CDs will soon disappear like cassette tapes. The new trend is to plug in an auxiliary cord and let your music playlist flow or shuffle through Pandora and other music services. The Verge recently referred readers to an interview in The New Yorker between Sasha Frere-Jones and Dave Allen of UK punk band Gang of Four, which includes a brief discussion with Damon Krukowski a pop/folk-rock musician. In this interview they discuss how to consider “the internet” as a complex and unpredictable factor that affects artists and listeners across the world, instead of reducing it to American users of iTunes, Pandora, and The Pirate Bay.” It has always been a struggle for musicians to make a profit. With the Internet the hustle just got real. Allen points out, “there are plenty of people out there who fully support music and musicians and who will happily pay to see them perform, buy their T-shirts, their downloads.”
On the other hand, there’s the tactile generation. Allen describes these fans as a group, “which doesn’t see the Internet as a replacement for books or vinyl records.” Despite the Internet changing music, it’s unclear how. The illegal sharing of music has become an epidemic. It’s important for music companies to be creative and find new innovations to promote their artist. Krukowski mentions that the goal of music isn’t to reach everyone, but to reach its audience. There’s no going backward to gain what’s lost. The Internet has thrown the music industries lemons, so they need to grab a juicer and make Mike’s Hard Lemonade. How will musicians survive, there’s no telling where music will be in the next century.
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Last fall, I discovered a website called Songza, which advertises itself as audiences listening to “music curated by music experts.” Organized by playlists and genres, you can select whatever type of music you’re in the mood for based upon a few different factors.
For example, Songza allows you to select what time of day it is, and then what style of music you’re currently searching for—“Brand New Music,” “Enjoying the Morning,” or “Working (no lyrics),” to help pinpoint the best station for you at that specific moment in time. After that, it’s as easy as selecting the genre you feel like listening to, and then the site will start streaming your jams.
Alternatively, one of my favorite features is that you can also search for stations or playlists you’ve enjoyed before. One of my regulars is “Downtempo Instrumentals,” because it provides a nice blend of music that blocks out other noise as I work on campus or in a coffee shop. Similar to Spotify or Pandora, you can give a thumbs up or thumbs down to songs as they play, improving the station you’ve selected.
While you won’t find the Billboard’s Top 40 Hits on this site, it’s a great resource to use when you want some music to accompany your work, cooking, travel, or other activities. Happy listening!
Nowadays, it’s easy to find music streaming websites that allow you to listen to as much music as you want. You create a radio station of an artist and they’ll play that artist along with artists in the similar genre. What if you wanted a playlist specifically tailored to the artist or genre you were listening to? 8tracks allows users to create playlists for virtually every kind of mood, genre, and activity.
Tag lined as “Radio, rediscovered,” you can click on the genre characteristics you wish to hear or search any “mood, genre, or artist.” Upon creating a profile, you have the ability to create your own playlists or other 8tracks users to search, find, and listen to, as well as follow other users who have created custom playlists. On your homepage, 8tracks will display your listening history, liked mixes, mix feed (recent playlists created by the users you follow), recommendations based on your previous searches and listening history, featured playlists, top trending playlists, and newest. Playlists range in anything from top 40 mixes, classical listening, and party jams. Search around and see what you can find.
WeFunk Radio is one of my absolute favorite music websites ever. I’ve been a loyal fan for upwards of 10 years. WeFunk combines the best hip hop, r&b, funk, trip hop, classic soul, and more into a mix of headbobbing handwaving goodness. DJ Static and Professor Groove dig deep for their shows, uncovering tracks you’d never heard before and mixing them into a one of a kind setlist that you’ll only find on WeFunk.
When I’m on the prowl for new music WeFunk is the first place I turn. From this site I’ve been turned on to Goapele, Mayer Hawthorne, K-Os, and Quantic Soul Orchestra, to name a few.
The site offers multiple ways of listening. I will often just start up the 24 hour radio stream and see what transpires. However, there are around 700 shows archived for you to listen to at your leisure, in addition to mobile apps and desktop widgets. AND DJ Static and Professor Groove broadcast live from Montreal on Friday nights. For music lovers, WeFunk is one of the internet’s best kept secrets. Get to listening!
Next weekend, months of hard work by a group of Professional Writing (PW) alumni and students will finally be seen in action. The Middle of the Mitten (MOTM) festival has arrived once again, hosting its fifth annual celebration of local music from January 24th-26th in East Lansing and Lansing.
Created by PW alumnus Joel Heckaman when he was a sophomore, Middle of the Mitten’s first festival took place in January 2009. What was originally a simple rock show to celebrate the first anniversary of The Record Lounge, an East Lansing record shop, has expanded each year, now including three nights at three different venues. The organization is currently working on its 501(c)3 and Registered Student Organization statuses while still hosting a music festival every January, and a Rock for Relief local music marathon in April for charities and disaster relief. (more…)
“Yup, Social Media Really Does Drive Music Sales” on ReadWrite changes the way for artists and performers. According to recent studies, there is a correlation between an artist’s social media presence and their album sales. This just proves that it’s true that social media is becoming a vital part of every profession, a vital part of life. You can fight it all you want to, but it could just end up hurting you, and the profession you’re trying to succeed at. As long as you use it correctly, your social media platform can boost you up in this modern day world.
A new study, sponsored by Universal McCann says, “Music videos rank above online TV and traditional TV when it comes to viewers remembering and connecting with the ads accompanying the programming, and that’s because people feel a more intense emotional connection to music videos.”
The study, titled “Vevo’s Music Video vs. TV Neuroscience Research Study,” asked 100 participants to watch a range of media – from music videos to movies to television – and tested different areas of their brains on their “emotional intensity.” Check out Co.Create for further explanation and more information found in this study.