A colleague of mine, Jon Yeo (alas, no blog yet), points me towards Musicplasma, a graphical variation on the very useful theme of connecting you from one musical artist you like to another similar artist. I'm not sure yet of how accurate its reporting is... Lou Reed is placed next to Emerson, Lake, Palmer?? But I haven't yet spent a lot of time checking it out, so I defer my review until a later time.
You know how the RIAA justifies the margins record companies make on CD sales by pointing at how much it costs to record, promote and distribute an artist's work? Well we all know the downwards pressure Moore's Law is having on the cost of producing music. And we all know that there are new and proven ways beginning to emerge for the distribution of music to the marketplace. So that's two out of three down. What about promotion? Are services like Musicplasma the future of promotion?
On the flight back from the USA last night I watched “School Of Rock”. There's a funny scene early in the film with Jack Black's character ranting to his students: “Give up, just quit, because in this life, you can't win. Yeah, you can try, but in the end your just gonna lose, big time, because the world is run by the man. The Man, oh you don't know the man. He's everywhere... in the Whitehouse... down the hall -Ms. Mullens, she's the man. And the man ruined the ozone, he's burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank! And there used to be a way to stick it to the man, it was called Rock and Roll, but guess what, oh no, the man ruined that too with a little thing called MTV! So don't waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome cause the man is just gonna call you a fat washed up loser and crush your soul. So do yourselves a favor and just GIVE UP!“
I don't watch a lot of music TV, deliberately don't have cable, so I learn about new music from word of mouth or by hunting it down, either live or online (like at AllMusic, one of my favourite sites). So I'm keen to find new ways of discovering music I might like.