11-Sep-14/Blog /

The Akai S900, a benchmark of modern samplers. Courtes yakai-s900.blogspot.com

Sampling has made up a huge part of the music industry within the past 30 years. It’s provided the foundation for hip hop music and become an integral part of other genres, including a vast array of electronic, pop, R&B, and indie music. It has provided countless headaches for both copyright owners and artists wishing …

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03-Sep-14/Blog /

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There is no such thing as regional and international musicians anymore in the era of the Internet. Except for indigenous musicians playing ethnic instruments in rural areas, once an artist releases their music online, the whole world can listen to it. Geographical boundaries have evolved from being the reason that music is segregated into a force …

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28-Aug-14/Blog /

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The music industry is experiencing rapid changes. That’s an obvious fact. Headlines that shout ‘digital formats are replacing physical formats!’, ‘is streaming the future?’ and ‘various production software are shoving analogue mixing desks into the attic’ are common in today’s music discourse. However, they only voice one side of the changes happening in the industry …

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21-Aug-14/Blog /

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Over the past few weeks we have been talking a lot about music discovery. Starting from discovery through samples in hip hop to the familial relationships between musicians, it is evident that there are countless ways to find out what’s good to listen to. At the foundation of it all is, as always, solid metadata. To tie the …

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14-Aug-14/Blog /

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Oh, how the meta have fallen. On July 8, the Global Repertoire Database, an £8m effort to become a single data source for all musical works from publishers and collection societies, announced its demise. Two short weeks later, MusicMark and Armonia were in talks of collaborating. These two licencing platforms (from North America and Europe, …

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31-Jul-14/Blog /

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How much influence do genes have on musical capabilities? Scientists have been investigating this question for a long time. A recent study suggests that genes do affect one’s musical capabilities. Without a solid genetic foundation, practicing will not get you far. So what does this mean for music metadata? Mapping the human genome isn’t part of the music …

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24-Jul-14/Blog /

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The Velvet Underground & Nico LP probably has one of the most iconic record sleeves of all time. It was designed by the world-famous Andy Warhol after all. But did you know that the pop artist also managed the band and produced most of the tracks on the LP? Listeners often overlook some participants involved in …

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16-Jul-14/Blog /

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Internet piracy is something that effects pretty much every aspect of the consumer tech world. From video games to iPhone apps to film and television, digital piracy affects digital media in a huge way. Its impact on the record industry is all too well known in this day and age, and it’s one thing that …

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10-Jul-14/Blog /

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Every day we step further into the digital world. Though we won’t be living in a ‘Tron’ fantasy anytime soon with teleportation and robot butlers that eventually turn against us, we’re still living in an exciting age. As digital music sales continue to rise and streaming services become increasingly popular, quality music metadata becomes ever …

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02-Jul-14/Blog /

With two streaming giants acquiring smaller sites in the past three days, now seems like a perfect time to discuss music curation & discovery on streaming services. Yesterday Google announced that they’ve acquired streaming site Songza, a site that offers users a selection of human-curated playlists depending on factors such as mood, activity and even the current …

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