With talk of the cloud, streams, special proprietary devices that pipe vendor-specific sounds to particular home stereos, intelligent, always-on access to entire music collections, tablets and set-top boxes and … all of that … it can be tough to look into the future of music and audio. I spent the last weekend at Project Bar-B-Q, a mind-bending retreat of audio tech industry sages and engineers, on a team that looked at the issue. It’s not time yet to share those discussions, but as we face the dizzying array of possibilities ahead, this one quote stands out, pointed to me by someone in my BBQ group.
The article is from June, but as “cloud music” talk heats up, it’s worth pasting to your wall. The ever-insightful Sasha Frere-Jones writes for The New Yorker
…the near future of listening to music looks a lot like 1960. People will listen, for free, to music that comes out of a stationary box that sits indoors. They’ll listen to music that comes from an object that fits in the hand, and they’ll listen to music in the car.
I think a corollary is that, even with the big box playing music for free, people will want to own a collection of music and own things they take around with them, alongside the free things. Exactly where that line falls and in what way remains the sticking point.
But why stop at music listening, or even music creation? The idea above could lend perspective to any conversation about design and technology. The dimensions of the virtual, digital universe and its possibilities are indeterminate and difficult to conceive. But the dimensions of human beings are not.
The creativity being produced in film is amazing today. Anoraak a French indie electro artist with a cool rock feel, released a really interesting music video using a 360° camera to their song “Above Your Head” The video is completely flattened, so no your computer is not going crazy, it’s just originality.
The HipHop industry releases a new film bashing the record labels and their dishonest methods of making money from musicians’ talent. Rappers have been entering the independent music industry for many years using their own money to promote their music and respond to fans. Starring, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Chamillionaire, Lil Scrappy, Juelz Santana, and more. Now they are out to “Kill The Record Labels”.
Today the music world lost one of the greatest reggae artists, revolutionizing the sound to open the spectrum for today’s growing interest in the genre. Show some love and have a moment of silence to one of his many hits, “Night Nurse”
This day was declared by blogger, Andrew Dubber of New Music Strategies. I can’t believe I missed this one last year. We have been discussing MySpace and its everlasting decline in value as we plan for a greater music tool for the musicians and their fans that follow. This day was estabolished to get artists to boycott the music site for it’s terrible response to the demands of the people running the show [the users]. Read the whole article here.
Vinny Vegas is an amazing rock band out of Baltimore, MD.
The band consists of:
Justin Fogelman – Guitar and Vocals
Scott Siskind – Guitar and Vocals
Emmanuel Lee – Keys
Ian McDonald – Bass
Jason Cohen – Drums
Vinny Vegas has been around since about 2004. Their last EP Land of Giants had some of my favorite tracks from 2009 on it like Watch out for Mastodons and Four Rabbits (Listen Here). Now they’ve just released a 7” Vinyl recording with 2 brand new tracks. Here’s a sneak peak of one of them:
Vinny Vegas – “Ogre Hands”
Vinny Vegas fcking DESTROYS it! These guys should really be famous right now. If you like indie rock, you’re going to fall in love with this band. There’s not much else I can say about them, other than buy their new vinyl!
Sean Parker of Facebook is completely backwards on his thinking towards the music industry. To say that the fight against piracy is a failure is absolutely absurd. Every problem has some sort of issue, it’s just whether or not people are willing to address the necessary steps to conquer the task. With the Beat-Play model not only will piracy be done away with, but the quality of music will greatly exceed the overall mainstream flood we currently experience. People aren’t going to stop illegally downloading music just because you have a cool player that harnesses tons of music. iTunes is around and the majority of people using it have libraries filled with pirated tracks. So why wouldn’t they just continue to illegally download the new music they hear on such a site as your own. As far as the ‘not being able to get your music from the service to other devices’ comment, this is what smartphones and applications are for. Technology is great because it gives us the limitless freedoms we need to cater to all the users’ demands. Spotify offers a decent service but doesn’t change the molding too much from iTunes except that it’s strictly online and they stream full tracks. I’m sure for a short period of time this will be a semi-successful model but the main user base will continue to be the same people that buy music today. If someone is pirating music today, what is to stop them from doing so tomorrow. Not Spotify. It doesn’t make it FREE.
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