Archive for June 2004

New home in second life

moblogI left Teal and moved to a new plot in Marawa about 3 weeks ago.. this
is pretty much what my new plot looks like. Jopsy acquired the plot
that bites into mine there on the left and sold me the chunk that
cleans up the plot to a nice triangular shape. River front property,
woot!

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Logic 6

sleep deprivation
ha ha ha ha . . . oh dearie me. yes. It is rather late isn’t it. oh well, check out my first test loop using Logic Pro 6 or whatever they call it.

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My Houston iMovie

moblogI’ve made an iMovie using my iSight and my Canon powershot S45’s movie
recording feature to capture the moment I was feeling as I was waiting
in Houston to go home. It’s always exciting to miss your connecting
flight due to mechanical problems, but when it starts raining, then
they don’t have to put you in a hotel. Sneaky bastards.

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omg, deja vu

Ooook, so here I am again in new orleans airport… And my flight is late. I may be staying in Houston tonight.

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preservation hall


Joanna, Byron, Peter, Nate and I are at preservation hall in new orleans. Its incredible to hear these 6 people jamming out some awesome dixieland jazz! The photo above is showing the room before the musicians arrived. I did a sketch of my memories of their sitting positions, general location, etc.. just a quick interpretation in my head about what I remembered. I’ll scan it in and post it.

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new orleans 2004

Apple has sent me and most of my team to New Orleans for NECC, one of the largest education technology shows in the country.

right now I’m looking at the mississippi river, and I just had beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde in riverwalk. The weathers been pretty nice, hot, humid, but nice. I have some nice photos of the activities so far. I’m also going to take the camera to the show. The booth is so cool! More later..

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Ron Reagan Jr. – smart man

on speaking at Reagan Sr.’s funeral

Dad was also a deeply, unabashedly religious man. But he never made the fatal mistake of so many politicians wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political advantage. True, after he was shot and nearly killed early in his presidency, he came to believe that God had spared him in order that he might do good. But he accepted that as a responsibility, not a mandate. And there is a profound difference.

I knew I wanted to blog this, and I thank the washington post for the transcript..

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Response to CDBaby.com’s use of RIAA data

http://cdbaby.org/stories/04/06/02/1038389.html
by Derek at CD Baby on Thursday June 03 2004 @ 03:49PM PDT

I think of it this way:

Are you really at a point in your career where you want to EXCLUDE 95% of your potential audience?

All this talk about “excluding 95% of your market” is kind of valid to people like the rolling stones and brittney spears, who could potentially sell to 95% of the market.

Me, well, let’s just say I’m no brittney spears. I don’t have 95% marketability. My market is the 5% who OWN iPods already. They’re the ones who listen to mix tapes, spend $40 on a saturday night to go listen to a DJ in a warehouse. They’re the ones who are savvy to internet radio stations. They’re the ones who are not interested in 95% of what the rest of the world is listening to… and I can tell you it ain’t rock or country getting played in those warehouses. If you want to get really technical, I should be trying to press to vinyl, not CDs, but.. there is no “VinylBaby” to my knowledge.

I’m going to have more faith in the future of mixed music. It’ll be FinalScratch, Serato Scratch, CDJ1000’s, and all the new hardware that I don’t even know about yet. People who own those… that’s my market. They don’t want to buy a whole CD of my stuff when there’s only one track that will work for their chosen genre.

I hope this isn’t a foreign concept to you. I hope these concepts are received with an open mind, because it’s free marketing info for you! We’re trying to tell you where your next opportunity is, and you’re telling us that we’re wrong. I think you’d probably make more money by encouraging your customers to do their distribution any way they want. If I only want digital, you should be saying “Ok!” Otherwise you’re turning people away. (happy to share the email response I just got back from you with you).

I mean hey, let’s have a contest, eh? let’s see how many of my tracks get sold on iTunes versus how many CDs I sell over the course of 1 year… we’re at the turning point for some artists like myself.

Once my market tastes how wonderful it is to purchase one great track off an album of crappy other tracks, they never want to buy another cd again. When you do buy a CD, and there’s even 1 crappy track, you regret it. “man, I should have just downloaded the ones I wanted”… Fine, personal experience talking there. It’s the difference between buying 3 eggs, or a carton of eggs with 3 good ones and 9 busted, rotten, inedible ones.

Digital is good.

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embroidery designs

moblogwow, I can’t believe it’s been almost 10 years? nah, couldn’t be that
long. Could it? Nah.. it’s only been like 7 or 8. Anyway, in a
former lifetime, I had serious dreams of owning a clothing line. Here
were the 4 designs I had digitized for embroidery. I just found a
bunch of friends and associates from that former lifetime on
friendster.com, so it kind of got me all nostalgic, and I had to dig
out the old graphics from my website from way back when. :)

ok, ok.. the swooshy one. It’s not an effing upside down nike logo. It’s Pac Man, doing the technicolor yawn. I called that one “Pac Yak”. This was before everyone and their mother was using a swoosh in their company’s logo. Ah, well.. it’s for the best that it dies away.. those cat logos, though.. pretty fresh, imo.. heh :)

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jono’s screenshot

moblogFrom: Jono Kane
Subject: oh, i jest…

Conversations regarding bummblebizzles and such… oh, but please note
the itunes track listing in the background, my
neo-modern-foward-thinking chum :)

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some people, sheesh

I got my ears pierced, and my tongue pierced, but sheesh, some people will pierce anything.

