The Future of Music

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A Former Apple Designer Turns to Reinventing the Nightclub

Alexander Grünsteidl knows the future of music involves way more than just how people buy records.
Robert Urquhart
4.7.13
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How Online Ads Are Slowly Choking Music Journalism

Turns out underground music doesn't pay the bills, but there's hope.
David Johnson-Igra
2.24.13
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Sound On Intuition Translates Body Movements Into Music

Peace out, instrument learning curve.
Antoine Carbonnaux
2.17.13
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Dear Musicians, More Apps Please

Here's a quick, somewhat obvious thought: musicians as a body (imagine it exists) let technology dictate itself. Not like production and sound technology, but all of the other stuff -- the websites and blogs and streaming services. All of this other...
Michael Byrne
11.13.12
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In Defense of Ai Weiwei's Terrible "Gangnam Style" Video

Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist, comes in for lots of criticism, from the government and from many of his fellow artists. Now he's taking flak from everyone, not for his politics but for his weak parody of Gangnam Style, a video he calls 草泥马 Style, or...
ALEX PASTERNACK
10.25.12
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Enjoy this 20-Minute Philip Glass Remix by Beck

Philip Glass is turning 75 this year. And that's a pretty big number with a lot of interesting divisors, so in honor of the occasion, "Orange Mountain Music":http://www.orangemountainmusic.com/ is releasing _Rework - Philip Glass Remixed_, featuring...
Michael Byrne
10.23.12
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Videos for Future Times: Matmos, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Mark Fell

"A Winged Victory for the Sullen":http://www.awvfts.com/ is American composer Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie, who normally forms one half of Stars of the Lid. The song, off of the duo's recent self-titled disc on Erased Tapes, is startlingly brief...
Michael Byrne
10.18.12
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Will the Pirate Bay Survive in the Cloud?

The Pirate Bay is entering a new era as it moves all of its data from in-house servers in Sweden into the cloud in a move designed, in part, to evade the copyright cops. It all happened very quietly on Tuesday, and except for the five or so minutes of...
Adam Estes
10.17.12
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The xx Is Still Pretty Perfect, Especially Underwater: "Chained"

What a relief it is that the xx, three years post-hype storm, has not become terrible. The extrapolation of dance/club music to sultry, ubersparse night-drive pop feels as perfect now -- or even more honed -- as it did in 2009. And in this world of nu...
Michael Byrne
10.15.12
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Bass Grows in Brooklyn: Why One Man Spent a Year Hand-Building a Massive Sound System

In the late 1940s, Colombians and Jamaicans simultaneously began building and decorating massive sound systems and throwing street dances playing imported records. In Colombia, it was African music. In Jamaica, it was American R&B. Like finding cell...
Taliesin Gilkes-Bower
10.12.12
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Pandora Founder: We Pay Artists Really Well, Now Let Us Stop

Pandora founder Tim Westergren just published this curious humble-brag of an article, which has predictably rippled across the music blogosphere. In it, he explains that his plucky company is super successful and can totally afford to pay the artists...
Brian Merchant
10.10.12
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A Machine For Turning Your Junk into Dubstep Music

When you think about it, pretty much all modern electronic music is just a series of loops — sometimes overlapping with each other, sometimes evolving. So it's not surprising that the new laser-powered "Instrument for the Sonification of Everyday...
Adam Estes
9.19.12