March 27, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Tuesday, March 27

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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.

Try making a record - or expanding the Internet - without a song!

Echo Nest CEO Lucchese On The Future Of Data Driven Music Discovery [VIDEO]
By Bruce Houghton -- The Echo Nest uses of huge sets of music data to drive music discovery and engagement. Since their clients included companies like Spotify, Nokia, EMI, Clear Channel (iHeatRadio) and Vevo, how the The Echo Nest shakes and bakes music data has a huge influence on what we listen to...

With Rise of Streaming Services, Music Biz Pushes for Metrics
By Jason Feinberg -- Subscription services and engagement apps are quickly becoming core factors driving the music industry and the conversations surrounding them...With the rise of truly interactive music experiences...there is an abundance of data describing everything from streaming song counts to conversation rates of direct-to-fan marketing channels. The challenge is aggregating and understanding this data...

Aspiro's WiMP: Does Successes For Music Streaming Lay Further Down The Long Tale?
By Bruce Houghton

Court Shuts Down Site That Circumvents Pirate Bay Blocks
By -- A Dutch anti-piracy group has won a court order forcing the operator of a proxy website to shut the site down after it was used to circumvent blocks to illegal file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.

Sell Your Band: Directory Of Services For DIY Musicians
By Clyde Smith -- Sell Your Band is a newly launched website featuring a directory of services for DIY and indie artists. It's a nice looking site that covers a broad range of categories with individual service reviews. They seem to be up on the newer services including some that I haven't seen before. Definitely a solid resource for artists making it happen in the digital realm.

How (and Why) Musicians Are Using Twitter
By John Paul Titlow

INTERVIEW: Bob Ludwig On Mastering For Earbuds
By Bobby Owsinski -- In the world of audio mastering, there's none more esteemed than Bob Ludwig. Bob was a classically trained trumpet player before becoming a mastering engineer for producer Phil Ramone's A&R Recording, then eventually worked his way up to chief engineer at Masterdisk. In 1993 he built his own Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine, which even though it's not in a main media center, still has a who's-who list of celebrity clients.

When Earbuds Attack: A Cautionary Tale (With a Horrifying Photo)
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Prepare for some bad news about in-ear headphones...

INTERVIEW - Andy Cavatorta, Bjork's Musical Roboticist
By Mark Frauenfelder -- Andy Cavatorta is a roboticist, artist, musician, and filmmaker. He was at MIT's Media Lab from 2007 to 2010. In the current issue of MAKE, Vol 29, Andy wrote an article about his collaboration with the Icelandic musician Bjork to create robotic gravity harps for her touring performance. In my interview, we talk about this project and more...

15 Reasons Why Some Indie Artists Fail And Others Succeed
By Vinny Ribas

There's More to a Free Music Campaign Than Free Music...
By -- You've done it again. You've given away a free track from your latest album. It's on your website. You've talked about it on Facebook. Job done, you think. Well think again.

99 Percent of Americans Don't Play Music: 210 Apps To Help Them Try
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- If you'd like to try your hand, quite literally, at playing music, you needn't buy or rent an instrument, although the latter can be done on the cheap, for those who are not ready to commit to hardware ownership. Instead, try some of the 210 musical instruments in our app directory, which run hardware you might already own.

Arbréole, The Intersection Of Music, Light And Robotics-Part 2
By Jennifer Hicks -- From a passion to create a social experience that is both digital, autonomous and interactive comes a wonderful discovery that music, light and robotics are more similar than you might think.

[For those of you, like me, who have been disheartened by the lack of attention paid to the waltz of late...]
Waltzify - Turn Any 4/4 Song into a Waltz with Echo Nest Remix
By Paul Lamere -- Tristan Jehan, one of the founders here at the Echo Nest, has created a Python script that will take a 4/4 song and turn it into a waltz. The script uses Echo Nest remix, a Python library that lets you algorithmically manipulate music. Here's an example of the output of the script when applied to the song ‘Fame'...

Dean Kay


Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).

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