As we near the end of the decade, I want to look at the ways music-making has evolved during the 2010s, both on stage and in the studio.
Vince M. Aung
On this edition of All Songs Considered, we begin with the role of computers in live performance. Laptops are often used to playback sounds that can’t easily be created in a live setting. So, I went to the 9:30 club before soundcheck to meet the artist known as King Princess. She grew up around recording gear. Her father, Oliver Strauss is a recording engineer at Mission Sound in Brooklyn, so technology and music-making are second nature to the 21-year old. King Princess sheds light on how musicians take complex sounds from the studio and make them possible in a live setting.
Later, I look at the role of computers in the creative process, both as an effects processor and a compositional tool. One artist who is already making music and stretching the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence is Holly Herndon, who has an AI voice assistant she calls Spawn.
In this episode of All Songs Considered, CEO and co-founder Ethan Diamond says that when an artist succeeds on Bandcamp, Bandcamp succeeds. That philosophy has driven the company since 2008, with over $425 million paid directly to musicians and record labels. Sadie Dupuis says that Bandcamp was instrumental in booking the first tour for her band Speedy Ortiz and that its name-your-price model has not only allowed her some steady income but also an avenue to raise money for causes she cares about.
On this episode of All Songs Considered, we look back on the way queer issues moved towards the center of the conversation during the 2010s. We talk about how decades of activism led up to this moment and how social media has helped foster safe spaces and access to information for young people across spectrums of gender and sexuality. We also discuss how LGBTQ musicians are helping reimagine pop sounds — from openly expressing queer desire to cyborgian shapeshifting — and question what the future of “mainstreaming” might hold for queer communities. — Marissa Lorusso
On this episode of All Songs Considered, host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas and Stephen Thompson, along with reporter, host of NPR’s Future You and founding bureau chief for NPR in Seoul, South Korea Elise Hu as they talk about the ways we’re hearing globalization in music, why it’s happening and some of the complications and questions around this evolution.