Wednesday, April 22, 2020

 We need to figure out how we will reopen the economy. But not like this.

A new paper from academics at MIT attempts to rank amenities based on their importance versus their transmission risk, but it doesn’t quite succeed. 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Repurposing wasted assets: music festival edition

Another proposal from the Alphaville team.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Music in the age of plague

What happens when the crowds stop coming.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Spotify: in tune

The streaming service’s attempts to diversify its revenue base seem to be on track.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Oh no, the death-techers are coming

Tech so disruptive it makes you want to kill yourself.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Spotify and the limits of the infinite

Digital freedom often comes with real constraints.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Further reading 

Art-secured lending; seclusion rooms; short-selling bans; fishy support letters; and more.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Banksy banks on HODLers

And inadvertently promotes the exact opposite of instant frictionless settlement in consumer culture. Hero or villain?

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Thoughts for the weekend

Tips for capitalist astronomers. 

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Thoughts for the weekend

“It's a prodigious accomplishment, and marks the apex of his already superlative career.”

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Taylor Swift’s asset restructuring

The pop star creates a new risk for financialised music royalties.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Disney and the death of cultural transmission

Will Star Wars endure?

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Vaudeville, in pictures

Thank you to all who attended!

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Vaudeville has taken over Alphaville 

The sock puppets are in town. 

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Friday, July 19, 2019

One week to Vaudeville!

Wilton’s Music Hall awaits.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Cryptokitties get duplicated at Vaudeville with Simon Denny

Sometimes it takes an artist fascinated by tech systems to reveal how capital structure affects everything.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

BREAKING: Craig Wright to appear at Vaudeville

The man who would be Satoshi Nakamoto.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Vaudeville, now with real celebrities

Thank you ASA, for helping to promote our own Fyre Festival.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Taylor Swift and the triumph of capital

Big Machine Label Group $300m sale provokes the popstar's ire.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Roll up! Roll up! Four weeks till Vaudeville!

Music! Comedy! Maybe Finance!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Classical music has a metadata problem

The streaming age is ill-suited to the music of Sunday afternoons.

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Stadium shows in the age of mechanical reproduction

The rain falls down on last year's man.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Casting call for FT Alphaville's Vaudeville!

Calling all budding performers, writers, directors, choreographers and egomaniacs. It's your time to shine. (Maybe.)

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

The death of cultural transmission, an update

Yep, there's a Beatles film coming out next year.

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The death of cultural transmission

Do back catalogs carry the same financial aura in the digital age?

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Crumbs! It's CRYPTO: the movie!


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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Comrade Swift's special dividend

Pop star fights for the little man.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Money for nothing: copyright law, YouTube, and the future of music [Part I]

Won't you help to sing, these songs of freedom?

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All that Chat

Oct 06: Slave Play
Feb 01: The Minutes
TBA: Blue