Eclecticist: The Music Industry
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From the Show
Broadcast: 16th January, 2014
Last update: 18th January, 2014
- Read the feedback, notes from the last show
- Begin recording
- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps, one topic at a time.
- Who Benjamin de-Campos (designer, believer), Geoffrey Campos (engineer, devil’s advocate).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion, publish the notes.
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this show is The Music Industry
Music is the art form most concerned with precision wobbling of the air in order to produce pleasing sounds. Since time immemorial, the motivations to achieve such auditory delights have included religious exaltation, regal salutation, military motivation, sexual stratagem, social ascent, poetry and whimsy. As with any human endeavour, over the course of time, an industry is formed through the natural selection of assembled componentry—codification, methodology, agreed nomenclature, commonality of goals to name but a few. Music is one of the oldest common pursuits for which arguably, the most conspicuous industry has arisen. Beautiful sound can transport us; does knowledge of the machine behind the curtain spoil the magic?
(What we’re not talking about.)
- Britney Spears
- Dark Energy
- Music per se
- Why do people write music?
- Investors e.g. hedge funds
- Tie-ins e.g. reality shows
- Market cultivation e.g. prescriptive bias
- Nme and the like
- Installing viral memes
- Simon Cowell
- Stock Aitken Waterman
- Phil Spector
- Daniel Ek, Spotify founder
- Classical, Jazz
- Rap, R and B
- Effects of new media e.g. itunes on distribution
- Music production
- Pivot - a shift in market focus
- Fightback and adaptation by musicians
- Radiohead ‘In Rainbows’
- Peter Gabriel
- David Bowie
- Machine composition
It’s an ancient industry and therefore, sodden with terminology. A fairly exhaustive list can be found here: http://www.mubutv.com/news/mubutv-glossary-of-music-industry-terms.html. We’ve added some highlights.
- Craven Standard enthusiasm of new signees for fame and fortune at any cost.
- Discome Profits from pre-teens and other individuals with a lot of disposable income.
- Mesmertising Repeating music in tight loops to brainwash listeners into tolerating low quality music.
- Details about site, contacts, next show: Smoking and Smokers
- Outro music choice - something open source so we don’t get sued
- Recording ends, postmortem recording begins
- Add intro music, outro, any editing
From the Show
Notes, corrections and further references
The One Direction cast: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
Sam Smith not Sam Shephard (a playwright).
Computer music composition, ARS article from 2009: http://arstechnica.com/science/2009/09/virtual-composer-makes-beautiful-musicand-stirs-controversy/
Sibelius music composition software: http://www.sibelius.com/home/index_flash.html