When the Consumer is Not the Only Customer

BY WILL HARRINGTON How Spotify wants to be “the best thing that ever happened for artists.” After my first discovery of D.A. Wallach ’07 through his music I became very confused. Googling his name constantly turned up the result that he was Spotify’s “artist-in-resident.” While I was familiar with the concept in the world of painting and visual arts, gallery space is limited and being given some form of work and display place security is comforting, the notion of an artist-in-residence for the music industry made little sense to me. Musicians appear not to suffer from the same scarcity of …






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A Harvard Man Makes Some Music

BY WILL HARRINGTON D.A. Wallach and life in the industry D.A. Wallach ’07 wasted no time in making a name for himself. Even before he had graduated and left his Eliot dorm room behind for L.A., he was in contract negotiations with Star Trak, a record label imprint of Interscope run by none other than Pharrell Williams. My first encounter with his work was in October when a music video, “Glowing,” was released anonymously. It’s eerie visuals (directed by Odd Future frontman Tyler, the Creator) accompanied a heartfelt song, more like the Beatles than almost anything being produced today. Only …






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Twitch Played Pokémon,Won, and Made Some Cool Art in the Meantime

BY WILL HARRINGTON When a video game leads to the birth of a religion. Twitch is an online video game streaming service. For the past few weeks it’s been host to a channel called “TwitchPlaysPokemon,” or TPP. Using the chat box, normally reserved for commentary on the human player/owner of the channel, stream-watchers have been able to become the players, typing in commands for the avatar to follow. Pokémon Red, one of the original mid-1990s Pokémon games for the Gameboy, is controlled on a turn-based system by a simple set of button commands: “up,” “down,” “a,” “b,” and a few …






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The Other Way America Won at the Olympics

BY WILL HARRINGTON The branding of Russia at the Olympics Games A friend of mine spent the fall in Siberia improving his Russian. His bags didn’t include a winter coat when he left in late August. He reasoned that nobody in the world would make warmer winter coats than the Russians in Siberia, so he might as well just buy the best one he’ll ever own while over there. He claimed he did. But when he got back and I saw that his coat — complete with fur hood — was clearly branded in English, I called him out on …






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