Novembre 2019 – Semaine #1

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Dans le cadre de mon mandat d’agent de développement culturel numérique pour l’Association des professionnels de l’édition musicale (APEM) et la Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec (SPACQ), j’effectue une veille sur différents sujets en lien avec la musique et les nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication.

Voici la veille pour la période du 1er au 10 novembre 2019.

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8 novembre

L’Europe sauvera-t-elle son destin grâce à la culture?
Le vote de la directive européenne sur le droit d’auteur a signé une incontestable victoire pour les artistes et les créateurs du continent. Pour autant, ce texte ne suffit pas à garantir une véritable souveraineté culturelle à l’échelon européen. En plein crise identitaire, l’Europe saura-t-elle sauver son destin grâce à la culture?

Three Supply-Side Indicators That Signal the New Music Industry Has Arrived
More than a dozen years since the first commercial streaming services came to market, it seems a tipping point has arrived. Three particular trends indicate this: the explosion in the volume of supply, label and artist diversification and original content investment by the streaming platforms.

Amazon Music HD Recruits Neil Young to Peddle High Def Audio Content
Amazon Music is the first major streaming service to offer high definition “lossless audio.” Now the service has recruited Neil Young to promote its new offering.

7 novembre

YouTube’s Homepage Redesign Means People Will See Bigger Thumbnails and Fewer Videos
YouTube is launching a new homepage design today that will include bigger thumbnails, which is a move that frustrated people when the company first tested the refreshed look in August.

Spotify’s Podcasting App Anchor Now Helps You Make Trailers
Spotify’s simple podcasting suite, Anchor, is today introducing a new feature designed to help creators promote their podcast: trailers. On the Anchor app for iOS and Android, podcasters will now be able to create a dedicated trailer for their podcast that combines an introduction and some background music, then turns it into an animated video that can be shared across social media and the wider web.

Netflix CEO Says Time Spent Streaming Matters More Than Subscriptions
He noted that it was unrealistic to expect consumers to subscribe to just one service, and that the real numbers aren’t in subscription figures, but in the amount of time people spend with each provider. « The real measurement will be time, » he told moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin. « How do consumers vote with their evenings? »

Jean-Michel Jarre Launches EōN – an ‘Infinite Music App’
Musician Jean-Michel Jarre is launching an “infinite music app” called EōN, which uses an algorithm to turn beats, melodies and chords he recorded into an endless stream of music. Taps Hedera Hashgraph for Novel Use of Cryptocurrency in Fast Music Micropayments
This new system will enable a pay-as-you-go business model, using a Hedera-based cryptocurrency token called Jam that enables fast micropayments for every second of music that streams between artists and fans.

Creators’ Royalties Shift to Digital as CISAC Global Collections Hit Record €9.7 Billion
Worldwide royalty collections for creators of music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature reached a record €9.65 billion in 2018, according to the 2019 Global Collections Report published today by CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers).

Spotify’s New Algo-Personalised Playlist Has a Brand Attached
Spotify’s family of algo-personalised playlists has a new member, joining the likes of Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Daily Drive. It’s also different from those other playlists, because it’s a partnership with a brand: Vans.

6 novembre

SoundExchange Updates Client Portal to Provide Faster Payments and Transparency
SoundExchange today introduced a suite of new features to its online client portal, SoundExchange Direct (SXDirect), that provide music creators with increased control and transparency into their royalty accounts through greater self-service.

SoundCloud’s Repost Network Launches Mobile App for iOS & Android
SoundCloud-owned rights management and distribution company Repost Network has launched a mobile app for iOs and Android.

PRS for Music Launches Royalty Dashboard for Music Creators
PRS for Music members now have access to comprehensive analytics, data and insights into how their music is performing through a new dashboard.

Students Create Localify App That Localizes Spotify Music
Through Localify, users sync their Spotify accounts, and Localify then generates playlists based on the users’ music tastes, integrating local music into the users’ frequently played tracks.

Deezer Introduces ‘Shows’ Hub for Non-Music Audio Content
Starting today, Deezer users will be able to access podcasts and radio shows via a dedicated non-music content hub on the streaming company’s iOS app.

