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August 28, 2020

Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Reconstructing the Music Industry

Many have heard of the famous cryptocurrency named Bitcoin, but many have not heard of blockchain. Blockchain is the underlying technology that allows Bitcoin to function as a decentralized currency. Imagine blockchain as a shared database. Unlike the Cloud, where Google or Apple control all the data, a public blockchain is not controlled by a central authority. Instead, anyone connected to the internet can take part in storing the data. Because it is not controlled by one party, theoretically, a blockchain cannot be shut down, hacked, and most importantly, the data cannot be altered again. Cryptocurrencies are one tiny possibility of the power of blockchain.
August 27, 2020

MUSIC COMPANIES THAT ARE RESHAPING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY THROUGH BLOCKCHAIN

Blockchain is solving some of the major problems currently plaguing the music industry. With blockchain, musicians are able to receive equitable royalty payments, venues are able to curb counterfeit tickets and record companies can easily trace music streams and instantly pay all artists who contributed to songs or albums.
August 19, 2020

Streaming’s remuneration model cannot be ‘fixed’

there is a risk of the market falling into streaming fatalism; that the obsession with trying to fix a model that might not be fixable distracts us from focusing on trying to build alternative futures.
May 30, 2019

METADATA IS THE BIGGEST LITTLE PROBLEM PLAGUING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Recently, a musician signed to a major indie label told me they were owed up to $40,000 in song royalties they would never be able to collect. […]
May 23, 2019

From roots in installation art through experimental music, Laura Ortman Has One of the Standout Works of the Whitney Biennial

Even in the Whitney Biennial, a show that this year is full of art that asks you to look and think again, Laura Ortman’s video is slightly unplaceable. The 5-and-half […]