Here’s a quick trailer. The film has now been restored in 4K and will receive a quick theatrical released before appearing on DVD and Blu-Ray. The resulting documentary, Sympathy for the Devil, offered some fantastic insights into the Stones’ creative process. Back in the summer of 1968, French filmmaker Jean-Luc Goddard was allowed to follow The Rolling Stones around as they worked on their new album at Olympic Studios in London. More here.
The Rolling Stones’ 1969 documentary Sympathy for the Devil has been restored for re-release
Here’s a trailer for the upcoming coffee book Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
Jimmy Page, ever the archivist, has gone through decades worth of photographs to compile a 400-page coffee table book entitled Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin. Set for release on October 9, you can pre-order it through Amazon now. Meanwhile, here’s a teaser. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Led Zeppelin.
This time, though, they’ve come up with this fun song about the solar system. Planet Custard and Egg Cup Creative usually take on projects like videos for Muse and Guns N’ Roses. (Via Laughing Squid) Props to them for giving poor Pluto one last chance to explain why it should be promoted back to planetary status. This is a lot deeper than it first appears.
A company that usually makes videos with Muse and GnR has created this astronomy film
Making future predictions is always a risky business. A bold effort with a messy outcome for him. The music industry has undergone tremendous disruption over the past two decades. Let me commence the recital of core elements which I see:-
Keep reading, This is important. Some sectors are still being remade while others have been wiped from existence. Things were moving just fine with the traditional cultural gatekeepers until the Internet came along in the 90s. The future is, for most, an increasingly scary place. Things haven’t been the same since. But all he really did was get the timing wrong – TV as we know it is rapidly changing and over the next decade will be unrecognisable from even the last ten years. But things are cool now, right? It is happening now. FYIMusicNews.ca has this article about future disruption. It offers a territory rich with paradox. So at the risk of getting the timing or other elements wrong, here are just some of my personal observations as to central elements in the digitally empowered future and the impact from just some of these change forces. Not necessarily. All aspects of the music industry–nay, the entire entertainment industry–had to be remade. The famous futurist George Gilder, in the 1990s, predicted the death of television before the start of the 21st Century. This context from my digital wanderings and wonderings provides elements of policy challenge to all creativity and music specifically. Is it a potential empowered paradise or a descent into purgatory? And then in June 1999, Napster was unleashed upon the world. We’ve all made the adjustments and we’ll be fine going forward. No doubt about it.
Not by a long shot. Is music finished being disrupted by the digital universe? Read this.
You could flip over the back of a vinyl sleeve and see who engineered a song, who wrote the song, what was sampled and who played the drum part. With these in the rearview, we are missing not just the sound quality, the tactile ability to hold music, but also song and album credits. Calvin Harris put the songwriting credits out on his Twitter for each song during his Funk Waves Bounce Vol. Song credits were a critical part of CDs and vinyl. CD sleeves also have this information with the songwriter’s publishing companies, the producers and much more. 1 album cycle, which was refreshing to see from a pop artist to say the least. This has turned the industry up side down. If you do good work, you want the credit, right? Giving proper credit is a major, major, MAJOR shortcoming of music in the digital world. If you contribute to something important, you want your name attached. Some derided him as arrogant, showing all of the instruments he played on the record, but it was good to see all of those instruments or machines and who wrote on each of the songs for the album. In the olden days, we had liner notes on big album jackets or in multi-page CD booklets. This article from MagneticMag.com makes the case for a return to the days of liner notes. Vinyl may be surging again, but it likely won’t ever be the dominant force it once was and CDs are quickly becoming an afterthought. How many millions of people started to dream of some of these jobs because they learned about them from a record sleeve or CD booklet? Any kind of liner notes. The digitalization of music has changed so much about the business from downloads to streaming to new ways of interacting with fans and selling tickets. A lot of this can be wonky and may not interest the casual fan, but some connections can be really fun to make. It’s good business. This is not only how we learned about who played what instrument and who wrote what song, but it’s how we learned about producers, engineers, songwriters, studios, art direction, management and so much more. None of this data can be found in a stream or even a purchased digital download. Keep reading. How many of today’s music fans even realize these gigs even exist? It didn’t go as far as a vinyl sleeve, but the information was broadly there.
Another plea to bring album and song credits into the digital world
Starting in the late 80s/early 90s, music festivals really began to blossom into multi-media affairs that offered far more than just live music. She was at a music festival, and later that day, The Flaming Lips were taking the stage. As she paced the stage, trying to explain the intricacies of the microbiome to the audience, guitars and drum kits warmed up behind her, forcing her to raise her voice to be heard. “[Festivals are] an experiment in an alternative lifestyle,” says Jesse Shannon, marketing director of DoLab, the company that founded and organizes Lightning in a Bottle. It wasn’t that long ago that going to a music festival consisted of standing in a field watching a band on a makeshift stage. Wait: science? “So that creates opportunities for conversation, considering new ideas.”
This is fascinating. When they finished their set, you sat down in the mud until the next band came up. This is from TheWeek.com
Sheena Cruickshank stood in front of a crowd of millennials in flower crowns and harem pants. Not any more. In May, the FORM festival in Arizona hosted panels on technology alongside musical performances by Skrillex and Fleet Foxes. A few months earlier, the Lightning in a Bottle festival in California had more than 30 presenters speak on science-related topics over the four-day event. Keep reading. As researchers seek new audiences for their findings, they’re busting out of basement laboratories and stuffy hotel ballrooms and infiltrating the playgrounds where today’s curious, creative minds gather: music festivals. Yes. The immunology professor wasn’t speaking in her usual venue at the University of Manchester, after all. Cruickshank was just one of dozens of scientists who presented in July at Bluedot, a festival in the U.K. And now, festivals are featuring more and more science. And here’s why.
