Here is a Spotify playlist from Domo Records featuring new age artist Kitaro and others. If you are in need of healing give it a listen.

Two Important Music Conference Events Monday October 28th

There are two important music industry conferences taking place Monday October 28th. These events are instrumental to effect change for the digital music industry. Each event is powerful in scope with a noteworthy cross-section of industry/celebrity presenters and significant topics that are just in time when it comes to the Internet music debate forum.

I wish I could take the day off from teaching and fully plug-in to both cyberspace events. More importantly I wish I could be in person at one of these conclaves but cost restriction and employment are the realities of my life.

I absolutely plan to plug-in via the Web as best I can and follow the proceedings via social media too. I will share how you can do that below if you are inclined to witness and take part. Remember this is your digital music too and your voice is important in the mix. Now is not the time to be a digital music sheeple in play only mode and just let those with industry clout shape our music.

1) The Future of Music Summit 2013, October 28-29

The first event is The Future of Music Summit 2013 taking place in Washington, DC at Georgetown University.

Webcast Information – Be certain to register so you can be reminded of when the Webcast starts etc. 😉

Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to make sure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.

Summit 2013 will cover an incredible amount of ground, including:

  • Presentations and keynotes by government officials, musicians and advocates
  • How proposed changes to copyright law may impact musicians
  • The ins-and-outs of digital business models and revenue generation
  • Data and the artist experience
  • Why public policy matters to local cultural communities around the globe
  • How musicians are advancing positive social change

Granted this event is more about copyright and is far more sociopolitical. But if you thread through the speakers schedule you will find several influential luminaries in the panel discussions and some very meaty topics.

So if you are a digital music wonk like me these two days loom large in understanding what is being discussed, debated and decided about the music ecosystem.

I applaud Tim Quirk from Google Play for participating in this event. I did not see any other major music moguls from Sony Music, Universal Music, Spotify, Apple, Spotify, BeatsAudio etc. taking the time to speak at this very important conclave. Shame on them. My respect increases for Google’s role and commitment.

I am keenly interested in Tim Quirk’s presentation.

Pushing People Up The Pyramid

This presentation highlights the different strategies musicians need to engage different tiers of fans – from the unaware and barely interested to the most die-hard fanatics – and provides insight on how Tim has arranged the editorial and merchandising piece of various services he’s worked for to best reflect that reality.

Tim Quirk Head of Global Content Programming, Google Play

2) Virgin Music – Virgin Disruptors, Has Tech Killed The Music Industry

The second event is sponsored by Virgin Music, Spotify, Vevo and Songkick. Virgin Music is making this part of their 40 year celebration of Virgin Records. The event is Virgin Disruptors, Has Tech Killed The Music Industry.

This event is much more splashy, social media and multimedia branded than The Future of Music . But the intent and purpose is well-intentioned.

The question “has tech killed the music industry” along with many others that surround the relationship between music and technology, will be debated live from the Virgin Records anniversary exhibition in Central London on Monday October 28th at 3:30 pm. EST. The event will feature artists who have been vocal about tech vs music: will.i.amAmanda PalmerScooter BraunImogen Heap and Zoë Keating, alongside leading music platforms SpotifyVevo and Songkick.

Zoe Keating is totally cool intellectual. I plan to write a separate blog post about her soon (I’ve started writing it…)

My browser and Internet viewing will be busied on Monday. I hope I can set aside the time to soak in these two events. No question I will need archive access to best absorb all of this stuff.

Can you say drinking from the end of the fire hose? I knew that you could 😉

Bring it on!


This Is My Jam Appeals to the Music Of Our Heart

The Spotify music platform continues to thrive as the ecosystem for launching purposeful social music applications. I was made aware of a simple, but oh so necessary app by The Echo Nest in my Facebook stream today, the app is called This Is My Jam.

I love the focus of the This Is My Jam app (incubated by The Echo Nest) which  is to share your favorite song with others as they share their favorite song with you. You get to choose one song only for your friends to hear. The song expires in seven days if you don’t change it. That’s it. I will try to share a new favorite song every day if I remember to do so 😉

The company’s greatest challenge to date, according to co-founder Matthew Ogle is, “finding a way to make Jam feel like an effortless enhancement of your existing online music life, and not become yet another social network.

I look forward to learning how the forthcoming This Is My Jam API will be structured for my development and customization hacks 😉