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  • Krukowski wants to let us know that by the times things change and powerful people or companies decide whether to put  the song on the algorithm or not. Basically the new world of digital music helps artists to reach many people but also can destroy them very easily because they can put them out or in the system or algorithm. The other thing is when they choose to get the power by themselves looking for what they want to hear, therefore they are significant but they have to let the companies know that they are there. I wouldn’t say that they are significant but they basically can live without those ones that they don’t want to be part of.
  • Maybe he is trying to communicate that they are trying to take away what they want from their companies. Meantime they will keep giving to people songs which  have power and what is more significant for a bigger amount of people. But a title amount will be peripheral. At the end all just will depend on how much people listen to the same song or artist that will depend on whether it is marginalized or powerfull.
  • It will be surprising because of how much the music can impact you from hearing it. Meanwhile discovering music is something that you will be in another cultural barrier which is something good too. This is important because you will keep on hearing what surprises you the most. Therefore, it has a combination with discovering.
  • In Forced Exposure magazine, they may not use the same algorithm as spotify and just will show to people all songs on an album. This could be  the big difference and the electronic world that uses spotify may be more innovative. At the end of the day they are not working in the same wave.

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  1. When Krukowski asserted that statement, he means that the higher-ups can decide whether something is still in good use or not. If it’s no longer useful, then it’ll be marginalized, or left out. When Krukowski added that the thing being marginalized could be used as an alternative approach to art, he’s trying to let us know that instead of that piece of art being useless, it could be useful in other instances which can still hold its value. In terms of music, the “powerful” refers to the mainstream culture, and the “marginalized” refers to the music that was once popular. In other words, the music that was once popular eventually gets left out because the mainstream culture sees no use in it anymore.
  2. In the podcast episode, Krukowski distinct the terms “surprised” and “discovering” when it comes to music. Being “surprised” is when people come across a certain type of music similar to what they normally hear. “Discovering” music, on the other hand, is where people listen to music they wouldn’t normally hear, and would still enjoy it. Being  “surprised” and “discovering” music is important because many people nowadays may not be able to discover new types of music, given that they’re always recommended with the same music online by big companies.
  3. The music listening experience by Force Exposure is different than those working on digital music companies because of the way music is exposed. People working at Force Exposure are exposed to a wide variety of music records to listen to, they even write about the records in detail and publish them in their catalogs. Jimmy Johnson’s warehouse has 50,000 records stored, with hundreds coming his way every week to listen to. When it comes to digital music companies, like Spotify, people like Paul Lamere expose music to users based on the users’ preferences. With their preferences, Spotify will automatically recommend to listeners the type of music they’ll be interested in. Although Spotify has more music availability than Force Exposure, users won’t get the opportunity to listen to that amount of music due to recommendations given by the program.

“The cosmic of Music in the Digital World “

Technology changed how we discover and consume music. We now live in a more digital world than analog. People are now being able to switch between the two; this changes the perception of music.
Krukowski had enlightened us on how something is powerful in recuperating with power has rejected.

This brings one to crate-digging, which is not just shopping. It is sorting through bins and bins  that the current mainstream has no use for, even yesterday hits, broken, useless and bring it back to life, make it be of power,  that has been inadequate not of one’s taste, therefore, the lot of “the rejected.”

These are often of the “marginal” not involved in the main event, but one goes digging searching for objects that cannot be found anywhere else old-fashioned or incomprehensible.

Forced Exposure and Paul Lamare enter the digital world that creates a musical universe that is predictable to you. Now you will discover what you want to hear based on your interest or desire, “the repressed,” and not be surprised by anything random.

Music has dematerialized, no longer an object to be bought or sold yet powerful. With algorithms and playlists, Spotify has created a media universe that adapts to us.
No longer are you surprised by random song recommendations; no one wants to be surprised.
Algorithms make it more accurate for you to discover the suitable grain of sand (music, song in particular) based on the context of your mood.
Spotify gives us want we probably like and what we are already comfortable with to let it keep on playing.

