Spotify Enhances Playlist Recommendations Processing with “Deep Learning” Technology

Music fans across the Web are now using music streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube for more than downloading sites according to a report in the July 3, 2014 edition of The New York Times entitled Downloads in Decline as Streamed Music Soars. Moreover, streaming is continuing to gain momentum for a number of […]

The Music of the Algorithms: Tune-ing Up Creativity with Artificial Intelligence

No, “The Algorithms” was not a stylishly alternative spelling for a rock and roll band once led by the former 45th Vice President of the United States that was originally called The Al Gore Rhythms. That said, could anything possibly be more quintessentially human than all of the world’s many arts during the past several […]

Taking Note of Music Tech’s VC and Accelerator Market Trends in 2017

As a part of today’s modern music industry there exists a complementary and thriving support system of venture capital firms and music tech startup accelerators who are providing a multitude of innovative services.  A fascinating examination of the current state of this ecosystem appeared in an article entitled Music Pushes to Innovate Beyond Streaming, But Investors Play It […]

The Mediachain Project: Developing a Global Creative Rights Database Using Blockchain Technology

When people are dating it is often said that they are looking for “Mr. Right” or “Ms. Right”. That is, finding someone who is just the right romantic match for them. In the case of today’s rapid development, experimentation and implementation of blockchain technology, if a startup’s new technology takes hold, it might soon find […]

Book Review of “The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory”

It is my completely unscientific theory that the music which often matters most to people is the music they listened to when they were young. From Stravinsky to Springsteen to Taylor Swift, the tunes of your youth will likely stay with you for life. These recordings will always get your attention whenever you hear them […]

Rock It Science: New Study Equates Musical Tastes to Personality Traits

Many people have had the experience of hearing a new song for the first time and instantly being thunderstruck by it. They ask out loud or else think to themselves “Who and what was that I just heard?!” Next, they quickly race off to start Googling away in an attempt to identify the tune that […]

Three New Perspectives on Whether Artificial Intelligence Threatens or Benefits the World

As the velocity of the rate of change in today’s technology steadily continues to increase, one of the contributing factors behind this acceleration the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). “Smart” attributes and functionalities are being baked into a multitude of systems that are affecting our lives in many visible and, at other times, transparent ways. […]

Updates on Recent Posts Re: Music’s Big Data, Deep Learning, VR Movies, Regular Movies’ Effects on Our Brains, Storytelling and, of Course, Zombies

This week has seen the publication of an exciting series of news stories and commentaries that provide a very timely opportunity to update six recent Subway Fold posts. The common thread running through the original posts and these new pieces is the highly inventive mixing, mutating and monetizing of pop culture and science. Please put […]

Is Big Data Calling and Calculating the Tune in Today’s Global Music Market?

The extraordinary degree to which big data apps and analytical services are now affecting the marketing, economics, talent development and the popularity of new tunes, has just been thoroughly and expertly explored in an article in the November 2014 issue of The Atlantic entitled The Shazam Effect, by Derek Thompson. This report covers this phenomenon […]

Startup is Visualizing and Interpreting Massive Quantities of Daily Online News Content

Just scratching the surface, some recent Subway Fold posts have focused upon sophisticated efforts, scaling from startups to established companies, that analyze and then try to capitalize upon big data trends in finance¹, sports² , cities³, health care* and law**. Now comes a new report on the work of another interesting startup in this sector […]