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[International Music Council] Music World News 08/2017


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Music World News


The IMC Music World News eBulletin presents music news from around the world – brought to you by the International Music Council. The bulletin is emailed to subscribers every two weeks free of charge. It reaches more than 70 countries on all five continents. Click here to subscribe.  

Issue 08/2017 – 19 April 2017

Music World News is divided into six sections. Scroll through or, if you wish, click on one of the sections to be taken straight to those stories.

Music the artform and artists

Ogene: How an Igbo genre broke into mainstream Nigerian music

As an instrument, ogene is forged by blacksmiths who can still be found in Awka. It is the most important of an array of Igbo musical instruments including the ekwe, igba, oja, udu and ichaka.

Music in Africa

12 Sound Artists Changing Your Perception of Art

For some, abstraction might mean non-figurative painting, but today’s hottest emotive medium is so abstract it can’t be seen, touched, or felt.

ArtNet News

The 42,000 year old instruments still making a noise in the classical world

Carbon dating techniques show they’re around 42,000 years old. Three of the flutes were found in the Geissenklösterle caves in Swabia in South Germany, one came from the Isturitz cave in the Pyrenees.

The Telegraph

10 Women Sound Engineers Changing The Game

Owing to issues of systemic sexism, it can often be difficult for women to break into the ‘boys’ club’ of audio production, despite obvious talent. Here we look at ten different women sound engineers who were able to do just that.


Hip-hop : une musique qui parle d’un Continent à l’autre

Sujatha Fernandes, professeure d’économie politique et de sociologie à l’Université de Sydney, nous parle aujourd’hui du hip-hop comme subculture qui favorise l’alliance politique des Afrodescendants à travers le monde.


Music Industry

IMPACT conference aims to get more women in the music industry

The conference brings together creators, record labels, content platforms (that’s us!) and creative entrepreneurs to discuss how to make best use of digital tools when working in the music industry.

True Africa

How music distribution is changing

Spotify pulled most of rapper Jay Z’s catalog of music from its streaming platform last Friday at the request of the artist, who owns Tidal – a smaller streaming service whose subscriber base trails behind Apple Music and Amazon.

Tech Wire Asia

How Significant Is the Music Industry’s Rebound?

Last year saw an upturn in profits thanks to gains in streaming—but many more users will have to sign up in order for growth to continue.

The Atlantic

Spotify revenues topped $2bn last year as losses hit $194m

Net losses stood at a painful $194m (€173.1m), but these grew much slower – widening by just 6.7% compared to 2014.

Music Business Worldwide

Pourquoi l’industrie musicale a besoin de la blockchain

La Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM) a annoncé une alliance avec ses homologues américains et britanniques pour mettre au point un système commun d’identification des œuvres utilisant la technologie blockchain.


Music Education

Digital music tools are reshaping music education

YouTube, digital sheet music and apps have long been popular; augmented and virtual reality are likely to further reshape music learning.

The Economist

As a music therapist I can do something no drugs can do

When a group of adults with severe dementia began singing and saying hello to each other in a session, it brought home the power of music therapy.

The Guardian

Music and The Brain

Can playing a musical instrument make you a genius?

UT News

L’éducation artistique, un enjeu politique dans la campagne présidentielle

L’accès à la culture, notamment à l’apprentissage musical, dès le plus jeune âge est jugé essentiel par les candidats, qui y voient le moyen de diffuser leurs messages. 

Le Monde

Policy, Research & Politics

What in the Name of Pop Is Going on With Eurovision?

Eurovision — the annual Continentwide song contest that is sort of like “American Idol” shot through with nationalist strife — is a breeding ground for controversy year after year, and 2017 is no exception.

The New York Times

Tunisian nightclub shut down over Muslim call to prayer remix

Owner held and English DJ apologises after playing recording at Orbit festival in north-east of country.

The Guardian

Copenhagen Jazz Festival in shitstorm after Israeli denial

Copenhagen Jazz Festival has landed on thin ice due to its controversial response to a query from an Israeli musician over the weekend.

CPH Post

Critical Sonics: Political voices in electronic music

If the idea of protest music was popularized by folk singers in the ‘60s, like music itself, many more forms of it exist today.


Politique et avant-gardes musicales, mauvais ménage

Une affaire de contrôle, censure et résistance.

Le Temps

Technologies and media

Infinite Music ∞ Makes It Last Forever

You’ll have to wait hundreds of years to hear the end of these ‘deep-time’ songs.


Pop Hits Are Picking Up the Tempo

As we are bombarded with more and more electronically delivered information, our attention spans continue to shrink.

PS Mag

How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

Last month YouTube announced abrupt, vague changes to its automated processes for placing ads across the platform.

The New York Times

8 Websites to Publish Your Music To

If you’re a composer of music then eventually there comes a time when the desire to publish your songs arises, these days it’s vital to get them online, so here are the best sites to showcase said sounds…


Memories of the Walkman

How did you listen to music when you were growing up?


La Sacem et l’Ircam vont créer un logiciel pour détecter les morceaux

Avec cette nouvelle technologie, la Sacem et l’Ircam souhaitent notamment identifier les musiques qui sont utilisées sans autorisation ni déclaration, afin de collecter des droits d’auteur.

France Musique

The Pointy End

10 artists you didn’t know designed record sleeves

Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Gerhard Richter and Banksy may be visual artists but they’re also household names when it comes to music. But there are several major artists whose work on the famous 12″ x 12″ canvas is less known.

The Vinyl Factory

Where Pianists Look When They Play

Function, a video series from Fractal NYC, outfitted two piano players with special glasses that track the movement of their eyes.


John Coltrane Draws a Picture Illustrating the Mathematics of Music

Coltrane gave the drawing to saxophonist and professor Yusef Lateef in 1967, who included it in his seminal text, Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns.

Open Culture

What Your Favorite Musical Genre Says About Your Personality

According to a study conducted at Heriot-Watt University, the musical genres you prefer actually say a lot about your personality. Here’s a visualization of how this happens.

Earthly Mission

Au secours! Le reggae est devenu une musique respectable et respectée

Il faudra bientôt trouver autre chose que vos blagues sur les gros pétards, les cheveux sales, les chiens qui puent et les jonglages de diabolo pour vous moquer de votre pote fan de reggae.

20 Minutes


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