In complex systems there are hardly ever singular causes that explain undesired outcomes; in the case of algorithmic bias in music streaming, there is no single bullet that eliminates women from charts or makes Slovak or Estonian language content less valuable than that in English.
We use the database to monitor market developments in streaming and radio services, and to detect any problems that may lead to a disadvantageous position for Slovak artists. We are constantly monitoring if Slovak artists, regardless of their age, genre, gender, or ethnicity enjoy equal opportunity on streaming and radio platforms, and we are devising ways to increase their visibility and earnings.
Our new study opens the question of the local music promotion within the digital environment. The Slovak Performing and Mechanical Rights Society (SOZA), the State51 music group in the United Kingdom, and the Slovak Arts Council commissioned Reprex to created a feasibility study which provides recommendations for better use of quotas for Slovak radio stations and which also maps the share and promotion of Slovak music within large streaming and media platforms such as Spotify.
Why are the total market shares of Slovak music relatively low both on the domestic and the foreign markets? How can we measure the market share of the Slovak music in the domestic and foreign markets? We offer some answers and solution based on …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.