If SoundCloud Disappears, What Happens to Its Music Culture? (NYTimes)
The death of SoundCloud, then, would mean more than the sunsetting of a service: It could mean the erasure of a decade of internet sound culture, says Jace Clayton, a musician and the author of ‘‘Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture.’’ He reminded me of an online music service called imeem, which MySpace bought in 2009 in the hope of absorbing its 16 million users into its own platform. But the struggling service shut down, and all the music uploaded and shared to it was lost, including what Clayton recalls to be a very eclectic subset of black Chicago house music. ‘‘What does it mean if someone can delete hundreds and thousands of hours of sound culture overnight?’’ he asked.
Shepard Tones are an auditory illusion where the sound appears to keep rising or falling in frequency forever. Check this fun video out! Also, do you know of artists who have used this in their work - is it a common tool in the music industry?