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AI and sampling end the “quality vs quantity” discussion for good

Remember when Daniel Ek (king of Spotify) said that musicians need to make more songs than they currently do to survive in the music business? I’m NOT interested in that statement, but I’m interested in how people reacted to it. They reacted like it’s impossible to make more stuff than they currently do, and ifContinue reading “AI and sampling end the “quality vs quantity” discussion for good”

Red Velvet’s songs confuse people until they love them

People really thought “Zimzalabim” by Red Velvet was a bad song when it came out. Even though it’s a great song! Isn’t that incredibly insane and weird?? That’s because with every new song, Red Velvet goes outside their comfort-zone to make innovative stuff, which makes people not understand them and call them “weird” at first,Continue reading “Red Velvet’s songs confuse people until they love them”

Watching every episode of Pewdiepie’s Minecraft series was fun and I also learned a lot about storytelling

This text could have been about playing Minecraft. But since Pewdiepie’s Minecraft series from 2019 is so much more than just him playing Minecraft, this text will be more than just reviewing him playing Minecraft: It will be about how he brought life and purpose into an almost pointless game by creating his own storyline,Continue reading “Watching every episode of Pewdiepie’s Minecraft series was fun and I also learned a lot about storytelling”

Rebellious trap metal artist $ATSUKI is back with an album about Jesus

Six months ago, the Korean rapper $ATSUKI made music like this (read more about $ATSUKI’s old music here): Now she’s like this: Smiling, happy and practicing religion directly on her Instagram account! What happened? What happened to $ATSUKI’s extreme trap metal aesthetic and music? She found Jesus. When I heard the news, I got afraidContinue reading “Rebellious trap metal artist $ATSUKI is back with an album about Jesus”

The best songs of 2021

If you’ve been a fan of my quarterly reports series during 2021, I’m about to disappoint you: There won’t be any more of them this year (only three texts for a quarter-based series? So unpure!!). Instead I’m making a whole-year list with 2021’s absolute best songs! The happy-go-lucky style of the quarterly reports (where IContinue reading “The best songs of 2021”

Are you _really_weird? (not just conventionally weird) – then you’re an artist! ft. Kanye West, Grimes and maybe some more

Listen to the album “Yeezus” by Kanye West. It’s weird. No one has ever sounded like Yeezus, either before or after it came, which makes it a truly unique album. Yeezus is weird, and it’s weird for real. What does that mean? Well, many other things may be weird in a conventional way (that couldContinue reading “Are you _really_weird? (not just conventionally weird) – then you’re an artist! ft. Kanye West, Grimes and maybe some more”

My life changed after watching Chiaki Mayumura do this (synchronize the audience’s clapping)

Watch this: Chiaki Mayumura ends a song, and starts a dance to match the audience’s clapping, probably just out of spontaneous fun. Then she does weird things to see how the clapping reacts, and when she finishes with three quick jumps, the crowd claps exactly like her jumps: It’s perfectly in sync, it’s fast, it’sContinue reading “My life changed after watching Chiaki Mayumura do this (synchronize the audience’s clapping)”

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