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On the 2nd anniversary of Music Connection’s official creation, we are extremely excited to announce that the official launch of W937 Dayton Radio – Your Local Music Connection is scheduled for March 5th! Read on to find out how you can get the early preview on our mobile app!
Jimmy C. and I have been busy as bees since we decided to partner, and we are shouting it loud and proud that we have now officially launched the Music Connection Dayton mobile app for Android devices!
The live drummer is an endangered species in much of today’s popular music. Modern post-production makes it supremely easy to substitute programmed drums for an imperfect human performance, or even to buff out errors from a live take. Increasingly, a good drummer is simply an afterthought for producers.
But this trend is definitively misguided. Recent scientific studies show there are certain aspects of human-created rhythm that machines cannot replicate, or can only replicate poorly. These tiny imperfections are exactly what draw us to a real human drum player. Live drummers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. View full article »
ALL WE WANT TO KNOW IS WHERE CAN WE GET THESE?
California-based company Glad may specialize in dustbin liners and food storage containers, but they recently unveiled a brilliant one-person trash bag tent for camping, music festivals and other outdoor events. The concept was launched at the SXSW 2013 music festival in Austin, Texas, where tents were distributed to campers and festival attendees on the condition that they would use them after the festival as garbage receptacles for cleaning up their campsite.
In the thankfully long gone days of DRM downloads it could be fairly said that ‘music was born free yet everywhere it is in chains’. Now it is free of DRM and, for most consumers, of price also. Of course the majority of consumers have always spent most of their time listening to music for free via TV or radio.
But the internet transformed free into something that was every bit as good as the paid for product. So yes, most people have always listened to music for free most of the time, but they listened to what broadcasters decided they would listen to. In the old model free music was something that would sate the appetite of the passive fan but was not be enough for the dedicated fan. Free music thus very clearly played a ‘discovery’ role for the core music fans. On demand free though has changed the equation entirely. For many consumers the free stream is the destination not the discovery journey. So 50 million YouTube views is no longer a marketing success but instead x million lost sales or paid streams.
Over the next few weeks I will be writing a series of posts that illustrate what lessons the music business can heed from other industries. This is the first of these posts. Beer sales have been in steady decline for many years with the big brewers coming to terms with changing consumption habits of consumers and the impact of disruptive new models. Sound familiar?
Swedish researchers put their finger on a variety of factors, including starting early in life and taking lessons more than once a week.
The intellectual and emotional benefits of playing music have been widely documented in recent years. Yet many if not most people who take lessons as children put away their instruments or retire their singing voices by the time they reach adulthood.
So what sets certain people on a lifetime path of music-making, in spite of all their time pressures and responsibilities? Newly published research from Sweden finds predictive patterns in their childhood experiences. View full article »
Ever noticed how many successful male rock-singers sound a lot like chicks?
Robert Plant. Freddie Mercury. Rod Stewart. The Eagles’ Timothy B. Schmidt. Chris Robinson of Black Crowes fame. The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins. Steven Tyler. Axl Rose. Even Jack White at times.
Just to name a few.
Maybe all rockers would be better off finding female singers to front their groups, because it’s sure worked out roses for plenty of bands already.