly review (which showed me a picture I had posted after a doctor told me my husband had 6-8 weeks to live).
google  business  music  youtube  zoe-keating  music-key  licensing  tech 
january 2015 by jm
littleBits Synth Kit
Wow, this looks cool. $159
littleBits and Korg have demystified a traditional analog synthesizer, making it super easy for novices and experts alike to create music.
connects to speakers, computers and headphones.
can be used to make your own instruments.
fits into the littleBits modular system for infinite combos of audio, visual and sensory experiences
diy  hardware  music  littlebits  gadgets  make  analog  synths 
december 2014 by jm
UK private copying exception plans face possible legal action
Under the proposed private copying exception, individuals in the UK would be given a new right to make a copy of copyrighted material they have lawfully and permanently acquired for their private use, provided it was not for commercial ends. Making a private copy of the material in these circumstances would not be an act of copyright infringement, although making a private copy of a computer program would still be prohibited under the plans.

There is no mechanism envisaged in the draft legislation for rights holders to be specifically compensated for the act of private copying. This prompted the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (JCSI), tasked with scrutinising the proposals, to warn parliamentarians that the rules may be deemed to be in breach of EU copyright laws as a result of the lack of 'fair compensation' mechanism. [...]

"We are disappointed that the private copying exception will be introduced without providing fair compensation for British songwriters, performers and other rights holders within the creative sector. A mechanism for fair compensation is a requirement of European law. In response we are considering our legal options," [UK Music] said.
uk  law  copyright  music  copying  private-copying  personal  infringement  piracy  transcoding  backup 
july 2014 by jm
"Sell products directly to your audience" -- Ben says it doesn't break the flow, doesn't take you to another site, no complicated registration forms -- the customer just enters CC details and that's it.
payments  ecommerce  selling  ebooks  music  ux 
june 2014 by jm
Cambodian Rocks (MP3s)
wow, WFMU's "Beware of the Blog" did a really good job of assembling these classic 1960s Cambodian psych mp3s, featuring Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sereysothea among others. I still love the start of Ma Pi Naok....
mp3  download  music  cambodia  psychedelia  wfmu  1960s  sinn-sisamouth  ros-sereysothea 
april 2014 by jm
Same Old Stories From Sean Sherlock
Sherlock’s record is spotty at best when it comes to engagement. Setting aside the 80,680 people who were ignored by the minister, he was hostile and counter productive to debate from the beginning, going so far as to threaten to pull out of a public debate because a campaigner against the ['Irish SOPA'] SI would be in attendance. His habit of blocking people online who publicly ask him tough yet legitimate questions has earned him the nickname “Sherblock”.
sean-sherlock  sherblock  labour  ireland  politics  blocking  filtering  internet  freedom  copyright  emi  music  law  piracy  debate  twitter 
december 2013 by jm
Removing DRM Boosts Music Sales by 10%
Based on a working paper from University of Toronto researcher Laurina Zhang
Comparing album sales of four major labels before and after the removal of DRM reveals that digital music revenue increases by 10% when restrictions are removed. The effect goes up to 30% for long tail content, while top-selling albums show no significant jump. The findings suggest that dropping technical restrictions can benefit both artists and the major labels.

