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After a week or so of toying around with Blogger I'm going to make the switch. I still can't import my old blog to Blogger (a feature they're working on, I'm sure), but the interface is so much more efficient, and I don't have to worry about versions/updates/security as much as with my retiring MovableType system. AND there's a comment system that works, so readers can respond to my posts for a change - I don't have to lock out everyone once the spammers show up.
Here's the new blog. Please update your RSS reader and bookmarks. Archives will continue to be available, but I'm also going to migrate the /blog url.
Having a bit of a laugh at myself. Hope my four regular viewers appreciate it, too.
One of my favorite features of this vid is how the background sounds like a 737 is parked outside. It's just the crappy microphone on my digital camera amplifying the relatively quiet fan on my PC. Again, just for fun, and not at all representative of my audio production skills. :)
Between music projects (scoring a documentary film), the occasional web consult, and a personal life, linkage has been sparse of late. I'm hoping to have clips available before summer - I'd like to share what I've been working on over the last few months.
Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) proposing an innovative program to "encourage the creation of new and different music" by "find[ing] some way to make a career in music more viable economically." Once again, borrowing from our neighbors to the North, Canada, who seem to be consistently miles ahead on culture. (Does colder climate produce people of higher intelligence??)
While it makes for great (Democratic) stumping, this is still a politician clamoring for votes. The reason a career in music isn't viable for most people has more to do with the economics of the music business as it has existed for the last 50 years. In other words, there's plenty of money to go around - it's just not going around, that's all. Organizations like ASCAP and BMI, in coordination with major media conglomerates have all but sealed those economic systems shut, and the few allowed to enter do so on the industry's terms.
Again I stress this is just a guy saying stuff. There's no real meat here - nobody is going to be cutting gov't checks to musicians in my lifetime, especially not for the foreseable future, when slicing the federal budget to keep the nation fiscally solvent is going to be the order of the day.
A fascinating insight into how music was (and in many ways, still is) produced for television, specifically, the BBC's classic series, Dr. Who. I smiled the whole way through - even though I know how it's done, it's still magic.
Spotted via The Raw Feed is the Gardner Post Baby Grand Master. This.....thing, is genius. Whether or not it sounds very good I cannot attest, but the concept is flawless. Basically, the tools of the modern MC/DJ/VJ enclosed in the classic form of the master musician: the grand piano.
Next we'll have drum machines in the necks of cellos.....
Comments open until the spammers show up.
RSS relieves authors of the pressure to constantly post - a behavior driven by marketing wonks under the assumption that constant posting creates "freshness", resulting in a more "sticky" site. IMHO, freeing authors from that pressure allows for better thought-out tomes....in other words, it's patience that makes for sticky reading - not volume.
I'm curious how many of my four regular readers are visiting my website directly versus using an RSS reader of some kind to read my posts. Speaking for myself, I can't think of a blog/site that I read regularly that I don't access via an RSS reader. Garrett touched on this recently when he noticed (as I have) a pretty steady decline in "traditional" web traffic, with both of us concluding it's the ascendancy of the RSS reader that's responsible for the shift in reading/viewing habits.
Which is kind of ironic, given how much of Google's (economic) success of late has been driven by AdSense- a business predicated on the viewing of web pages in a browser, not content in a "scraper" app....but I digress....
I'll leave the comments open on this post until the spammers show up - in the meantime, take a moment and let me know how you keep abreast of my sporadic posting.
Photo by Ionisme123.
I've been a fan of Josh's music for a few years now, keeping tabs on his (prolific) songwriting on FutureProducers and SongFight. Finally I get to see him live, thanks to PUBLIC TELEVISION (sound of angels singing) and YouTube. And now you, too, can enjoy Josh's unique brand of contemporary pop/folk music.
Ahh, to hell with genres - the man's good. Bear witness.
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