Here’s an interesting article on how the pop music industry exploits neurobiological traits in humans to foist their products on us. Kindly brought to my attention by my Facebook buddy and singer extraordinaire Adriano Prestel:
At the risk of making a complete fool of myself, I must admit that of all the names that appeared in the liner notes of the records I’ve bought or listened to over at friends’ houses, hers escaped me in all those years. Why that is, especially since she played on so many hit records, I don’t know. Maybe musical tunnel vision of some kind. Whatever.
But now that my Facebook buddy Charles Hoernemann, an accomplished guitarist, composer, long time studio cat and recording artist and engineer himself, introduced me to her, I can’t seem to get enough of her. Or let me put it differently: She is the first person (in music) I never met and whom I’d love to meet. Next to the wealth of music she contributed to and the legacy she shares with us, I get a vibe from her that I wish I had been around in my “formative years”, as they’re often called. And not only as a musician or music educator, but as a person, too. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard someone speak with such authority and integrity on all matters music (and the people involved), but also outside of music. To me, she is the perfect example of the expression “down to earth”, while at the same time having managed to preserve an aliveness and heartbeat I unfortunately haven’t come across too often in my life. If I had had someone like her as a music teacher at around, say, age 20, I guess, my life might have taken a much different course from what it actually took (and that one ended in a complete desaster, to be all honest). But I don’t intend to make this about me other than saying: Watching this is true inspiration on all levels – and in buckets so.
The interview lasts for over an hour, but she always gets to the point of the questions asked quickly, spikes up the footage by throwing in lots and lots of hands-on examples on both the guitar and the bass and effortlessly walks us through 60-70 years of music history, while sharing personal anecdotes to back up her own history. In terms of education as well as inspiration, I can’t think of spending a better 70 minutes on the web. Carol Kaye. Wow. And thank you!
I’ve been registered on this site for probably going on two years. I’ve always wondered, whether and how it really works. This video gives a very plausable demonstration of what happens “under the hood” or “behind the scenes” of this site in terms of matching artist material with what industry professionals are looking for. Quite fascinating!
Wow. Guess, they never saw that coming.
Musicians becoming entrepreneurs by talking to music biz experts, a franchise of self-starters of sorts. Sounds interesting. I might have to look into this.via Between Art and Business: A Musician As A Startup – hypebot.
“Wir applaudieren dem Gericht für die Erkenntnis, dass Hotfile nicht einfach ein Dateispeicher war, sondern ein Geschäftsmodell, das auf die massive Verbreitung gestohlener Inhalte aufbaut.”
I consciously risk coming across like someone readily raining on everyone’s parade. I, however, see it as necessary education to know and understand the inner workings of the music “industry”. I even cringe at the very wording of this funny realm of life.
And in honoring Ravi Shankar’s passing on 11-12-12 (wow, he almost “picked” that very memorable 12-12-12 date to pass on…), I would like to sow the idea that artists should be henceforth acknowledged as cultural ambassadors, who dedicate their talents to bringing the world closer together by working hard to overcome any preconceived or existing separations and boundaries. Don’t you think, it could be a good idea to be paid by our communities and govenments? If artists rarely get to sustain themselves any longer because of the exploitative processes at work in the business, then why not grant them enough to live comfortably and thus get to continue doing their work? A lot more money is being spent on destructive crap of all kinds. If we lose touch with our creative selves, we become zombies. As a matter of fact: If you look hard at the pre-Christmas shopping terror, most of us already have become consumerist zombies. Needed to get this off my chest. I’m now inviting my 2 cents back into my wallet. 😉