What are some obscure music recommendation sites

Thom Yorke, world-class eccentric and singer of the band Radiohead, has the relationship between Spotify and the music industry in a nutshell: The streaming portal is "the last desperate fart of a dying body". Oh dear, where does all the anger come from?

Perhaps through opinions like that of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek: Artists couldn't record music every three or four years and think that's enough, Ek said. So mass instead of class is the message from the very top. Anyone who wants to be successful in the attention economy of the Internet has to "have a continuous dialogue with the fans".

Regardless of such slippery formulas from the manual for tech oligarchs, Spotify has fundamentally changed the relationship between people and music. The album as a format and the arrangement of songs as its own form of expression is already a long-forgotten art form. More and more users are no longer looking for a specific song or artist, but for a feeling or the right soundtrack for this or that situation, regardless of whether it is a lack of sleep, a children's birthday party or an imminent nervous breakdown. The work of art is decoupled from its author.

Skillful business people are behind the obscure names of the new artists

And so, week after week, numerous new artists with obscure names like "Relaxing Music Therapy", "Stress Relief", "Deluxe Music for Elevators" or even "Air Conditioner Sound" are springing up out of the ground. Some of these "bands" have more than half a million listeners a month. Behind the name there are no hopeful young musicians waiting for the breakthrough, but rather skilled, unscrupulous business people. Just as there is an industry of its own that does nothing but ensure that the content of its customers ends up at the top of the search engine results lists, the same principle is also applied in other ecosystems. The music industry is no exception.

To understand the business model, a look behind the scenes helps: For each stream listened to, Spotify pays the artists around a third of US cents in royalties on average. Only first-class pop stars, whose songs are played disproportionately often, receive correspondingly more. If a song is played sufficiently often, a lot still laps together. The title called Airplane Noise by Relaxing Music Therapy has already had more than ten million views, so it is already worth almost 30,000 dollars. In the bill of the sound spammers you only have to cover enough sensitivities and ensure that enough people listen to your own productions in order to have a more than comfortable living. The otherwise highly praised Spotify algorithm, which supposedly looks through the listener's taste in a very short time and delivers the appropriate songs, fails in this case.

According to the company, tens of thousands of new songs are added to the Spotify discotheque every day, and the catalog in its entirety includes more than 50 million songs. But in an environment that is designed exclusively for growth, maximum visibility is the only relevance and quality criterion. No longer great feelings, eternal truths and the human condition per se are at the beginning of the creative process, but only metadata and the frequency of search terms.

Of course, all of this sounds outrageous to pop purists. But it is not at all easy to condemn the business with canned artists. After all, they are by no means acting illegally. On the contrary, they have internalized the new natural laws of the music business and implemented them consistently. What is asked for is offered. It's a shame anyway.