Mirage News: Archie Roach’s story told in new online exhibition. “Archie Roach’s powerful songs tell his story of heartbreaking loss, love and healing through music. He is a Gunditjmara and Bundjalung man, born in Mooroopna, Victoria in 1956. A musician, author and human rights campaigner, Archie is also a member of the Stolen Generations. He was forcibly separated from his family when he was two years old, placed into foster care and told he was an orphan.”
ReviewGeek: Spotify’s New Kid’s App Curates Your Children’s Music So You Don’t Have To. “Spotify is testing a new Kid’s app for Premium Family subscribers, and it might save your sanity. The standalone app will feature human-curated music, playlists, and kid-friendly graphics. All while keeping music your little ones aren’t ready for out of sight.”
Pitchfork: Red Bull Music Academy, Which Shuts Down This Week, Shares Archive With Over 500 Lectures. “The archive contains over 500 RBMA lectures, as well as interviews, features, videos, and more. RBMA, which launched back in 1998, has hosted SOPHIE, Flying Lotus, Nina Kraviz, Objekt, and so many more.” Some other names I saw as I scrolled through the list: Bootsy Collins, Brian Eno, Chuck D, Debbie Harry, Harry Belafonte, Iggy Pop, Laurie Anderson, Sheila E.
Arizona Daily Sun: Mudshark Recording Studios embarks on archiving, digitization project. “David James gets at least 10 calls a month from musicians in Flagstaff—or musicians who were once in Flagstaff—hoping to convert recordings they made here long ago to CDs or get in touch with Phil Gall, the late founder of Mudshark Recording Studios. James often finds himself tasked with delivering the sad news of Gall’s death in 2014, but rather than turn the callers away he still offers to take the recordings.”
The Verge: The Grammys organizer is giving artists a metadata gold mine to credit unrecognized music workers. “…the Recording Academy has partnered with Australian music metadata and authentication company Jaxsta, which boasts more than 100 million officially sourced credits from music labels and distributors across its database. Jaxsta effectively compiles full song credits — who played the saxophone on one track or which engineers contributed to the production on another — and makes it easy to source that info, be it for sample clearance, industry analytics, or initiatives like Behind the Record.”
CNET: 7 best scary Halloween music playlists you can stream for free on Spotify. “Like Christmas, Halloween has its own tunes to get you in the spirit of the season. No matter what you’re into — classic movie soundtracks, family-friendly kids songs, chill lo-fi beats or metal — there’s probably a Halloween-themed playlist for it. While there are dozens of playlists, albums and podcasts available across platforms to get you amped up for spooky season, here are seven Spotify playlists to get you started, no matter what mood you’re in or what kind of Halloween party you want to throw.”
Internet Archive: How the Internet Archive is Digitizing LPs to Preserve Generations of Audio. “Since all of the information on an LP is printed, the digitization process must begin by cataloging data. High-resolution scans are taken of the cover art, the disc itself and any inserts or accompanying materials. The record label, year recorded, track list and other metadata are supplemented and cross-checked against various external databases.”