My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

March 18, 2014 10:20 pm
Penn State SOMA Arts Crawl 2014


Arts Crawl is a day long event designed to showcase local talent of all kinds: Music, painting, dancers, fashion, film, and more!

We could really appreciate if you could donate, it would help us make sure Arts Crawl rules and everything runs super smoothly.  

We appreciate any and all support.  

Not really related to what I talk about, but this is a super cool club I used to be in in school. They put on one of the coolest events there every year and apparently the funding rules there still screw over the smaller clubs.  Help them out if you can!

November 18, 2013 7:57 am
Musicians, Should You EVER Pay-To-Play? | Music Think Tank (primary) RSS


Reposted from on November 18, 2013 at 07:00AM

Payola, in one form or another, is as old as the music business:

Labels pay radio stations to broadcast their music, producers pay DJs to spin their records in the club, and promoters ask live bands to pay-to-play at…

This was a huge issue for my band in high school. This article seems more geared towards career musicians so it fails to mention how many events that use this model are primarily for kids. I still feel that was wrong for them to do and severely chilled who was able to play in bands. We encountered many venues with more experimental models where they would change what they paid you based on how many times you performed there (still giving them the filter function) or they would just pay you a small amount per ticket collected from your band. While it’s more important to not stifle creativity amongst teenagers, I see no reason these tactics wouldn’t work for adults as well.

June 24, 2013 9:52 pm

Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for ‘tricking’ artists with petition | The Register - Business: Media


Reposted from on June 24, 2013 at 08:43PM

Musicians asked to ‘support their own pay cut’

Three members of iconic British psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd have penned an editorial condemning the practices of streaming music service Pandora, which they say has been trying to trick recording artists into cutting their own pay.…

March 21, 2013 6:46 pm
C'est La Vie ~~~: ARTS CRAWL 2k13 - KICKSTARTER



Hope everyone’s spring break is relaxing and fun.

We just finished up our kickstarter for Arts Crawl.

We need a little bit of funds to help put the event on this year.

Pledge some money youself, send it to your friends/parents, tell a stranger, whatever you feel inclined…

Shameless plug for a pretty cool thing at Penn State.  This is basically one of the biggest events to support local artists and bands west of Philadelphia in the state of PA so if you can help support it that would be awesome.

February 26, 2013 10:50 pm
Music Industry Reports a Rise in Sales, Crediting Digital


The music industry, the first media business to be consumed by the digital revolution, said on Tuesday that its global sales rose last year for the first time since 1999, raising hopes that a long-sought recovery might have begun.

The increase, of 0.3 percent, was tiny, and the total revenue, $16.5 billion, was a far cry from the $38 billion that the industry took in at its peak more than a decade ago. Still, even if it is not time for the record companies to party like it’s 1999, the figures, reported Tuesday by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, provide significant encouragement.

“It’s clear that 2012 saw the global recording industry moving onto the road to recovery,” said Frances Moore, chief executive of the federation, which is based in London. “There’s a palpable buzz in the air that I haven’t felt for a long time.”

» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)

Interesting how services such as Spotify are starting to have the effect the industry was hoping they would. However it would be nice if we found a way to turn it around that really rewarded the artist again as the royalties received from Pandora and Spotify are ridiculously small.

January 3, 2013 9:23 pm
me*dia*or: 5 Top Emerging Music Tech Trends For 2013 | hypebot


Reposted from on January 03, 2013 at 11:58AM

2013-graphicAfter a busy 2012, music tech companies across the board are set for a big 2013. Streaming music companies will engage in further struggle while tech usage trends affect how music is consumed. I’ve gathered 5…

The biggest takeaway I think is that it is no longer enough to just be a musician, you have to have an entrepreneurial nature as well.  If you can not take charge of your music yourself in the information age you can’t compete

July 9, 2012 1:25 am
"While the “big four” record labels have seen their revenues plummet during the last decade, the music industry more broadly—encompassing independent labels, live performances, merchandise, music lessons, and the like—did extremely well. Statistics from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry indicates that the “broader music industry,” which included “revenues from music in radio advertising, recorded music sales, musical instrument sales, live performance revenues and portable digital music player sales (among a few other income categories)” grew from $132 billion to $168 billion"

Why We Shouldn’t Worry About The (Alleged) Decline Of The Music Industry - Forbes (via futuristgerd)

I’ve seen, and in some cases used, these arguments before and I feel like they only solve part of the equation.  Especially these days when so many artists are signed to 360 deals.  While it would be nice to believe these factors could allow a self-sustaining environment, it still shows these days that for bands to be really successful they still need major labels.

(via emergentfutures)