Any of you dudes and dudettes seen this article? Pretty fascinating explanation for the layman about how Spotify’s weekly personalised playlist works.
I was always dubious that a robotic algorithm could read my musical taste, but I tried out the playlist recently and I was spookily surprised by a genuinely engaging and eclectic mix.
I got the Chambers Brothers, Richie Havens, Marc Ribot and other similar slightly left field stuff… with some Lee Dorsey and Miles Davis keeping it feelgood. Started to feel like I was stuck in a very nice Coen Brothers or Wes Anderson movie.
But I can’t help feeling there’s something cold and depressing about a machine like this. You feel a bit insular, stuck in a self-contained musical world. The very opposite of music as a human, social activity.