Techradar: AI-powered music generator Ecrett builds complex compositions for your videos. “Ecrett Music is a new tool that uses AI to generate unique compositions for videos. Upload your video, choose a scene category (such as ‘travel’, ‘relaxing’ or ‘fashion’) and a mood, and the app will generate a bespoke soundtrack.” I tried it. The generated music feels generic, but not offensively so — it sounds like music you’d have in the background of a video.
TechCrunch: SoundCloud adds a music distribution service to its premium subscriptions . “Last year, Spotify took a stake in music distribution service DistroKid. Apple acquired Platoon. And today, SoundCloud announced it’s adding its own music distribution tools to its premium accounts aimed at artists, SoundCloud Pro and SoundCloud Pro Unlimited. With SoundCloud Premier distribution, artists can upload their tracks to all major music services, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube Music and even Instagram, directly from SoundCloud.”
Jamaica Information Service: Grange: Reggae Film Archive Coming. “The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the Reggae Films In The Park event launched preparations to establish the new digital Reggae Film Archive at the National Library of Jamaica as ‘a big step towards preserving Jamaica’s cultural heritage and Reggae history on film.'”
Music Mayhem Magazine: The Prince Estate Launches New Prince Social Accounts, Giphy Launches Comprehensive Library of Authorized Prince GIF Content. “To help celebrate the launch of the Prince social media accounts, The Prince Estate has aligned with GIPHY to create an enormous library of Prince GIF content on the web. The new channel… features over 1,700 of the best Prince GIF moments from every decade of his 40+ year career.”
DJ Booth: How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget: A Guest Editorial by Spree Wilson. “When I first started in the music business at 18, the term “mini-budget” was unheard of. Working in the major label system, even a small budget could quickly balloon to the six-figure mark. Sure, streaming was starting to rear its head, but it hadn’t fully formed and placed its inevitable grip on the music industry’s neck—yet. We were still sitting pretty in the center of the ‘good ol’ days’ of the music industry as some of the OG’s like to call it. But the tides were indeed turning and they were turning fast. Fast forward to 2019, and we’re in the midst of the streaming era. Anyone with access to a computer and Wi-Fi can easily create and upload a song or full project with the push of a button (or a command to Siri). But what does it really mean to properly release a song or album these days?” This article is really good, but please note that this page does contain some NSFW words, including one word that you will not hear my white self ever say.
Israel21c: Israel National Library launches free Israeli music app. “Sing out! In the same spirit that only a few weeks ago launched a thousand images documenting Israel’s history for free use, the National Library of Israel, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sport, and the Digital Finjan project, have announced the release of Shiri, a mobile phone app for Israeli music.”
Wired: Fortnite’s Marshmello Concert Is The Future Of The Metaverse. “BY THE STANDARDS of outdoor EDM performances, Marshmello’s DJ set on Saturday came up a little short. Ten minutes isn’t usually enough time for festival-goers to congregate in front of a stage, let alone build up to a good crescendo—but the Pleasant Park crowd had been waiting for the gig for days, and so everyone nobly held up their end of the party transaction.”