A new report from media consultant MIDiA offers some ‘tough love’ for musicians hoping to make money.
In the The Death of the Long Tail: The Superstar Music Economy, they’ve found that the 1% of musicians make 77% of the money: Continue reading
Oblique is a Max For Live device that puts a little Eno into Ableton Live.
Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is originally a deck of printed cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt and first published in 1975. Each card offers an aphorism intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking. Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal reports that Guitar Center may soon have new owners:
Ares Management LLC, which owns the majority of the music retailer’s debt, is in advanced discussions with Guitar Center owner Bain Capital to take over the company.
Guitar Center has about $1.6 billion in debt, much of it stemming from Bain’s $2.1 billion leveraged buyout of the company in 2007. The company is on the hook for about $144 million in annual debt payments through 2016 and about $150 million total in 2017 and 2018.
Producer Francis Prève let us know about something special his label, Academik Records, has planned for SXSW 2014, being held March 7-16.
Academik has a 12-hour event scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at Lanai Austin.
“The twelve-hour event runs from 2pm to 2am,” says Prève. “Traditionally, we reach capacity by late afternoon.”
“In addition to a fantastic artist lineup,” he adds, “We’ll be giving away two recording studio packages.” Continue reading
Johns Hopkins University has announced that synthpop pioneer Thomas Dolby is joining their faculty as the first ‘Homewood Professor of the Arts’.
At Johns Hopkins, starting in the fall, he will be teaching ‘Sound on Film’, a collaboration between Homewood’s Film and Media Studies program and Peabody’s Recording Arts and Sciences program. In the programe, students create soundtracks for films.
Dolby will also be the artistic director of the Program in Sound on Film at Station North, helping to lead the university’s efforts in Baltimore’s arts and entertainment district. Continue reading
Korg has teamed up with SoundCloud to on a worldwide Korg Gadget contest.
The Korg Gadget for iPad Remix Contest runs from February 28 through March 31, 2014. Prizes include an array of Korg gear.
Contestants can enter by remixing any of the official demo songs that are pre-installed on Gadget for iPad and then uploading the remixed track to GadgetCloud.
Prizes include: Continue reading
NASDAQ today suspended trading of Avid, maker of Pro Tools, Sibelius, Media Composer and other pro audio/video tools.
Avid received notification from NASDAQ on February 21, 2014 that the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Hearings Panel had determined to delist the shares of the Company from The NASDAQ Stock Market. NASDAQ suspended trading in the Company’s shares effective at the open of business today, February 25, 2014. Continue reading
This morning, Moogfest announced its daytime programming for the festival, which runs April 23 – 27, in Asheville, N.C..
New additions to the schedule include a musical masterclass from super-producer Nile Rodgers, and ‘A Talk With The Electric Lady’, Janelle Monae and her band.
Daytime offerings range from panel discussions and conversations (including one, for example, which features Don Buchla, Roger Linn, Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith and composer David Borden), to performances and sound installations, workshops, movies, and music showcases.
The daytime program also features an in-depth discussion with Giorgio Moroder, plus movies, workshops, curated music showcases, and more.
Not simply about electronic music, Moogfest daytime sessions touch on technology, culture, and philosophy. Topics run the gamut from looking at math and science through the lens of The Simpsons and Futurama, to the nature of creativity, MIT Media Lab and Google.
Full details below. Continue reading