Claire L. Evans – Weird Is Welcome

Claire L. Evans is a writer and musician. I discovered her whilst reading the March ’18 issue of Wired. 

She is the lead singer of the dance-pop group, Yacht.

Her forthcoming book, Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet informs us about the accomplishments of women technology pioneers.

If you plan to be in the New York metro area on March 6th, 2018, Claire L. Evans will be appearing at Word Bookstore in Brooklyn.

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Music Technologist – Open Music Initiative

My aim is to prove I have strong credentials as a music technologist.  (i.e. my mission statement)

I have grown my written communication skills over the last 11 years as an amateur music journalist with the Music of Our Heart WordPress blog. My evolution continues to the next phase of exploration and accomplishment.

In essence, the focus is to merge the two passions that serve as daily motivation.

1) Music Avocation: Reading about, listening to, absorbing and sharing music information with readers and friends.

2) Technologist: Leverage 45 years of information technology industry and education knowledge.

Music Technology Research Project

I have begun in earnest a music technology research project. I am not at liberty show the nature and purpose of this research just yet.

I am willing to share with my readers, various discoveries I make along the path of this journey.

Revelation #1: The Open Music Initiative Website

June of 2016, the Berklee College of Music founded the Open Music Initiative (OMI), to advance the way the industry administers music rights and help assure that all creators, performers and right holders of music are properly compensated.  OMI is developing open standards to enable the creation of platforms and applications that will simplify the way rights owners are identified and paid.

The initiative is led by Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, along with MIT’s Media LabIDEO and Context Labs.  It already has over 200 members, including the three major labels, Sony, Universal, and Warner, as well as Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, SiriusXM, YouTube, Alibaba and many others.

I have come to appreciate how open source projects have benefitted civilization and revolutionized the computer technology industry. Several examples come to mind.  Google’s TensorFlow, Node.js React Native,  Audacity, and my favorite of all WordPress.

The Open Music Initiative coupled with David Byrne’s book, How Music Works shapes my iterative thought process.  Stay on board the flight deck as this research project readies for liftoff.  I caution you the Geek who lives inside of me is unleashed. He’s a friendly soul that I can assure you 😉

 

 

Neil Young and PonoMusic – I Believe In You

I want to thank Neil Young for his pursuant vision in bringing PonoMusic to market. I’ve never been more excited as a music technologist to participate in an audio experience that allows my soul to rediscover how music was designed to be heard.

Pono Team, I Believe in You.

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No thanks beatsMUSIC, I’ll be staying with Spotify

I have completed my trial evaluation of beatsMUSIC. I am impressed with their interface and “human” curation. But unfortunately I found beatsMUSIC a “Closed” cloud music solution. I am a music technologist who respects innovation and music software development. beatsMUSIC achieves those attributes to a “degree” but it lacks being an extensive “development” platform. beatsMUSIC doesn’t publish an application programming interface that encourages music software development.

I am staying with Spotify because it is an “Open” cloud music platform. Spotify allows me as a subscriber to choose the music application I wish to use to grow my music listening experience. Spotify offers a cloud music architectural platform that embraces music software engineering (music hackathons) to take place on a global scale. We in turn as listeners get the advantage of harnessing those apps and interpreting music from new vantage points. I don’t get those options at all from beatsMUSIC. beatsMUSIC programs my music for me (didn’t radio do that for decades…) or I can build a music playlist, underwhelming options, already available elsewhere if you ask me.

The true competitive advantage Spotify has over beatsMUSIC, Pandora, etc. are the applications Just like on Apple’s iPhone or the Android phone the rich set of applications helps to sophisticate the use of these devices. Spotify like Apple’s iOS is a software platform.

Let’s look at Spotify from the jazz listener point of view. The Spotify Web application has the option App Finder listed under the Apps section. I found two premier Spotify Jazz apps from 2013, Blue Note Record’s Timeline and JazzTimes Magazine and Concord Music Group The StylusThe Blue Note application leverages the Blue Note historical timeline of jazz. You can set various filters for jazz artists by sector (Tradition, Groove, Voices) and instruments.

The Stylus app was developed for JazzTimes and Concord Music Group by a development company known as Neon Roots. Albeit a random app to play with I find it intriguing to discover jazz genres and artists. Give it a spin sometime and see what I mean 😉

Spotify continues to innovate and invent on behalf of the music listener with a technological interest towards what lies next in the cloud music ecosystem.

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