more details: , "Intellectual Property Strategy and the Long Tail: Evidence from the Recorded Music Industry", Laurina Zhang, November 4, 2013
ip  copyright  drm  mp3  music  laurina-zhang  research  long-tail  albums  rights-management  piracy 
december 2013 by jm
The Impossible Music of Black MIDI
excellently bananas. 8.49 million separate musical notes in a single 4-minute-long composition (via Paddy Benson)
music  hardcore  black-midi  midi  composition  halp  digital  via:pbenson 
october 2013 by jm
RA Forum: Button Factory - August 14th Simonetti (Goblin) Horror Project
LIVE - for the first time ever in Ireland, Claudio Simonetti (Goblin) & band will perform the classics of horror movie scores by seminal Italian progressive rock band Goblin, Simonetti himself and possibly one or two curve-balls ! Horror rock maestro Claudio Simonetti will fulfill fans’ dreams and nightmares as the band perform the notably eerie soundtracks from Suspriria, Tenebre, Dawn of the Dead, Creepers, Demons and more! This epic show will also feature an intense A/V screening element featuring the electric scenes from some of these revered classics of horror and giallo.
goblin  bands  music  horror  movies  claudio-simonetti 
august 2013 by jm
Lawsuit Filed To Prove Happy Birthday Is In The Public Domain; Demands Warner Pay Back Millions Of License Fees | Techdirt
The issue [...] is that it's just not cost effective for anyone to actually stand up and challenge Warner Music, who has strong financial incentive to pretend the copyright is still valid. Well, apparently, someone is pissed off enough to try. The creatively named Good Morning to You Productions, a documentary film company planning a film about the song Happy Birthday, has now filed a lawsuit concerning the copyright of Happy Birthday and are seeking to force Warner/Chappell to return the millions of dollars it has collected over the years. That's going to make this an interesting case.
music  copyright  law  via:bwalsh  public-domain  happy-birthday  songs  warner-music  lawsuits 
june 2013 by jm
Strange Passion Presents Chant Chant Chant, Choice & SM Corporation live
'We are delighted to announce, for one night only, 3 legendary Irish Post Punk bands performing live in Dublin after a 30 year hiatus. This follows on from the critically acclaimed release of the Strange Passion Irish Post Punk compilation in 2012. Post punk legends Chant Chant Chant will perform along with electronic music pioneers Choice and SM Corporation. '
choice  music  ireland  post-punk  electronic  dublin  strange-passion  gigs 
may 2013 by jm
A Giorgio Moroder story
"Dear Mr Tilman, this is the only way I can help you. saluti, Giorgio Moroder". I love it -- someone call Tufte
graphics  giorgio-moroder  history  music  ilx  basslines  donna-summer  synths 
may 2013 by jm
Universal Music Group adding audible "watermarks"
including on paid-for, losslessly-compressed digital audio music files:
Why isn't UMG's watermark talked about more? Maybe people think the audio quality problems are due to some kind of lossy compression, as I did, and ignore it completely, or blame the streaming service/distributor. The problem here is that the UMG watermark degrades the audio to about the equivalent of a 96 kbit MP3. My guess is that if consumers were informed about what is going on, they would care. Especially those who pay full retail price for digital downloads advertised as lossless audio.
lame  audio  drm  media  music  umg  universal  watermarks  noise  consumer  mp3 
may 2013 by jm
So now you know who gets some of those excessive Ticketmaster fees….
Interesting evidence; it appears Irish music promoters are getting "rebates" from the massive TicketMaster "booking fee", on each ticket sold. This sounds like a cartel to me, and we need to regulate this. Where is the National Consumer Agency and Competition Authority?
The matter is something which should be of concern to every gig-going music fan, regardless of whether they go to Stradbally or not. For years, many have asked about TicketMaster's quasi-monopoly position in the marketplace and why this is so. We’ve always been told that promoters preferred to deal with one company rather than several and that TM’s systems and nationwide reach yadda yadda yadda was the bees’ knees etc. Other companies have tried to compete but no-one has been able to beat TM at this game.

But why would promoters go elsewhere when they’re getting a slice of the TM fees back as rebates? Those past off-the-record attempts by and briefings from promoters blaming TM for those fees can now be seen as hypocritical. They’re sticking with TM because they’re receiving a take of the fees paid by punters who have no other choice in service provider if they want to get their hands on tickets. You wonder what the acts make of this cash-grab – perhaps some whip-smart agent is already making a claim for a percentage of the rebates because there would be no rebates in the first place without the act.

