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How old, ambient Japanese music became a smash hit on YouTube – Ars Technica

Exploring the comment-section emotion of music as served by a mysterious algorithm.

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Enlarge/ Record collector Mike Porwoll’s selection of vinyl records, fueled largely by YouTubecore discoveries.
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One way to track the evolution of popular music is to examine its subgenres. Think of how “rock” begat “punk rock,” which begat “post-punk,” as a simple example. Electronic and ambient music include an even bigger universe of subgenres, with hyperspecific names like “UK bass,” “chillwave,” and “electroacoustic.”
But what happens when a genre emerges not…

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