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[International Music Council] Music World News 14/2017


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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 14/2017 – 26 July 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

IMC on Pura Mestiza Magazine

Talking with Silja Fischer, Secretary General of the International Music Council.

Pura Mestiza

Will Hanoi be the next music capital of Asia?

On the shores of Dong Mo Lake, about 40 kilometers east of Hanoi, sequined dancers twirl with ribbons, while guitarists perform intimate concerts on rafts.


Can’t Prog Rock Get Any Respect Around Here?

« Here is musical sterility at its pinnacle. A band that has absolutely no soul, no feeling in the music, » critic Lester Bangs declared in 1975. The target of his derision? The British progressive-rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

The Guardian

The Unfinished Work of Alan Lomax’s Global Jukebox

There’s a fundamental contradiction to the life and work of Alan Lomax, the prolific collector of American folk songs. He encouraged Western audiences to appreciate rural and indigenous traditions as true art, on the same level as classical music.

The New York Times

Dans l’ombre du micro, la retransmission d’un opéra

Savez-vous quelle armée s’anime à chaque fois que vous ouvrez votre poste de radio pour écouter un opéra ? Direction les coulisses, à la découverte des techniciens, ingénieurs, musiciens metteurs en ondes, et autres chargés de réalisation qui accomplissent ce petit miracle secret.

France Musique

Music Industry

Music Pushes to Innovate Beyond Streaming, But Investors Play It Safe

Taking a look at the gap between music accelerators and venture capitalists in 2017.


The Music Industry’s Still Off Key

For the first time since Americans were prowling for compact discs at Tower Records, sales of recorded music are on the upswing.

Bloomberg Business

According to this report, live music is serious business in Singapore

Singapore’s music culture may evidently be growing, but here are some numbers to back it up.


Youtube loses ground on us subscription music streaming in first six months of 2017

The volume of subscription streams on the likes of Spotify and Apple Music jumped by more than 69% in the US during the first half of this year to 141.3bn – dramatically outperforming the number of online music video streams in the same period.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify scelle un accord de droits avec des artistes américains

Cet accord met fin à une procédure judiciaire lancée par deux artistes indépendants, Melissa Ferrick et David Lowery. Spotify va créer un fonds de 43,45 millions de dollars.

Le Monde

Music Education

Dear recent music graduate

When you applied to school, you were probably told that you should only go into music if you couldn’t imagine doing anything else. That was good advice.

21 Century Musician

Music, the Fiesole way

Its rigour can be intimidating to amateur musicians, like myself, who enjoy a passion for beautiful music without wanting to make it their life. This tends to be a characteristic of Italian musical education: it is a serious discipline not to be « democratized » through integration into the normal school curriculum, as might be done elsewhere.

The Florentine

Data-tracking in the music room

« Data » seems to such a buzz word lately in the education world. How well are students achieving? How much they have grown from year to year? And how does this apply to the music room?

Mrs Miracle’s Music Room

Technology in the Large Ensemble Classroom:

As the summer winds down, and thoughts toward a fresh new school year begin to the formulate, this can be an excellent time to rejuvenate your “teaching mind” and explore new teaching strategies and methods to “keep things fresh”.


Fender’s new guitar-learning platform can teach beginners to play a song in minutes

Fender Play is a video-centric learning platform that eschews traditional theory-based lessons in favor of instructor-guided videos.

The Verge

Policy, Research & Politics

‘Despacito’ singers slam Venezuela’s Maduro for ‘illegal’ use of song

“Illegally appropriating a song doesn’t compare to the crimes you are committing and have committed in Venezuela,” one of the two, Daddy Yankee, wrote on his Instagram feed, directly addressing Maduro.

The Citizen

Colouring politics with musical tradition

In the world of Thai traditional music, there is a highly esteemed competition, known as prachan, in which groups of musicians battle each other to produce the best pieces. The practice resembles a political fight in many ways.

Bangkok Post

‘Russian Google’ Restricts Music Service Content Amidst Piracy Concerns

Yandex, « the Russian Google, » has introduced restrictions on user-generated content of its music service amidst piracy concerns, although the company has denied a connection.


Congolese musicians rarely provide a critique, but continue to provide solace

The “Indépendance Cha-Cha” is one of the best-known songs in the Congolese cannon. It was composed and first performed by the father of modern popular Congolese music, Joseph Kabasele, and his band African Jazz in Brussels in January 1960 during the negotiations for Congolese independence.

The Conversation

Pop’s glass ceiling: why new female stars can’t break through

In December 2008, the Guardian declared that the music industry was in midst of a new era of female pop star.

The Guardian

Cameroun: Droits d’auteur de l’art musical – Le recadrage du gouvernement

Des mesures salutaires dans le cadre du droit d’auteur, précisément concernant le secteur musical, catégorie B, viennent d’être prises par le Premier ministre, chef du gouvernement.

All Africa

Technologies and media

How Technology Shaped the Fluctuating Fortunes of Bollywood’s Musicians

The ability to sample instrumental sounds for later use and to mimic a wide range of instruments using synthesisers was not good news for professional musicians.

The Wire

‘Audio tickets’ to end long lines at music festivals and gigs

Ticket sellers have created an app that understands who is entering a gig by listening for silent sounds emitted by mobile phones in a development that could spell the end of entry queues and stop touts from selling tickets on at a marked up price.

The Telegraph

Why Shazam Is Betting Big On A Hot, New Music-Tech Industry Model

If works, it will work in a very big way because Shazam is currently being used by hundreds of millions of people.


Facebook Live? YouTube? Can’t Decide? Livestream To Multiple Services Simultaneously With Restream

Whatever the service, livestreaming is the hot social app. But which one is best for you and your audience? Fortunately, you no longer have to decide thanks to Restream.


L’avenir de Spotify ne se fera pas sans l’intelligence artificielle

Après avoir racheté une start up française de machine learning, Spotify annonce l’ouverture d’un Creator Technology Research Lab à Paris dirigé par un spécialiste de l’intelligence artificielle.


The Pointy End

Are Catgut Instrument Strings Really Made From Cat Guts?

Greek mythology has it that Hermes strung the first lyre with the entrails of freshly slaughtered cows he had stolen from his brother Apollo.


D’où vient le «yo» des rappeurs ?

Contrairement à ce que l’on pourrait croire, il a une origine ancestrale, bien loin des rappeurs en claquettes chaussettes.


How the deaf experience of music can enrich music for everyone

A fascinating exploration of the diversity of human sensory experience, Labyrinth delves into the often complex relationship between the deaf and music.


1 in 3 professional musicians have suffered from an eating disorder

Musicians responding to a major new study reported severe levels of stress and depression, and extremely severe levels of anxiety.

Arts Professional


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