April 2015 Web stuff

• How Herbie Hancock crafted a hip-hop classic – with a Yamaha keytar.
The single Rockit (from 1983 album Future Shock) includes scratching by the first turntablist (YMMV), Grand Mixer DXT.

        TOO logical        

• Pitchfork asks: How Much is Music Really Worth?

Indie-rock stalwart Damon Krukowski wrote on this site that pressing 1,000 vinyl singles in 1988 gave the earning potential of more than 13 million streams in 2012. Steve Albini, the legendary recording engineer (and nearly as legendary curmudgeon), argued in a speech last year that the Internet essentially burned out the inefficiencies and exploitation of the old system, leaving behind a smaller industry that’s vastly better for artists and listeners.

Marc Hogan has interviewed many, then has stepped back for a broad view, and written a fresh, readable, comprehensive, insightful piece on the music business.

• April 18 is Record Store Day. The Stranger has some thoughts about it.

• Digital music sales globally overtake CD sales.
Of course, if you’d like to listen to your favorites on demand and without ads in 10 or 20 or 50 years … without the many deficits of vinyl … or the fragility of flash … factory-pressed CD is still the only answer. (Altho most CD’s I burned 15 years ago are still OK. Knock on wood.)

Left of the Dial: The Evolution of Punk, New Wave and Indie on American Radio

When the punk revolution first happened, American radio wasn’t interested. Trouser Press founder Ira Robbins recounts the story of how the punks, new wavers and early indie kids stormed the airwaves, and who was there to help.

• Chicago House pioneer Jesse Saunders writes about being a DJ.
* Dr Electro post

• Probably in honor of The Gathering computer party (the 24th?) taking place this weekend in Norway, the 8th part of Ars Technica’s Amiga history is about the Amiga Demoscene (which is several years older). Nice timing! (The Amiga, a powerhouse computer in its day, is 30 years old this year.)
A quick Youtube search will find you something that’s awesome … even if you don’t take into account that the demos are rendered in real-time on a computer 300 times slower than today’s.

• Musician Benn Jordan homes in on how and why The Digital Music Industry Is Inept.

Why is it so incredibly easy for an artist and record label with absolutely no regard for my material to sell it on said networks? … In fact, if you search “Undiscovered Colors” in iTunes … my version, the only legal and legit copy of the song, doesn’t even fucking show up.

Wacky World of the Flexi Disc

The first flexis were, in fact … “talking postcards,” as early as 1905 and the idea was that one could record a message onto phonograph grooves imprinted in resin-covered postcard.

• Medium sez: Guitar heroes who lit the fuse include Hendrix, Hampton, and Verlaine.

———— (March 2015 Web Stuff)