Here’s why they’re there. Have you noticed more scientists at music festivals these days?
Huge. How big is YouTube when it comes to music? And getting huger.
73% of 16-19 year-olds in that country are YouTubers. YouTube gets called out for low royalty payments, but if you look at the platform’s worldwide reach, the overall average of payouts is brought down by ad rates in emerging nations like India. The numbers are mind-boggling. And more crazy numbers about YouTube, go here.
Read more here. That worked out to around $3 billion USD in 2017. Ads cost less there due to the local economy but because usage is so high, this brings down the overall payout numbers. When you consider that 5 billion videos are watched every day, that works out to 1,600,000,000 music videos. Every day. These views generate 21% of YouTube’s revenue. YouTube is particularly popular in Brazil. If you expand things to all consumers in all countries, YouTube is the main way people 16-44 discover music. Videos with more than a billion views now average 121 days to reach that mark. Compare that to the 462 days it took in 2015. Music videos are the most popular video category, accounting for 32% of all views. Midia Research has just issued a study on YouTube.
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(Via Dermot) On this, what would have been the day he turned 60 (August 29), let’s take a look back on some of his biggest moments, both good and bad. Has it really been nine years since MJ died?
Were he still alive, Michael Jackson would have just turned 60
Random music news for Thursday, August 30, 2018
Seems like a waste, doesn’t it? The Spinal Tap court case is still turned up to 11. Does Donald Trump cause diarrhoea in musicians? Some 60,000 tents were abandoned after the Reading Festival. Go here for details. If teens are cutting down on social media use, should the music industry be worried? Very, very tricky. (Hint: It’s not something you wear on your wrist.)
Hey, should Apple buy Tesla? He’s certainly changed the way teens view the news. The new remix of The Beatles’ white album is set for release on November 22. Has your music start-up failed? Read this. There’s an argument for that. Oh, Liam. Plenty, as it turns out. Maybe. What’s that? And when it comes to music news for August 30, 2018, there’s once again quite a bit out there. Maybe. A Moroccan pop star has been arrested on sexual assault charges for the third time in eight years. What have you been up to? How’s Michael Jackson’s image doing these days? What’s it like to manage The Rolling Stones? Facebook Watch? They have been dating for four years. Are Neil Young and Daryl Hannah married? Oh. Well, we know which side Bono is on when it comes to Brexit. Yes, the BTS brand of K-pop is HUGE. Sure, it’s nice to have a hobby, but sheesh…
Interested in watching Aretha’s funeral on TV? Avicii sold his house in California for $17.5 million just months before he died. What can radio learn from what’s going on in the smart speaker world? A good question: Will virtual reality concerts ever go mainstream? Today is the 55th anniversary of the Washington-Moscow hotline that went into use after the Cuban missile crisis. I think I want this TV. What’s this new #LoveMusic campaign the music industry has launched? Now Bose has a smart speaker.
New Music From The Inbox: Kandle, Raffaella, Devon Welsh, and more!
An impressive debut single from London brothers Rhys Kirkby-Cox and Harvey Kirkby. Listen: Watch/Listen:
Artist: Annie Goodchild
This soulful track has enthralling dynamics which build and recede in delightfully unexpected ways. Expressive strings and powerful vocals hold the bulk of the melody while r&b beats keep it fresh and unique. It was produced by Half Moon Run’s Devon Portielje which makes sense for the track. Artist: Kandle
Song: Broken Boys
Album: Holy Smoke
Composed of only enchanting vocals and acoustic guitar, this song manages to be timelessly simple sound and yet still feel huge. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of modern suburban life. Watch/listen:
Artist: Everyone You Know
Song: Our Generation
This sweet track is a perfect mix of electric and acoustic that refuses to stick to one genre. Listen:
Song: Bruce Willis
This song has a catchy, dreamy chorus, and is both anthemic and relaxed in the coolest way. Watch/Listen:
Artist: Devon Welsh
Song: By The Daylight
Album: Dream Songs
Simple instrumentation of lush, expressive strings and piano chords make for a stunning, sensitive track.
But it’s in a bottle, not a jar. Metallica introduces their new whiskey.
They’re all labelled “081” which signifies 1981, the year Metallica was established. Back in March, we heard that the band was working with a distillery to come up with…something. The initial batch is limited to just 5,000 bottles–and they come with a playlist on Spotify and Apple Music so you have something to listen to whilst sipping. Some kind of chapel was next door to his lab and whenever someone played the massive church organ, everything would shake. Pickerell and Metallica consulted a company called Meyer Sound which designed a special subwoofer that generates the required low frequencies. He came up with his “low hertz bombardment” techniques while working as a professor of chemistry at West Point. Now we know what: a blended whiskey they called Blackened–which, of course, takes its name from the 1988 album, …And Justice for All. The patent-pending sonic enhancement process has been dubbed “Black Noise.”
The sound wave on the front of the bottle is a digital waveform taken from the song. Metallica is officially in the booze business. Metallica’s master distiller is a dude named Dave Pickerell, who is also a chemical engineer by training. The brew is a blend of ryes, bourbons, and whiskeys sourced from all across North America and–and I’m not making this up–“housed in black brandy barrels and inundated with low hertz sound waves so intense that it actually enhances the molecular interaction and ultimately the finish of the whisky.”