Slate: Sing On, Vocal Deepfakes

Slate: Sing On, Vocal Deepfakes. “Certainly, it’s worrying that vocal avatars could be deployed in the manner that deepfake video and photos have been. For critics, a foreboding future looms where vocal deepfakes erode trust in traditional forms of evidence (and herald even more annoying robocalls and phone scams). For others, this nascent technology holds great promise, offering realistic vocal models for people with speech impairments, more convincing voice assistants, intimate chatbots, and myriad uses in the entertainment industry. Motivated more by artistic interests than commercial applications, musicians in particular envision different possibilities for the future of human and machine collaboration.”

Kotaku: Nintendo Is Cracking Down On Popular YouTube Music Channels

Kotaku: Nintendo Is Cracking Down On Popular YouTube Music Channels. “A popular YouTube channel dedicated to sharing video game music was recently hit with over a hundred copyright claims, the latest to fall under intense scrutiny as Nintendo appears to be ramping up efforts to prevent the illicit distribution of its music.”

Discogs Blog: What Do A Music Database & 1692 Books Have In Common?

Discogs Blog: What Do A Music Database & 1692 Books Have In Common?. “I don’t know what happens when they walk into a bar, so don’t ask me. We’re talking about our music book submission drive, Bibliophonic. As Discogs integrates more music data, extending to including music books on artist pages (e.g. David Bowie), Bibliophonic was an opportunity to focus on getting more music books submissions into the Bookogs Database.”

The Verge: Music crowdfunding website PledgeMusic goes offline amidst bankruptcy proceedings

The Verge: Music crowdfunding website PledgeMusic goes offline amidst bankruptcy proceedings. “PledgeMusic, a crowdfunding site designed to allow fans to back projects from artists, has gone offline, according to Variety. The company closed down its operations earlier this year as it went into bankruptcy proceedings, and the site’s closure means that artists won’t be able to retrieve information on their profiles and fans.”

Lollapalooza 2019: YouTube lets you watch without heading to Chicago (CNET)

CNET: Lollapalooza 2019: YouTube lets you watch without heading to Chicago. “If you can’t make it out to Chicago’s Grant Park for Lollapalooza this year, there’s still a way to watch the four-day music festival. YouTube will be streaming Lollapalooza 2019, the company said Wednesday.”

Mirage News: A new way to experience traditional music of Afghanistan

Mirage News: A new way to experience traditional music of Afghanistan. “When Mathieu Clavel set out to create an immersive virtual experience of a cultural heritage archive as part of his project for a digital humanities master’s course, he decided to go beyond the traditional project framework to propose his own concept, inspired by a long-standing passion for traditional music of Afghanistan and the Middle East.”

Classical Music: Warner Classics digitises its full catalogue on new streaming site

Classical Music: Warner Classics digitises its full catalogue on new streaming site. “Warner Classics’s back catalogue of classical music will now be available to stream for free on the label’s new website. It allows users to access 30-second samples of recordings from the likes of Jacqueline du Pré, Simon Rattle and André Previn. Subscribers to Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer are able to stream entire tracks.”