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...
November 21, 2019
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...
November 14, 2019
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...
November 11, 2019
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,”...
November 5, 2019
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,...
October 22, 2019
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’...
October 21, 2019
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...
October 4, 2019
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...
October 1, 2019
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...
September 26, 2019
Color Quest AR app developer launches a music label for kids
Color Quest AR is one of the apps exploring the potential for augmented-reality tech to be used for educational purposes: in this case, a colouring adventure packed with fruit and veg. The app, which is averaging 10k daily...
September 25, 2019
Sandbox Issue 235: Talking TikTok Triumphs
Lead: TikTok is an essential consideration for artist marketing in 2019, particularly for pop acts. But for all the strategies and careful coordination, the best things on the app are often those that blindside everyone....
September 5, 2019
Spotify commissioned an Instagram AR effect for artist Headie One
British artist Headie One is the latest musician to experiment with an augmented-reality (AR) camera effect in a social app – in his case, Instagram. It’s based on the artwork from his new mixtape ‘Music x Road’:...
September 2, 2019