The Hit Charade: On Algorithms and Creativity

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  1. Relying on algorithms to serve up music can be just as pointless — and even, anachronistic — as automated FM programming from two decades ago. The current metadata is too broad yet not refined enough to make those musical connections that would be obvious to a human DJ. Tastemaker wins.

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Howdy. I'm Michael Donaldson.

I'm a consultant for the music industry, working with emerging artists and labels. I also manage a label of my own, named 8D Industries, and publish + license music under 8DSync. Sometimes I'm a Q-Burns Abstract Message. But mostly I'm just trying to keep these damn cats out of my office.

Michael Donaldson

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