Thursday, November 22, 2007
Songs included in Guitar Hero 3 see a dramatic leap in digital sales
The actual details are a bit less convincing than I thought they might be. And there could be some discussion of what it means to license music for use in a game (or in a movie, or as a ringtone). The general population seems to emphasise more of a "rights to use in any context" idea while some musicians find it important to make sure their recordings are only associated with things they can support. After all, it would probably be frustrating for a band following a "Straight edge" hardcore punk ideal to have their music used in a commercial about a Seagram-created caffeinated liquor involving images of recreational drug use, gluttonous meat eating, and promiscuous sexuality... ;-)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
February 4, 1999-Vol30n19: Charlie Keil: he's the 'Musicking' Man: Professor's mission is fostering musical expression in youth
Sent the following to Oliver Sacks after listening to this radio show/podcast episode: Open Source » Blog Archive » Speaking of Music Again: Oliver Sacks.
Dr. Sacks,My mention of Ian Cross had to do with the music in evolution chapter (preprint PDF) we read in our course. We have talked repeatedly about Dan Levitin's This Is Your Brain on Music during the semester. We haven't really talked about Robert Zatorre during this semester but his name does come up fairly frequently, along with those of other music cognition in Montreal. Nicholas Cook wrote a "very short introduction" to music, the first chapter of which sounded really insightful (as read, in French translation, on another podcast).
Listened to Christopher Lydon's Open Source show about your Musicophilia book. Was particularly interested, as an ethnomusicologist and ethnographer, in your comments on music mediation.
At 18:30, you began questioning musical universality and mention "pygmies in the rainforest" (which does sound like a composite narrative of well-known ethnographic cases). More interestingly, though, you allow for music to be mediated: "I think I took a little bit of license in that sentence of mine you read out. I think I said, I wrote something about music not needing any mediation. I think it does need mediation, everything needs mediation. But it's a very strange sort of mediation with music and it's like nothing else." (19:27-19:46)
Wanted to thank for your honesty and thoughtfulness.
Lydon didn't follow up on the mediation point. Have you written something to elaborate a bit on the mediated character of music? It might be quite useful for some of my teaching and research activities.
As an aside... You mentioned (McGill figures) Dan Levitin, Robert Zatorre, and Steven Pinker. By any chance, did (Cambridge figures) Ian Cross and Nicholas Cook make their way into your book?
Again, thank you for thoughtful and thought-provoking statements.
I also wanted to mention classics in musical aesthetics (including Leonard B. Meyer, who was mentioned in Charles Keil's article on PDs and is discussed by Keil and Feld). But I found the institutional links too interesting not to use them, even half-jokingly.
The actual Open Source radio show (and podcast (MP3)) was, unsurprisingly, focused on WAM and alluded to conceptions of absolute music. Lydon has something of an "Old School" (erudite dilettante) perspective on music. He also tends to be obsessed with transcendentalism (Ralph Waldo Emerson et al.).
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
YouTube - Crazy Indian Video... Buffalaxed!
But it can also be interpreted as a commentary on globalisation, if you squint real hard.
An interpretation of how the original Tamil lyrics got misinterpreted is available in a very thoughtful blog entry.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
As in "free beer" or as in "free speech?"
An interesting blogpost about the death of the Record Industry:
Linking this specific blogpost because it:
- Was linked by a fellow ethnomusicologist.
- Is rather current.
- Contains interesting links.
- Represents a rather clear position.
- Mentions differences between participants in music-related industries.
- Is followed by a lot of comments, many of them interesting and even insightful.
- Comes from a former "industry insider."
- Has "dissent" in the title.
On the other hand, this blogpost:
- Is rather long-winded.
- Doesn't present much that is really new.
- Skips the issue of defining what music itself is (falling in the trap of equating recordings with the music).
- Focuses too much on "music as a commodity."
- Seems to confuse a few issues and terms (for instance "stealing" and "illegal").
- Fails to define "label independance" (apart from lack of RIAA membership).
- Limits itself to the "call your representative" type of action common in social politics in the United States.
- Comes from a former "industry insider."
Still, it might be a fairly decent representation of the current consensus opinion against the Recording Industry. And it might be a good jumping board for discussions of changes in the way music is conceived.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
- FolkStreams: A Singing StreamA movie about a reunion of the Landis family, which includes a number of singers. A classic for folkloristics and ethnomusicology.