Surely this is an issue for the Competition Authority and National Consumers Association too, given the manner in which the rebates are made and TM’s deals with the promoters? While promoters under TM deals are free to sell a certain proportion of their tickets with another provider, it’s usually only a very small percentage of the total and unlikely to trouble TM’s bottom line. Also, given that the rebates are volume-driven, it’s better for the promoters to keep the largest possible chunk of their business with TM. It seems that we have a new suspect in the blame game about why ticket prices are so high.
regulation  ireland  cartels  competition  ticketing  tickets  ticketmaster  music  gigs  consumer 
april 2013 by jm
Hotels to pay royalties on music - The Irish Times - Fri, Dec 14, 2012
'The operators of hotels, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts will have to pay royalties for any copyright music played in guest bedrooms [in Ireland]. [...] Under the agreement, the music charges will be set by Phonographic Performance Ireland Ltd (PPI). [...] When it initiated its case in 2010, the PPI said it was seeking payment of about €1 per bedroom per week or about 14 cent a night.'

I don't understand this. Most hotels do not play music in the rooms themselves. Does this apply if there is no music playing in the bedroom? Does it apply if the customer brings their own music? Are Dublin Bus to be next?
hotels  ppi  ireland  music  money  royalties 
december 2012 by jm
The Rise And Fall Of The Obscure Music Download Blog: A Roundtable
One internet music "sharing" trend largely unnoticed by the powers that sue was the niche explosion of obscure music download blogs, lasting roughly from 2004-2008. Using free filesharing services like Rapidshare and Mediafire, and setting up sites on Blogspot and similar providers, these internet hubs stayed hidden in the open by catering to more discerning kleptomaniac audiophiles. Their specialty: parceling out ripped recordings — many of them copyrighted — from the more collectible and unknown corners of music's oddball, anomalous past.

While the RIAA was suing dead people for downloading Michael Jackson songs (and Madonna was using Soulseek to curse at teenagers), obscure music blogs racked up millions of hits, ripping and sharing 80s Japanese noise, 70s German prog, 60s San Francisco hippie freak-outs, 50s John Cage bootlegs, 30s gramophone oddities, Norwegian death metal, cold wave cassettes made by kids in their garages, and the like. It was the mid aughts, and the advent of digitization had inadvertently put the value of the music industry's "Top Ten" commercial product in peril. That same process transformed the value of old, collectible music as well. If one smart record collector was able to share the entire contents—music, artwork and all—of one vinyl LP on his blog, for free, and upload another item from his 1,000+ collection the next day, for weeks and years, and others like him did the same, competing with each other about who could upload the rarest and most sought-after record, and anyone who downloaded it could then share it again and again… Suddenly everyone in the world had the coolest record collection in the world; and soon, nobody in the world had the coolest record collection in the world.

Obscure music download blogs weren't shut down like Napster or Megaupload were (though they were indirectly affected by that crackdown); they just, mysteriously, seemed to burn out on their own sometime around 2008. While some are still around, their number represents only a fraction of that mid-00s heyday. Was this because obscure music blogs had overshared the underexposed and blown the whole thing into oblivion? Is the fact that a guy in Japan will no longer pay $500 on eBay for a first pressing of the No New York compilation because he can find it for free on the internet good for the world? Was the commodity-lost but the knowledge-gained an even exchange? To explore what was going on then, I assembled this email roundtable discussion between creators of some of the most popular blogs of the time: Eric Lumbleau of Mutant Sounds, Liam Elms of 8 Days in April, Frank of Systems of Romance and Brian Turner, Music Director of WFMU.

(via Loreana Rushe)
music  mp3  blogs  obscure  via-loreana-rushe  history  2000s 
november 2012 by jm
Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models | Techdirt
David "Camper Van Beethoven" Lowery's blogpost about music sales, ethics, piracy etc. looks like it was pretty much riddled with errors regarding the viability of the music business, then and now. Empirical figures from Jeff Price from Tunecore, and others, to debunk it:

"'Well here’s some truth about the old industry that David somehow misses. Previously, artists were not rolling in money. Most were not allowed into the system by the gatekeepers. Of those that were allowed on the major labels, over 98% of them failed. Yes, 98%
. Of the 2% that succeeded, less than a half percent of those ever got paid a band royalty from the sale of recorded music. How in the world is an artist making at least something, no matter how small, worse than 99% of the world’s unsigned artists making nothing and of the 1% signed, less than a half a percent of them ever making a single band royalty ever?'"

