We’ve been writing more about Twitch recently, the online video service that’s mainly about live streams of people playing games and related events, but which is diversifying into music. EDM star Steve Aoki streamed a live set on Twitch in late July, and now the service has hosted a three-hour launch for another dance musician, Porter Robinson. The livestream saw Robinson showing off some of the games that have inspired his music, while chatting to fans. “I’m going to wander around a few of my favorite virtual environments while streaming the record. I’m hoping it’ll give people a sense of what inspired the album,” he told The Verge. Aoki’s livestream attracted more than 250,000 unique viewers. The article highlights one of the current contradictions about music on Twitch: musicians can stream themselves with music live, but it’ll often be muted in the archived videos, as Twitch cracks down on copyrighted background music without (yet) having licensing deals in place (Bulletin, 7-Aug-14). Perhaps that long-rumoured $1bn acquisition by YouTube will help on that front…

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