Category Archives: Technology

The News Business Is Broken in the Digital Age – If You’re an “ee”, Not If You’re an “er”

Via Tim O’Reilly’s blog I come across San Francisco Chronicle publisher Phil Bronstein, predicting layoffs and saying the news business “is broken, and no one knows how to fix it… And if any other paper says they do, they’re lying.” … Continue reading

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Strip Away The Production, Reveal The Great Song Within

I’ve been listening to Moments From This Theater: Live, a wonderful album by the great Memphis/Muscle Shoals songwriters Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. It’s just the two of them, accompanying themselves on acoustic guitar and electric piano, recorded at 1998 … Continue reading

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Digital Politics

From my O’Reilly blog: I’ve been doing more and more work in politics since the ’04 election (communications consulting and web production). I got involved at first out of a sense of civic obligation–and because my wife told me to … Continue reading

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My Tips From An E-Musician Article On Podcasting

Electronic Musican recently ran a comprehensive article on podcasting, written by David Battino. It includes some tips from me. A lot of what has stuck with me about communication over the years I first learned as a freelance writer-broadcaster for … Continue reading

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Are We In A Productivity Crisis?

This post also appears in my O’Reilly blog. In my series on downloads I looked at a couple of scenarios, based on traditional CD sales and iTunes sales, that indicated that the people who make music may end up making … Continue reading

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Digital Nashville

O’Reilly has published an article of mine on recording an album I produced in Nashville, working with digital audio tools such as Steinberg Nuendo–and great musicians. MP3 examples let you hear tracks in isolation, showing how they come together to … Continue reading

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Shirky: “50 Years Of Chaos” Ahead In Digital Media

“I am predicting 50 years of chaos,” says digital media thinker Clay Shirky. He’s been speaking at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Global conference in Oxford, UK. Story here. Sounds about right, though I’d guess it could be 50 … Continue reading

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I Want Less And I’m Willing To Pay For It

Recently I wrote an article on Flow and musical instrument design, arguing that too many electronic musical instruments disrupt creative flow because their interfaces are poor and they emphasize features instead of user experience. It came out of work done … Continue reading

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Bungee Jumping With Technology

“When we try a new technology, the technology changes us. This pattern apparently goes back to the invention of agriculture, which led us to start living in cities (to store & trade crops), to invent writing (for tracking transactions) and… … Continue reading

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