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David Byrne tells how it all works

On December 19th covering , , ,

In today’s Wired magazine site, David Byrne has written a small textbook on the recorded-music industry that summarizes the major approaches that are available today. The included audio clips of his interviews with innovators of different business models are well worth the time.

He sets out six models of recorded-music distribution, which he calls The Six Possibilities:

Where there was one, now there are six: Six possible music distribution models, ranging from one in which the artist is pretty much hands-off to one where the artist does nearly everything. Not surprisingly, the more involved the artist is, the more he or she can often make per unit sold. The totally DIY model is certainly not for everyone — but that’s the point. Now there’s choice. Read more »

Worldwide Atonality Day

On December 15th 1 Comment covering ,

Chart-topping Alex Ross reckons that this December 17 is the hundredth anniversary of atonality. Sez he:

Celebrate as you wish. On that date in 1907, Arnold Schoenberg sketched the song “Ich darf nicht dankend” (“I must not in gratitude [sink down before you]”), music in which conventional tonal harmonies grow exceedingly scarce.

But shouldn’t Alex recognize this as a day of a-tonement?

UPDATE: A Google search on “Schoenberg” brought up this ad. This proves something, I’m just not sure what.
serialism goes mainstream

Welcome Music Connection readers

On December 14th 1 Comment covering ,

My article Leadership, Conflict & Teamwork: Building A Band To Go The Distance is now up on the Music Connection website. I’ve started getting some traffic from the article already.

Look for the special 30th anniversary issue on the newstand. I would be very pleased to hear from you. There is so much more to be said on the topic — this is just scratching the surface.

How will musicians make a living?

On December 13th covering ,

These are interesting times. The musicians I talk to are all scratching for new ways to make a living. These anxieties filter into their daily lives and I hear about it constantly. So even though I am not remotely a player in the industry, I’ve become interested in the topic. As I wrote a few days ago, 1000 years of history shows this is not a new problem.

I personally believe that creative solutions are out there. One colorful and energetic, if intemperate, commentator is Bob Lefsetz, who delivers unbridled observations in his email letter. His take on the Aspen Live conference of industry muckymucks is posted on Seth Godin’s blog. I’d be interested in hearing what you think.

The Radiohead pay-what-you-want deal, part 786

On December 12th 2 Comments covering ,

This has been so commented upon, I’ve been afraid there’s nothing to add. The NYTimes has a follow-up piece today.

But I think it boils down to this: Radiohead treats it audience with some trust. It’s so easy to treat them as the enemy. If you treat your audience / fans / customers as the enemy, they will become your enemy.