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Mumford & Sons beware! An AI can now write indie music

A fascinating project called Amadeus Code promises to out-Tay-Tay Tay Tay and out-Bon Bon Iver. The AI-based system uses data from previous musical hits to create entirely new compositions on the fly — and darn if these crazy robot-songs aren’t pretty good. The app, which is available from the iTunes Store but doesn’t seem to be working properly , creates song sketches in minutes, freeing you up to create beautiful lyrics and a bit of accordion accompaniment. The video above is a MIDI version of an AI-produced song and the video below shows the song full-produced using non-AI human musicians. The results, while a little odd, are very impressive. Jun Inoue, Gyo Kitagawa and Taishi Fukuyama created Amadeus Code and all have experience in music and music production. Inoue is a renowned Japanese music producer and he has sold 10 million singles. Fukuyama worked at Echo Next and launched the first Music Hack Day in Tokyo. Fukuyama is the director of the Hit Song Research Lab and went to Berklee College of Music. “We have analyzed decades of contemporary songs and classical music, songs of economic and/or social impact, and have created a proprietary songwriting technology that is specialized to create top line melodies of songs. We have recently released Harmony Library, which gives users direct access to the songs that power the songwriting AI for Amadeus Code,” said Inoue. “We uniquely specialize in creating top line melodies for songs that can be a source of high-quality inspiration for music professionals.

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Pandora takes on Spotify’s Release Radar with its newest playlist, The Drop

Pandora is taking on Spotify with the launch of a new personalized playlist, The Drop, announced this morning. Similar to Spotify’s Release Radar, The Drop will also focus on new releases from artists its listeners care about. New tracks are added to the playlist on the day they’re released, the company says  – that means Fridays , as with Release Radar. Pandora’s playlist will also be longer than Spotify’s 30-track Release Radar as it doesn’t immediately ditch older tracks when new ones arrive. The Drop will instead grow to feature 100 of the latest tracks listed in order, with the newest at the top. The selections on your version of The Drop will be based on your prior listening behavior on Pandora, the company says. And they’ll be algorithmically programmed, not hand-curated. As you listen, if you find something you like, you’ll be able to add it to “My Music” or share it directly with friends and family. The launch arrives at a time when the company has been more recently focused on personalized playlists as a means of upselling free users to its paid tiers. In May, the streaming service rolled out dozens of personalized playlists to its Premium subscribers, based on their listening behavior and Pandora’s Music Genome. These “soundtracks,” as Pandora calls them, are categorized by genre (R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Alternative, etc.) as well as by mood or activity (Focus, Chill, Happy, Rainy Day, etc.). Since their debut, more than 790,000 users have listened to at least one of these personalized soundtracks, Pandora told TechCrunch. In addition, users have collectively listened for nearly 1 million hours, and have played a total of 21.4 million songs from their soundtracks to date. Energy is the top soundtrack with 2.8 million spins, followed by Hip Hop (2.5m), Country (1.8m), R&B (1.43m), Party (1.41m), Pop (1.4m) and Happy (1.2m). Like these playlists, The Drop will also only be available to Premium subscribers or those testing Pandora on a free trial before committing to a subscription

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European parliament gives thumbs up to controversial copyright reforms

The European Parliament has just voted to back controversial proposals to reform online copyright — including supporting an extension to cover snippets of publishers content (Article 11), and to make platforms that hold significant amounts of content liable for copyright violations by their users (Article 13). Plenary adopts it’s negotiating position on copyright rules for the digital single market. Negotiations with Council will begin soon. pic.twitter.com/hJOhClrZyf — JURI Committee Press (@EP_Legal) September 12, 2018 Today’s plenary vote in the European parliament was on amended proposals that had been rejected by MEPs in a vote in July  with parliamentarians arguing for a fuller debate and more balanced measures. The vote is a major victory for MEP Axel Voss who has been driving the copyright reform. MEPs largely backed Voss’ amended proposals today which had narrowed the scope of the rejected text, such as, in the case of Article 11, by allowing for links to contain individual words from the linked to publishers’ content — an attempt to respond to critics’ contention that the measure would outlaw hyperlinks (which can often contain the headline of an article). On Article 13 Voss’ amended proposal had reduced the scope to platforms that both host “significant” amounts of content and also “promote” them. It also includes an exception for small businesses. As the votes were announced a visibly delighted Voss beamed, clapped and hugged his seat neighbours, as well as giving a broad thumbs up to all those watching. At the same time critics and free speech advocates were describing the result as a catastrophe… Final vote for Parliament position on the copyright directive with #UploadFilters and #LinkTax : adopted. Parliament has failed to listen to citizens’ and experts’ concerns. #SaveYourInternet pic.twitter.com/gtGi6rg5kL — Julia Reda (@Senficon) September 12, 2018 “Members of the house, a heartfelt thanks for the job that we have done together. This is a good sign for the creative industries in Europe,” said Voss after the vote, as he asked for the report to be sent back to committee to begin institutional negotiations with Member States, via the European Council. MEPs duly obliged

