Red Sky is a brand new 3-track EP from me. Consists of Floating Ice Cubes, which I posted on SoundCloud a few months ago, and 2 new deep house tracks. The EP is out now on Beatport. It’s coming to iTunes and Spotify in a about 10 days time. It can be streamed in full from SoundCloud right now. Enjoy.
Tim Jonze, writing for The Guardian:
Such enthusiasm seems at odds with the idea of Budd not being a music fan, but it does make a sort of sense. I suggest that this may be what sets him apart from the average listener: that he feels music more intensely, so can’t put himself through such highs and lows each day. “I never really thought about that,” he says, chuckling again, as if baffled by the sheer mystery of himself. “But you know, it’s a very good point. I think I’m going to take that as gospel.”
I rarely read artist interviews, as they all seem kind of similar. This, however, was very interesting. Budd doesn’t even have his favourite instrument, piano, at home.
A few things happened past 2 weeks revolving around streaming services.
Spotify today announced that it will acquire the industry’s leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest. The acquisition supports Spotify’s strategy to grow global music consumption and overall revenue back to the music industry by building the best user experience and music discovery engine for millions of global fans.
This deal will allow Spotify to leverage The Echo Nest’s in depth musical understanding and tools for curation to drive music discovery for millions of users around the globe. The addition of The Echo Nest to Spotify will also strengthen Spotify’s ability to help brands and partners build amazing music experiences for their audiences.
Spotify’s music discovery engine is quite good, but any improvements are very welcome.
Pandora also announced that it has crossed the milestone of 250 million registered users in the U.S. Listeners have now created over six billion stations, enabling Pandora to connect emerging artists as well as established acts to an ever-growing fan bans.
People have been predicting that Amazon would offer a Spotify-like music subscription service, most likely bundled with its Prime delivery option, for some time. But industry sources say Amazon is now engaged in more serious talks with big music labels about making that happen.
In the meetings during Grammy Week, Apple’s iTunes contingent, led by Kondrk, even suggested the albums don’t even have to be exclusive to iTunes, and that labels could give albums to other stores as well – but not streaming services.
Lastly, check out Kirk McElhearn’s analysis of Zoë Keating’s income as a successful indie artist. She sells her music directly to fans:
It’s clear in Ms. Keating’s case that, with sales generating more than 10 times streaming income, increased streaming – with the resulting drop in sales – paid at such low rates, would lower her overall income. […]
This is yet another example of how difficult it is to make a living as a musician these days. […]
So, go out and buy an album by an indie artist today; don’t let the music die. You could buy one by Zoë Keating, or by plenty of other artists, such as The Durutti Column. […]
This should make a good read, whether you use iZotope plug-ins or not. I’ve read both ‘Dithering with Ozone’ and ‘Mastering with Ozone’ guides. They were excellent, with clear explanations and full of useful tips. It’s kind of disappointing that ’Mixing with iZotope” is not available in ePub format, like their other guides that can be downloaded from the Apple’s iBookstore.
(via Logic Pro Expert)
My favourite quote from ‘What difference does it make?’ is by Brian Eno:
Something happens when I’m working, which is that… for quite a long time I’m pushing the work. Pushing and pushing and pushing and trying to make it go somewhere. And then suddenly there’s a change and the work is pushing me. That’s the moment when I know something has happened, when I don’t really have to make decisions anymore. It seems like I’m just being carried along.
This is exactly what I experience when I’m making music.
Watching ‘What difference does it make?’ reminded me why I make music and why I got into it in the first place. I highly recommend checking it out. You’ll hear the artists make some weird cool sounds and find out what sort of mental obstacles they have to get over to finish their music.
I’m surprised no one has done this before. I would love to see Spotify support in Traktor DJ app.
I love Pacemaker’s UI. It’s beautifully minimalistic. It, kind of, reminds me of FiftyThree’s Paper app.