ABC News Australia: John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Savage Garden added to official Sounds of Australia archive

ABC News (Australia): John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Savage Garden added to official Sounds of Australia archive. “This will be music to your ears: John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Savage Garden are the latest artists to be added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s selection of recordings.”

Choir and Organ: Choir & Organ completes 26-year digital archive

Choir and Organ: Choir & Organ completes 26-year digital archive. “Mark Allen Group title Choir & Organ has completed its digital archive in collaboration with Exact Editions, offering a back catalogue of over 150 issues dating back to 1993 as well as immediate access to every new issue published.”

Ars Technica: How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album

Ars Technica: How YACHT fed their old music to the machine and got a killer new album. “YACHT had long possessed an interest in AI and its potential application in music. But the band tells Ars it wasn’t until recently, around 2016, that the concept of doing a full album using this approach seemed feasible. While research entities had long been experimenting with AI or machine learning and allowing computers to autonomously generate music, the results felt more science project than albums suitable for DFA Records (home to labelmates like Hot Chip or LCD Soundsystem). Ultimately, a slow trickle of simplified apps leveraging AI—face swap apps felt huge around then; Snapchat and its dynamic filters rose to prominence—finally gave the band the idea that now could be the time.”

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.”

Consequence of Sound: It turns out that Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition technology

Consequence of Sound: It turns out that Juggalo makeup blocks facial recognition technology. “Last year, Ticketmaster and LiveNation invested in a former military facial recognition company, with the hope that the technology could be used to both strengthen and speed up event entry. If that prospect thoroughly creeps you out, here’s a simple life-hack to defeat Big Brother: become a Juggalo. In a revelation that is sure to freak out the FBI, Insane Clown Posse’s passionate fan base have unintentionally unlocked the secret to thwarting facial recognition.”

NME: Foo Fighters launch new Foo Files archive with surprise live EP

NME: Foo Fighters launch new Foo Files archive with surprise live EP. “Foo Fighters have launched a new Foo Files series with the release of a surprise live EP. The new EP is titled ‘00950025’, which fans are assuming to be a reference to the band’s debut album (released in 1995), which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.”

The Industry Observer: Jaxsta has launched the public beta of its massive music credits database

The Industry Observer: Jaxsta has launched the public beta of its massive music credits database. “Having entered numerous partner agreements in the past two years that provide the company access to the credits of more than 80% of global music releases, Jaxsta have partnered with the likes of the RIAA, ARIA, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Hillsong, and Merge Records, just to name a few. Upon its launch of the open beta, Jaxsta’s comprehensive database contains more than 100 million credits across 25 million webpages, reflecting the music credits of 19 million recordings.”