- Music and Language conference(July 10-13, 2008, Medford, MA)
- Music and Politics journal (Open Access)
- Recent publications from Université de Montréal's Laboratoire de recherche sur les musiques du monde (LRMM).
- Music-related terms in the American Folklore Society'sEthnographic Thesaurus.
Noticed other interesting items, lately?
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I keep accumulating links about music online, partly from listening to podcasts, partly from reading mailing-list messages, and partly from noticing shared items on Facebook.
Here are a few links to recent pieces I found interesting.
- Snocap CEO on layoffs: 'pioneers take arrows' | Tech news blog - CNET News.com
- Snocap's association with MySpace could have had a greater impact on the recording industry. It seems, though, that there's a difference between music discovery and sales of recordings.
- Universal Music Takes on iTunes
- Are labels really getting new ideas?
- Homepage | Jam Sessions | Ubisoft
- BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Madonna signs radical record deal
- Touring is where some musicians make their money.
- Free? Steal It Anyway - Forbes.com
- Radiohead's initiative shows that convenience is key.
- Apple, Tesco 'most to blame' for music biz crisis | The Register
- The economies of the recording industry should be reassessed.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
one advantage of giving away your music becomes readily apparent: The fans know all the words.
Not that the principle is really new but this is a good example of something we were discussing in class recently.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Been saving several links to share with you, having to do with music online, specifically with financial issues. My previous post should provide some context for my thinking about those issues. This post is an attempt to bring a few recent links together. Hope we can discuss some of those issues in class or in the forums for the course.
Opinion and, possibly, insight:
- Convenience Wins, Hubris Loses and Content vs. Context, a Presentation for Some Music Industry Friends at FISTFULAYEN
People and sites:
- The Powergeek 25 — the Most Influential People in Online Music
- Download This: YouTube Phenom Has a Big Secret
Music distribution, business models:
Of course, many other things are happening in the online world, in terms of music.
I set up this Ethnomusicology blog to post items relevant to the course ANTH398D Selected Topics in Anthropology: Ethnomusicology. Thought these blogging activities might complement what we do in class and through Moodle. I tend to think a lot about music while I'm browsing and blogging tends to influence my teaching, so the connection was obvious.
But there's another music-related blog to which I contribute: blog.criticalworld.net. This other blog is associated with CriticalWorld, a site dedicated to Thinking Globalisation Through Music. (Though that blog is part of CriticalWorld.net and though I have been involved with CriticalWorld for a while, my blogging activities there are completely autonomous.)
Through that other music blog, I tend to think a lot about financial issues relating to music in the context of "Digital Life." These issues have been mentioned in class so I thought I'd give something of a rundown of several of my very own blog entries about these issues. This is not meant as a shameless plug, a "vanity post" or an anthology. My hope is that looking at these entries, you might understand my approach a bit more.
For instance, I've been having fun with "business models" relating to music in a broad context:
As is probably obvious to anyone, one of the main targets for reflections about music-related businesses is the so-called "Recording Industry":
Digital Rights Management (copy-protection on commodities related to copyrighted items) is a frequently mentioned issue:
As I mentioned in class, there are things to say about ringtones:
Some of my posts tend to be playful:
And, overall, I've set up broad categories to classify posts on that blog:
- Fresh for Direct reactions to news pieces and current events
- Soapbox for Rants, monologues, tirades, personal reactions, advocacy
- Sandbox for Playful, fun, distracting, collaborative items
- Ongoing for Open discussions of items relevant to CriticalWorld
- CriticalWorld for Events, activities, internal links to the CriticalWorld site and contributors
Of course, I'd appreciate your comments on any of these items and my hope is that some of them can generate discussion.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Bakan WORLD MUSIC blog
He recently posted links to YouTube videos of Balinese music, including gamelan playing. It'd be interesting to discuss some of these excerpts in class, as we spend some time to talk about ethnomusicology as a discipline.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Yo La La ! The French Rap Hip Hop podcast mp3 online radio show.
Though the podcast's host (and programmer) has obvious preferences for specific styles and genres within French Rap and Hip Hop scenes, the program showcases an interesting musical diversity.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Well-Rounded Radio: Episode 041: Jenny Toomey of The Future of Music Coalition
Among the issues that the coalition has focused on are music licensing, payola, low-power radio, health insurance for musicians, network neutrality, record label contracts, Internet radio licensing, and many other topics that are key to the current and future era of music-making for both independent and rising musicians.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Among interesting passages:
'I think that's very sad,' Daniels said. 'I was told at one time that my voice would last until well into the 21st century. Now it looks like I'm about to be laid to rest.'Surely, there's a music-related project to be done on the sounds of those voices. Isn't this the "mashup" era?
