ARCHIVE: April 2005

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April 29, 2005

Music Icon Mugshots

These are pretty amusing. The Smoking Gun has a whole bunch of Music Icon Mugshots taken during arrest. Here are a couple -- can you guess who they are? Rock is dead... Bawwidabaww dibang dibang diggy diggy.... Get on the... Read More

Audioslave Promotion Needs 1 Million Fans to Unlock Single

On Wednesday, at 6 am EST, Audioslave released Your Time Has Come, a single from their upcoming album, Out Of Exile, through an unique promotion. Initially, fans were only able to listen to a 30 second clip of the song.... Read More

April 28, 2005

Rumours of Online Radio's Death Greatly Exagerrated

Om Malik from Business 2.0 and Rags Gupta from Digital Music News (and Live365) recently duked it out over the future and/or death of online radio. Granted, their definitions of “online radio” differ. Rags includes thinks of online radio as... Read More

April 27, 2005

Top 10 Independent Albums from Soundscan

You can see a list of the top 10 independent albums on BillboardPostplay.... Read More

RealNetworks Launches Rhapsody To Go

There you have it, my hunch was right. Rhapsody To Go was launched by RealNetworks, along with a few other options: Rhapsody® Unlimited access to over 1,000,000 songs. Get a free 14-day trial now. Rhapsody To Go Take a million... Read More

April 26, 2005

Hit Song Science Software Predicts Big Singles

One of many gloomy predictions made in Orwell's 1984 was that all popular music would be computer-generated without human input. Orwell might say we're one step closer to proving that prediction true. Polyphinic HMI's Hit Song Science (HSS) technology, in... Read More

April 22, 2005

Nine Inch Nails Mixes It Up With GarageBand Track

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails generated a ton of buzz by offering a free download of their single "The Hand That Feeds" in GarageBand format. In the ReadMe file, Trent explains: "For quite some time I've been interested in... Read More

April 21, 2005

"Indy," Music Discovery Program

The "Google of Independent Music"? According to the makers of Indy: Indy is a music discovery program that learns what you like, and plays more of it. And it's free. Indy uses an advanced collaborative filtering system to predict what... Read More

April 20, 2005

Is "Rhapsody To Go" The Big Real News?

I received another version of the teaser email from RealNetworks CEO, Rob Glazer. This one was directed towards current and past Rhapsody subscribers, and includes a little more info regarding the "announcement": I also want to share some exciting news... Read More

April 19, 2005

Big News From Rob Glazer of RealNetworks

But what's the news? I was flattered by a personal and reminiscent piece of spam from Rob Glazer himself, with the subject line, "An important message from Rob Glaser, CEO of Real". It contained the following teaser: On April 26,... Read More

Music Doctor's Loop Labs: Study of Cubase vs. Sonar vs. Acid

The loop composition software market has been growing ever since exploding onto the scene with Sonic Foundry's release of Acid (now owned by Sony) in 1998. Loop construction and manipulation tools give any PC ownder the ability to turn a... Read More

April 14, 2005

Free Sound Database Under Creative Commons Copyright

The Music Technology Group and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, have created The FreeSound Project, a collaborative database of sounds (not music) including audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, in preparation for the upcoming International Computer Music Conference in Barcelona, Spain. This... Read More

April 13, 2005

"The Nick Lachey Project" on MTV Begins in One Week

The Nick Lachey Project begins in one week. Go on, TRY to tell me you're not excited. Nick Lachey, former 98 Degrees member and co-star of Newlyweds with wife Jessica Simpson, will star in his own reality show. The MTV... Read More

April 12, 2005

P2P Good or Bad For Local Musicians?

The fate of the major record labels in the presence of file sharing technology is largely in debate in the press and in the courts. A similar debate is taking place among local musicians. Shawn Macomber reports opinions expressed by... Read More

April 11, 2005

Free Download: 3 Chapters of "The Future of Music"

Gerd Leonhard is offering a free, promotional download of three chapters in his book, The Future of Music. The chapters included are: 1. Music Like Water 6. The Digital Kids and the Changing Marketplace 7. A New Music Economy From... Read More

April 10, 2005

GarageBand Hardware: M-Audio iControl

GarageBand users should be psyched. M-Audio produced the first custom-tailored hardware for Apple's GarageBand including software knobs, buttons, and fake wood panels. Create Digital Music reviews iControl here, and gives the following wrap-up: GOOD M-Audio: Intuitive layout. Big jog wheel.... Read More

April 08, 2005

Build Your Own Electronic Drum Kit

Talk about Do-It-Yourself (DIY) machine, Nathaniel Andrew gives step-by-step instructions on how to build your own electronic drum kit: I was tired of using my Evolution MK249C MIDI keyboard controller to enter my drum parts. I have wanted an... Read More

April 07, 2005

2005 USA Finals For Karaoke World Championships

The USA finals for the Karaoke World Championships are today. Looking at the site, the KWCUSA resembles a lo fi, older American Idol competition that takes place in bars across the world. I hope you reserved your tickets. ;)... Read More

April 06, 2005

SoundFlavor's Playlist Community Site

Soundflavor delivers personalized new music recommendations using complex algorithms that analyze hundreds of song attributes (tempo, release date, genre, etc.) and community members' playlists. Kinda cool. Thanks, Hackingnetflix.... Read More

Starting a Weekly Indie Artist "Showcase"?

I've considered starting a weekly showcase of music written and recorded by readers of this blog. We've talked about finding ways for our community of self-managed artists to be less independent and more cooperative. I thought an opportunity to present... Read More

April 05, 2005

Google Launches Satellite Maps

Google's new satellite map application has nothing to do with music, but is so impressive I was compelled to post about it. You can see a "satellite's eye view" of your NEIGHBORHOOD! 1. Enter an address. 2. See the Google... Read More

Breaking Through the Bubble

I had been recording a song I wrote, "Spinning Daydream," for some time, and reached a point where it was time for the first "second opinion". (In this case, I solicited my wife.) Second opinions are amazing gems, espicially if... Read More

April 04, 2005

Indie Managers Association Re-launches Web Site

The Indie Managers Association (IMA) re-launched a new website with a new members-only section for independent music management and self-managed artist communities. From the Music Industry News Network press release: Indie Managers Association, a company that provides resources to educate... Read More

April 03, 2005

The Do-It-Yourself Digital Revolution in Movies, Music, and Art

Byron Acohido of USA TODAY wrote a good article about the increasing economic and artistic force that is the new digital, do-it-yourself artist: [A] combination of accessible tech tools and pervasive Internet usage has touched off a do-it-yourself revolution in... Read More