Techerous

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 24, 2014 11:47 pm
Spotify Winds Down App Directory To Focus On External Ecosystem | TechCrunch
March 18, 2014 11:27 pm
The Price of Music
10:20 pm
Penn State SOMA Arts Crawl 2014

psusoma:

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!

December 5, 2013 11:34 pm
WASHINGTON: Who knew? The arts bring big bucks to the economy | Celebrities | The Sun Herald

I’m a big believer in a balanced approach, this just goes to show you how you never know where positive impacts could come from.

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

mediaor:

Reposted from http://ift.tt/I0YsS6 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.

October 9, 2013 11:55 pm
A GitHub For Musicians, GroupMe Founder’s ‘Splice’ Aids Collaboration With Song Version Control | TechCrunch

Imagine if an artist’s biggest fans could pay $100 to hear early demos of songs from a new album and provide feedback on them. “There’s this gap between Spotify and Kickstarter. What about inviting fans into the studio, extending music creation to the listeners — expose the process to fans and let them get involved. That’s our end game” Martocci told me with a dream in his voice. We’ll see if musicians get hooked.

September 18, 2013 12:01 am

What Does Netflix Have on Spotify?

Obviously there’s some pretty big differences, but I have been thinking a lot about the new age of packaging forms of intellectual property and find myself coming back to comparing these 2 business models.  Kevin Spacey recently spoke about the beauty of the simplicity in Netflix’s model, give the people what they want, when they want it at a reasonable price. In some ways Spotify offers a similar type of plan, however whereas Netflix is encouraging creativity and entry for quality, Spotify seems to be benefiting the same tiny sector of the industry that has been doing relatively okay since the first mp3 was created. How can Spotify encourage top-level quality that has been lost in the profit crisis it’s industry is facing.  It seems that Netflix does this by acting as a channel itself and taking risks.  What if Spotify signed bands directly as if it was a label itself. Obviously there are a lot of factors I’m not aware of in these businesses and have barely scratched the surface of the ones I myself am even aware of.  Does anyone else have thoughts on this?

July 12, 2013 12:28 am
EDM: Economic Distortion Medium | NOISEY
June 24, 2013 9:52 pm

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

mediaor:

Reposted from http://bit.ly/14mOGOM 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.…

June 17, 2013 11:36 pm
Eventbrite Survey Finds EDM Fan Behavior Differs Greatly From Other Music Fans
It’s funny because I keep hearing how EDM is one of the only scenes that really brings in revenue for the music industry these days and how the fans are willing to shell out $100 a show. I think the kids in that scene, because they’re so big on social media, inflate every event to such a huge level that they see it as necessary to attend for their entire social needs.  because promotion is such a huge part of what they do, every event needs to be “extraordinary” unlike something like the indie rock scene where they almost look to go to as many shows as possible for as little money because it’s about seeing as much as possible than being able to say that every experience you had was awesome. It’s kind of the same behavior as you see at every party now, making sure we have pictures and sharing all the fun that is being had is almost as important as the party itself.

Eventbrite Survey Finds EDM Fan Behavior Differs Greatly From Other Music Fans

It’s funny because I keep hearing how EDM is one of the only scenes that really brings in revenue for the music industry these days and how the fans are willing to shell out $100 a show. I think the kids in that scene, because they’re so big on social media, inflate every event to such a huge level that they see it as necessary to attend for their entire social needs.  because promotion is such a huge part of what they do, every event needs to be “extraordinary” unlike something like the indie rock scene where they almost look to go to as many shows as possible for as little money because it’s about seeing as much as possible than being able to say that every experience you had was awesome. It’s kind of the same behavior as you see at every party now, making sure we have pictures and sharing all the fun that is being had is almost as important as the party itself.