As I wend my way through life things of great obviousment begin to emerge. Portents of doom encroach on my consciousness creating much flailings of futility. Awareness is the end of innocence. Aging is slow stupidity. As we shed our delusions through growth the question arises: wtf is the point?
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(originally published on PowersPercussion.com)
The Inaudible Sound of the Invisible Sun.
I sure learned a lot from that guy.
“That . . . guy?” you ask.
Yep- that what he’s called. By some, anyway. Rakalam (which somehow translates into “the inaudible sound of the invisible sun”) is a moniker that was given to legendary drummer, Bob Moses, by his spiritual guide. Although (or maybe, because) my lesson with him partly felt as though I were inside of a lost chapter from an old Carlos Castaneda book, Rakalam altered my musical and non-musical life.
Music has always influenced fashion. Musicians are among the only people who can do, say and wear whatever they want well into adulthood. People have copied the fashions of rock stars since the dawn of rock music, but it is only recently that the normal people at concerts have also become style inspirations. Massive outdoor festivals are known to spark trends, with attendees competing to be noticed and photographed.
The Danish based REMIC Microphones turns the common way of designing microphones for Classical instruments upside-down. Instead of starting with designing the microphone and then fitting it to the instruments, REMIC has worked the other way around and each microphone is designed on the basic behavior of each instrument group. This way REMIC keeps the instrument in focus, designing tailored microphones for specific instrument groups.
When we started Right Chord Music in 20111 our aim was, to show the world that you don’t need to be played on Radio 1 or be signed to a major label to produce incredible music. Every day this belief is strengthened by the stunning music we receive from unsigned bands and independent artists around the world. With your help we can help promote and support even more of these unsung heroes.
Before you get caught up in graphics and social media and album releases and tours, you need to know what you’re trying to advertise. Defining and developing your brand is vital to pretty much any project, and it’s often a step people skip or take for granted. Take a second and ask yourself, Why Should I Care?
Both artists and consumers alike have to worry about copyright laws. If you’re the creator of a song or score, you want to ensure that your work is legally protected when you place it online for the world to listen to. If you’re a consumer who wants to use the music in a project, such as a movie, short film or even a simple vlog on YouTube, copyright laws can make or break you. If you aren’t sure about the ownership status of a song or composition and use it in something that you later publish without permission, even by citing the original creator, you can find yourself facing serious legal consequences.
Traci Snowe is one of the most listened to women in podcasting. She is the co-host of the popular podcast, The Business Side of Music. Along with her host, Tom Sabella, she shares her insights on the music business to help other musicians avoid the mistakes that she made in her career. Traci’s understanding of the music business, world travels, and command of several languages, makes her a very savvy business person.
Pioneering British music concept, Funnel Music, is redefining the global music industry with the launch of a cutting-edge new generation music business and brand on November 24. Funnel is NOT a label or a publisher in the traditional sense, it’s a music ‘incubator’ and will fuse the traditional terrestrial approach with cutting-edge digital gamified methods to enable global reach.
What I’m going to show you isn’t for everyone. It does take some work to set up. But if you are willing to make a few phone calls, this will allow you to reach more people with your music and make a bigger difference.
It comes down to three main things:
- Filling your studio
- Filling your gigs
- A magic ingredient that I will tell you about later.
Yesterday I saw a great quote:
“Success is achieved by developing your strengths, not by eliminating your weaknesses.”
It’s from Marilyn vos Savant. She’s known for having the highest IQ.
Think about it. It sounds quite logical. Weaknesses can be distracting. Eliminating your weaknesses is like eliminating the weed around a young tree. By eliminating your weaknesses, you eliminate some of the distractions that prevent you to focus on your goal, like growing your career as musician.
Songwriting can brutal for amateurs and even seasoned veterans. There’s the pressure of getting it right the first time. There are the long hours in the studio. There’s the fatigue, the anxiety and of course the pressure to create the song(s) to make or break your career. It’s a tough and thankless task because despite the hours and effort you put in a song’s creation, it may flop — it may flop badly. However, the following three tips will help you hit the mark more often than not.
Converting videos online is a PITA, there’s no getting around this; I am yet to see an app or a program that does this seamlessly without having to go the whole hog about download speeds, add on’, premium service for which one has to pay, etc. Until FLVTO, you had to pony up the cash to get the best out of any online video converters, be it download speeds or for that matter, quality. With FLVTO, you can see great results in terms of video quality and download speed. I have tried most of the online converters at one point or other, had problems with the lot due to their lag times, lack of performance of any discernable quality and finally opted for FLVTO. So what’s FLVTO all about?
I used to work with fan clubs back in the 80s when they were a key source of income for a lot of bands. I think the biggest one I worked with was the official Take That fan club with over a 100,000 subscribers paying (from memory) £10 a year. That’s a lot of revenue that artists are now missing out on.