Tag: a&r

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Soundcharts algorithm aims to predict breakout stars of 2020

Which rap artists are going to break through in the UK next year? Take a bow Aitch, Jay1, DigDat and 17 others featured in a list published by analytics firm Soundcharts. But this list isn’t the usual ‘experts making...
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Report claims Magic Leap has sold just 6k of its AR headsets

Augmented-reality startup Magic Leap has raised a startling $2.6bn of funding since 2014, and shipped its first ‘Creator Edition’ AR headset in August 2018. How has that done? Awkward-face emoji. Tech-news site The Information claims that...
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TRNSMT Festival turns lineup news into online treasure hunt

TRNSMT is a music festival in Scotland that began in 2017 in Glasgow (effectively replacing the long-running T In The Park) and has turned its 2020 line-up announcement into a digital scavenger hunt. We have seen artists...
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Lyor Cohen warns industry not to get ‘drunk off the data’

YouTube Music boss Lyor Cohen sat down with colleague Tuma Basa, director of urban music, for a hip-hop focused event earlier this week – and delivered a warning to labels about their A&R strategies. “I think the...
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Spotify launches a new app for AR platform Magic Leap

Magic Leap has linked up with Spotify to make the latter the first music service available for its One Creator Edition augmented-reality headset. And it certainly has some AR bells and whistles. “The app is spatially...
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Interactive AR music-player wins Abbey Road Red’s 2019 hackathon

17 teams of developers are getting well-earned rests today after taking part in the Abbey Road Red hackathon at London’s famous Abbey Road Studios over the weekend. The focus was ‘The Power of Immersion’ with augmented-reality...
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Augmented reality latest: Adobe Aero and Apple AR-headset rumours

Adobe has released its Aero app for iOS – an app that enables designers to create augmented-reality content and experiences, without coding knowledge. “Create interactive experiences without needing to rely on a developer,”...
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Synaesthetic to blend classical music, AI and AR technologies

Fans of music/tech startups that sound a little… out-there will enjoy Synaesthetic’s ambitions. “While listening to music is great, we have evolved to look for things we hear and want visually-enhanced musical experiences,...
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Secret Chord Laboratories raises $315k for music-analysis tool

Algorithmic A&R continues to be a touchy subject in some quarters of the music industry, where there is distrust (and/or existential fears) of the prospect of big data encroaching onto the traditional territory of humans’...
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Irish startup Andrson launches A&R talent-spotting platform

The latest startup hoping to offer music A&Rs some algorithmic assistance is Andrson, from Ireland. It launched this week as a subscription-based app, with the ambition of signing up 30,000 artists to create profiles...
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VR/AR startup Jaunt sells its software and tech to Verizon

Jaunt was one of the first virtual-reality content startups to make waves in the modern VR-headset era, including with music. We first wrote about the company in November 2014, for example, when Jaunt worked with Sir Paul...
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Facebook reveals new plans for social VR (oh, and AR too)

With Amazon’s blizzard of new-product announcements, not to mention the political ructions going on in the US, Facebook’s Oculus division’s OC6 developer conference might have struggled for attention. It’s...