Displaying articles for: June 2012
I think we pretty much all agree that making music is an art. But when it comes to selling music, that’s a different story—and you need to transition more into science than art. All too many times, when I’ve asked someone how they plan to market their music, I’ll get an answer like “Well, I’m going to get 1000 CDs made, store them in my garage, and . . . uh . . . um . . . you know, like, sell the
Evolving Technology. Here at HC, my colleagues and I review a lot of gear, and it’s encouraging to see regular, unrelenting progress made in technology, design, and overall sound quality across the board. I don’t think it’s selective memory to say that gear is just a whole lot better now than it was in decades past. We almost never see something that’s a “total dog.”
A total dog presents the revie
Recently there was a major flap around NPR intern Emily White, who blogged that while she had 11,000 songs in her music library, she’d only bought 15 CDs in her life. In reply, David Lowery from Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker tried to explain the effect stealing has on musicians and the music industry.
Now, she wasn't advocating illegal downloading; it appears most of the music came from "sharin
The Future of Ebony. Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars recently released a YouTube video chronicling his involvement with ebony and the West African country of Cameroon. Taylor Guitars is one of the largest importers of ebony in the world because the company makes not only its own guitars with it, but supplies other guitar and violin makers as well. In fact, to efficiently and legally harvest ebony fr
There’s nothing like a little excess to have people run screaming in the other direction. After a technological gorging on beat quantizing, pitch correction, loops, models, and more, it’s not surprising that some artists have had enough—they just want to stick some mics in front of their band, get a place with decent room acoustics, and just make music.
As much as I enjoy technology, I don’t have
Diversify, but don’t suck. Though my primary axe is guitar, I am a multi-instrumentalist and can point specifically to this skill as the door-opener to career opportunities that would have been otherwise unavailable to a uni-picker. For example, to play so-called “society gigs” for the social elite of Manhattan (where I reside), big bands will often hire a singing guitar player who doubles on bas
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