Slovakia

Recommendation Systems: What can Go Wrong with the Algorithm?

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.

Upgrading the Slovak Music Database: New Data API, New Features

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.

Harness the Algorithm

Save the Date: We will present the Listen Local project in the Algorithms in Film, Television and Sound Cultures: New Ways of Knowing and Storytelling conference.

Feasibility Study On Promoting Slovak Music In Slovakia & Abroad

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.

Feasibility Study On Promoting Slovak Music In Slovakia & Abroad

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 …

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.

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.

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.

CCS Ecosystems: Evidence-Driven CCI Policy & The Central & Eastern European Music Industry Report

The Central & Eastern European Music Industry Report 2020 was presented as a case-study on national and comparative evidence-based policymaking in the cultural and creative sector.