Spotify takes down Museum of Dead Words album because it’s doing “abnormally” well
Hi friends. We have some news.
Dyalekt’s new album, accompanying The Museum of Dead Words show he has opening in a few weeks at Art Apple NYC, was taken down by Spotify last week due to “abnormal streaming activity”:
Basically Spotify can’t believe an indie artist like Dyalekt is pulling as many streams as he is.
Of course they didn’t take the time to find the 60 Second Docs feature that got over 700,000 views when the first big spike in listens happened:
Or the Cheddar TV interview when the 2nd big spike in listens happened:
Or the fact that our publicist has been getting a steady rate of local and national press for the workshops and events we’ve been doing for the last year, including the recent feature the show got in AM New York: https://www.amny.com/things-to-do/museum-of-dead-words-nyc-1.35847182
Or the fact that the daily increase in streams has been in the hundreds (his singles are still getting those numbers today), which when you have momentum, makes total sense.
Or the fact that we would need way more money, time, tech savvy, and resources than we have to fake this many streams.
Honestly though, for a project that’s based entirely on communication on the internet, it seems pretty fitting that this would happen. This Spotify incident further calls into question how much we really own our shit, even if we are the creators of it.
The fact that Spotify can, out of nowhere, based on a random algorithm, take away an artist’s momentum, momentum that he worked incredibly hard to get, is exactly how we’ve allowed these companies to control what we consume.
So for at least a few weeks, we want to take back control. We’re going analog.
Leave a comment below and tell us if you’d prefer the album as a CD or cassette tape.
Then come to the show and pick up your free copy of the winning medium. It’s running from 9/21–9/27 with one museum tour per day.
MORE ABOUT THE SHOW:
The Museum of Dead Words
with your tour guide, Dyalekt
Directed by Andrew J Scoville | Curated by Kristen Crouch
Get tickets at dyalekt.com or modwartapple.eventbrite.com
If you’ve ever found yourself in an unexpectedly heated argument on the internet and don’t know how you ended up in a dithering pile of semantics over days of your life you’ll never get back, you are not alone.
MC/Playwright/Educator Dyalekt has spent a year researching internet comments to find out what words turned conversations into fights and ultimately died on the internet.
He has turned this research into a one man show/museum tour/art installation/rap album (happening all at once!) that explores how communication through the typed word is changing language rapidly, how words can lose their meaning and become weaponized, and how to find empathy and true connection with each other.
If something can live on the internet forever and simultaneously never be discovered, how do you find ways to remember your humanity and connectivity?
Join Dyalekt for a guided museum tour where we exhibit 11 words that died on the internet, mourn their passing, move forward together with more empathy and understanding.
Patrons will enter and exit through the gift shop where local artists and entrepreneurs will be sharing their art and wares and hopefully we will fund the revolution together.