My aim is to prove I have strong credentials as an educational music technologist. (i.e. my revised mission statement)
I have grown my written communication skills over the last 11 years as an amateur music journalist with the Music of Our Heart WordPress blog. My evolution continues to the next phase of exploration and accomplishment.
In essence, the focus is to merge the three passions that serve as daily motivation.
1) Music Avocation: Reading about, listening to, absorbing and sharing music information with readers and friends.
2) Technologist: Leverage 45 years of information technology industry and education knowledge.
Music Technology Research Project
I have begun in earnest an educational music technology research project. I am not at liberty to reveal the nature and purpose of this research just yet.
I am willing to share with my readers, various discoveries I make along the path of this journey.
Revelation #1: The Open Music Initiative Website
June of 2016, the Berklee College of Music founded the Open Music Initiative (OMI), to advance the way the industry administers music rights and help assure that all creators, performers and right holders of music are properly compensated. OMI is developing open standards to enable the creation of platforms and applications that will simplify the way rights owners are identified and paid.
The initiative is led by Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, along with MIT’s Media Lab, IDEO and Context Labs. It already has over 200 members, including the three major labels, Sony, Universal, and Warner, as well as Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, SiriusXM, YouTube, Alibaba and many others.
I have come to appreciate how open source projects have benefitted civilization and revolutionized the computer technology industry. Several examples come to mind. Google’s TensorFlow, Node.js React Native, Audacity, and my favorite of all WordPress.
The Open Music Initiative coupled with David Byrne’s book, How Music Works shapes my iterative thought process. Stay on board the flight deck as this research project readies for liftoff. I caution you the Geek who lives inside of me is unleashed. He’s a friendly soul that I can assure you 😉