Scoop Empire: Egypt’s Enduring Cassette Culture

Scoop Empire: Egypt’s Enduring Cassette Culture. “To rewind and get a better sense of the history of cassette culture in Egypt and its stubborn perseverance in the digital age, I spoke with Andrew Simon, a historian of popular culture and media in the Middle East who has taken a particular interest in Egyptian cassette culture. In his recently published book entitled Media of the Masses: Cassette Culture in Modern Egypt, Simon explores these questions and more in a thoroughly enjoyable deep-dive into Egyptian cassette culture and its cultural and political implications.”

MakeUseOf: Don’t Know What Song to Listen to Next? Try These 4 Websites

MakeUseOf: Don’t Know What Song to Listen to Next? Try These 4 Websites. “If you listen to music frequently, then you’re no doubt aware of the constant struggle to find new music to listen to. Sure, you may have long playlists of songs that you love, but when you want something fresh and new, it can be pretty difficult to find what you’re looking for. Fortunately, you’re not alone in this problem. There are a bunch of sites online that try to solve this problem. Here are four of the best.”

The Next Web: Halsey’s record label won’t release a new song until it goes viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?

The Next Web: Halsey’s record label won’t release a new song until it goes viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?. “Like MTV or top 40 hits radio stations before it, TikTok is where popular music lives right now. Labels understand that. To them, the allure of TikTok is that musical content can go viral quickly, offering the potential to save millions on other types of marketing campaigns.”

New York Times: Catalan Pop? Corsican Rock? It’s Europe’s Other Song Contest.

New York Times: Catalan Pop? Corsican Rock? It’s Europe’s Other Song Contest.. “Around 200 million people will tune into the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday to hear music from around the continent. The 25 pop stars who will compete in the final include those performing in Italian, Spanish and Ukrainian. Yet the millions of people in Europe who speak one of its many regional and minority languages are unlikely to find themselves represented on the Eurovision stage, let alone in their country’s pop charts. Since 2002, Liet International has been offering a platform to musicians from these communities — though it is a world away from the showy spectacle of a Eurovision final.”

Penn State Collegian: Musicians come together in video collaboration for Ukraine

Penn State Collegian: Musicians come together in video collaboration for Ukraine. “The melancholic sound of Ukrainian violinist Vera Lytovchenko’s music has echoed in subway stations, consoling people, some homeless, huddled in fear of Russian bombings. A new music video called ‘The Brave Ones’ has her in an online collaboration with more than 200 musical artists from various nations, including the U.S., South Africa, Japan and Canada.”

University of Hawaii: Free online Eddie Kamae songbook, educational resource launches

University of Hawaii: Free online Eddie Kamae songbook, educational resource launches. “An online collection of songs meaningful to the man whom the Los Angeles Times called ‘one of the most influential Hawaiian musicians in the last half-century and a filmmaker who painstakingly documented the culture and history of the islands,’ the late Eddie Kamae, will be available to the public for free on May 1, 2022. Years in the making, The Eddie Kamae Songbook: A Musical Journey is a collection of 34 songs that were meaningful to his journey as a musician, filmmaker and Hawaiian son.”

MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Free Music Download Sites to Legally Download Music for Free

MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Free Music Download Sites to Legally Download Music for Free. “Music streaming services are not without their problems. The biggest turnoff being the lack of ownership; if you use Spotify, you don’t own any music—you’ve merely been granted a license to listen to it. But not to worry. If you’re wondering how to download music, look no further. There are still ways you can get hold of free music. They are entirely legal, and the music will be yours to keep forever. Here are the best MP3 download sites for free music.”

Orange County Register: Santa Ana police blasted Disney songs to prevent a resident from filming them

Orange County Register: Santa Ana police blasted Disney songs to prevent a resident from filming them . “The idea, according to the videographer and others, was that because social media platforms remove home-made videos with copyright-protected music, any video made by the blogger wouldn’t spend much time online and wouldn’t be seen by many people. The video was shot anyway. And it wound up starring Santa Ana police and a city councilman, Johnathan Ryan Hernandez, who chastised an officer for waking his neighbors and disrespecting his community.”

NPR: The Library of Congress is preserving these major historical recordings for posterity

NPR: The Library of Congress is preserving these major historical recordings for posterity. “When the World Trade Center was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, staffers at the city’s largest public radio station struggled to report the news — not because their transmitter was atop one of the Twin Towers. But our colleagues at WNYC persevered and managed to keep New Yorkers informed throughout the horror and chaos of that terrible day and provide the first eyewitness accounts of the attack. Now, WNYC’s 9/11 broadcasts will be archived in the National Recording Registry. Every year since 2000, when the Registry was first established by an act of Congress, the Library of Congress picks 25 titles to be preserved for posterity.”

Cape Breton University: Researchers to Launch Index of Gaelic Songs in Nova Scotia with ‘Language in Lyrics’ Project

Cape Breton University: Researchers to Launch Index of Gaelic Songs in Nova Scotia with ‘Language in Lyrics’ Project. “A comprehensive index of more than 6,000 Gaelic songs composed, sung, or published in Nova Scotia will be launched during a live event in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia on Saturday, March 26, 2022…. More than 30 fields of data were documented for each song, including composers, singers, song origins, song subjects, and song genres, making it possible to conduct detailed searches. More than 1,000 song lyrics will also be available from the index. Where possible, links are provided to song recordings or lyrics online.”

Tech Xplore: New music recommendation system includes long-tail songs

Tech Xplore: New music recommendation system includes long-tail songs. “Music recommendation systems commonly offer users songs that others have enjoyed in the genres that the user requests. This can lead to popular songs becoming more popular. However, it neglects the less well-known songs, the long-tail songs that users may well enjoy just as much but have less chance of hearing because of the way the recommendation algorithms work. New work in the International Journal of Computational Systems Engineering, offers an approach to a music recommendation system that neglects the popular in favor of the long-tail and so could open users to new music.”

Reuters: Google fends off Genius appeal in lawsuit over song lyrics

Reuters: Google fends off Genius appeal in lawsuit over song lyrics. “Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday again beat back a lawsuit saying it misused song lyrics transcribed by popular lyric site Genius, persuading a U.S. appeals court to reject Genius’ claims. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Genius’ contract and unfair competition claims against Google should have been brought under U.S. copyright law.”