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Clyde Smith
Asheville, NC
Clyde Smith is a contributing writer at Hypebot.com and maintains a writing hub at Flux Research.
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With electronic music a large part of youth culture, we're seeing numerous issues surface that have come up in the past. The trend of wearing Plains Indian warbonnets, aka "Native American headdresses," is being attacked and has now been banned at the Bass Coast festival. Sniffer dogs are also under attack but their presence at festivals is unlikely to change at this point given the almost total lack of political organization of those in electronic music except for some providing services at a local level. Bass Coast Bans Plains Indian Warbonnets Canadian electronic music and arts festival Bass Coast is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Music tech merger and acquisition activity isn't just happening in the streaming music space. Sometimes it's even happening where people wouldn't expect it to exist. For example, Apple is rumored to be buying Swell, known as a news app. CBS Local Media is buying Eventful which offers events listings and promotions including music. And personal crowdfunding service Kapipal recently bought WeLoveYourSongs, a community for unsigned musicians that will now add crowdfunding. Sources Say Apple Is Buying Swell Swell's homepage describes them as "News Radio Rebooted." But they do or did have a music channel and with such radio content providers... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Spotify And The Dark Arts Amazon Prime Music Adds Lots Of Songs. Let's Hope They Stop There! A Look Back At Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas '14 Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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8 Steps To Building Your Personal Music Brand How To Get Your Band's Music Tagged On Facebook Sparkplug Helps Musicians Rent Gear and Space From Each Other 6 Tips For Showing Up In Your Facebook Fans' Newsfeeds Marketing Your Music By Liveblogging At Reddit Live MORE: Try It FREE: Feature.fm Track Promo Platform Exits Beta, Adds 8Tracks Partnership Are All-Or-Nothing Music Crowdfunding Campaigns Superior To Flexible Funding? Alligator Record's Bruce Iglaur Wins Digital Music Innovation Award Business-Oriented Social Networks For Musicians: Gigmor, AAMPP, Jammcard TuneCore Launches Artist Services Portal, SoundOut Track Smarts Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify, MTV/VH1/CMT Announce Major Partnership Ex-Google, SoundExchange Execs Launch Startup To Bring Gaming Revenue Model To Music How Some Managers and Agents Benefit From Piracy and Low-Paying Streaming Music Apple Releases iTunes 12 In Beta Infographic: History Of Listening: Vinyl To Digital MORE: Hypebot's Music Industry News and Jobs Alive Inside Documents The Power Of Music To Fight Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Chubby Checker Settles Hewlett Packard Penis Size App Lawsuit How To Create A Great Music Video Infographic: What A Digitally Native Music Consumer Looks Like The Eroding Prospects For Rock Cover Bands Changes YouTube Music Product Manager Christopher... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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You may recall the video of a withdrawn elderly man who comes to life upon hearing music he cares about on an iPod. The "Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Music" (and other title variations) video did more than go viral. It inspired the filmmaker who shot the original video to look more closely at the work of nonprofit Music & Memory and to shoot a documentary about that work, "Alive Inside," that's just been released in theaters. The video "Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era" got picked up and spread widely online but... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Torrent Freak is reporting that The Pirate Bay, a notorious and long-lived resource for finding torrents of copyrighted media, is launching its first mobile-friendly website. Other upcoming changes include dedicated sites for tv, movie and music with more features plus RSSbay with personalized RSS feeds of torrent links. The change should not only make Pirate Bay more user friendly but, with more sites/domains, harder to take down. The Pirate Bay's Survival The Pirate Bay was founded in 2003 in Sweden. In 2006 they were raided by Swedish police. In May they celebrated their 8th year of survival and continued growth... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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After a short beta run, Reddit made their new liveblogging feature available to all this week. Reddit Live allows you to liveblog an event with a separate page for comments. The resulting thread, with embedded pics, videos "and more", becomes an archive and you can submit that to subreddits. It's a very Reddit kind of thing with threads ranging from "Israel-Palestine Conflict" to "I'm about to make a sandwich. Follow this thread for live updates." Somehow I feel that range opens up the possibility of some creative music marketing campaigns. Reddit is a world of its own with a set... