Technologies and media

Why you can’t download all the streaming media you want

Your online life is an embarrassment of media riches. You can hear virtually every song ever recorded through Spotify, or jump onto YouTube and find a million covers and mashups.

Wired

Les ordinateurs connaissent la musique

Quand l’intelligence artificielle se fait musicienne. Des chercheurs suisses ont mis au point un algorithme capable de créer des partitions de musique après un véritable apprentissage.

Le Républicain Lorrain

AI and music: will we be slaves to the algorithm?

Tech firms have developed AI that can learn how to write music. So will machines soon be composing symphonies, hit singles and bespoke soundtracks?

The Guardian

This music production tool is the reason why all new music sounds the same

Imagine music as a recipe. Would you be able tell whether it had been made with artificially engineered ingredients or fresh produce from the farmer’s market?

Quartz

Surround Sound? You Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet

If you’ve spent any time at children’s birthday parties, you probably know what an inflated balloon sounds like when rubbed: harsh, squeaky, not particularly resonant.

The New York Times

Sad Songs, Artificial Intelligence and Gracenote’s Quest to Unlock the World’s Music

It’s all about that vibe. Anyone who has ever compiled a mix-tape, or a Spotify playlist for that matter, knows that compilations succeed when they carry a certain emotional quality across their songs.

Variety

La musique et son espace-temps

L'évolution de l'écoute musicale due au développement de la société de consommation et des nouvelles technologies a eu pour conséquence son arrachement aux lieux d'écoute traditionnels qui lui étaient dédiés (salles de concert).

Agora Vox

How Technology Shaped the Fluctuating Fortunes of Bollywood’s Musicians

The ability to sample instrumental sounds for later use and to mimic a wide range of instruments using synthesisers was not good news for professional musicians.

The Wire

'Audio tickets' to end long lines at music festivals and gigs

Ticket sellers have created an app that understands who is entering a gig by listening for silent sounds emitted by mobile phones in a development that could spell the end of entry queues and stop touts from selling tickets on at a marked up price.

The Telegraph


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