Here’s two books I’m currently reading and which I would like to recommend.
Last night a DJ saved my life
The history of the disc jockey
Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton
I’m still in the late 70s, but it’s been a wonderful voyage through time so far. I think anyone working on DJ-ing algorithms might enjoy this. The book starts out with the impact recorded music had, the first broadcasts, and then dives very deep into the role of the DJ in terms of discovering and distributing rare records, breaking new records, creating new styles of music, and enabling others to have a great time. The book isn’t structured like a research paper, but it’s very well researched.
Net, Blogs and Rock ‘n’ Roll
How digital discovery works and what it means for consumers, creators and culture
Blog, Last.fm Profile
I just started reading this one, but it’s been fun so far. Sometimes it feels a bit like all of the Music 2.0 hype words thrown into a mixer, but beyond that there's lots of interesting information in the book about everything related to Music 2.0. This book might be a great source of inspiration for project proposals or motivations/introductions for research papers on MIR technologies that could somehow fit under the Music 2.0 umbrella.
Most of all I love contrasting the two books with each other. The two worlds couldn’t be more different and yet they are somehow about the exact same thing.