Desperately Seeking Music Equality: Looking Beyond Macklemore’s ‘same Love’ Success

Their research was complementary, their goals the same: Teach computers to understand music in the nuanced way that humans do. The two men joined forces, and The Echo Nest was born at MIT’s Media Lab . Before long, it spun off as a startup. To explain how The Echo Nest works, media outlets often draw a comparison to the Internet radio service Pandora . Both companies recommend music that eventually reaches online listeners, but they do so in fundamentally different ways. Pandora licenses songs to include in a digital library, marketed directly to consumers. Music analysts listen to the songs selected for that library, completing a survey that describes the lyrics, rhythm, instrumentation, melody, and other qualities. Using those surveys and Pandora users’ account preferences, the company generates personalized playlists of similar songs. Type 80s pop into the services search box, for example, and songs by The Human League, Simple Minds, and other comparableand familiarbands or artists might start streaming. In contrast, The Echo Nest doesnt license any music, and it doesnt have a library. Instead, it analyzes digital information about songsincluding what people are saying about them and how they interact with them via streaming online music servicesto provide recommendations for use in custom Internet radio stations and tailor-made playlists. A proprietary computer algorithm crunches the data.

They have read the YouTube comments lately, and they do have plenty of reasons to think that hip-hop hates them. We’re used to seeing images of attractive white people as the faces of the movement for LGBTQ equality. We’re used to getting excited when another straight, white person says they support our equality movement, because it’s certainly better than the alternative. But forgive me if I’m tired of doling out cookies to everyone who isn’t a bigot. Most of these celebrities charge events a “nominal fee” to the tune of $10,000 or more as compensation for standing for equality, and much of their support goes to causes like marriage equality, which benefit well-off, white gay people most significantly. Queer recording artists who have been singing out loud before any major media outlet would have celebrated it, and who write about the wide range of issues that plague the LGBTQ community, truly represent the rawness of our diverse community. It would be nice if Macklemore and his crew could give them a shout-out and acknowledge that Macklemore’s ability to get his message out so beautifully had something to do with him being a white, straight, cisgender man. If you really want to do something about the equality movement in music beyond just watching the VMAs offer up a token moment of social awareness, you can start off by supporting out and proud LGBTQ recording artists whose songs and lyrics are the soundtrack to the equality movement. I just learned about OUTMUSIC – The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA). They have a Kickstarter campaign going on right now to help fund their music documentary film For Which WE Stand (One Queer Music Nation in the Visible), which is specifically about the history of queer recording arts. OUTMUSIC/LARA was forged by life partners Dan Martin and Michael Biello in 1990 and is now headed up by Diedra Meredith, who is rarely mentioned in the tokenized and selectively publicized “lists” of leaders in the movement for LGBTQ equality. This organization features a diverse group of queer artists who paint a much more vibrant picture of what LGBTQ life looks like, sounds like, and feels like. They support, honor, and celebrate recording artists like Nhojj, an R&B artist who became the first gay indie artist to reach the number-one spot on MTV’s Music Top 100 chart in 2010. Other artists they support include Christine Martucci, who also topped the music charts; Jamaican reggae fusion artist Diana King, who rocked her home country when she came out last summer; transgender rap artist Foxx Jazell; and multiple-Billboard-Top-5-chart-topping indie recording artist Jason Walker, whom record executives have referred to as very talented but “too gay.” My aim is not to cut down Macklemore but to raise up the artists who have been trying to get the message out all along. I want to see a more accurate and diverse picture of both the mainstream music and queer communities.

American Music Awards® Experience Comes To The Web Via Yahoo

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