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funky shizzle

on passing some knowledge about the bumblebeez 81 video on jono… moblog

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continued bitching about how the world (of being a record label) sucks

steve I’ve been doing more investigation into the label thing
steve it’s pretty fucking dead in the water at this point
steve I probably should have waited to order that URL until after I’d done this research
steve maybe I can salvage it as a music marketing tool for people who have tracks on iTunes and want to promote themselves more
steve did I tell you about the horror of the UPC code?
time 12:30 PM
jono yes…. i was saying i saw some stuff on osxaudio regarding that
jono sorry bout the delay, yo
steve yeah, I was thinking it would be possible to be a service to sell labels UPC codes,
steve but no
jono heh…. “but no”
jono doh
steve yeah
steve cdbaby
jono unfortunately, i guess the UPC barcode thing is a necessary evil
steve charges you $20 for one
steve but you have to submit a CD to them for that
steve so, for $35, you get to send in 5 CDs, and for $20 you get to buy a freaking UPC code
steve then you get to wait and wait and wait for the iTunes Music store to either include you or deny you
jono yeah
jono not too costly, all things considered
jono it’s a good start
steve it’s weak
steve dude
steve how is it possible for anyone to get a start and own their own work?
jono well…
steve and make a profit
jono some have done it…
jono but…
jono Korn did it…
jono their first few albums were ALL independant
steve they have the advantage of being rock
jono and they spent years just touring around the country playing shows and promoting their work w/ free loot
jono dunno HOW they could afford that
jono hmmm
steve yeah,
jono let’s see…
steve exactly
jono who else…
jono well…
steve it’s just arbitrary rules
jono there’s tons of great electronic music, but those dudes are all in EU
jono actually, scratch that…
steve apple requiring a bar code when they know how much that shit costs
jono moby, crystal method, etc etc
steve I don’t even want to be a rock star, man
jono actually, to be honest, $800 for a (soon to be) world-wide distribution method is peanuts
jono apple needs to have some sort of validator
jono so people aren’t farting in a mic and trying to sell it via itunes
time 12:40 PM
jono anyone CAN get a UPC barcode, but only people that are serious about it (where it’s their careers) will apply…
steve I swear to god, I’m going to find exactly that right now on the itms
jono lol
jono okay
steve god damnit
steve http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playlistId=3986385&selectedItemId=3986295
jono OMFG
jono dude
jono im LOLing soooo hard right now…
jono i just said…
jono and then…
jono omfg
jono whew
jono *pulls out gun, aims at head*
steve whole fucking album of it
jono all these years of effort, time, creativity….
jono and then…
jono there’s fucking…. PULL MY FINGER
jono omfg
jono BAH
jono i need lunch
steve ok
steve I need to clear my head
jono dude, you gotta blog this chat…
steve yeah
jono it’s too funny/twisted to let it go
jono lol
jono how fucked up…
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The straight shit on why you probably won’t want to be your own music label

We’ll set aside the obvious and real problems with your song containing samples or being a cover song. These are serious legal issues that you need to completely resolve before you even begin to think about being your own music label.

Then there’s the ISRC codes that you need to generate for every track on your album. That’s not too bad, but you have to work with the RIAA in order to obtain these, since they’re the governing body in the USA for this international organization. You don’t have to become a member of the RIAA to do this, but you will be asking them for help. It’s free, from what I come to understand.

The Uniform Code Council, however, is a monopoly that holds the power over the USA and Canada for handing out UPC Bar codes.. you know, those bar codes on everything tangible that’s sold in a market or store… The problem with becoming a member of the Uniform Code Council is that it costs seven hundred fifty fucking dollars for the privilege of generating even just one code. For the first year. Then $150 per year afterwards. You can verify this on their website.

Most digital distribution venues for music want you to have a UPC code because they can report sales stats to SoundScan. Sorry.. “want” is incorrect. REQUIRE is more accurate.

ok, so now you can start dealing with the heartbreaking ego crushing reality about how good your music is. Or isn’t. Or maybe just under-appreciated. Either way, think about selling 1000 songs just to cover your business expenses. Are there enough people using these digital download delivery devices and services to sell 1000 songs of yours just to cover your expenses for the year?

Ok, maybe $1000 is in line with your estimates. Maybe it’s way low. But to me.. it’s too expensive. It’s out of line with what I’m willing to absorb just to feed my ego of being on the itms. it’s crazy. it’s sad. (sigh) …

Oh, sorry.. 1000 songs would net you about $600. You’d have to sell closer to 2000 songs to cover UCC membership and your business license. If you have ANY legal issues or even think you might, you should talk with an entertainment law attorney. So, better crank that up to 3000 songs.

All of these expenses you pay up front… on speculation… and must continue to pour money into marketing yourself because you’re the boss, remember? You’re your own record label. Bleedin’ out cash money and praying for sales. C’mon sales! C’MON SALES!!!

What a ringer week it’s been. This time last week I was just starting to become incredibly hopeful that I could gain some independence, and generate some middleman-free extra income by becoming my own record label.. and helping my friends become their own record label too! At this point… I just wish CDBaby had a referral program…

For sale: one Simon Higgs report on how to sell your music on the iTunes Music Store: never been used, really.. $25.

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Airport Express

Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs on Tuesday aimed to further solidify his company’s hold on the digital music market with the release of AirPort Express, a tiny new mobile 802.11g-based wireless networking base station available in July for US$129 that comes equipped with a combination analog and digital audio connector. The announcement came at the “D: All Things Digital” conference in San Diego. AirPort Express will act as a portable 802.11g base station for traveling, but when used at home will also connect consumers’ home stereos with their iTunes Music Library. [MacCentral]

Wow, I just looked at this site on apple.com… this thing looks amazing! I love how Apple continues to innovate and totally surprise me. Let the new technolust begin…

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