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June 29, 1888: Handel Oratorio Becomes First Musical Recording – it was called Israel in Egypt and Biblelicious.

Posted on - June 29, 2007 [at] 12:58 pm by Brad
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Scott has some great ideas for Music 2.0 services. I’ve been meaning to write up mine for a while as I’ve learned I’m too busy to launch any new sites.

My big idea lately is one I’ve been meaning to pitch to Magnatune:

Independent record labels should provide hook-ups to their artists for services such as graphic design, manufacturing, merchandise, booking, bio-writing, press kits, photography, advertising, PR and more. These are all things artists will pay for but it’s hard to weed through the scams and overpriced poor quality services out there.

The record label would find quality professionals to perform these services at a reasonable price. Record label makes itself valuable to the artists by simplifying their lives, record label takes a cut or referral fee from each service transaction, artist has access to quality resources to improve their career, sells more music, everybody’s happy.

Posted on - June 29, 2007 [at] 9:47 am by Brad
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Woke up this morning to my desktop machine frozen on the Windows boot-up screen. I hit a key and it rebooted. What the. Let it go through, it froze again. Tried safe mode, froze again. And a second time. Uh oh.

Tried some rescue LiveCD rescue stuff, maybe my Windows install was just barfed. My hard drive seemed to be gone. I fearfully checked the state of my backups — was pleasantly surprised to see they were intact. Also Gmail meant my email still worked and Google Browser Sync meant I had all my bookmarks and cookies on my laptop. Sweet.

I started going through the motions of getting a replacement hard drive, rebooted the desktop again for kicks and everything worked fine. “Windows has recovered from a serious error.” I’ll say.

Hard drive on the way out? Power supply dying? Heat? I don’t know but that was a dumb way to kill a couple hours.

Posted on - June 28, 2007 [at] 1:55 pm by Brad
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And the award for “most annoying music loop used in a Flash product demo” goes to Creative for the Zen Stone Plus! Way to go guys! You’ve driven me insane!

Seriously though, you make audio products. Let’s show some hustle.

Posted on - June 27, 2007 [at] 10:35 pm by Brad
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Pownce – new Twitter/Jaiku/Tumblr sort of thing by the Digg folks. I am too lame to have an account but it looks pretty and file-sharing will be a huge feature.

Posted on - June 27, 2007 [at] 5:02 pm by Brad
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Scott asks where Touring 2.0 is. Eventful’s okay but he’s right: it could be so much better. Things that suck about Eventful:

  • It hassles people to sign up for Eventful accounts. People tell me it’s required, but like for Louisville, Kentucky there are 13 demands but I can only see that 3 Eventful users are demanding it.
  • Regarding the above — how am I supposed to contact those other ten people if I wind up in the area? Why don’t I see their email addresses? It can’t be a spam thing — they signed up!
  • The Eventful interface is cluttered as hell, I never know where the hell I’m supposed to be looking for things. Could use some serious streamlining.

If it didn’t annoy me in those ways I’d think about running my whole gig list off of them. But not if they’re going to be all stingy and into the lock-in.

Posted on - June 26, 2007 [at] 8:55 pm by Brad
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Peter Kirn has a good article on the Internet Radio Day of Silence, which is today. There’s a huge service-killing hike in the pipe for web radio royalties.

I want to care about this but I don’t listen to web radio, I’m not American, I think big music screwing themselves creates great opportunities for musicians like me, and I don’t think protesting will do much good if they’re determined to do it.

So I guess I’m a web radio dick, I’m sorry.

Posted on - June 26, 2007 [at] 6:01 pm by Brad
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The 23 John Henry Bonham Drum Outtakes – I’m not sure how to verify these are actually him, but they’re some nice drums regardless.

Posted on - June 22, 2007 [at] 10:37 am by Brad
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Holy crap: musical tesla coils. This would be a sweet live show. Here’s the Super Mario Brothers theme on solid state musical tesla coils:

 

The theme from Weird Science:

Beetlejuice:

And here’s the introduction and explanation:

Posted on - June 21, 2007 [at] 2:13 pm by Brad
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13 Great moments in the co-option of hip-hop – seems like Run-DMC/Aerosmith “Walk this Way” should be on there, but a lot of great (awful) videos on this list.

Posted on - June 21, 2007 [at] 10:39 am by Brad
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