Technologies and media

‘He touched a nerve’: how the first piece of AI music was born in 1956

Long before Auto-Tune and deepfake compositions, university professor Lejaren Hiller premiered a concert recital composed by a computer and became an overnight celebrity.

The Guardian

That radio DJ you hear might already be a robot

Our phones, speakers and rice cookers have been talking to us for years, but their voices have been robotic. Seattle-based AI startup WellSaid Labs says it has finessed the technology to create over 50 real human voice avatars like ANDY so far, where the producer just needs to type in text to create the narration.

Reuters

Why Spotify’s music recommendations always seem so spot on

It’s that time of the year again. On the first day of December, everyone unwraps their “Wrapped” lists from music streaming app Spotify. Every person you follow seems to be screenshotting their top artists and songs, and floating them across social media, providing a condensed aural history of their year.

Popular Science

Winamp revient à la vie et croit pouvoir redevenir votre lecteur de musique préféré

Winamp est de retour. Une toute nouvelle version du célèbre logiciel multimédia est en train d’être développée. Reste à savoir si le lecteur qui était la star des années 2000 parviendra à revenir dans le cœur des internautes.

Numerama

Spotify “copia” a Tiktok en esta nueva actualización

La aplicación estrella para escuchar música en streaming incluye en una de sus últimas implementaciones una característica que recuerda irremediablemente a la aplicación que conquistó a medio mundo durante el confinamiento.

Los 40

Adele has successfully asked Spotify to remove ‘shuffle’ from albums

Here’s why that’s important for musicians.

The Conversation

Podcasts always had instrumental music — now some have singing, too

Speaking and singing have already mingled in the context of podcasts, but mostly fictional ones.

The Verge

How the Maestro Got His Hands Back

A lifetime of brutal injuries and misfortune robbed the world-renowned pianist João Carlos Martins of the ability to play his instrument. And then along came an eccentric designer and his bionic gloves.

GQ

Evolving Technology Keeps Musicians in Touch

The past 18 months have been pretty grim for music journalists covering the live-performance scene. Cancelation notices dominated SFCV news items during the spring and summer of 2020, and we turned our critics loose on recorded music and streaming performances to compensate for the lack of live concerts.

SFCV


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