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Wednesday
Oct282015

The Essential Guide To Being Elliott Sharp, by Elliott Sharp

Improvisation and composition dance around each other in an interlocked feedback loop. I have always wanted my composed music to emulate the spontaneity and unpredictability found in an exciting improvisation and my improvisations to have the inevitability and satisfying narrative arc that a well-structured composition possesses. These polarities are not mutually exclusive. This applies across the board, whether I’m composing for a symphony orchestra or solo guitar piece.

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Wednesday
Oct212015

Lost Songs Campaign

The Lost Songs campaign aims to seek out the very best songs that have been written but never published or recorded, thus running the risk of being “lost”.  The competition organisers are appealing to any songwriter, young or old, who has penned a song that has never been brought to the attention of the public.  This could be your chance to let that song be heard by a national audience.

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Saturday
Oct032015

Say “Bye” To The “Buy”

We’ve all seen the ads, spam comments from random accounts, and posts that look oh so tempting to check out or even try. Increase your followers!, Gain more followers! Blah! Blah! Blah!…but of course it comes with a cost…literally. Now, we can’t discredit the supply/demand business savvy that is being used here. These fly by night business pages/companies are aware that people are now desperate to get their follower numbers up. With this in mind, they’ve set up a way to manipulate the social media numbers to create the illusion of a large following. It’s smart, in a way, because when one person sees that an artist has a large number of followers on their page, they tend to check it out to see what the hype is all about. However, at the end of the day, the numbers just don’t add up.

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Tuesday
Sep292015

How Much For A Live Orchestra? Less Than $100.

Until now, orchestras have been either used by composers working on high-budget films or games, while everyone else has replaced the live orchestra with the use of samples. Orchestras are expensive and difficult to hire.

The $99 Orchestra opens up the possibility of live orchestral recording to virtually everyone that can write music and has $99 to spare on a orchestral recording session. Now student composers, Indie Filmmakers, Professionals or even beginners have the exciting possibility of recording with a live orchestra.

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Wednesday
Sep232015

A Whole New Spin: 3 Reasons Why 360-Degree Music Videos Are the Future 

MTV has barely aired a music video in 10 years, but that doesn’t mean the art form hasn’t continued to evolve online. In fact, the growing popularity of streaming video coupled with a sharp drop in price for high-definition cameras and video production software has made it possible for a whole new generation of bands and solo artists to flex their creative muscle and create that much coveted buzz.

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Wednesday
Sep232015

What Patreon Means For Your Band

Patreon is one of the newest and almost most certainly most potent crowdfunding services out there today. So obviously being a dude in the music industry I figured I should see what it was all about and what applications it might have for bands. The deeper I delved the more I realized that this could be a very effective tool for up and coming musicians to use. The issue to me is that a lot of the articles I found, while excellent, didn’t seem to understand the underground ethos and went straight to the notion of ‘making your living off of Patreon”. Of course – this would be rad for your band – but that hardly seems feasible for most folks, however there are some ways to make Patreon ease your burden.

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Thursday
Sep102015

5 Steps To Get Your Followers To Listen To Your Music

If you have a Twitter account and work in the music industry, the likelihood is that you’ve been the victim of Twitter spam, where an artists/band invades your mentions with a copy and pasted message in the hopes that you’ll check out their new song/video/project. This promotional method is usually ineffective and time-consuming. This guide will show you five simple steps you can take to get your Twitter followers to listen to your music.

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Friday
Sep042015

How To Get Recognized In The Music Industry When Starting From Zero

As an up and coming artist it’s hard to break out and get recognized in the music industry, let alone reach big enough audiences to earn a good living but when push comes to shove, if you have no marketing budget, you have to find another way.

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Thursday
Sep032015

10 Things Sun Ra Can Teach Us About Band Leadership

Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, 1914–1993) was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his “cosmic philosophy,” prolific musical output, and energetic experimental big-band performances. He widely claimed (and legitimately believed) he was born on Saturn and was over 5,000 years old.

Ra released over 200 albums, many of which were home-recorded to tapes that he copied himself or cut to vinyl in small batches and sold at shows. He pioneered a lot of experimentation with technology in jazz and free jazz starting as early as the 1950s in Chicago. A funny tidbit about Sun Ra is that as he was experimenting with early synthesizer keyboards, electronics and tape delay, he was given one of the first prototypes of the Minimoog by Robert Moog to play around with before it even went on the market.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

New App Lets Artists Book Shows From Their Phone

Today, Pare Booking announces the launch of an innovative new tool that allows artists to book live shows directly through a clean and easy to use iOS application. By streamlining the booking process and putting power back in the artists’ hands, Pare transforms an outdated system that has burdened the music industry for years.

With the Pare app, any artist, regardless of demand, can view the details of their past and upcoming shows, control their schedule, submit counter-offers, sign contracts, and accept payments, all in one digital space.

“Pare Booking is a booking agency for the 21st century,” says CEO & Founder Brandon Breitenbach. “Over the years, every aspect of the music industry has changed–except the way shows are booked. With the growth of online streaming services, it makes more sense now than ever for artists to be able to control their greatest source of income: live shows.”

As a professional road manager for touring artists, Breitenbach experienced firsthand the frustrations that come with booking shows, a process that often overlooks independent artists. Partnering with a team of music industry experts and software engineers, he created Pare, a tool that empowers artists to manage every aspect of the booking process from the palm of their hand.

“The goal is to increase artists’ profitability and productivity through a simple website and mobile application,” says Breitenbach. “We want Pare to champion every artist, from aspiring musicians to well-known acts.”

Pare will launch with artists spanning all genres of music and is expected to get the most traction in cities known for live music like Austin, Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles. The app is available for any artist in the United States, but will soon be open to artists around the world.

 

Monday
Aug312015

How To Sell 140,000 Albums In A Week (Stealing Arcade Fire's Album Release Strategy)

Your album is getting the final mix down and being sent off to mastering.

Next up, getting the word out so that hopefully - hopefully - you can sell a decent amount of records and put some coin in your pocket.

You could do it like most other amateur artists do when they release independent records…

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Monday
Aug312015

After Dark: The Top 5 Best Albums For A Night Drive

Maybe you are heading back home after a night shift from work. Or you could be on a cross-country trip when you decide to soldier on overnight instead of stopping at a hotel. Or maybe you’re just cruising around town, giving yourself time to think and appreciating the lack of traffic.

Many circumstances could leave you driving in the middle of the night. When those moments arise, make sure you have the proper soundtrack. Consider these five albums for accompaniment the next time you embark on a nocturnal journey.

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Saturday
Aug292015

Top 20 SoundCloud Tracks

Hello everybody!

Are you tired of looking for the Top Trending Tracks in SoundCloud? So do I. That’s why i’ve developed a program that goes over all tracks from my favourite genres. Then it creates a playlist with the top 20 ones in my account, sorted by the number of likes.

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Friday
Aug282015

A Plea To The Industry: Don't Let Your Hunger For Success In The Music Biz Override Being A Good Person

There’s no litmus test or bar or SAT you must pass to hold an influential job in the music industry that affects the lives of many others. The industry doesn’t require years of schooling or the ‘daunting’ requirements of being psychologically sound and thinking carefully about your decisions. I would even argue that this industry attracts those of us who are slightly delusional, self-centered, under or over medicated, and rebellious. In fact, those exact things could allow you to excel in this industry. That is what makes it a pretty futile environment to work and live in – because being a skeezy asshole could in some cases get you further ahead than being kind and generous.

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