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David Byrne Comments on Music Streaming

David Byrne of Talking Heads has made comments about today’s music industry which has embraced digital music streaming. Since the rise of internet technology, other musicians have shared their music via the likes of Spotify and somehow it may spell a big disaster for the industry.


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Although it generates big profits among major labels and may offer a win-win situation towards the provider and the consumers, it kills the artists.

Some of the notable musicians who have pulled out or have complained about streaming services were Thom Yorke and his band Radiohead, Black Keys, Aimee Mann and David Lowert of Camper van Beethoven. Meanwhile, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Pink Floyd were longtime Spotify holdouts and AC/DC, Garth Brooks and Led Zeppelin have never agreed to put their catalogues on these streaming services. Byrne himself has pulled out his songs.

If you have wondered why these artists have pulled out their catalogs from their respective online services, here’s the deal. Pandora, for example, plays all the music that they have in their content, which is similar to a radio station but it doesn’t take requests. YouTube, on the other hand, plays individual songs that people have uploaded while Spotify is a music archive that plays all the songs you like if it’s available on their site. Because you get the songs first hand when you get online by listening to it and paying for relatively less amount as its monthly charge, no one would ever purchase the CD. With that happening, musicians lose while the corporate labels win.

Hopefully, artists will get a fair share of the pie especially those who are just starting up and have yet to reach support from fans from different places.

Read on about Byrne’s post about internet music streaming.

New Technology Has Music Made by Brainwaves

What if you can create music just by using your thoughts, what would it be like? Recent technology has been creating a buzz lately because there’s a program that can now do that.


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According to BBC, programmer Adam Williams and his team composed of Robert Wollner and Alex Wakeman have created a special program that allows you to make music via your brainwaves. Using a brainwave-sensing headset, you can dictate and have the power to compose musical pieces.

Known as the Soul Filter, it debuted at Art Hack which 3beard company has organized. The event is a special gathering of East London’s startup community.

According to Williams, the headset takes on the raw electrical impulses that the brain signals on the headset then the data it gathers goes to the computer. A set of formulas shows its calculations on how engaged the person is and those measurements are used in generating the music.

Williams said in an interview that they took the brief of ‘take any data and turn it into art’ then decided to have people’s brains get scanned because there’s an interesting source of data in it.

This latest project has made a big leap towards the future of music creation and breaks down the boundaries of composing interesting melodies.

In this video, Williams’ father offers up his brainwaves and takes a turn to give this new technology a try.