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Yesterday Radionomy officially relaunched their Shoutcast service. Of particular note is the introduction of a new Shoutcast streaming service that gives webcasters free streaming and monetization options among other features. A downloadable version of Shoutcast with some of these will be released later in the year. The big thing to keep in mind is that music broadcasters apparently have to license their broadcasts themselves making this a poor service for those who just want to plug and play. Radionomy's new Shoutcast Streaming Service will definitely be a boon for those music broadcasters who have their game together with licensing. Judging... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Yesterday Open Labs released Stagelight 2.0, their music creation app for Windows that costs $9.99. It comes with a variety of new features, including an in-app store, and will also be preloaded on hardware from Lenovo and Dell. Additional distributions agreements have been made with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. A solid step forward for Stagelight with the additional news that, according to CEO Cliff Mountain, they're close to a million downloads of the full app. Stagelight 2.0 is a free update for Stagelight owners and $9.99 for the rest of us. You can also download a demo version for... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Today Amazon announced the addition of "hundreds of thousands of songs and hundreds of new, expert-programmed Prime Playlists to the Prime Music catalog." Obviously this isn't the same as licensing current hits from the major labels but you can already see it turning the tide in some of today's press coverage. But even with major label licensing Amazon won't win by building a superior product. In fact, I don't see them ever being the top music streaming service. Yet I do expect them to create a great deal of pain as they continue their march to dominate the 21st Century.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Senzari continue the evolution of their MusicGraph platform with the introduction of MusicGraph.ai at the Graphlab Conference 2014. MusicGraph.ai is both a dashboard for the music data and recommendations provided by MusicGraph and also allows for deeper mining and exploration with the addition of analytics and intelligence algorithms. MusicGraph.ai is intended to make algorithmic analysis as accessible as MusicGraph makes music data. Senzari announced MusicGraph back in December followed by the debut of the MusicGraph API at SXSW. At the time Senzari COO Demian Bellumio discussed the longer terms plans for MusicGraph to not only broaden the availability of music... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Riffstation creates software that gives you the chords for any song and offers a variety of related features to help you learn to play. Now they've launched a web app, Riffstation Plus, focused on the single feature of identifying chords in songs on YouTube. It's not perfect yet, as one can see in blog comments, but they seem to be listening and are soon introducing a feature that allows user edits for more accurate chord display that also opens up some interesting social possibilities. Riffstation's software app does have an impressive range of features with an emphasis on the needs... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Times are tough for rock cover bands. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at their plight and finds that interest is dwindling for bands playing music that used to be popular. While closer industry watchers may take a different view, I saw indie rock killing cover bands in the 80s when the indie stance of originality entered the Top 40. Rock moved on. Cover bands did not. And to make matters worse, even the core baby boomer audience seems to be losing interest. Neil Shah writes a rather empathetic piece for WSJ. I appreciate that. It's far too easy... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Neil Patel freely shares his "Complete Guide To Building Your Personal Brand" which mixes notions of business image and personal identity in a manner that's quite relevant to musicians. Though some musicians would prefer to take a haphazardly organic approach to brand building that just leaves it up to others to decide who you are. But building your brand doesn't have to be a superficial process and Patel advocates the perspective that, "your personal brand is what separates you from everyone else in the world." In a tradtional marketing industry sense, a "brand" is the "name, term, design, symbol, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at hypebot
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Sparkplug is a new site and service that facilitates musicians renting gear and space from each other. But they go beyond just a Craiglist-like listing to add a system with such features as clear procedures, deposits and id verification. It's potentially a great service but, in what I think is a simple oversight, you can't figure out who the people running the site might be which kind of contradicts their trust-building features. [Update: I've been informed by co-founder and CEO Julia Wilde that Sparkplug is adding an About page with info about the founders today, three out of four of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at hypebot
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The Value Of Giving Away Your Music For Free YouTube's Pressure Tactics? Good Old Fashioned Corporate Strong-Arming Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at hypebot