[...] "Another example of Lowery being wrong that Price responds to is the claim that recorded music revenue to artists has been going down. Price has data: 'This is empirically false. Revenue to labels has collapsed. Revenue to artists has gone up with more artists making more money now than at any time in history, off of the sale of pre-recorded music. Taken a step further, a $17.98 list price CD earned a band $1.40 as a band royalty that they only got if they were recouped (over 99% of bands never recouped). If an artist sells just two songs for $0.99 on iTunes via TuneCore, they gross $1.40. If they sell an album for $9.99 on iTunes via TuneCore, they gross $7.00. This is an INCREASE of over 700% in revenue to artists for recorded music sales.'"
music  mp3  music-business  piracy  techdirt  david-lowery  tunecore 
june 2012 by jm
On The Record: Forging a future for the music industry
The original article is now paywalled, but the comments thread contains a fantastic discussion between some very smart young, and old, musicians, discussing music in a digital age where copying is trivial, the future of the music business, copyright, etc.
music-business  bill-whelan  music  mp3  copyright  on-the-record  irish-times 
april 2012 by jm
First Music Contact - Music3.0
'We talk a lot about what the world of music and artists will look like five or ten years from now. But for changes to happen then, the conversations need to happen now. We believe that the next big thing in music is not going to ever appear on a stage. After the record industry (music 1.0) and the live music industry (music 2.0), it's time to pay more attention to innovation (music 3.0) and what can come from constructively disrupting how the music industry operates.

It's time to open up the shop. It's time for unvested interests to see if they can use existing data and ecosystems to make a better music business. For far too long, music has been a conservative sector which views the influence of outside forces with abject suspicion and rank horror. Chalk this down to some bad experiences over the last 15 years due to misunderstandings with and ignorance of the tech and telecoms worlds. Chalk this down to rampant music industry egos which lead folks to believe no-one else can sell music bar music players. Chalk it down to fear of disruption.

So, it's time for change. You can't keep doing the same things in the same way and hope you won't make the same mistakes again. It's time to listen to and learn from smart people in other areas. It's time for people who have innovative ideas or even just the stirrings of innovative ideas to take stock from people who operate in other areas and who deal with ideas, technology and the valuable currency of innovation every single working day. It's time for some different talking which is going to lead to some very different make-and-do experiences.'

