A Thought on Bands Who Cancel Gigs at the Last Minute

Every musician has played some lousy gigs, and some more than others.  Small crowds, weak sound reinforcement, cramped space, short money, high drama, the list of the stuff that can make a gig lousy goes on and on, and is enough to keep some people from ever playing out.  Dealing with gigs that don’t cut […]

T-Racks 3 – Master the Possibilities of your Music

K Multimedia’s latest installment of the T-Racks Mastering Suite takes the art of digital mastering to a whole new level, bringing advanced signal processing and fidelity to the masses..

How Collective Idiocy Left the Record Companies in Bits

Spotted On: The Guardian “When the history of our digital times comes to be written, one of the questions that will puzzle historians is why the record companies missed the significance of the internet.” What a great thought (and a very catchy headline). Here is a summary of the article, with some commentary. Since World […]

Does Chatter Matter? The Impact of User-Generated Content on Music

Spotted on: NYU Archives Here’s a paper titled “Does Chatter Matter? The Impact of User-Generated Content on Music”. It’s a study in how blogs and and social networking sites are impacting music sales. The study did not include any analysis on radio or internet broadcasting as a variable. Since this a very long and convoluted […]

What Happens to Music Collections When They’re Just Collections?

Music has value because it moves us. That special album that takes us back to some magic moment, or the songs we love to dance to. What has people by albums is the love of the music. MP3 collecting is similar to collecting baseball cards.  Grab an artist’s entire discography, and trade among your peers.  […]

Frank Zappa on the Music Business

Spotted on: Youtube Who woulda believed that a 20 year old video would provide such great wisdom about music today? The first half of the video is on the music business. The second half is a tirade about sex. Had he mentioned drugs, we’d have the holy trinity of music.

Unbundling Albums – The Silent Killer

Spotted on: The Register Capgemini recently broke down album sales in Britain since 2004.  While the report is still confidential, The Register reported on a few details.  And what is the reported main source of lost revenue in the British recording industry?  Album Unbundling.  File sharing came in at 18% of the projection. The iTunes […]

What Do Album Sales Measure?

On the surface, this may appear like an obvious question. Album sales measure the number of people who buy an artist’s music. Let’s look a little deeper at what album and track sales are an actual measure of. Many artists that experience high volumes of downloads on p2p networks also experience brisk sales. The days […]

The Cult of Personality – The Modern Artist’s Mantra

The future for musicians looks like more than just great recordings and live shows.  The opportunities that the internet provides modern artists is available to everyone, and thus its potential is diluted.   One way to get noticed is to generate interest in who you are and what you’re saying. in other words, creating and maintaining […]

Why We Listen to Music

Music is not a commodity. It’s not something that people buy, or consume. It’s not a revenue stream, or a career choice. It’s an expression of the depths of peoples’ humanity. It’s an experience. Our ears bring us some of the greatest pleasure. Life is a song that plays all the time: running water, the […]