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Which famous musicians are already using your system? Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins, he loves it. Matt Bellamy from Muse put it in his guitars. Uli Jon Roth, former guitar player of the Scorpions, says he actually can't live without it anymore. Steve Vai couldn't believe it unless he saw it, and once he saw it it was still very hard for him to believe. He's telling everybody about how great it is. Steve Lukather really loves it. I showed it to Pete Townshend, and he wants to get to know more about it. That's just the start of it.Now, wouldn't you love to have one as a holiday gift.
"Take me down, Six Undergriound..." For what seemed like a Camelot-like brief shining moment, the basement of the Glass Tower in C. Planca Street in Makati relived its glory days as a music haven for folks looking for something off the beaten path. Through the decades the venue had been many things -- the jazz joint Cafe Alvarado in the 80s, the legendary rock dive Kalye in the 90's, and a bewildering array of ersatz Irish pubs. Named after a tune by trip-hop band Sneaker Pimps, it was revived in 2005 as 6 Underground, a venue that sought to relive the glory of the Kalye days, while combining the bar/club concept with a full fledged recording studio that ended up documenting a number of fine live performances for posterity.To this day, C. Palanca remains a haven for people who want to listen to a lot of undiscovered local artists/bands.
MUSICIANS and music publishers had mixed feelings about Radiohead's experiment. The experiment involved allowing people to download and chose how they opt to pay the British band's new album In Rainbows.
Excerpt from an AFP story:
British rock group Radiohead have drawn a mixed reaction from fans and fellow musicians with an experiment letting listeners decide the price of their latest album, reports said Thursday.
Other artists are said to be studying the novel sales strategy -- labelled a publicity stunt by some -- of allowing fans to pay whatever they want for "In Rainbows," which which went on sale online on Wednesday.
The hit art-rockers, already authors of six albums, drew widespread publicity when they announced earlier this month that that fans could decide the price themselves, saying "It's up to you" on their website.
My take: Radiohead has found a way to create buzz. It's a huge risk but I do agree with one view that if people like something, they're willing to pay for it. But this experiment may not work for all. Radiohead has already created a following back in the days when we were still swapping cassette tape remixes.
Here's a similar take from Blog Critics contributor Jason Meltzer Patterson:
What I find the most interesting about the Radiohead business model is that it sort of keeps the music behind bars again. I mean, by releasing their new album via Web only, you can't hear what you're paying for in advance. Radiohead is banking that fans will want this record because they dug past Radiohead records. You have to pay for the download and hope you like it. The pay-what-you-want model begs the question, how much is the Radiohead brand worth to you?
Many artists have gone the other way. They either tour like crazy to make cash and build a name, use MySpace, or both. Look at the careers of Mickey Avalon, Lily Allen and Kate Nash. All of them made it big on MySpace, where listeners can sample the music freely.
One thing I learned throughout the years is that nothing is "free." Radiohead has hooked us all into thinking this experiment will change the music industry or even force it to its knees. But in the end, they'll be selling more music because the band has already whetted our appetite for their music.
- Malek Lopez, Berklee-trained virtuoso who is the principal composer for the band Drip, and half of the abrasive electronica duo Rubber Inc.;
- Mu Arae Transmission, (a.k.a. Moon Fear Moon a.k.a. John Sobrepena), who composes haunting and eerie instances of IDM (Intelligent Dance Music);
- Blums Borres, 3D animator, performative video artist, and sound artist who dedicates himself to expanding the sonic territory of the electric guitar;
- Jing Garcia, tech editor of The Manila Times who founded the seminal sound art group Children of Cathode Ray back in 1989 and composes industrial/ambient pieces as autoceremony;
- Tengal, frenetic composer, a tireless sound artist, the founder of S.A.B.A.W. sound art collective, and a one-man record label;
- Lirio Salvador, sculptor and luthier whose ornate, chrome-plated instruments are featured on television, displayed in galleries, and played by his group Elemento;
- Tad Ermitano, filmmaker and video artist who creates custom programs and hardware for his art installations. His work has appeared in Time magazine.