Worldwide ringtones sales totaled $3.5 billion last year, according to London's ARC Group, a research firm that tracks the telecom industry. APPLE, LABELS PITCH 'TONES | By BRIAN GARRITY | Business News | Financial | Business and MoneyIf this is true and sales of audio recordings didn't jump up from last year, this would mean that sales of ringtones are equivalent to more than 10% of the sales of recordings. Not that it's necessarily good for artists but in terms of simple accounting, it shows that there is more to doing business with music than "pushing CDs on consumers."
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Pop looks to the past for a forward-feeling sound - CRITICS NOTEBOOK - Los Angeles Times - calendarlive.com
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Rolling Stone: The record industry is dying
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: The music industry nobs have finally figured out what we're doing
Much to mull over, in both of these. Nothing really new, but well put and insightful. Many comments on those entries are interesting. I found myself agreeing with many points made by commentators even in the case of comments which seem to contradict one another.
One thing is for sure, the record industry cannot remain unchanged, at this point. All things considered, the record industry is a rather young one. But it's already moribund.
It will in fact be fun to see what will take the place of the record industry in the broader field of music-related businesses. Apple Inc. might play an important but so may relatively unknown entities.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Smithsonian Global Sound
It could provide a convenient source for playlists in anthropology of music and ethnomusicology courses.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
As many of you have a vested interest in the Canada Council's functioning, I encourage you to make your voice heard. They do seem to welcome broad feedback, even though the main consultation process seems to be through an online survey.
Strategic plan consultation - Canada Council for the Arts
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Bakan WORLD MUSIC blog: World music lectures with youtube links
As it turns out, many ethnomusicologists are using YouTube in their courses.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Thought they were already on the blog but here's a (openly available) RefShare database with some references to ethnomusicologically-relevant texts. There's also one with "Supplementary References" as well as other databases that I made for our course.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
We've talked about this collection, which was tied with Moe Asch and is now managed by Anthony Seeger at the Smithsonian Institute. As an "independent label," Folkways has had a very significant impact on the way diverse musics have been perceived in the U.S. and elsewhere.
As mentioned in class, there has been a podcast series on the Smithsonian Folkways collection.
More information about this database (including off-campus access) can be found here.
Free as in "free beer": no cover charge.
Festival International Nuits d'Afrique de Montréal - World music Musique du monde
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Guitar heroes unite; 'Rock Band' is coming | Crave : The gadget blog
The emphasis on collaboration goes well with the whole participatory culture and musicking trend that we talked about during the semester. Not sure how the game will be received but the idea of making it easy for people to play together (as opposed to playing against one another, apparently) is quite interesting.
Another thing: the video game industry is now succeeding where the recording industry is failing. Coincidence? You decide! ;-)
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Thinking Globalisation Through Music
Creation of Otherness
Céline Dion as International
Empress of Russia
Supply and Demand
Influences on U.S.
Migrants in Europe
China in Africa
"Music Wants To Be Free"
Free as in "Beer"
Free as in "Speech"
Free from commodification
Free from genre labels
Ska to Punk
State of the Industry
World-music market vs. world music-market
Big Four (Sony BMG, Warner Music, EMI, Universal)
Mergers and acquisitions vs. diversification
Les Disques Audiogram
When Jazz Meets Brazil
Azúca De Caña
Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul of Black Peru
The arabic party
Oiental Belly Dance 2
Sol Da Liberdade
Mas Que Nada
Night Trip (Compiled by Toshio
Music in the World
Dancing On The Ceiling
I Will Love Again
I Will Love Again (Ballad Reprise)
I Will Love Again
World of Music
Amr Diab and Cheb Khaled
Punjabi By Nature
Here And Now (Disc 3)
Libérez-nous des libéraux
Sorry Sorry (Old School Afro dub)
Hôtel Costes, Volume 2: La suite
Whirl-Y-Reel 2 (Folk Police mix)
Afro Celt Sound System
Volume 1: Sound Magic
Theme From Shaft (vocal)
Buddha-Bar (disc 2: Party)
Opening the World of Music
The Jug of Punch
Stjärnan (The Star)
Now Sound of Brazil
The Now Sound of Brazil
Into the Nada
Empress of Russia
The initial purpose of the meeting was to encourage the retail trade via various concerted efforts as follows.
