I hope you are having a great summer so far. I appreciate all the ways in which many of you have already recommended this newsletter. I’d like to try something else: if you have a lot of colleagues who are likely into this sort of thing, you can do me a huge favour & post this signup link to your company Slack. 💖
Also, you can now join the MUSIC x TECH x FUTURE community backstage on Facebook.
It’s the MySpace question, and my prediction is online music culture will take a temporary hit. There was no successor platform to MySpace: there were Facebook, Soundcloud, Last.fm, and a bunch of now-forgotten startups. Now there will be chatbots, virtual spaces on VR and social listening platforms, real-time collaboration tools, Instagram, Facebook once more, Spotify, and smart music startups that manage to leverage the shift from smartphone apps to voice-controlled user interfaces.
When ASCAP and BMI announced July 26 that they had been working together for almost two years on a joint database for the more than 20 million songs they represent combined, they had thought that all sectors of the music industry would welcome the news. Turns out, that wasn’t the case.
Tech firms have developed AI that can learn how to write music. So will machines soon be composing symphonies, hit singles and bespoke soundtracks? Good read by Stuart Dredge featuring a lot of familiar names.
Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook may be contributing to the U.S. economy’s most persistent ailments. Interesting perspective by Jonathan Taplin, an academic who founded one of the first video on demand platforms and former music manager.