5 novembre

This Music Venue Can Track Brain Responses During Performances
The Large Interactive Virtual Environment Laboratory (LIVELab) at McMaster University is a research concert hall. It functions as both a high-tech laboratory and theatre, opening up tremendous opportunities for research and investigation.

Releasing Spleeter: Deezer Research Source Separation Engine
Deezer is releasing Spleeter to help the research community in Music Information Retrieval (MIR) leverage the power of a state-of-the-art source separation algorithm.

4 novembre

Introducing the Content Authenticity Initiative
Adobe, in collaboration with The New York Times and Twitter, announced the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) to develop an industry standard for digital content attribution.

These Researchers Are Trying to Build a Better Blockchain
Silvio Micali, founder of Algorand, and Dawn Song, founder of Oasis Labs, are each trying to build new blockchains from the ground up, seizing upon a mismatch between excitement over the core innovation of blockchains and disappointment about their performance. David Tse, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, and his colleagues developed a more efficient algorithm for keeping blockchains secure. 

Le CIFAR reçoit une bourse de la Fondation Alfred P. Sloan pour soutenir la recherche sur des systèmes IA plus polyvalents
Le programme Apprentissage automatique, apprentissage biologique du CIFAR, qui a joué un rôle majeur dans la révolution de l’IA en examinant comment les réseaux neuronaux artificiels pouvaient s’inspirer du cerveau humain, a reçu une subvention de 475 000 $US de la Fondation Alfred P. Sloan pour soutenir de nouvelles recherches sur les notions de causalité.

Vevo on How to Get More YouTube Views (And Avoid an ‘Algorithmic Death-Spiral’)
Ed Walker, VP of original content & production at Vevo, used his presentation at Music Ally’s Sandbox Summit to explain how to ensure videos on YouTube benefit from – rather than rub against – the platform’s recommendation algorithms.

What’s Important for Spotify Is to Have a Global Reach, but a Local Touch
Entrevue avec Sulinna Ong, Directrice de la musique (Royaume-Uni et Irlande) chez Spotify. 

3 novembre

Quand Spotify cache la forêt
Taxer le chiffre d’affaires au Canada des Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon et autres géants du web ? Exiger des redevances équitables de YouTube, Spotify et des autres plateformes d’écoute en continu ? Ce serait la moindre des choses pour mettre fin au scandale actuel, par lequel les milliardaires n’en finissent plus de s’enrichir en siphonnant le travail de nos artistes.

Best-Selling Albums Are Spending Less Time on Top
For most of the past five decades, number one albums needed more than a month to climb to the top (US, UK, German and Dutch music charts), nowadays an album is in contrast top ranked either from the start, or not at all. Over the last three decades, the number of top-listed albums increased as a consequence from roughly a dozen per year, to about 40. (via The Economist)

1er novembre

AI Could Help Us Unpick Why Some Songs Just Make Us Feel so Good
In a new paper, researchers at the University of Southern California mapped out how things like pitch, rhythm, and harmony induce different types of brain activity, physiological reactions (heat, sweat, and changes in electrical response), and emotions (happiness or sadness), and how machine learning could use those relationships to predict how people might respond to a new piece of music.

Soundcheck Is on a Mission to Make the Web Voice-First
If you haven’t noticed, the web is undergoing another major transformation. The first Amazon Alexa smart speaker was released in 2014, and we are already on pace to reach 200 million smart speakers worldwide by the end of 2019. The voice assistants are coming; content on the web is now in a race to catch up.

The Composers Who Write YouTube Influencers’ Music, Often for Free
Theoretically, having a song appear in a popular vlog might mean important exposure for an emerging composer, but for the indie artists whose songs are synched, the reality feels more dystopian. It assigns a value to their work: nothing.

How Can Spotify Help Solve Country’s Parity Problem?
Gender imbalance in country music has been an ongoing conversation lately that Spotify found itself at the center of last month when Martina McBride called the company out for its lack of diversity in playlisting. Company executives admitted they are well aware of the algorithm issue and are looking internally at ways to fix it.

Pandora’s User Base Is Now Nearly One Quarter of the Size of Spotify’s, Having Lost 1.8M Listeners in Three Months
According to updated Q3 statistics publicly unveiled by both companies this week – Spotify has nearly four times as many as its one-time rival (248M vs. 63.1M).


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