Music News

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.)

Ravinia, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s outdoor classical music venue, is adding Jumbotrons.
Chicago Classical Review did not like the idea (7/9/09) but audiences seem to like it (7/23/09).

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.

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I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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2 Responses to Music News

  1. animist says:

    One reason magazines like Rolling Stones are dying is that they were made for prior generations. The boomers liked that magazine because it was their magazine. Their kids and grand kids are not so impressed. Rolling Stone is for a world where a band like The Beatles or U2 is pronounced big and everyone runs out and buys them. Not a world where the genres and sub-genres are so many that we hardly know or care about each other’s favorite bands.

    • songdogmi says:

      Yes, the music world seems very fractured and RS is trying to be all things to all people, which isn’t really working. True music fans make their own choices and don’t need Rolling Stone’s help anymore. Others who aren’t that fervent will take whatever gets blared at them by Disney and Clear Channel, and not really care enough to buy a music magazine to find out more.

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