1. It was agreed that we should create a generic name under which our type of catalogue could be labelled in order to focus attention on what we do. We discussed various names for our type of music(s) and on a show of hands 'World Music' was agreed as the 'banner' under which we would work. Other suggestions were 'World Beat', 'Hot...', 'Tropical...' and various others. It was suggested that all of the labels present would use 'World Music' on their record sleeves (to give a clear indication of the 'File Under...' destination) and also on all publicity material etc. There followed a discussion on whether or not 'World Music' should be presented as a designed logo or simply as a specific type face. Discussion followed as to the extent to which this might engender exclusivity of elitism, thereby begging the question of how any other label/organisation may be able to join the club. The discussion centred around the possible conflict between the short term commercial aim of promoting 'World Music' (sponsored, promoted, and paid for by us), and the longer term aim of establishing 'World Music' as the generic term for this kind of music as with Reggae/Soul/Disco etc. (non-exclusive and open to all). Artists designs solicited for the next meeting.
Robin Denselow How easily did the phrase "world music" come about?
IA There was a vote, but the debate was not so much hey, let's get something trendy, it was to make sure that the term didn't exclude things. For instance, "worldbeat" left out anything without bass and drums. "Ethnic" was too academic.
CG My reservation about the term "world music" has always been that all the great terms - like jazz, reggae, rock'n'roll - sound musical. They come up in songs. Nobody is ever going to have a song title with that phrase "world music" in it. If you took the word "music" away, and just called it "world", that would be better.
Nielsen SoundScan reported that the big four accounted for 81.87% of the U.S. music market in 2005:
- Universal Music Group (France based) — 31.71%
- Sony BMG Music Entertainment, inc. (Japan/Germany based) — 25.61% (13.83% Sony, 11.78% BMG)
- Warner Music Group (USA based) — 15%
- EMI Group (UK based) — 9.55%
- independent labels — 18.13%
- Universal Music Group — 25.5%
- Sony BMG Music Entertainment — 21.5%
- EMI Group — 13.4%
- Warner Music Group — 11.3%
- independent labels — 28.4%
Libérez-nous des libéraux (texte de Batlam et Biz / musique de Chafiik)
- Prêt pas prêt la charrue Charest, acharnée, charcute en charpie la charpente
De la maison qu'on a mis 40 ans à bâtir
- C'pas toi qui a milité pour Amir Khadir ? -( … )
-Maintenant la table est mise pour 4 ans à pâtir, à pâlir à vue d'œil
Ahuris à la vue d'la bande d'abrutis qui bradent à bride abattue
Qui vendent à rabais, par la bande c'qu'y a pas de prix
Une fois l'mandat fini, le pays ressemble d'un abatis
Coupe sombre, coupe à blanc, Coupe Grey
« Alouette, je te plumerai »
Pis pour couper court au courroux populaire
Patapouf étouffe la foule et légifère à tombeau ouvert
Pis tout sourire il sert la soupe populaire
( C'est ça être solidaire quand on a sacré tout à terre )
Afin de faire taire un argumentaire unique en terre d'Amérique
Mais son affaire, ça fait ben trop l'affaire des régents d'affaires
Du Canada pis du Conseil du Patronat
Bâillon pas bâillon, je raille pareil, le patron des patrons
« Ta yeule Taillon ! »
Heille si le dément démantèlement t'excite tellement
Que c'est comme de la musique à tes oreilles
Comment t'aimes le tintamarre des barbares, dans tes tympans d'avare hagard ?
Face à la menace de la braderie on brandit
Le poing de la Patrie à la face des bandits
Face à la menace de la braderie on brandit le poing ...
Libérez-nous des Libéraux !
J'te l'dis carré, catégorique
Jean Charest, Mike Harris : même combat, même charisme
Même kermesse des biens et services publics
Câlisse faut que ça finisse
La chasse aux bs pour eux c't'une business inespérée
Pis ceux qui dépérissent
Y reste plus qu'à prier Saint Jean-Baptiste
Ça vous apprendra, ma race de séparatistes
Y'a pas de place, où on peut pas faire la piasse
Contrats de performance pour la SGF, pour les CPE, ou les SDF
Un impôt sur la quête? Tiens, ça serait pas bête !