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Via 7 FM (Music)

Via 7 FM 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: Free, Version: 1.1 ( iTunes ) Description: Escucha la radio, mira la señal en vivo online, escucha los mejores locutores y entérate de todo lo nuevo en la música, cine y tecnología. Radio Via 7 FM. What's New Actualización de seguridad Via 7 FM

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Apple Music UI Update Makes It Easier To Browse – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Apple Music UI Update Makes It Easier To Browse Ubergizmo One of the criticisms faced by Apple over Apple Music is its design. For a company that seems to pride itself on its design, there were many who felt that the interface wasn't as good as it could be. Apple has obviously made changes over the years, and ... and more »

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Apple Music launches a ‘Top Charts’ playlist series

Apple Music is rolling out a new playlist series that will feature the Top 100 songs on Apple Music globally and for those countries where Apple Music is available. Because they’re playlists, users will be able to add these top charts for their country or the Top 100 Global songs to their library so they can stream them any time, or listen offline. The feature was first reported by Rolling Stone , which was given a preview of the changes by Apple. At launch, there are 116 charts launching in total, including the Top 100 Global and one for each Apple Music market. Many countries will have access to all of these new Top 100 playlist charts, but availability will vary, we understand. What’s also interesting about the top chart playlists is that they’ll be updated daily at 12:00 AM PT based on Apple Music streams, which keeps them fresh. Rolling Stone’s report indicates the release of these charts is due to growing importance of streaming numbers. Artists and their managers as well as labels and scouts tend to reference top streaming charts in the hunt for new talent, it says. And the industry has adapted, too, by more heavily weighting paid streaming over free. On that front, Apple Music’s dominance in North America means its numbers, in particular, are important to track. Apple Music, now with 50 million paid subscribers worldwide, is currently ahead of Spotify in the North American market, according to comments made by CEO Tim Cook on the latest earnings call. “We took the leadership position in North America during the quarter and we have the leadership position in Japan, and in some of the markets that we’ve been in for a long period of time,” he said in July. Spotify is still ahead on the worldwide stage, with 83 million paid users.  However, it’s worth also pointing out that these new top charts aren’t just launching as a static section of the Apple Music app – they’re dynamic playlists. That is, Apple’s new Top Charts playlists will not be replacing the existing Top 200 Songs chart, available today.

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Apple’s Purchase Of Shazam Cleared By The EU – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Apple's Purchase Of Shazam Cleared By The EU Ubergizmo When Apple announced their plans to acquire Shazam, one of the obstacles that they faced was over in Europe where there were several countries in the region that raised some objections to the acquisition. This was over concerns that Apple's acquisition ... and more »

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The Essential iOS Apps for 2018 – Lifehacker

Lifehacker The Essential iOS Apps for 2018 Lifehacker Trying to find the perfect iOS apps can be tough, and we're willing to bet that your iPhone or iPad is full of pages and pages of apps. There's just so much out there, it's hard to come up with a short list of favorites. We understand. Allow us to help ... and more »

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Panning Delay AUv3 Plugin (Music)

Panning Delay AUv3 Plugin 1.01 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $4.99, Version: 1.01 ( iTunes ) Description: This is a AUv3 compatible digital delay which can be used as plugin with your favourite DAW such as Cubasis, Meteor, Auria or GarageBand. It supports a modern graphical interface and presets with stereo meters for monitoring signal levels. This stereo digital panning delay allows you to specify a compositions tempo and beat divisions in order to create some pretty crazy synced delay patterns. You can further specify how the stereo separation for the left and right channels, even apply panning and reverse audio effects to the mix. Also includes a tap tempo option. This is one of a suite of AUv3 compatible plugins which will also soon be available from 4Pockets. What's New Fixed an issue restoring preset state. Panning Delay AUv3 Plugin

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“How can they be so good?”: The strange story of Skype

From a company powerpoint, here's an artist’s impression of the moment when Skype's idea was fostered. (Zennström on the left, next to Friis.) (credit: Malthe Sigurdsson ) This story originally ran on September 2, 2013, when Skype's partnership with Microsoft was still new and before the Redmond company closed its London office . This was also well before a number of big changes to the Internet calling program were announced. Ars Staff, who are observing Labor Day this weekend, take time to remember Skype's birth story. "I don't care about Skype!" millionaire Jaan Tallinn tells me, taking off his blue sunglasses and finding a seat at a cozy open-air restaurant in the old town of Tallinn, Estonia. "The technology is 10 years old—that's an eternity when it comes to the Internet Age. Besides, I have more important things going on now." Tallinn has five children, and he calls Skype his sixth. So why does he no longer care about his creation? Read 104 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Recommended Reading: AI the music producer

How AI-generated music is changing the way hits are made Dani Deahl, The Verge The rise of streaming services is one of many challenges the music industry is currently having to contend with. In the latest installment of its "The Future of Music"...

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