So at some point YouTube started recommending Japanese music to me. And not anything that would make sense, like say songs from the Persona 4 soundtrack, but rather...Japanese jazz? (I'm not great at categorizing music, there's probably a better term for this.) I and it looks like thousands or millions of other YouTube users have no idea why this is happening. All I know is that this music is actually kinda great.
The first song I noticed was "4:00 AM" by Taeko Ohnuki. (The original video recommended to me has some copyright restrictions on it now, but here's another copy; The original video has over a million views now):
And then this morning, the same sort of thing happened with YouTube recommending the song "Taiji no Yume" by Sai Yoshiko.
So I have a couple of thoughts on this:
- Why is YouTube doing this? Are their algorithms so sophisticated that it somehow connected Giant Bomb, film making video essays, IT how to videos, and Hatsune Miku to sweet Japanese jazz? Did something go sideways? Was somebody at Google bored and slipped this into the code?
- Since I'm actually watching these videos, clicking the Like button, etc., this should actually affect the type of content YouTube is going to feed me. The big data will say "Oh, this guy likes these Japanese jams. Keep 'em comin'". Not that I'm complaining. It's odd this is happening, but I welcome it.
Am I the only one seeing this stuff on their YouTube? Am I the only one that kinda digs this music?