16-Oct-14/Blog /

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Gone are the days when you had to physically buy your music. Gone are the days when you had to go to the store, pick up a CD or cassette, load it in your CD or tape player and flick through the pages of the lyric book. Well, those days are almost gone. You can …

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13-Oct-14/Blog /

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For the better part of 20 years, one audio file format has reigned supreme, the mp3. If you’re unfamiliar with it or want to read a brief history provided by us at Decibel, click HERE! As we start to move into an age where streaming music becomes more and more mainstream every day, there seems …

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03-Oct-14/Blog /

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The mp3, despite only having been part of our collective social consciousness for a little over ten years now, is a file format approaching its twenties. Initially released in 1995, it has grown to mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. To the music industry it was an enemy, and has …

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25-Sep-14/Blog /

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Music metadata has come a long way since its early years. Our data is going much deeper than the standard tracking information. Track title, artist name and album name are the basic pieces of data we rely on now, but more detailed information, such as instruments, are also being used. Devices being used in metadata …

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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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