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.
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.”
AdWeek: The New David Bowie AR App Lets You Explore His Life in the Most Mind-Bending Way Yet. “David Bowie might make augmented reality a hero–at least for one day. To celebrate Bowie’s birthday, a new AR mobile app for Apple and Android devices lets fans explore hundreds of items from the late singer’s life. The app, a collaboration between the David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment, is called ‘David Bowie Is,’ a title bearing the same name as the touring exhibition that’s already attracted more than 2 million fans across 12 cities.”
Cleveland .com: Cleveland Orchestra expands access to archives with two new digital tools. “No need to be a scholar. These days, if you want to study the Cleveland Orchestra in depth, all you need is a computer or a ticket to a concert. Thanks to two recent developments in the orchestra’s archives department, everyone from scholars to the general public can now pore over the orchestra’s collections from home or casually examine treasures during a visit to Severance Hall.”
Variety: Neil Young Officially Launches Archival Subscription Site After Yearlong Beta Test. “Neil Young now wants you to keep on rockin’ in the paywall world after a year of offering a free beta version of his Neil Young Archives website while he ramped up the service. But for fans, it’ll be a small price to pay for unlimited access to the voluminous and still-growing library the celebrated musician is putting online: $1.99 per month or $19.99 annually. There’ll still be a free tier, too, he promises, for anyone whose appetite for more than 50 years’ worth of unreleased live albums and studio outtakes is more easily sated.”
From a Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg press release translated by Google Translate (Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg has an English-language Web site, but apparently has not yet translated this press release): Mozart’s notes in the digital age interactive, individual and free for everyone. “With DIME , the Digital Interactive Mozart Edition , a new era in dealing with the musical works of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart is breaking. So far, the notes on Mozart’s music were available on the Internet exclusively as pictures of printed editions. The new portal DIME , which was developed by the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg in collaboration with the Packard Humanities Institute in Los Altos, California, for the first time provides digital data that the user can adapt interactively to his needs. This includes a variety of options for selecting works’ excerpts, which can also be synchronized with existing sound recordings or played back as MIDI files.” The DIME site itself does have an English version.