Kickstarter, the powerhouse crowdsourced fund-raising engine for an increasing number of creative projects, is poised to have a breakout winter as a film funder, with three of its projects on documentary short lists for the Academy Awards and more than a dozen films headed to the Sundance Film Festival.
Approximately one quarter of Twitter’s verified accounts belong to musicians, many of them quite famous. The Echo Nest is applying our music intelligence platform to identify which verified accounts belong to recording artists and to deliver that data to Twitter, helping to organize Twitter verified accounts, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
We are also adding these artists’ Twitter IDs to our Rosetta Stone ID mapping technology, which helps music services and app developers easily incorporate Twitter into their music apps without having to manually scour through the Twitter API to find musicians. Now, any developer can include these artists’ tweets within their apps. (Developers must comply with Twitter’s terms of service, of course.)
This move strengthens Twitter’s position as a crucial part of the internet’s infrastructure; it allows music app developers to incorporate real-time statements from popular artists into apps of all kinds; and it will help create a stronger bond between artists on their fans on a variety of platforms.
Digital filesharing doesn???t need the internet. This is the case at least in Western Africa and other parts of the developing world, where computers aren???t yet consumer goods for most and, even if they were, web access isn???t exactly New York City. Lovers of music still get it done, however, sharing files between knockoff cell phones via bluetooth connections and accumulating song collections in memory cards and bitrates that would probably make most in our lossless world laugh. It???s created a music culture that???s uniquely underground, an awesome anything-goes world of No Limit-style rap marrying Megaman-synth workouts, strange new techno-folks, and various other things so far untaggable.