Monday, January 05, 2009

Video: The Red Elvises at the Handlebar in Greenville, SC

The Red Elvises came to The Handlebar in October and I shot several snippets of video from the audience knowing that I'd make a montage of it later. I shot the video using my Flip Mino, and went about making the montage, but couldn't get the sound right using only the software from Flip. Well, they updated the software to FlipShare and I installed the update which now allows you to replace the audio from your video with something else. The video below is all from the October concert and the audio is an mp3 of one of the Red Elvises songs which I downloaded from their officially sanctioned fan web site.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thriller! MTV Videos now available online

If you are as old as me then you'll remember that MTV was once all about music videos. The channel was mesmerizing, is added compelling video to popular music in a format that for any years was absolutely addictive. You could turn on the channel, sit down in your bean bag chair and lose hours at a time.

In the spirit of Halloween, I'll embed here a video that is also vintage. It's the long version of Michael Jackson's Thriller:

qv: MTV Music

Making this blog entry a double feature, here is the first video I played when checking out the new site. The music, video, and artist are are beautifully frozen in time:

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Buy the new Radiohead CD -- You name the price?!?

How much will you pay for the new Radiohead CD? The price is up to you. On The Media talked to economist Tyler Cowen about what Radiohead might expect to net off of their Public Radio style plea for listeners to name their own price for their soon to be released CD.

Tyler's analysis of how the fan's would react to Radiohead's busking was fascinating. A commenter at, Nick, snarkily reminds us that public radio pledge drives are much the same. The decreasing marginal utility of indicating that I am a public radio listener is probably most clearly indicated by the marginal decrease of my pledges over time. The good news is that WNYC's original programs regularly delight my brain and cause me to want to be supportive all over again. Thanks again for injecting substantive analysis into the blogosphere's frequently vacuous echo chamber.

qv: On The Media

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Ding! Dong! DRM is Dead

It looks like DRM (Digital Rights Management) is finally dying.

A flurry of articles indicates, as we have been hoping, that the music industry will stop hobbling our music, rendering it unusable by those of us who have paid for it.

Digital Music Says:
There are rumors flying that one of the big four is set to release a significant portion of their catalog in DRM-free mp3 format, which means that somewhere in label-land, someone finally managed to get their medication all straightened out. The big question is, who?

Net Music Countdown:
Amazon may be offering DRM-free MP3's to compete with Apple's iTunes,

Reuters says:
Ailing Music Biz Set to Relax Digital Restrictions

It's about time. The articles seem to indicate that the treason for this increasing interest is flat CD music sales. It's also interesting to note, that the newest DRM scheme on the block, Microsoft's Zune is having some trouble gaining traction as well.

Market research firm Current Analysis, has released results on how Microsoft's digital music player Zune has fared in the market. According to the results, Zune could not get into the top ten list of music players sold during the holiday season in the United States.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Tagged MP3s easier to track in the wild, could serve podcasters

The Press Release:
The Digital Watermarking Alliance (DWA), an international group of industry leading companies involved in commercializing digital watermarking solutions, announced today that proven digital watermarking technologies are available to help the music industry identify and better manage the MP3 digital music files many labels are beginning to sell on popular music download sites while enabling enhanced consumer experiences.
We long for the day when Digital Rights Management finally fades away for our music. I still "sort of" own Windows Media Audio files that I can't actually play because they didn't survive my most recent computer upgrade. Sure, the music industry needs to make money, but making it by making music unusable doesn't seem to be the ticket. It appears that we aren't the only ones that think DRM is on its way out. The Press Release cited above, from an industry alliance of music industry companies, including Dolby, Digimarc, and Phillips, and Thomson introduce the press release with their own situation assessment:
As record labels move toward distributing music in unencrypted MP3 formats for download...
This makes sense for lots of reasons. Most PC based music players keep track of the number of times you play a given song. If agreed to then this could actually let music sellers know how much their song is being listened to.

This also portends a useful mechanism for podcasters. Serialized or tagged mp3 files could let podcasters know if anyone is actually listening to their shows. The current state of podcasting is that our software downloads lots of files and queues them up for playing. We may never actually listen to the podcast, however, and with some of the automated software we might actually allow it to be deleted before listening to the podcast because the stack gets too big. It's a bit like cleaning out your magazine rack of unread magazines by just keeping the top two inches and throwing away everything underneath because you are hopelessly behind. The podcaster and his advertiser hopes and thinks you listened to the show, but has no way of knowing. Privacy concerns aside, Watermarked mp3 files may offer some useful podcasters much needed usage data for their podcasts.

qv: Digital Watermarking Alliance

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