David Bowie predicted Internet-enabled dystopia in 1999

In a 1999 interview with the BBC, David Bowie foresaw the internet’s impact on music and society. The walls between artist and fan would be broken down, but the era of echo chambers and fake news would break internet culture itself. “We are living in total fragmentation…I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of […]

Your vocation chooses you

We all start out with a dream, a goal of someone or something we want to emulate. We keep that dream close, putting up bedroom posters and memorizing phrases that propel us to keep pushing toward our goal. But then something else happens along the way? The creative gods tell us to do something else instead. […]

The Range, an electronic musician, makes music from YouTube vocals

Less than 100 views on YouTube is “practically unseen” proclaims the new documentary from electronic producer The Range, aka James Hinton. He pulled vocal samples from strangers’ acapella on YouTube to make his newest album Potential.  A&R teams have been using YouTube for years to sign new talent. Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun discovered Bieber on […]

The Good Listener: When’s The Right Time To Delete Your Music? : All Songs Considered

I’d also make the argument that MP3s you no longer want to hear aren’t all that different from old dress shirts in your closet, long-neglected pumpkin-pie filling in your pantry, or expired sunblock in your medicine cabinet. Even in iTunes, even in the cloud, even on giant hard drives, unwanted music still takes up space […]