Posts Tagged ‘music’

Friend Clearinghouse

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

I like the next generation of social networks, collective-intelligence and music recommendation sites that are spawning. I find a few of these sites to be incredibly innovative and creative.

However, every time a new site launches, I am asked to invite my friends, or to see who has already signed up. I will not invite another friend, or do a search for friends, again. I am done with having to introduce myself to every program I join. I find the same first-mover friends there. A feedback loop.

It is time for a friend clearinghouse. One site where I aggregate all of my friends, and from where I can grade them accordingly, with limits on their ability to access my collective intelligence.



Music Business Is Alive (V.1)

January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I read Jeff Price of TuneCore‘s response to an article in Digital Music News questioning the validity of measurement tools related to the success of new artist’s in the digital world. Some excellent thoughts posted, I encourage you to read them. Here is my response:

It is back to the future. Great songs matter, not albums. Building a fan base matters, not marketing muscle. Making a living matters, not being a rockstar. The real question is how does one now measure success? Yes we are all competitive, so we need a chart. Or do we?

Is success measured by gross income across a weighted multitude of income streams? Would that be based on a calendar or fiscal year? Interesting concept the IRS would love.

Should all the indie distributors and artists report in to Nielson? Why, so numbers with a hint of authenticity can continue to create false impressions? What about streams, blog posts, search requests, touring schedule, and so on.

The point of your post is well taken. The old measurement tools are imperfect. The old guard is sadly blind in the woods. However, music creation is thriving. Success is measured individually. The music business is alive.


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Learn To Write Again

January 4, 2010 2 comments

Having spent the past few years ‘off the grid’ I decided recently to start exploring social media in earnest.  I am now punching out tweets and fb status’, and have even launched this blog.  Yes, there is something very compelling about completing a concise thought in less than 140 characters. However, my thoughts are longer, and my memory shorter.

I want to learn how to write again. I think I forgot how.

I just witnessed two of my friends publish books. Their commitment to sitting and writing everyday was impressive. Their timeless discussion over the choice of words was inspirational. It encouraged me to read through old material I had written over the years that had been stored in a wooden file cabinet – business ideas, project plans, poems, lyrics, short stories. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it. I was reminded of how poor a writer I have become.

But now, ouch, look at my syntax, look at my dangling participles, look at how I started this sentence with ‘but’. Wow, I have to correct spelling errors again, capitalize ‘I’, and think in complete sentences. I have forgotten the rules of ‘to be’, the uses of ‘is/are’, and the meaning of ‘wit’. Damn, wtf is an adverb again?

Twenty-years ago I only had to answer a phone or knock on a door. Fifteen-years ago I had to answer a phone and check my email. Ten-years ago we added a bit of texting. Now I have to fb, tweet, linkedin, email, txt, blog, etc.

I think I’ll send a hand written note to a friend. How much are stamps now anyway?

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Print Out A Hard Copy

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

My memories are disappearing. No, it is not yet Alzheimers, or as some might argue, the youthful indiscretions. It is digital media.

The kids and I are out visiting Grandma. We are having a good laugh looking through old photographs, admiring handmade birthday cards, and reading handwritten love letters. Than all of a sudden, our lives ended, around 2000. No printed photos. We had to go to the desktop, peruse the laptops and backup hard drives, than prowl fb. The funny emails we sent to each other were archived with file extentions you couldn’t make up, ‘.pst’. Yes, I was.

There is a new rule in the house. Make a hard copy. Print it out. Otherwise my kids will only be able to laugh about, and remember, their parent’s and grandparent’s lives with their children. And yes, I am printing this post.

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Music Half-life Shelf-life Theory

December 14, 2009 4 comments

Half-life – the period of time for a substance undergoing decay to decrease by half.

Shelf-life – the length of time that a perishable item is given before it is unsuitable for sale.

Originally conceived in the 1980’s, just prior to my creating the Sony Legacy catalog division, I was noticing how different genres of music had a fairly predictable shelf-life.

For the sake of argument, the original generation of classic rock – the Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Dead – had an indefinate shelf-life. Every generation of music fan would in some way respect them, and their catalogs would be valuable forever.

As we moved into the following decade, the new styles of music – metal, glam, disco, prog – would only be acceptable to ‘half’ of music fans, or, it would only be cool to every other generation – ex: Led Zep loved in the 70s, hated in the 80s, loved in the 90s, etc.  The premium sales levels peaked in half the time. The catalog had half the value.

The following generation of music – punk, dance, new wave, hip hop – continued with the ‘genre-ization’ of music, whereby now, only a quarter of fans liked, or every fourth generation accepted, their none conforming genre.  And so on.  Quick, get another record out.  Create a new sub-genre.

We are now at the tipping point of the half-life, where (except in rare instances) a piece of music is released, sales immediately peak, and it is on to the next one.  Where is the long term value now?

I have always argued that we will reach the point where the creation of music, and the performance or participation in such, is music’s lifeline.  The instant life and death of a creative piece.  Being there, experiencing it, playing it, hearing it, feeling it.  We are almost there.  The shelf-life of creative content is reaching zero.

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