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Wednesday
Apr082015

Music Industry Needs A Sea Change, Not A TIDAL Wave

Over the last 20 years, the listening public has spoken loud and clear: We’re not paying for what we can easily get for free. So Jay-Z and his cadre of superstar partners responded with a $20-a-month Spotify-style streaming service whose main selling point is uncompressed audio. Huh? TIDAL, which is about 10 years behind the curve, confirms just how woefully out of touch some in the music industry still are.

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Tuesday
Apr072015

What is Music IQ?

Now there’s a question from which one will get different answers depending upon who you ask. Let’s just say in my experiences when chatting with people at music events such as the recent SXSW conference, people generally fall into 1 of 3 camps.

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Monday
Apr062015

Top Reasons Our Public Schools Should Emphasize Music Education

Music education is so easily forgotten in our contemporary curriculum, but here are some great reasons to emphasize music education.

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Saturday
Apr042015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Making Your Music Seem Like A Goldmine To Music Journalists

Thursday
Apr022015

How to Make Your Music Seem Like a Freaking Goldmine to Music Journalists

You’ve spent hours in the studio.

And even more dollars building that studio in the spare bedroom.

You’ve put in the time and money already.

And this time you know you’ve got THE hot track of the year.

But once you send that private link out to a few DJs you highly respect and a couple blogs and there’s not one reply you feel, left behind.

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Wednesday
Apr012015

A Little Fine Tuning: How Music Classes can Improve a Child's Confidence

As a parent, caregiver, or loved one of a child, one of the most important things you need to do for the child in your life is help them build confidence. Sometimes, it can be quite difficult to know how to best encourage and challenge your child at the same time. One discipline that lends itself very well to building confidence while gaining skills is music. Music classes can benefit children of all different ages and skill levels—keep reading to learn how the power of music can help instill confidence in children:

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Tuesday
Mar312015

Top Classical Music Apps That Can Be Downloaded To Your Smartphone

Smartphones are everywhere. Nearly every person has one and there are a myriad of apps available for these phones. They’re no longer just phones or even just for texting and taking pictures. They are now mini computers and you can do just about anything you like while on the go. If you like time away from the hustle and bustle and wish to relax with some classical music you may find one of the following apps just what you need:

 

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Monday
Mar302015

Smartphones for Audiophiles: How to Get Music on Your Phone

Over the last decade, smartphone technology has completely redefined how people communicate and access information. It also has had a huge impact on the way people create and listen to music. Let’s take a look at some of the latest accessories that help audiophiles and musicians get the most out of their smartphone.

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Friday
Mar272015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: | Is The Future For Audio Professionals in Games 

Thursday
Mar262015

Impractical Advice For A Better Music Career

Get to the top through hard work and determination. I guess that’s one way. But what if you didn’t have to?

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Wednesday
Mar252015

The Second Coming

The resurrection of vinyl surprisingly started November 2013. The resurrection was powered by the release of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and classic rock reissued vinyl sales. Sales exploded that November according to Amoeba’s general manager, Rick Sanchez. Sanchez said, “It’s just continued since – it’s substantial, a really heavy spike, having a record in your hand is just way cooler than having a file in your iPod.” Around that time total sales soared 51% to 9.2 million. Vinyl now comprises 67% of total physical album sales.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

Is the future for audio professionals in games?

Finding paid UK music jobs as a creative audio professional has at times been an uphill struggle. Just like musicians, audio professionals (sound engineers, sound designers, mix/mastering engineers etc.) are often highly skilled and highly under paid. It is difficult to think of another industry in which highly educated and skilled workers are routinely expected to work for free or in unstable or very low paid positions. Audio professionals are usually highly passionate and driven about their work and often take on unpaid projects or jobs, especially early on, in the hope of building a portfolio strong enough to find regular income. Getting a well-paid UK music job is tough and demands patience and determination to succeed.

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Monday
Mar232015

Music business wisdom from 5th century B.C.

I was recently absorbed by the teachings of one of the greatest war strategists in history, a Chinese general Sun Tzu. You may be thinking, “is this website not about music?”. And you would be right. Although, I am a big advocate of basing my knowledge and insight on as many different resources as I can (and I think you should too!). Even if the works in question do not refer strictly to your field, oftentimes you may discover fresh mindsets that can be quite rewarding in your work. 

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Friday
Mar202015

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: How Smart Musicians Are Selling More Albums with Social Media

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