Fast-and-Wide Blog

Dying like Heroes

HeroesSitting down to write this shortly after the deaths of Lemmy and David Bowie, I’m presented with yet more sad news. I can add Mott the Hoople drummer Buffin Griffin and Eagles front man Glenn Frey to the count of lost talent.

Tony Visconti has posted on Twitter: To the assholes who are saying they're dropping like flies, you nitwits, they are Dying Like Heroes! January seems like a very, very bad month for heroes.

   

The Sound of Story: Chapter Two

Sound of StoryLike a finely crafted sequel, there was a perfect counterpoint between Ray Beckett’s passion for capturing film sound ‘on set’ at last year’s Sound of Story conference and Glenn Freemantle’s jubilance over having to build the soundtrack to Everest almost from scratch. But let’s begin at the beginning.

It’s Brighton, and the Lighthouse arts and culture agency is hosting its second Sound of Story to a full house…

   

TV and the Radio Star

Apple TVWith Apple promising ‘the future of television’ with the latest-generation Apple TV, the race is on for music streaming services to get onboard. Being Apple, this isn’t easy, but Mixcloud has secured an early win for its 13m monthly listeners.

Ahead of SoundCloud, Deezer and Spotify, Mixcloud looks set to help shape broadcast’s latest reinvention along with its streamed delivery, multi-device integration and new control models.

   

Track Limit Exceeded

Multitrack metersFor some of us who grew up with the rigours of analogue tape multitracking, the term ‘infinite tracks’ has never really lost its shock value.

From a time when tracks were among studio recording’s most valuable resources – and played a quantifiable part in determining the recording process both practically and musically – they’ve become a cheap digital commodity. We think we want more of them.. but we may be a whole lot better off with far fewer.

   

Gear Change: AES67

AES67Commenting on the former BBC Top Gear team reuniting for Amazon’s internet TV enterprise, presenter Richard Hammond enthused over making a programme ‘about a rapidly-changing industry from within another rapidly-changing industry’.

An astute observation, as both broadcast and the motor industry are in major periods of flux. Whether he is specifically aware of the impact of AES67 on broadcast, however, is unlikely.

   

Music for Pleasure

Double Hendrix

To players of modest ability, entering a 1970s Birmingham music shop could be like entering the Arctic Circle – an inhospitable place where staff humiliated customers as therapy for their own musical frustrations.

The 1980s brought the ‘non-musician’, insistent on making tunes with machines and samples. Old-school players responded with renewed resentment, but it warmed the climate in the music shop. By comparison, today it’s almost tropical…

   

Music Video: Dead Cert?

BBFC

Two days ago, Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music formally agreed to submit music videos to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) before posting them on YouTube and Vevo.

While presently only applicable to videos that are produced in the UK, the move sends a strong signal regarding the content of some of our music and the fears that surround the internet.

   

Zone Wars: Audio in Art and Weaponry

Dawn ChorusComing at sound from very different directions, two UK art galleries recently put audio at the forefront of an installation – each making use of contrasting interpretations of sound zoning.

While Marcus Coates’ Dawn Chorus framed human beings in the context of birds singing in their natural habitat, Audint’s Delusions of the Living Dead demarked areas of the Tate Britain using what they term ‘unsound’.

   

Vinyl: The New Groove

Vinyl groovesWhile cylinders for Edison’s phonograph were the world’s first consumer music format in the late 1880s, the first music chart preceded them by around 50 years. Having originally represented sheet music sales, the music charts have tracked delivery formats through vinyl, cassette and CD to digital downloads.

Now, with music sales in a downward spiral, the UK’s first weekly vinyl chart has been launched.

   

The Art of Recording: Flaunt the Imperfection

PJ HarveyUnder siege from home recording equipment on one front and new music distribution models on another, as well as being eclipsed by the world of gaming, the wider music business has been forced into increasingly desperate attempts to re-evaluate and reinvent itself.

The latest of these is to turn the recording of music itself into an arts project. Can we make the recording studio a show?

   

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Fast-and-Wide Blog

  • Dying like Heroes Dying like Heroes
    Sitting down to write this shortly after the deaths of Lemmy and David Bowie, I’m presented with yet more sad news. I can add Mott the Hoople drummer Buffin Griffin and Eagles front man Glenn Frey to...
    Read More...
  • The Sound of Story: Chapter Two The Sound of Story: Chapter Two
    Like a finely crafted sequel, there was a perfect counterpoint between Ray Beckett’s passion for capturing film sound ‘on set’ at last year’s Sound of Story conference and Glenn Freemantle’s...
    Read More...
  • TV and the Radio Star TV and the Radio Star
    With Apple promising ‘the future of television’ with the latest-generation Apple TV, the race is on for music streaming services to get onboard. Being Apple, this isn’t easy, but Mixcloud has secured...
    Read More...
  • Track Limit Exceeded Track Limit Exceeded
    For some of us who grew up with the rigours of analogue tape multitracking, the term ‘infinite tracks’ has never really lost its shock value. From a time when tracks were among studio recording’s...
    Read More...
  • Gear Change: AES67 Gear Change: AES67
    Commenting on the former BBC Top Gear team reuniting for Amazon’s internet TV enterprise, presenter Richard Hammond enthused over making a programme ‘about a rapidly-changing industry from within another...
    Read More...
  • Music for Pleasure Music for Pleasure
    To players of modest ability, entering a 1970s Birmingham music shop could be like entering the Arctic Circle – an inhospitable place where staff humiliated customers as therapy for their own...
    Read More...
  • Music Video: Dead Cert? Music Video: Dead Cert?
    Two days ago, Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music formally agreed to submit music videos to the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) before posting them on YouTube and Vevo. While presently...
    Read More...
  • Zone Wars: Audio in Art and Weaponry Zone Wars: Audio in Art and Weaponry
    Coming at sound from very different directions, two UK art galleries recently put audio at the forefront of an installation – each making use of contrasting interpretations of sound zoning. While Marcus...
    Read More...
  • Vinyl: The New Groove Vinyl: The New Groove
    While cylinders for Edison’s phonograph were the world’s first consumer music format in the late 1880s, the first music chart preceded them by around 50 years. Having originally represented sheet music...
    Read More...
  • The Art of Recording: Flaunt the Imperfection The Art of Recording: Flaunt the Imperfection
    Under siege from home recording equipment on one front and new music distribution models on another, as well as being eclipsed by the world of gaming, the wider music business has been forced into increasingly...
    Read More...
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