Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Helmholtz Resonance | Hang Drum

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Ever at a loss about what gift to give on a day like today?

No, this is not a wok.

No, this is not a wok.

Similar in design to a steel drum, the Hang (pronounced hung) drum is created by PANArt in Switzerland and it is rather difficult to obtain because they are made by only two people!


Audiotool by Hobnox

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Mix it up old school with this Flash/browser-based Audiotool for making beats.

Simulating the popular Roland TR-909 and TB-303 with additional effects using pedals and rumored upcoming MIDI support.

All I’m desperately needing here is a multi-touch surface.
Are you with me?


Bands with Brands

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

You’ve seen ‘em, or heard ‘em I should say.  The catchy songs from the iPod commercials. You know, those tunes that get stuck in your head and all day you’re asking friends, who is that artist?

 

From the Sunday Times

Bands are getting into bed with consumer brands

“There’s no doubt we are at a crossroads,” says Steve Levine, producer of Culture Club and a spokesman for artists’ issues with the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters. Having consulted on brand-related music projects, he has seen a marked change in musicians’ attitudes: “It’s as if we’ve suddenly become aware of the truth behind the smoke and mirrors of the record deal. Most artists now understand how the business works and who their fans are. That is always going to be valuable to a brand. It’s certainly a freer, more equal relationship. Record companies have to own everything, because their whole model is based on selling records – ‘Is it a hit, will it make us our money back?’ If brands do nothing other than free musicians from the tyranny of needing a radio-friendly smash to have a career, it has to be a positive.”

 

Is this a good thing?  Do independent artists want to ‘sell out’ this way?  Slap a few logos on your CD’s, wear branded clothing, etc.  It cant be that bad but the brands have to be aware that artists dont want to become billboards.  Remember when rental cars had signs and graphics all over them so everyone would know that you were from out of town?  What ever happened to that kind of advertising?  I’ll tell you.  It sucks!

GOODBYE Music Industry!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) began sharing his music in Garage Band files for fans to remix and even distributed songs from his last abum on usb drives that were left in public places for fans to find and share. Now, Nine Inch Nails fans can listen to and download the new 36 track for FREE! That’s right, they’re giving music away these days kids!!

 

The NIN Experiment

Ghosts I – IV available “from a 100% DRM-free, high-quality download, to the most luxurious physical package we’ve ever created” ranging from FREE (Volume I), $5 (I – IV+), $10 (extras), $75 (EXTRAS+) and $300 (Luxury Edition).

With Radiohead’s recent “pay what you want” release of the album In Rainbows and a crowd-sourcing call for AniBoom artists to create their next music video it’s no surprise that even Madonna is now dropping her record label.

 

Probably the biggest surprise yet is, once Napster foe, Metallica, has finally seen the light that “CDs and cassettes are a thing of the past and that digital music is the format of the future”.  Lars Ulrich, drummer, even welcomes the recent lek of their new album.

 

GOODBYE Music Indusry?
If bands already have tens of thousands of MySpace friends what do they need a record industry for? Now that the big name artists are dropping their labels what is the industry going to do?

Well, Sony, BMG, Warner, etc signed with MySpace! It would appear as though the industry is making themselves available to be discovered by the artists. That means you and me and all the other true rock stars out there will finally be noticed by the big names and they’ll be working for us! WOO HOO!

Or…we could just all screw the industry and hire our own producers and marketing team and have total control of everything from the start.  Let’s hope so.

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