Looks excellent. (via Jim Carroll)
music  future  technology  internet  disruption  music-industry  ireland  via:jimcarroll 
april 2012 by jm
French ‘Three Strikes’ Law Slashes Piracy, But Fails to Boost Sales
Hadopi report says piracy dropped in France by between 17% and 66% during 2011, while Hadopi was in force; however the SEVN report on 2011 notes that legitimate sales of video dropped by 2.7%, ironically blaming 'the continually high level of piracy despite counter measures adopted under the HADOPI law' (, and the SNEP report on 2011 sales of audio indicates that the market dropped by 3.9% ( Hard not to come to a conclusion that actions against piracy do not improve sales
france  hadopi  legal  music  piracy  sales  revenues  sevn  snep  video 
april 2012 by jm
Rob Ricketts' "Program Your 808" Posters
Beautiful posters 'detailing how some of the most notable drum sequences were programmed using the Roland TR-808 Drum Machine'. Planet Rock, Cybotron's Clear, and Voodoo Ray feature... very nice (via stx)
via:stx  808  drum-machine  voodoo-ray  electro  music  acid-house  posters  prints 
march 2012 by jm
Artist and Hacktivists Sabotage Spanish Anti-Piracy Law | TorrentFreak
'In an attempt to sabotage a new anti-piracy law that went into effect today, hundreds of websites in Spain are participating in a unique protest organized by a local hacktivist group. The websites all link to an “infringing” song by an artist loyal to the protest, who reported the sites to the authorities to overload them with requests.'
hacktivism  spain  art  music  mp3  piracy  p2p  sinde  soap  hacktavistas  eme-navarro  sgae 
march 2012 by jm
On The Record » The hue and cry over buying and selling tickets
'If you really think that all 14,500 tickets for a hot show at Dublin’s O2 like, let’s say, One Direction will go on sale to the general public, you probably also still believe in the tooth fairy. While 10 per cent of the tickets are usually held back for O2’s priority customers, there will always still be far less than the remaining 13,000 tickets available on Ticketmaster’s system when the show purportedly goes on sale. How else do you think tickets for those One Direction Dublin shows in March 2013 can on sale minutes after they are sold out on the supposed primary ticket-selling site, on a secondary site like Viagogo at a hugely inflated premium? Do you really think people queued overnight for those tickets to go “nah, not bothered, have to wash my hair that night” five minutes after getting them in their hands about a show 13 months away? Perhaps we need a Dispatches-type expose over here to lift a few rocks and show the type of fat, avaricious worms wiggling around underneath feasting like parasites on the wallets and credit cards of Irish music fans.'
secondary-sales  touts  tickets  gigs  ireland  music  dispatches 
february 2012 by jm
Neil Young on piracy
'I look at the internet as the new radio. I look at the radio as gone. [...] Piracy is the new radio. That’s how music gets around.'
internet  filesharing  piracy  copyright  neil-young  music 
february 2012 by jm
Why should we stop online piracy? - opinion - 19 January 2012 - New Scientist
'There's no evidence that the US is currently suffering from an excessive amount of online piracy, and there is ample reason to believe that a non-zero level of copyright infringement is socially beneficial. Online piracy is like fouling in basketball. You want to penalise it to prevent it from getting out of control, but any effort to actually eliminate it would be a cure much worse than the disease.' Good description of 'dead weight loss' and the consumer pressure on the industry that illegal competition poses
piracy  new-scientist  slate  sopa  filesharing  dead-weight-loss  economics  music  movies 
january 2012 by jm
_Spotify: Large Scale, Low Latency, P2P Music-on-Demand Streaming_
Gunnar Kreitz' paper on its innards! 'Spotify is a music streaming service offering lowlatency access to a library of over 8 million music tracks.
Streaming is performed by a combination of client-server access
and a peer-to-peer protocol. In this paper, we give an overview
of the protocol and peer-to-peer architecture used and provide
measurements of service performance and user behavior.
The service currently has a user base of over 7 million and
has been available in six European countries since October 2008.
Data collected indicates that the combination of the client-server
and peer-to-peer paradigms can be applied to music streaming
with good results. In particular, 8.8% of music data played comes
from Spotify’s servers while the median playback latency is only
265 ms (including cached tracks). We also discuss the user access
patterns observed and how the peer-to-peer network affects the
access patterns as they reach the server.'
spotify  via:waxy  streaming  p2p  music  architecture  papers  networking 
june 2011 by jm
Gunnar Kreitz, _Spotify - Behind The Scenes_
the innards of Spotify's client, server fleet, and P2P layer, from the dev team themselves. good stuff
spotify  streaming  servers  networking  music  mp3  dns  p2p 
may 2011 by jm
Kill Screen - Profile: Bennett Foddy
