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Linkspost Two.

Alchemists of Sound. Excellent documentary on the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. (WMV, not hosted by me, but the only link for this I can get.)
Stand Still. Stand Steady. Stand Clear.
Production Music from Ren & Stimpy. “109 vintage instrumental tracks”.
February Album Writing Month.
Jonathan Coulton: Thing a Week feed.

I hope to have some work-in-progress mp3s up on here over the next couple of days.


Linkspost One

The Conet Project – recordings of numbers stations.
The 4am 9: Poptometry
Justice Fabriclive mix

And finally, Mute have put up the promo clip for A&E by Goldfrapp. I love it, and wanted to post it before, but they’ve been overzealous about pulling it until they’ve got their “official” post up.

Digital optimism.

Trent Reznor says interesting things, for once.

  • in a world where the majority of record sales still happen in the physical space, correct me if I’m wrong here, but didn’t this release manage to convert the majority of Saul’s fan base to a digital sales model? that’s extraordinary, no?
  • so only 18.3% paid… two things here: 1) there was a large write-up in the New York Times which surely contributed to many out-of-curiousity downloaders, therefore skewing the numbers greatly but even ignoring this one in five paid!; 2) the 81.7% who didn’t are hopefully providing some value by spreading the word through last.fm, imeem, facebook, ilike and other music networking sites.
  • you’ve grown a decent base to support touring, merchandising and all the secondary (collectively becoming primary) revenue streams available to a musician.
  • the other interesting fact – people are choosing quality downloads. this challenges the notion that music is not valued any more, that music consumers (for lack of a better word) believe it’s throwaway and disposable. that’s a positive, a huge piece of learning in my opinion.

I really appreciate Mr Reznor’s enthusiasm to discuss and dissect this information. I find Radiohead’s tight-lippedness a little frustrating. This information is critical to people who hope to make a living in the music industry, and important to consumers who need a better understanding of the options available to them.

Also, I like his optimism. I’d have expected his response in the form of a mediocre, quasi-industrial dirge called One In Five or something equally insipid and NIN-y.


The Sixtyone

I’m quite enthusiastic about The Sixtyone, on account of it being awesome. I am reminded of it because Shiny Dot Bulletin actually went and quoted me (from a post on the We’ll Write blog) on it, which is quite nice of them. Mmmm, Web 2.0!