Hollywood and the music industry often have parallel responses to piracy and related profit declines. But instead of beefing their respective trade organizations, both the RIAA and MPAA are now witnessing drops in their respective budgets. Membership dues to the MPAA have crashed from $84.7 million to $41.5 million in just three years, according to recent filings. Just last week, the RIAA released tax filings revealing that its major label dues have dropped 44% in just two years. The MPAA has kept their employment level stable while trimming some salaries; the RIAA seems adamantly attached to million-plus compensation packages at the top.
Ever wonder what it is like to hear music for the first time? Well, a young man and artist named Austin Chapman recently described the experience an open Reddit 'AMA' interview that's been viral for much of August. A month ago, he gained the ability to hear with state of the art hearing aids. The first sounds to register in his mind were the sweet, haunting voices of Mozart’s tragic requiem Lacrimosa, which the composer wrote on his deathbed and never got to hear himself. Chapman broke down in tears in that moment, and still cherishes it as one of his favorite pieces. A filmmaker, Chapman has also gained the ability to hear the music in his own films for the first time, and hopes to compose himself someday. When the Washington Post asked him to describe the experience of hearing for the first time, his analogy? "It's like the first time you kiss a girl. It’s like that."
Also, the Bandwidth Conference is now kicking off from the Kennedy School in Portland, OR. There will be discussions on a wide variety of fields ranging from from business, to historical, to artistic. Some of the lecture topics include 'How do We Value Music?' (Steve Corn, CEO/Founder of BFM Digital) to 'Where’s the Money in Streaming?' (Jon Maples, VP of Rhapsody). Should make for some great dialogue.
Good deal? South Korean digital distributor Music Spray is now offering unlimited, lifetime iTunes and Amazon distribution for $99. The service, run by Pison Contents, is currently Korean language only, but will soon expand worldwide with Chinese and English support.
And, here's an interesting promotional idea from comedian Lewis Black. It's a 'soundboard' full of embedded snippets from various routines, with potential crossover into music.
Jernalizm Sunday, August 26, 2012
What does "band-with" mean? Is that a real term or several misspellings? Please advise
Visitor Monday, August 27, 2012
Thanks for changing it Paul. I was confused and you Don't wanna make them advertisers mad!
@jnglobal Monday, August 27, 2012
Lewis Black sound player. Many good applications. I hear a white label opportunity.
@elleswhere Monday, August 27, 2012
Loving the fun Lewis Black soundboard...