The author of cult web-games QWOP and GIRP is a member of Cut Copy! crazy
games  interview  cut-copy  music  via:infovore  web  qwop  girp 
may 2011 by jm
Charanjit Singh on how he invented acid house ... by mistake
An interview (of sorts)! 'Cast your mind to the acid house scene and your immediate thought probably doesn't involve an ageing Bollywood session musician. Yet the softly spoken Indian man who greets me at the door of his friend's suburban Acton home on a sunny Sunday morning is credited with creating what some have labelled the first ever acid house record.'
acid-house  music  via:xxjfg  guardian  interviews  history  india  bollywood  ragas 
may 2011 by jm
Rumor: Google “Disgusted” With Record Labels
'Once again, Warner is the fly in the ointment, the same company that praises Spotify one day, renews their licenses for the rest of the world and then the next day doesn’t want to license them in the US.'
google  music  cloud  licensing  music-industry  record-labels  warner-music  streaming  from delicious
april 2011 by jm
Music Industry Lobbyist Becomes Europe’s Copyright Boss
'Maria Martin-Prat, who was formerly employed as Director of Legal Policy and Regulatory Affairs at IFPI, has now been selected to lead the EU unit that deals with copyright and enforcement issues.'
ifpi  policy  europe  ec  eu  acta  filesharing  music  mp3  from delicious
april 2011 by jm
Spotify Second Largest Source Of Revenue In Europe For Labels
wow. the WinAmp guys were right -- 'on a European level, Spotify is the second single largest source of revenue for record labels. This means that 2010 saw dramatic increase in its usage as well as payouts to record labels and artists themselves.' this via an IFPI report
ifpi  music  spotify  streaming  revenue  record-labels  europe  sweden  isps  mp3  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
One of the ICE domain seizures was a legit mp3 blog, posting legal promo mp3s
At least one of the sites seized by DHS was an mp3 blog which posted authorised, promotional mp3s, sent from record label VPs and artists -- ie. none of the supposedly "infringing" files, actually were infringing. (via Tony Finch)
mp3  music  piracy  law  ice  dhs  filesharing  copyright  copyfight  techdirt  via:fanf  seizure  mp3blogs  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Digital Socket Awards
'We’d like you to nominate the longlist of best music of 2010 on From this, 26 blogger judges from towns and cities all over Ireland will each score their top choices to reach a shortlist of three finalists in each category. The winners will be announced on 3 February 2011 at a live event in Dublin’s Grand Social.'
blogs  blogging  irishblogs  music  mp3  mp3blogs  ireland  awards  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Flattr - Social micropayments
click a "Flattr" button on content-creator websites, pay a monthly $5 fee, and the content creators get a share of your $5. Very interesting, and seems well thought out -- think I may sign up when I see some content I like
flattr  payment  content  business  social  pay  music  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Some figures about Eircom's "3 strikes" system
1000 notifications a month, and 'Eircom is guaranteeing that it will never hand subscribers’ personal details to the music industry and will never monitor their online activities. They will, however, take the word of the music industry and their monitors on face value and presume it is accurate as a matter of course.'
eircom  filesharing  three-strikes  piracy  music  mp3  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Copyright, music downloads and lobbying in overdrive
the comments explain a lot about the horrifically one-side Seanad debate on filesharing and 3-strikes for Ireland -- a lot of links to Ireland's old guard in the music biz
ireland  music  mp3  filesharing  download  three-strikes  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
U2 Manager Blames 'Free' And Anonymous Internet Bloggers For Industry Troubles | Techdirt
great Mike Masnick post responding to the latest woe-is-me missive from U2's asshat-in-residence Paul McGuinness (via Jim Carroll)
via:jimcarroll  u2  mp3blogs  paul-mcguinness  mike-masnick  techdirt  music  mp3  downloading  filesharing  piracy  blogging  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
jwz - What different sorting algorithms sound like
in the style of BBC Radiophonics Workshop, with copious flange -- my favourite is heap sort. this is brilliant (via jwz)
via:jwz  sound  music  sorting  algorithms  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
On The Record » Guest post – 500 Words of Summer – Mumblin’ Deaf Ro
Dublin-based musician Ronan Hession argues that the illegal-downloading bogeyman is vapour with a bunch of persuasive stats
mumblin-deaf-ro  statistics  music  irma  music-industry  piracy  filesharing  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
Technology to track trad
TunePal -- "Shazam for trad". play it a live traditional Irish, Scots, Welsh, Breton, Old Time American, Canadian or Appalachian trad tune on the iPhone, and it'll link to the tune's name, history, discography, and where it's been played, based on melodic similarity with a 93% accuracy
