∞ Lefsetz on the Quincy Jones Interview

Furthermore, actors are vessels. Musicians are truth. That’s why hip-hop triumphs, eviscerates other forms, there’s more truth and honesty there. Whether it be the actual words spoken or the emotion behind it, which is oftentimes I’ve been screwed my whole life and now I’ve got the mic and I’m not gonna let it go!

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Link: http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2018/02/08/the-quincy-jones-interview/

∞ Voice recognition is changing the music industry

We’re seeing search terms for music change beyond anything we saw five years ago – context is now a big part of music interaction. We have music to work to, eat to, dance to, relax to, fuck to and, of course, let’s not forget the ever-popular music to sleep to; who would have thought our industry could make so much money from sleep playlists?!

Speaking of context, this is the perfect example of how the major music industry is effectively widening the gap between music making and music consumption: the devaluation of music as a merely fitting commodity means the complete cultural decontextualization from where it originates.

Link: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/lets-talk-voice-command-smart-speakers-changing-music-industry-know/

∞ Quincy Jones on the Secret Michael Jackson and the Problem With Modern Pop

We’re the worst we’ve ever been, but that’s why we’re seeing people try and fix it. Feminism: Women are saying they’re not going to take it anymore. Racism: People are fighting it. God is pushing the bad in our face to make people fight back.

Nobody talked about this paragraph in the Quincy Jones interview.

Link: http://www.vulture.com/2018/02/quincy-jones-in-conversation.html

∞ Microsoft and Progressive Web Apps

In the next release of Windows 10, we intend to begin listing PWAs in the Microsoft Store. Progressive Web Apps installed via the Microsoft Store will be packaged as an appx in Windows 10 – running in their own sandboxed container, without the visual or resource overhead of the browser.

Microsoft seems a few steps ahead than Apple in this regard. The PWA train is unstoppable but Apple is not steering it, merely catching up on it. How will the iOS App store will be affected by this development? How many publishing apps will leave the walled garden when the service worker functionality is fully integrated into Webkit?

Link: https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2018/02/06/welcoming-progressive-web-apps-edge-windows-10/

∞ How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

There’s a reason that Mad magazine looks different from Vanity Fair. They need to convey a different aesthetic and a different tone for their content to really pop. Facebook is the great de-contextualizer. There’s no more feeling of jumping into a whole new world on the internet anymore — everything looks exactly the same.

Facebook is the great de-contextualizer and so is Spotify, Apple Music etc. The effects of stripping away context of creation or music making for that matter and the culture around it and mushing the same term “context” into the realm of “user perspective” is a bit perv. See also Voice Recognition changes Music Business.

Link: http://splitsider.com/2018/02/how-facebook-is-killing-comedy/

∞ We need to talk about turntables in clubs

The clubbing industry at large has lopsided priorities. There is a natural pecking order with everything it requires to keep a club solvent and successful, but those holding the purse strings too often get blindsided by solely looking out for the bottom line. No legitimate club forgets to take the right amount of money on the door, or forgets to make sure their alcohol license is still up to date, but many fall desperately short on the side that is the load-bearing pillar of a good night out: the sound.

The only experience a club can offer that is superior than anything else: knee-weakening frequencies with the right amount of punch. Let’s be fair and make it equally an experience for vinyl and digital djs.

Link: https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3109

∞ How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming

Adjusting our purchases to the scale that makes sense for what we’re really after is one way to work around the Spotify/Apple Music model. Just as at a big festival, if what you want is what only these huge corporations can offer, then your subscription money is well spent. But if you’re using a streaming service to listen to anything other than the most-streamed tracks, your money isn’t supporting what you’re hearing.

Look out for the “pay once upfront and stream forever” model, it is the most rewarding way for independent artists and labels.

Link: https://pitchfork.com/features/oped/how-to-be-a-responsible-music-fan-in-the-age-of-streaming/