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Songwriting. Ipod. Hoagy houghton: aleatory compositions. « shape + colour. Significance is so twentieth century - ND Columnists: David Cant. Interview with Neil Young on Music Piracy, MP3 Hell and Finding. David Byrne Journal: 05.02.2008: Pedal Walk With Me. Space as a Symphony of Turning Off Sounds. Lorcan Dempsey's weblog: The musical record. I was reading an interview with Elvis Costello yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to come across this question from the interviewer, David Hepworth: Right.

Lorcan Dempsey's weblog: The musical record

I was interested, you did those reissues, and they're doing them again, and you've got huge numbers of B sides and live recordings and all this kind of stuff, do you have somebody who curates your stuff, do you have somebody who looks after it all? [The Elvis Costello interview | Word Magazine] Phonautogram - Thomas Edison - Lawrence Berkeley National Labora. Paul Simon - Brooklyn Academy of Music - Love in Hard Times - Mu. Intended Play sampler 2008 — ready to download and burn. March 18th, 2008 at 6:03 pm by Patrick For the first time, we’re making our annual ‘Intended Play’ label sampler available digitally.

Intended Play sampler 2008 — ready to download and burn

Click on the link to get a zipped file of all 12 tracks plus front and back artwork, and burn it yourself (or just listen to it digitally): Intended Play 2008 (zip file) Track listing: The Catbirdseat - Indie Music, Culture, and Commentary » Blog Ar. New Album Out in 5 Minutes, in The Cutout Bin in 6 Yes, I find the whole Keep Everything A Big Secret!

The Catbirdseat - Indie Music, Culture, and Commentary » Blog Ar

Release strategy (a la the new Raconteurs album) to be sort of funny. Songkick Launches “Alexa For Bands” Six-Word Reviews of 763 SXSW Mp3s by Paul Ford - The Morning New. The Catbirdseat » Blog Archive » On Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” an. Neophila And Its Discontents. The end of No Depression is one thing, but this is getting ridiculous.

Neophila And Its Discontents

Grant over there sent me an article yesterday about the Atlantic's new "web brand," The Current, which will crunch articles into 250-to-300-word little thingies. If you have ADD, be warned: this post will be longer than that. Is my husband's faceless need: Hallelujah. China is now the second largest economy in the world and rising rapidly with a star. Predictions are that it will be the world’s biggest economy within 10 – 20 years, surpassing even the United States. How can you benefit from this amazing growth? Good advice, perhaps, but not as simple as it sounds. Success in the Long Tail Depends on "True Fans" - Read. The always interesting Kevin Kelly published a long post yesterday detailing how any artist -- musical or otherwise -- can make money operating in the long tail.

Success in the Long Tail Depends on "True Fans" - Read

His idea centers around finding 1,000 "true fans," which he defines as people who will do anything to support what you do. Once you've acquired your following of true fans, says Kelly, making a living is doable. "They will drive 200 miles to see you sing. The Technium: 1,000 True Fans. The Sound Is Rural, the Setting Urban. Danish Band Offers Free Concert with Every Purchase. The Torture Playlist. Comment of the Day: R.E.M. Video = Open Source As In Linux - Rea. Our 5th daily Comments Competition winner comes via a trackback.

Comment of the Day: R.E.M. Video = Open Source As In Linux - Rea

It's from Risa Dickens of the blog Indyish, in response to our post R.E.M. Releases New Videos Under Open Source License. David Byrne Journal: 02.12.2008: Addendum to recent Wired Articl. Model Number 7: Fan Supported Label/Distribution Just read the second of a number of articles on Maria Schneider, the jazz composer, and the release of her new album.

David Byrne Journal: 02.12.2008: Addendum to recent Wired Articl

Play with musical "foam" inst. One of the presentations at Wednesday night’s DorkbotNYC really stood out: Jason Van Anden’s BubbleBeats.

play with musical "foam" inst

Rather than playing notes one after the other, as music has been done since the Paleolithic Era, BubbleBeats plays sound samples via a series of connected "bubbles". Why the Music Industry is Lying to You - ReadWriteWeb. According to TorrentFreak, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) last week released their latest report, summing up the digital music landscape at the start of 2008.

Why the Music Industry is Lying to You - ReadWriteWeb

The IFPI claims in the report that for every legal music download, there are 20 illegal downloads taking place. Or in other words, illegal downloading is happening at a rate that is 20 times that of legal downloading. Grant's Rants. Does DRM-Free Music Matter to Consumers? - ReadWriteWeb. A couple of weeks ago, I surmised that because Apple enjoys a dominating end-to-end position in the digital music market, most consumers are never really affected by the DRM restrictions they impose -- if users are buying music to play on their iPods, then they don't really come in contact with the DRM.

Does DRM-Free Music Matter to Consumers? - ReadWriteWeb

If consumers aren't bothered by DRM, or perhaps not even aware that it exists, will "no DRM" resonate as a marketing message? Recently released sales data seems to suggest so. "Too many people are already ingrained in the iTunes+iPod experience, and for many of them, DRM doesn't matter. They buy tracks on iTunes and put them on their iPods. As long as iPods control the player market, iTunes will control the download market," I wrote. Yahoo Releases Browser Based MP3 Player. This is clearly just a first step in whatever Yahoo’s grand plans are around the future of their music service, but today they released some code to embed a very simple Javascript based MP3 player on any website. The player finds MP3s on a given web page, creates a playlist and a very simple overlay to play the songs. A small play icon is placed next to every MP3 link, and the player itself hovers over the bottom left of the page. Streaming Music from Torrent Files - ReadWriteWeb.

Online BitTorrent client BitLet has released a new service that lets users stream MP3 and Ogg encoded music directly from torrent files. How Web Media is Usurping Old Media - Music, Video, More - ReadW. The Long Decline of the Music Album Continues. Report: RIP DRM, as Last Major Label Plans to Ditch Restrictions. In a move certain to rock the distribution of digital music, Sony BMG is in the midst of finalizing plans to begin offering at least part of its downloadable music catalog DRM-free, according to This makes Sony BMG the last of the Big Four record labels to cave on digital rights management schemes designed to restrict the distribution of music via peer-to-peer networks. The decision follows the Warner Music Group announcement in late December saying the label would sell songs sans DRM through The EMI- and Vivendi-owned Universal Music Group announced a plan to offer DRM-free downloadable content in 2007. As the major labels abandon DRM, it becomes increasingly likely that new distribution channels will rise up capable of challenging Apple’s market-dominating iTunes Store.

Amazon’s DRM-free store, for instance, offers variable pricing. Photo via Sony BMG. Jango Introduces a Slick Jukebox Widget. New Show Captures Music In Unconventional Venues. Grant's Rants.