Highlights from the last month of Arts Journal postings:
Rufus’ opera: Yes, no, maybe? Critics split on Wainwright’s move from pop to opera (7/16/09). Some liked it because it kinda sounds like Rufus’ work. Others didn’t like because … it sounds like Rufus’ work. (OK, there’s a little more to it than that. Maybe.)
Meanwhile, the National Symphony Orchestra is experimenting with Twitter — during concerts! NSO to Try Beethoven’s Tweet Suite: Maestro Taps Twitter For a Mobile ‘Pastoral’ (7/29/09) One example is that perhaps someone with the NSO will send out notes from the score, for the edification of the audience.
Finally, in business news…
Spinning in the Grave: The three biggest reasons music magazines are dying (7/29/09) We’re talking mags like Blender, Vibe, Spin, and Rolling Stone, even. Supposedly, part of the problem is social networking sites; you don’t need a magazine to tell you who’s hot, you just ask Twitter and MySpace.
Swan Songs? Charles Blow’s op-ed in the New York Times about what’s wrong with the new music biz model: too many people getting music for free, and they don’t even want to steal it anymore. (7/31/09) …Not sure I completely agree; we got music for free from radio before, and it didn’t cut into our purchasing. But the statistics are interesting.