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When Krokowski said, “the marginal-the rejected-the repressed-is whatever the powerful have decided is of no use at the moment.” He means that the way we once knew music was by listening to records and CDs or going into the record stores, and when the “powerful” decide it’s no use at the moment, it means they create different, better ways to deliver the music to us. As the world develops, they introduce more advanced ways in which we can access music. As of today, we have everything at our fingertips, where we can access music easier. He mentioned that Spotify, Amazon, and Apple, etc, will design the music based on what we already know and want without your participation to keep playing; the algorithm will know what you want.

Music indicates the differences between the powerful and the marginalized in the sense that the powerful have the power to do as they please and introduce innovative ways in which one listens to music. As the world continues to develop, more things will be advanced, and people will accept the new ways as it is easier and not having to listen to CD’s or go to the store for music because it’s an old way of life. The marginalized, compared to the powerful, are unimportant and powerless; if they decide they don’t want to accept the new way of accessing music and want to stick to the old fashion ways, they will have limited access because most places will upgrade or will go out of business, because of how the music is much more accessible.

The distinctions Krukowski draws between being “surprised” by music and “discovering” music means that is not the same as discovering, it is what we’re already like and comfortable with. Discovering music is something we haven’t heard before, but will probably like based on our music selection.

The forced exposure carries a lot of titles that are physically the office, listens to every release, and writes about it, ultimately allowing people to discover records that they were unaware of, while Spotify is digital music that is readily accessible to the type of music we already know.



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Krukowski is saying that today is different from back then when you can just walk in the store and pick a record that you like but today there is an easier way to access the music we listen to and make it easier to find want we want to hear.
HE means that surprising is not helping things but to discover familiar music we want to listen to and what’s surprising us in that way, something we may not like but already seeing something we’re familiar with makes us more likely to listen to it. Like if you listen to a song and then it recommends similar songs that you might like. Rather than recommending things that you have never heard and may not want to listen to. It’s important to help the listeners find what they want easily, apps like Spotify try to make it as easy as possible for listeners two have access to songs that they want.
The difference between them is that the record store listens to the music and describes it in detail before letting the public see it. To make it easier for listeners to see what they are interested in. And whether they wanna listen to it or not. Where is Spotify has an algorithm that can tell by  the data you give, your activity on the app, and what you listened to they recommend songs that you may like based on what you have heard already?

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I think he is trying to say that now since the work is digital thew way music is chosen is different its there at the click if a button nit like before when you had to get records, cds, or tapes.

music indicates thar difference between marginiliazed and powerful is that back in the days you went to get the music now it is readily available that it is a power shift  in those days and now

Krukowski discovers the difference between the two is important because it gives you control of what you are listening too.

listening experiences and forced exposure are different from Paul Lamere the thought and feelings are genuine and with music apps like Sound cloud .

Blog Post #7

In the beginning of episode 5- POWER, Damon Krukowski said,”The marginal-the rejected-the repressed-is of no use at the moment”. I think what Damon Krukowski is trying to say is that compelling corporations like Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc have all influence to what we listen to based off algorithms. These mainstream platforms have the influence to what’s pertinent and not pertinent based on weekly listeners on a certain type of genre or song. Damon Krukowski also asked,”But might it not be a key to alternate approaches-to art, to society-to power itself?” I believe what Krukowski means by this is that companies like Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc have changed the whole entire scheme of how we choose what type of music we listen to. It’s like a powershift from back in the day in which  we the people of society chose art in the form of music in which we listen to and the producers of music catered to “Us” the consumers. Now the big corporations have power over what music genre or songs are old, not viable, and are not recommended to us which gives them control of what we listen to and closes opportunities to old or new genres of music we may have enjoyed listening.

The distinction Krukowski draws between being “surprised” by music and “discovering” music is when he mentions that today is not like back in the days when you could walk into a record store and decide on which record you would like to listen to. You would be able to communicate with others in the store and hear their advocacy on what to listen to.

