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Demo Slovak Music Database

We needed a database of Slovak music to show how that national repertoire is seen by media and streaming platforms, how can we give it greater visibility in radio and streaming platforms, and what are the specific problems why certain artists and music is almost invisible.

Listen Local: Why We Need Alternative Recommendation Systems

Regulating black box, private algorithms and data monopolies is only a first step to damage control. Deploying white, transparent algorithms and building collaborative or open data pools can only guarantee fairness in the digital platforms, in recommendations, and generally in the use of AI.

Tiny Rooms: A Label That Connects DIY Scenes

I’d say we all know the potential of the internet and big data, but the best we can do right now is just let as much happen with that as we can. We don’t really feel like we have any control over what happens in that area or our overall “success” on social media.

Listen Local: The Youniverse from East to Southwest

Tammy is a bilingual Slovak, who is more at home singing and dreaming in the English language than in the country’s language, and she thinks this is not what the local audience expects from her. No wonder that she is looking for ways to expand their universe beyond the country borders.

Listen Local: Katarzia

Katarzia's latest album tour was postponed indefinitely because of Covid-19. She signs in Slovak, and would like to stick around – as soon as the pandemic is over, she would like to return to the clubs and play for her fans.

Twentees: The Mountains Are Higher Next Door And They Understand Our Lyrics

There’s Serbia, too, with towns like Senta, Subotica and Novi Sad, where the local audience is the most grateful. As we sing in Hungarian, we try to target regions where our songs can be understood.

Who Is Not Recommended On Spotify?

You need to have 1000x more followers to double the routes leading to your artist profile and recordings with the current algorithms. We need new recommendation engines to dig out the local artists buried under a pile of international hits.

Robin Kester: This Is Not Democracy

I’d like to tour internationally with my music. But who doesn’t? I find it very difficult to pinpoint one exact place to start building a fan base.

The Racist Music Algorithm

Big data algorithms will increase injustice and breach social norms if they are trained on improper data, or the algorithms are biased -- this is why we place so much emphasis on algorithm transparency and input data transparency. Facebook, Apple or Spotify are often criticized for helping the spread of hate, for example. But how can an algorithm turn racist?

Duka’s Mission: Collaborate With Musicians From Every Country On Earth

It was hard at the beginning to convince artists to take a part in the show, because it was hard to describe the whole idea. After the first show, everything went better, because the artist could see exactly what I wanted from them. Now, the response is way better of course.

Forgetify: Popular Music That Nobody Listens To

Forgetify is an application that is “recommending” you songs that have never been played on Spotify - not even by their families, friends or foes. When you design a recommendation engine for an artist or a label, you want to avoid that their songs ever arrive to Forgetify.

Listen Local: Open Collaboration Experiment & Feasibility Study

Big data creates injustice. We want to help small venues, independent small businesses, great artists and dedicated fans to make algorithms work for them. We create locally relevant recommendations and measure their effect.