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Wed, Dec. 19th, 2007, 04:42 pm
More Articles Regarding the Music Industry

Today there have been a lot of articles regarding the state of the music industry floating around, particularly via Boing Boing and a lot of people's Livejournals. So, I'm going to share some of the best articles I have saved the past few years, since so many people are interested in this subject.

The Music Industry Is Not In Trouble
Indie film producer thanks pirates for downloading his movie
Statistics from Radiohead Online Release
How Battlestar Galactica Killed Broadcast TV
People who illegally share music files online are also big spenders on legal music downloads
Top 10 Most Useful Tools for Online Music Enterprise
The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online
Example of How DRM Affects Basic Consumers
Downloading Is Not Illegal
The Internet Debacle - An Alternative View
Music Is Not a Loaf of Bread
The Chumbawamba Factor
Record sales are tanking, and there's no hope in sight: How it all went wrong
Piracy Is A Business Model, Says Disney Co-Chair Anne Sweeney
The Problem With Music by Steve Albini
Courtney Love does the math

I think most of these articles help confirm these ideas:

1) The way music and movies are consumed is irrevocably going to change.
2) People who make money with music need to change their business model if they want to continue to be profitable.
3) The new system can be used to promote art effectively if people/businesses are willing to adapt.
4) The music and movie industries are not dying. All this change will encourage all sorts of growth and innovation, it just takes innovative people stepping up and using all this power in a creative way.

And opposing views, because I'm fair. Though I am not fair enough to not say that I think these articles are nothing more than crying from small labels unwilling to think of creative ways to adapt to the changing climate. Calling your fans unethical thieves will never generate much sympathy in my opinion, and someone will be there to replace these guys when the market marginalizes them. Never the less, opposing views:

The End of an Era
Buy Don't Burn

Thu, Nov. 29th, 2007, 02:06 pm

Any independent musician marketing themselves in a serious way should read this guy's blog:

http://newmusicstrategies.com/

And his free ebook:

http://newmusicstrategies.com/ebook/

What is prompting me to write this is this particular post:

http://newmusicstrategies.com/2007/04/15/thing-11-the-death-of-scarcity/

It is basically a brief article about the economics of endless supply in how it relates to music online. It is a concept anyone serious about selling music should take seriously.

There may have been a time where you would press a thousand copies of a CD, give away a couple of hundred as promos, and try and sell the other eight hundred. Now, you can press a thousand, give away a million, and still sell the thousand.

The death of scarcity makes a nonsense of the notion of the ‘lost sale’. If someone would never have bought your music in the first place, but acquires the music through some other means (perhaps as a recipient of one of those million promotional copies), you haven’t “lost a sale”, you’ve gained a listener. More importantly, you’ve gained attention


I get so tired of hearing independent labels or musicians crying about how it is unfair that piracy is killing their business. This idea of downloading killing the business is absurd. This whole downloading phenomenon is not going away, and that's good! This idea of every download being a lost sale has always been a load of horse shit. This guy's blog and ebook are exceptional sources of ideas and information on how to deal with this changing business climate.

Wed, Oct. 31st, 2007, 09:36 am
Halloween Mix

I put together a mix for Halloween. It consists of various tracks from older horror movies, etc. This isn't some "best of" soundtracks mix, but rather a mix of moody, vintage material mostly taken from obscure/cult/B-movie films.

Download Mix in zip file here.

Track details:

01 - Gene Moore, Dark Entry
"Carnival of Souls"
02 - Paul Glass, The Seed Of Astaroth
"To the Devil a Daughter"
03 - Giorgio Gaslini, School At Night (Lullaby - Music Box Version)
"Profondo rosso"
04 - Ennio Morricone, Dark Revelation
"Exorcist II: The Heretic"
05 - Richard Band, Cantos Profanae
"Troll"
06 - Goblin, Suspiria (Celesta And Bells)
"Suspiria"
07 - Jay Chattaway, Subway Terror
"Maniac"
08 - Tangerine Dream, Darkness
"Legend"
09 - Stefano Mainetti, Zombi 3 (Seq. 2)
"Zombi 3"
10 - Paul McCollough, Farmhouse
"Night of the Living Dead"
11 - Fabio Frizzi, Occhi di brace
"City of the Living Dead"
12 - Walter Rizzati, Walt Monster End
"The House By The Cemetery"
13 - J. Peter Robinson, "The Gate" End Titles
"The Gate"
14 - Robert Rodriguez, Doc Block
"Planet Terror"
15 - Nico Fidenco, The Magic Is In Progress
"Zombi Holocaust"

Wed, Sep. 19th, 2007, 12:09 pm
The weather's fine here.

Is the world flat? I never thought about it. I tell you what I’ve thought about. How I’m going to feed my child– how I’m going to take care of my family. The world, is the world flat has never entered into, like that has not been an important thing to me.

Thu, May. 17th, 2007, 05:34 pm
Best theme music ever.

Thu, Feb. 8th, 2007, 09:21 pm

Goddamn internet. How can such a brilliant tool for communication be such a vessel of evil? Curse ye, internet.

Fri, Nov. 10th, 2006, 01:14 pm

I'm telling you, we need to be doing this ourselves:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/11/10/viking.ship.ap/index.html

Except, we need to actually be raiding and looting with it.

Wed, Nov. 8th, 2006, 04:01 pm
Best picture ever

Taken at Rick Santorum's concession speech. Amazing.



This wouldn't be nearly as funny if it were someone other than Santorum.

Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006, 04:07 pm

Obeject called "Xena" officially named Eris. I don't give a crap about Pluto's demoted status, this is awesome.

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