trad  irish  via:klillington  music  recognition  machine-learning  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
SoundCloud Developers Manifesto
'We recognize that only through your apps and hacks, can SoundCloud fully realize its potential as the audio platform.'
apps  hacks  soundcloud  mp3  music  hosting  files  json  rest  oauth  apis  http  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
The result of the IMRO & music blogger meeting | Nialler9 Music Blog
upshot: IMRO will think about it and get back to Nialler et al; in the meantime, everyone operates as before. one to keep an eye on, even if you're not Irish; this will play out overseas soon too. Good call getting Simon McGarr along
music  mp3  shakedown  imro  nialler9  ip  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
EU must break down national copyright barriers, says EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes
"There is a huge Digital Single Market for audiovisual material. The problem is that it's illegal [...] We have effectively allowed illegal file-sharing to set up a single market where our usual policy channels have failed." "While the internet is borderless, Europe’s online markets are not. It is often easier to buy something from a US website than online from the country next-door in Europe. Often you cannot buy it at all within Europe."
copyright  piracy  neelie-kroes  quotes  eu  ec  music  ip  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
article on the IMRO-vs-blogs LOEL spat
by an ex-Hot-Press staffer. interesting: Hot Press 'also publish MQ, the IMRO members’ periodical.' well, that would explain a lot
hot-press  ireland  music  mp3  loel  imro  shakedown  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Indie music mogul: The net's great for us
Martin Mills of Beggar's Banquet. thought-provoking interview, and he nails it on this: "People who in their 30s a few years ago who may have stopped listening to new music, or were listening to iterations of music they heard in their late teens or early twenties, are now able to discover entirely new things. You've got new artists being discovered by 30, 40, 50 and 60 year olds. You'll now have a group of friends talking about music and sending links." That EXACTLY described my situation a few years back
martin-mills  beggars-banquet  music  record-labels  xl  mp3  filesharing  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Two bands pull out of IMRO show in blog protest
fair play to The Cast Of Cheers and Mia Sparrow, cancelling their show in response to IMRO's actions
imro  shakedown  bands  music  ireland  the-cast-of-cheers  the-richter-collective  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Irish music blogs under attack over royalties | Music |
'If IMRO goes ahead with its plan, targeting music blogs around the world, there will soon be legions of frustrated bloggers. And it will be much worse if other regional publishers follow suit.'
imro  ireland  guardian  news  blogs  music  mp3  shakedown  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
On The Record » “This music blogger IMRO licence thing”
Jim Carroll's blog post on the IMRO mp3blog shakedown. Comment thread has some good stuff from Irish music heads
imro  mp3  blogs  music  ireland  jim-carroll  shakedown  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Nialler9's getting the IMRO shakedown
Irish music blogs apparently need to pay a minimum of EUR150/year to the collection agency for "making copyrighted music available online" -- and they intend to ask _all_ sites who offer music, Irish or not, to pay this fee (!)
imro  shakedown  nialler9  ireland  music  mp3  blogs  blogging  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Mix Tape Amnesty
ha! 'The amnesty was created in an effort to finally rid the country of illegally taped music. Although technology has evolved, the law on this issue has remained unchanged and these mix-tapes still constitute a threat to artist royalties.' Remember: home taping is killing music
mixtapes  funny  history  ireland  virals  music  mp3  filesharing  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Grooveshark Mobile for iPhone
nifty, an official app for this music-streaming site -- although for jailbroken iPhones only
jailbreaking  iphone  music  grooveshark  streaming  mp3  apps  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Review of the decade: Alexis Petridis on pop
great line: 'In the future perhaps every artist will be famous for 15 comments'
music  grauniad  alexis-petridish  aphorisms  fame  internet  web  mp3  from delicious
december 2009 by jm
Mint Studio Multi-Room Wireless Speaker
$130 speakers; outputs from computer via USB, transmits to wireless receiver, which also has an iPod dock and a line-in. exactly what I'm after! (thanks Jason for the tip)
via:jcosper  music  sound  mp3  home  wireless  speakers  from delicious
november 2009 by jm
[mp3] Belle and Sebastian - I'm A Cuckoo (Avalanches remix)
great tune, great remix. just spotted it on so thought I'd post it
mp3blog  mp3  belle-and-sebastian  avalanches  music 
july 2005 by jm
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