Billy Bragg Has a Point

I read Billy Bragg’s editorial in the New York Times about how musicians make money in the age of the Internet.  I first heard Billy Bragg twenty years ago perform live in Northampton, Massachusetts when I was a high school student attending Deerfield Academy and I’ve loved his music for years.  Coming back from South…

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SxSW Over! Getting Ready to Leave Austin

I’ve just survived my first South by Southwest in Austin.  It was a great time – a bit long for me though – I was at the whole festival from March 7-16 (interactive, film, and music).  The highlight of the festival for me was yesterday, starting with attending a packed interview with Ice Cube and…

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Widening Hip Hop's Global Reach

Working with UVNTV.com, I’ve been increasingly exposed to Hip Hop music so I decided to attend a panel discussion at SxSW: Widening Hip Hop’s Global Reach.  Davey D from the Bay Area lead the panel – very interesting.  One of the big takeaways that I got from SxSW was that MySpace is a key tool…

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Ice Cube Streamed Live via Silverlight at South by Southwest

After Mix, I’m heading straight for Austin, Texas to go to the South by Southwest festival (the whole thing – Interactive, Music, and Film).  One of the very exciting thing happening at South by Southwest is a free Ice Cube concert on March 15th, streamed live to the UVNTV.com site via Silverlight. As I’ve said…

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USA Today reports on UVNTV.com

Check out the article in today’s USA Today (is that redundant?) about Ice Cube’s UVNTV.com.  It has been a blast assisting this team on getting their site up and outfitted with Silverlight.  They have been really fun to work with and I got a good clip of Ice Cube and his team talking about their…

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Encoding Formats for Silverlight Video

As you can see, I have been experimenting with posting video on my blog now that I have a HD Video Camera (JVC GZ-HD7U).  I have been trying various encoding formats in Expression Encoder to get a good balance of bit-rate and quality.  Here is my workflow: I shoot the video at 1080p I connect…

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Ice Cube's UVNTV.com Goes Live with Silverlight

Two weeks ago, I went down to Hollywood to meet with a very exciting team who is creating a TV experience on the web using Silverlight.  Musician/Actor Ice Cube and his team talk about the web site in a short video that I recorded at Ice Cube’s CubeVision Production Company office.  If you watch the…

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