Writing songs in lockdown: ‘It was an escape’ (BBC)

BBC: Writing songs in lockdown: ‘It was an escape’. “Now That’s What I Call Lockdown is a collection of songs and music written by BBC Radio 5 Live listeners. The aim was ‘to build the ultimate lockdown playlist, a chance for listeners of all standards, amateur and professional, to hear their music played out on the radio,’ said presenter Chris Warburton. The songs cover themes that resonate with the times – loneliness and loss, but also hope for the future, reunions and love.”

Pitchfork: Radiohead Adding More Archival Concert Films to YouTube

Pitchfork: Radiohead Adding More Archival Concert Films to YouTube. “A year ago, Radiohead began adding archival concert footage to their YouTube page. The shows came from the extensive Radiohead Public Library. The series ran from April to July 2020. Now, the band is starting a second series. This Friday (April 9), a January 2008 show, performed at London’s 93 Feet East, will broadcast on YouTube. Be sure to tune in below at 3 p.m. Eastern on Friday.”

New York Times: Streaming Saved Music. Artists Hate It.

New York Times: Streaming Saved Music. Artists Hate It.. “My colleague Ben Sisario says that musicians complain about streaming economics that can translate millions of clicks on their songs into pennies for them. Last week, a group of musicians protested outside Spotify offices for changes in how they are paid from streaming. Ben spoke with me about why streaming music has been a letdown for many musicians. The challenges reflect a larger question: What happens when the promise of making a living online from music, writing or building apps doesn’t match the reality?”

Culture .pl: Penderecki’s Garden, A Digital Project Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Krzysztof Penderecki, Opens a Year After His Death

Culture .pl: Penderecki’s Garden, A Digital Project Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Krzysztof Penderecki, Opens a Year After His Death. “Penderecki’s Garden is a virtual, interactive space inspired by the work of Krzysztof Penderecki, one of Poland’s most celebrated composers, who passed away on 29th March 2020. Through the virtual garden’s layout, architectural structures and vegetation, audiences are invited to explore the life of Penderecki alongside compositions, inspirations and poems.”

Mashable: For better or worse, livestreamed and virtual concerts are probably here to stay

Mashable: For better or worse, livestreamed and virtual concerts are probably here to stay. “For a music festival turned tech networking event turned series of livestreamed panels, the future of live music was appropriately top of mind at this year’s virtual SXSW. Over half a dozen talks, featuring experts from tech companies, music labels, artists, and more, tackled the topic. There was not a consensus about what the future would look like, but everyone agreed that the way artists and venues heavily relied on tech during the pandemic would have impacts after it’s over.”

Covid: Barcelona hosts large gig after testing crowd (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Barcelona hosts large gig after testing crowd. “Around 5,000 people spent Saturday night at a gig in Barcelona after receiving negative results in same-day Covid testing. Spanish authorities let the concert, featuring band Love of Lesbian, go ahead as part of a pilot.Fans took a test earlier in the day and did not have to keep physically apart but they still wore masks.”

TechCrunch: Spotify rolls out redesigned desktop and web apps

TechCrunch: Spotify rolls out redesigned desktop and web apps. “The changes, which will be made available to all global users, focus on improving the navigation and providing users with access to new controls and features across playlists, search, radio, their queue, library and more.” Spotify should let you block songs from your recommendation lists, banishing the songs with bad memories attached.

‘A new obsession’: the people who learned to play instruments during lockdown (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘A new obsession’: the people who learned to play instruments during lockdown. “Many people dream of playing the piano or learning the guitar, but what about the Celtic harp? Or the dulcimer? Perhaps the kalimba is more your style. The Guardian has spoken to dozens of people who have used their time in lockdown to fulfil an ambition to make music, with a diverse array of musical instruments being reported.”

Hyperallergic: Listen to the Sounds of an 18,000-year-old Conch

Hyperallergic: Listen to the Sounds of an 18,000-year-old Conch. “Music elites better table your ukuleles and unplug your theremins; science is bringing the noise with the newest in niche musical instruments. Or, more accurately, one of the oldest. A massive conch shell, unearthed by archaeologists in 1931 amid the remains of the Upper Paleolithic Marsoulas cave society, has been recently determined to be a musical instrument.”

Illinois News Bureau: Illinois researchers to digitally preserve history of live musical performances, including Krannert Center events

Illinois News Bureau: Illinois researchers to digitally preserve history of live musical performances, including Krannert Center events. “‘The Internet of Musical Events: Digital Scholarship, Community, and the Archiving of Performances,’ known as InterMusE, aims to preserve access to the record of historical live musical performances through digital archiving of concert ephemera such as programs and posters. It also will collect oral history interviews with concertgoers.”

Library of Congress: National Recording Registry Adds ‘Rhythm Nation’ Among 25 New Selections

Library of Congress: National Recording Registry Adds ‘Rhythm Nation’ Among 25 New Selections. “Janet Jackson’s clarion call for action and healing in ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ now joins other groundbreaking sounds of history and culture among the latest titles inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, including Louis Armstrong’s ‘When the Saints Go Marching In,’ Labelle’s ‘Lady Marmalade,’ Nas’ ‘Illmatic,’ Kool & the Gang’s ‘Celebration,’ and Kermit the Frog’s ‘The Rainbow Connection.’”

The Irish News: Music composed and recorded during lockdown to be preserved by British Library

The Irish News: Music composed and recorded during lockdown to be preserved by British Library. “People who composed and recorded music during lockdown are being given the opportunity to have their songs preserved in the British Library. BBC Radio 5 Live said it has been inundated with tracks from musicians ‘of all standards’ from across the UK. The station is giving listeners the chance to have the music they created behind closed doors to be stored forever in the Sound Archive of the library.”

BBC: Apple Music ‘saylists’ to help with speech issues

BBC: Apple Music ‘saylists’ to help with speech issues. “‘Saylists’ are being launched on Apple Music to help young people with speech-sound disorders. The project, from Warner Music, uses algorithms to find song lyrics that repeat challenging sounds. The 173 tracks chosen so far include Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now, Lizzo’s Good As Hell and Right Here, Fatboy Slim’s Right Now.”