Technologies and media

Music 'calms nerves before surgery' as well as sedative

Listening to the "world's most relaxing song" before an operation could be just as good at calming patients' nerves as medication, US researchers say.

BBC

From Beyoncé to Bob Dylan, why music docs are all over our screens

According to May’s edition of Billboard magazine, 11 new films about mainstream musicians, either documentaries or biopics, were all due out in cinemas over the next year, with many more niche productions lined up for music festivals or going out on streaming services.

The Guardian

Could wristbands turn festivals into games?

Wristbands have long been synonymous with music festivals, but what was once a simple, colourful loop of material now increasingly contains contactless technology.

BBC

In Streaming Age, Classical Music Gets Lost in the Metadata

The algorithms of Spotify, Apple and Amazon are carefully engineered to steer listeners to pop hits, and Schubert and Puccini can get lost in the metadata.

The New York Times

Spotify ne permettra plus aux artistes de poster directement de la musique

Le programme de la plateforme de streaming Spotify, qui permettait aux artistes – indés, notamment – de poster eux-mêmes leurs morceaux, n’est plus.

Rolling Stones

Chartmetric explores the ‘trigger cities’ of south-east Asia

There’s some good data on how Spotify is functioning as a platform in the region, with K-Pop act Blackpink, US artist Lauv and a host of western artists performing well by the metric of monthly listeners.

Musically

40 years ago Sony's Walkman changed the way we listened to music

The Walkman was just as big a change in the way we listened to music as the iPod was in the early 2000s.

Cnet

Apple could save music lovers from the disaster that is iTunes

Assuming the new Music app works as it should, this should be a victory for music lovers who regularly use macOS.

Mashable

Big Mood Machine

Over the years, streaming services have pushed a narrative about these mood playlists, suggesting, through aggressive marketing, that the rise of listening by way of moods and activities was a service to listeners and artists alike—a way to help users navigate infinite choice, to find their way through a vast library of forty million songs.

The Baffler


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