In Forced Exposure Magazine, their feelings are authentic when it comes to listening to music before endorsing it to consumers. Their owners and employees also listened, and some even wrote about the songs in the inventory. While Spotify uses algorithms to suggest what type of music a person will like.

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 Krukowski is referring to the old-fashioned way of listening to music and how people used to discover new artists or songs by going to record stores where they could get recommendation from people who have knowledge about music and have strong opinions, or through magazines like Forced exposure. He describes how the digital world is affecting the way people find and listen to music. Throughout this podcast ” Ways of Hearing: Power,” Krukowski explains how powerful corporations have gained control over what we are exposed to.  

 Although the world is heading toward making everything digital, Krukowski questions the benefit. He wonders if preserving the traditional way of finding music or how we consume things could contribute more toward art and society itself by giving power and control back to consumers who can decide without any influence of big corporations.  

Spotify, Pandora and other music streaming services are powerful, and use an algorithm to predict what music we might like. Everything is automatic, arranged, and is impersonal. However, marginalized music allows us to explore our interest by having to navigate as we walk in the record store, we can browse records physically, can surprise ourselves by finding something new. The music we pick becomes personal and spontaneous.  

Krukowski admits how he likes going to a record store as he might “discover” something by chance or gain knowledge about music from the people who work there. Now that we get recommendations from Spotify, and other music streaming services, it introduces us to new artists or songs that do not “surprise” us since the music we hear is “similar” to what we are used to listening to. Due to the algorithm, it becomes a loop where we are constantly exposed to familiar music rather than “discovering” different music. When we go to a physical store, we make our own choice and independent decisions. We could end up discovering different music and surprise ourselves.  

In Forced Exposure magazine, they are more passionate about music and listen to every song on an album before recommending it to their consumers. They carefully categorize the type of music and write in detail about every album. They leave it up to their consumers what kind of music they might like, but also recommend songs that they think are worth listening to. Based on the album information, music lovers can decide what they want to listen to. On the other hand, Spotify automatically arranges everything for us without us even participating in it. Their algorithm predicts what song we might like based on data, not on an individual listening to and recommending songs. 



blog post #6

Ralph Ellison describes where he lives, the sounds he hears, and what he sees around him. The things that he hears and sees every day, and describing his noisy neighbors Also, how they are loud and they play music and How he hears all the sounds from outside from the people and the cats and dogs. It all affected the way he lived because he would hear it all the time. and would have to try to cope with the noise and live with it.
He means by saying ”In those days it was either live with music or die with noise” that he had to put up with the nouse so he had to live with the music. trying to make it into something positive or he would spend the rest of the time he stayed  there he would be miserable with the noise
Ways of hearing and The soundscape are similar because since he is used to the sounds he hears. He can learn to ignore them and still hear the noise but he can drown the sounds out. since he has to live with it but he can try to make the best of it. like he says he can drown out the noise with others noises.

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I would say there’s a  difference between “hearing” and “listening”, Hearing is something done without your control. Everyday we listen to sounds we can’t block off for example when walking outside the people chatter or walking around you, ambulance sirens, police sirens or the ice cream truck and so forth. When we listen is us letting our brain know to give your attention to that person or any particular situation you’re in. I believe we do have a choice of what we can actually hear personally am the person who does a lot of selective hearing. I’ve trained myself to block any sound around me and focus on a person talking to me or focused on what i’m doing around any loud area(working in the restaurant industry you build this trait). I listen to what’s important to listen to and be attentive to around me. I would say race, gender, or social class do matter to how we listen. We chose those we want to listen to and it does sometimes have to do with a race, gender or who this person is and if we have interest in them especially if they are famous or someone we tend to like. So with Schafer and Krukowski discuss sound and space they talk about what we listen to , the sounds that affect the space we put ourselves in.  An example is living here in NYC I do feel like a good majority of us have learned to block a lot of noise that surrounds us being in control of what we hear. We’re a busy life city a city that doesn’t stop running or sleep and for the majority of us we would block off sounds by putting on headphones every where we go now of how much we sound revolves around us in this city.