Category Archives: Music

The Problem Of Digital Detritus

Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)

… so far this year, U.S. digital album sales are down 13 percent for the week ended March 9, and digital track sales are down 11 percent from last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Even as download sales have deteriorated, revenue from streaming services have grown, according to two reports released on March 18. The first, from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), showed that streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora and YouTube generated $1.4 billion in subscription, advertising and licensing revenues in the U.S. last year, up 39 percent from 2012, while downloads revenue were down 3.2 percent to $2.9 billion. The second report, from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), painted a similar picture, albeit on a global scale. Streaming music revenue grew 51 percent worldwide, while downloads slipped 2.1 percent.

It was in 2009 that I first heard about a thing called Spotify, from Bob Lefsetz.

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Beatlemania Fifty

It Was 50 Years Ago Today …

After performing, the Beatles surprise the show’s staff by asking to hear the playback so they can check the sound. “No one had ever requested that,” says Calandra. “They wanted to be great.”

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

There’s the difference between the ambitious pro and the always-will-be-amateur.

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Trevor Yuile’s Orphan Black Season Finale Music

What I wrote previously:

First, some words about the score by Trevor Yuile. I saw the finale twice, the second time with a good set of headphones. Yuile’s score is just amazing. There’s a hint of Helena in the score for Alison. And the final minutes took my breath away. A perfect match of visuals and mood, creating a dark inevitability. It wound me up just like the montage music by Frans Bak for Forbrydelsen. I hope he’ll be doing the second season because his scoring is a part of the storytelling just as much as the acting, writing, and directing.

And now Trevor Yuile has posted to Soundcloud the near seven and a half-minute score that closed out the season finale of Orphan Black.

You have to hear this. It’s fantastic. It should get you curious to see the show — which you really must see.

The sound of the Universe crying as it watches you go to your predestined doom that was mapped out since the beginning of time.


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For All The Underdogs

Click through to watch at YouTube for the lyrics.

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Future Or Just Fad?

How an Unsigned White Rapper Changed Music

On January 24, 2013, the music industry will drastically change, thanks to an unsigned white rapper by the name of Macklemore. Why? Because Macklemore will be the first unsigned artist in modern history to hit #1 on U.S. Charts, with the song “Thrift Shop.” Not bad for a guy who’s debut full-length album, The Heist, was just a collaboration between friends that sold 78,000 copies in its first week.

Macklemore’s achievement is a big warning sign to the mega-labels, United Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Corporation, who for the first time in quite a while, do not have a number one hit. Through just his massive online following, Macklemore was able to go to top without the help of a gigantic label covering his back or spending millions of dollars on marketing. These labels have to be nervous; no longer do artists need to go through them in order to be successful.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Listen to it after the break.

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Musical Interlude

Once We Were Anarchists lyrics

Reasons Not To Be An Idiot lyrics

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Pinchable Music!/mikecane/status/163733099975409664

I listened to a music track online today and it was displayed as a waveform.

This reminded me of the early Mac days when I showed someone a sound recording program and she asked if after the music had been digitized it could have all the tracks from a cut separated out to play each one.

It has to be at least twenty-five years since then.

And we still don’t have that.

Why the hell not?

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HP TouchPad: The Tablet That Wouldn’t Die

Reuters: HP resurrects TouchPad for one last go at the iPad

My own little tribute. Song from Rock Follies of ’77.


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Musicians: Adapt To The New Real World!

My life is being wasted thirty seconds at a time on Spotify.

So many songs have these idiotic thirty-second intros that add nothing to the song. It’s gotten to the point where I wish Spotify would add a Skip First Thirty Seconds button!

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Spotify Vs. MOG

Bob Lefsetz went on and on about how great Spotify was for months.

I didn’t retain much detail because the “subscribe to music” bit was a mental roadblock. Nonetheless, when Spotify launched here in the U.S. I ran to ask for an Invite.

Today Lefsetz posts an email from the competing music service called MOG.

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