When a song plays on the radio, there are invisible forces at work that go beyond the creative scope of the writing, performing and producing of the song. One of those ineffable qualities is audio mastering, a process that smooths out the song and optimizes the listening experience on any device. Now, artificial intelligence algorithms are starting to work their way into this undertaking.
Electronic luminaries Holly Herndon and Jlin have created a new track ‘Godmother’, out now on 4AD, completely via an AI program called Spawn. Producing the track entirely via machine learning, Spawn repeatedly listened to recent DJ Mag interviewee Jlin’s work and tried to replicate it with Herndon’s voice.
Apple has acquired Platoon, a creative services firm based in London, for an undisclosed sum. The artist and repertoire (A&R) firm provides a variety of services for artists, including video, audio, and marketing. Platoon also provides tour support, content creation, social media marketing, and global expansion.
Spotify’s former artist-in-residence D.A.Wallach and David King, inventor of YouTube’s Content ID join as advisors, while UMPG’s Dom Lovett joins full time. According to JAAK, its first commercial product will lower the barriers to music innovation by ‘simplifying the licensing and back-office processes for music rights holders and developers’.
Looming large over the U.S. streamers is a new requirement that 30% of their content be sourced from within Europe. The quota was approved in October by the European Parliament amid fears over the level of investment in European fare as American players gain ground.
Almost half the U.S. population does not use broadband internet, according to a new study from Microsoft researchers. Microsoft President Brad Smith put the number of nonusers at 162.8 million, almost half of the 329 million U.S. residents, at a company event on Tuesday.
The UK’s Publishers Association (PA) is appealing to the UK government for attention and protection in the run-up to Brexit. “In order for us to maintain our world-leading publishing sector,” the association writes in its introductory materials on the issue, “we ask for the government’s support in maintaining the environment within which UK publishers can create, export and digitize their works.”
Among media execs PwC polled, only 12% identified AI as being the “most disruptive” emerging technology in the next three years. Still, media executives do see the potential for AI applications. Of respondents who picked AI as the No. 1 disruptive technology, 19% said they expect AI will help cut costs, 5% said it will boost productivity, and 3% said it will improve customer experience.
DJs are about to get a cut of streaming revenue, a new source of funds for artists who typically make a living performing in front of live audiences. Mixcloud’s “Select” offering, starting at $2.99 a month per channel, represents a departure from the $10-a-month, all-you-can-eat subscriptions currently available on major music-streaming services. For the first time DJs, whose artistry involves mixing music originally created by others, can profit.
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has launched a sanctions procedure against SGAE, the Spanish rights society, which could result in the expulsion of SGAE from the global organization. SGAE responded to the news of the CISAC sanctions process through the organization’s publicist, telling Billboard that “SGAE is totally willing to comply with the requirements of CISAC and the new Board of Directors has already let them know that.”