Ça dirige le Québec comme une PME
Comme un pimp ses putes, pour qu'elles alignent les P-I-P-E-S'ti !
Ça se sait ça s'connaît, la clef du succès pour le 24 Sussex
C'est d'assexuer le Québec
Quel beau sujet pour Jean-Claude Labrecque
« À Hauteur de Gnome » ( hauteur de braguette )
Sucer debout, c'est ça se tenir drette...
zzzzzzzzzzzzip : «Je suis prêt »
On est loin de « Maître chez Nous »
Maintenant comme jamais, il y a un traître chez nous
Ça s'entend quand il parle comme un derrière de boîte de céréales
Si tu penses me faire taire, tu perds ton temps j'suis intarissable
« Je vais sous ton ciel, Muse! et je suis ton féal »
Face à la menace…
Libérez-nous des Libéraux !
Pendant que le kid de Sherbrooke
Liquide au souk ce qui nous distingue
Au carnaval libéral fédéral, ça bringue dingue
« Viva Canada ! Banana republica ! »
« Mandat sur mandat, on est encore là ! »
Un parti unique, c'est un parti inique, cynique, qui nique
Tout débat démocratique
La confiance de la rue est rompue
Car la cour de l'empereur corrompu accumule les écus
Et enfin, quand il sent la fin, le monarque débarque
Mais passe le pouvoir à son homme de main
Comme un bon roi Chrétien
Mais selon moi, Martin
Tient du requin ben plus que du dauphin
L'armateur, arnaqueur, anglo, franco –on sait pus trop-
Joue sur tous les tableaux
C'est l'homme des shaloms et des salamalecs
Mais comment croyez-vous qu'il conçoive le Québec ?
Depuis 10 ans, véritable sous-marin
Soi-disant nous tend la main
Mais mate-le nous démâter
En parquant l'gros paquebot des fédéraux dans nos eaux
C'est sûr il s'insinue comme la moelle dans nos os
En somme ça me semble simple : sous les libéraux
Québec et Ottawa sont les lames d'un ciseau
L'une décrisse les racines du lys
Et l'autre s'immisce au sein de nos services
Ça fait qu'émasculé, pis enculé, le calcul est pas compliqué : on va r'culer
Devant tant d'unifoliés déployés à tous les paliers
Croyez qu'on va tous se noyer, broyés, dans la marée rouge
À moins qu'on ne bouge …
Libérez-nous des libéraux !
Les cols bleus, les cols blancs, toutes les écoles confondues
Faut se ruer dans la rue, au printemps comme une crue
Faire éclater notre ras-le-bol, une débâcle de casseroles Trêve de paroles, faites du bruit!
Un charivari pour chavirer ce parti, comme en Argentine, en Bolivie
D'un pôle à l'autre, c'est un constat continental :
À bas le bulldozer libéral !
Libérez-nous des Libéraux !
Tamtid'lidé délibérez du libellé
Tamtid'lido libérez-nous des libéraux
Saturday, March 31, 2007
The Vermont Folklife Center Archive - Field Research Guides :: Vermont Folklife Center Middlebury VT
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Think Different - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.So, the idea here: idealists may in fact be involved in this type of social change Attali and others have been talking about.
Is this what the world really needs? Are the dreamers' dreams worthier than those of the majority?
Tech and learning
Course as a whole
Star and Campfire
Pour un instant
Un musicien parmi tant d'autres
Si on avait besoin d'une 5e saison
Court to Popular
An Be Kelen
We Are One
Auprès de ma blonde
Paris - Café Concert!
Martin de la Chasse-Galerie
La Bottine Souriante
Singalong: Live at Sanders Theatre, 1980
CBC Hockey Night In Canada
CBC Canada Ltd.
Gens du pays
Chemin faisant - Cent et une chansons (disc 5)
Aux armes et Caetera
Aux Armes et Caetera
Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape
Batman & Robin
Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape
Peace Beyond Passion
Who Is He and What Is He to You
Peace Beyond Passion
Not craftsperson or servant
Living from Art
Object of sale
Economics, Sociology, (European) Anthropology
Big Four (Sony BMG, Warner Music, EMI, Universal)
Noise and Harmony
Chaos and order
Used by thinkers
Music prefiguring change
Music in changing society
Society representing itself
Arts and Sciences