Posted on 26 August 2013 by D' MacKinnon
So this whole Miley Cyrus this…since everyone is talking about it. I watched the performance online today, I’m not that shocked by it. It’s no more shocking than the the the antics that Madonna did in the early 90’s and in some ways much less. People are gasping because it’s a complete 180 from her Disney persona that was cultivated for many years. As an entertainer and especially a former child-star it’s difficult to establish an evolved identity once you have moved on, the public wants to forever pigeon-hole you as what you once were. Don’t think for a second that this move wasn’t carefully planned by her. She got exactly what she wanted out of it: controversy, discussion and smashing her former persona into dust. Now did I think the performance itself was good? Not really, the choreography was atrocious, her voice was off and the songs themselves were unmemorable. Not to mention the whole sexy-rebel bit felt forced (because it was). However, there is this double-standard in entertainment where it’s expected and perfectly acceptable for men to shove their packages into people’s faces and gyrate. Once a woman crosses the line from sultry to uncomfortably in your face people are quick to label her a slut. It’s easier to be dismissive than to look at the message behind the performance. It’s not about being a slut, it’s about being empowered and her owning her sexuality. Bravo for her at least having the guts to take control and do this rather than playing it safe. Somebody needs to shake things up every few years.
Posted on 03 March 2013 by D' MacKinnon
We’ve all heard the stories of musicians being exploited by bad management contracts, record deals, and booking agents. A little discussed area where artists are also getting exploited is the internet in the form of corporate profiteering.
At some point the model for profitable digital revenue streams for musicians will sort itself out but right now, artists are getting the short straw. Streaming has surpassed downloads and the profits from streaming amount to fractions of a penny per stream. Yet piracy sites are making money off advertising by companies such as Alaska Airlines and 1-800 Flowers sponsoring their content.
The piracy sites are the only ones fleecing musicians on their streams and downloads. East Bay Ray of the Dead Kennedys commented in an interview with NPR on how the band only received a few hundred dollars for over 14 million plays on YouTube. YouTube’s paltry payments have directly contributed to the estimated loss of 12,000 middle class musicians. It’s not for a lack of revenue, there is plenty of online revenue being made by the digital distribution of music, it’s just not being shared with the musicians. Here is a list of over 50 major brands supporting piracy. Brands such as Citi Bank, HP, Adobe, State Farm.
There are over 200,000 piracy websites out there utilizing essentially “free inventory” to finance their ad sales. The so called utopia that the internet was supposed to create for musicians has been a fraud. If it was working so well, more musicians would be working professionally instead of relying on day jobs to pay their bills. Piracy sites and their advertising partners are making the money why the creators miss out on their fair share.
If you truly want to put a dent in illegal music downloading, cut off the piracy websites’ revenue streams.
Posted on 16 March 2012 by D' MacKinnon
My friend DJ Mad Wax over at City of Bass shared this amazing documentary on the early Jungle/Drum and Bass scene that emerged in Bristol during the 1990s. This documentary takes you through the scene as it was in 1996. Some great interviews and some classic tracks.
Untitled from Eduardo Sanchez on Vimeo.
Posted on 27 June 2010 by D' MacKinnon
Can’t get enough vuvuzela?
Now you can get a 375MB vuvuzela sample pack for Kontakt. Why anyone would actually buy this I don’t know.
Posted on 09 October 2009 by D' MacKinnon
As if people didn’t have enough issues with the body image already Ralph Lauren’s latest ad campaign employed some blatant Photoshopping to make the model appear skinnier.
Posted on 26 April 2009 by D' MacKinnon
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Posted on 13 November 2006 by D' MacKinnon
Finally we’ll be able to rock out like the Wyld Stallions.
Posted on 13 October 2006 by D' MacKinnon
The new Twingo from Renault has a bevy of electronic goodies. Three iPod docks, a dashboard mixer, USB ports, Bluetooth and earphones built into the seats.
Between this and the new VW it looks like there’s a growing trend of music making in cars.