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The Future of Music season 2 debuts August 20th

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We’re back

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

The Verge is back with season 2 of The Future of Music, a show about how tech is pushing the limits of how we create and experience music. Music has always been a way for people to connect and communicate. It’s part of being human and a language we all share. Thanks to technology, that language is evolving — fast.

This season, join me, Dani Deahl, as we break open some of music’s wildest moments and biggest trends, including Steve Aoki and global K-pop phenomenon Monsta X, how superstar producers Andrés and Mauricio have embraced sampling, and Charli XCX on what it means to be a successful, modern pop star. We’re looking at how blockbuster films are scored, examining how streaming changed the way we listen, and digging into why music is becoming more global. First up is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at DJ Eric Prydz’s multistory Holosphere.

Steve Aoki at Summerfest.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

In the first season of The Future of Music, we went into startups, studios, and even musicians’ homes to see how tech is impacting and, in some cases, reshaping music entirely. I went inside Imogen Heap’s virtual reality concert, talked with producer Oak Felder about how radio hits can be made on phones and laptops, learned how to circuit bend Furbies with Look Mum No Computer, and tried out music-making AI software.

The convergence of music and tech continues to get deeper — so what does that mean for artists, listeners, and the music itself? We’re going to find out.

The first episode of Future of Music season 2 will be available August 20th. Turn up the volume.