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The Importance of Music Video Promotion Indies Unite! 700 Labels Launch Campaign For Fair Digital Music Deals Spoon's Indie Record Store Instant Vinyl Gratification Campaign Is A Big Hit Recruit Your Fave Band's Fanbase With Your Own Afterparty Show WFMU Building Open Source "Audience Engine" Web CMS For Radio Stations MORE: The Artists Declaration of Independence: Johnny's Story Part 3 Get Your Music Metadata Right With These 10 Editors Music Ad Watch: Obscure 2009 Indie Track Powers New Apple iPhone TV Spot Squarespace Adds Bandsintown Support Indie Music From Rumblefish Powers Soundtrack Of 1.4 Billion Monthly YouTube Views Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at hypebot
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Live Nation Announces Lineup For Free Yahoo Streamed Concert Series Jack White's Effect On The World Of Vinyl 3 Years Ago This Week Spotify Launched In U.S. MTV Has A Plan To Help Sell More Albums Facebook Launches "Mentions" App Just For Musicians, Celebrities MORE: Hypebot's Music Industry News and Jobs Full List Of MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Nominees Congressional Hearing Today: "Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty & Copyright Term" Will Paul McCartney's Low-Priced Album Apps Add To Digital Music's Downward Pricing Pressure? Artists Ed Sheeran Voted Most Important Artist In Black & Urban Music (WTF?) New Generation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at hypebot
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To some degree album apps are being treated as novelty items with marketing appeal even when there's a lot of new art involved from remastered music to photos and video. That means pricing is treated differently than it would for a new album in an established format. With Paul McCartney's release of back catalog album apps for the iPad at $7.99 with remastered tracks and lots of extra content, I'm wondering if we're getting close to the point where an artifically low price range will become the fair price in consumers' minds. The psychological elements of pricing are really interesting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at hypebot
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LA's Annenberg Space For Photography is throwing a day long photo and music festival called Photosynthesis. The outdoor event features country and blues bands as well as photographers onstage, video wall displays of their photos and a variety of booths, activities and refreshments. The event ties into Country: Portraits of an American Sound, a photo exhibit with portraits of country musicians. Overall it sounds like a creatively themed festival that could provide inspiration for other fresh combinations. Photosynthesis takes place Saturday, August 9 outside the Annenberg Space For Photography in Century City's Century Park. The live stage will combine presentations... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at hypebot
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I often round up music videos using new tech but today's examples from OK Go and Tweedy focus more on the process of making the videos than on anything radically new. OK Go released a behind the scenes video for "The Writing On The Wall" and Shutterstock's Doug Levy chatted with them about the process. Allison House, who's never worked on music videos, shares the process of applying her design skills to directing and animating the first single from Tweedy. Behind-The-Scenes: From the Trenches of The Writing's On the Wall You may have seen OK Go's music video for "The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at hypebot
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New Jersey's WFMU.FM is a legendary freeform non-commercial radio station that embodies community from its supportive listeners to its wide-ranging programming. WFMU recently embarked on a new community adventure with their decision to develop an open source version of their currently proprietary CMS (content management system). The new CMS is called Audience Engine and its designed not only to manage content and build community, but to support fundraising. WFMU.FM is a unique example of community radio. Their approach is carrying over into the development of an open source CMS, or Content Management System, for radio operations on the web. Dubbed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at hypebot
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Music messaging is kind of a weird space since people rarely send music as a message. Two mobile startups are taking what I think are the two main routes for music messaging, sharing music while chatting about it in the same feed and picking out snippets of music that can function as messages. Soundwave has added a form of group music messaging to its mobile app that takes the former route while La-La recently debuted an iOS app that sends music snippets as messages. Soundwave: Group Music Sharing and Chatting Soundwave has released their Soundwave 2.0 app for Android and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at hypebot
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UK-based STHoldings launched in 1998 and grew to be an important electronic and related music distributor, both physical and digital, though noted in particular for vinyl distribution. In May they announced the end of services for around 150 labels with the intent to continue working with a group of 30 labels. This is likely good news for those in the 30 but certainly not for those who are losing a unique specialty distribution service at the end of the month. [Update: Supposedly they announced that they closed entirely. Coverage is ambiguous. I don't know where people are getting this information.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at hypebot