Entries in music (7)
Good news for those of us trying to make money from music, global music sales revenues rose for the first time in 13 years. Apple iTunes accounted for 60% of total revenues dropping a whopping $3.4billion into the record company bank accounts.
Some even more encouraging news is that illegal downloading of music went down, this has been put down to services such as Spotify and Pandora.
I wonder if you were one of those people who sat in front of your teacher, or your parents and felt like some alien as you tried to explain how you wanted to spend the rest of your life being an artist. If you even dared to suggest it, then I’m also guessing you got the talk about having a real trade to fall back on.
When I was a kid we lived in a village, it had a butcher, a baker, a hardware store and a bank. I remember how my Dad would take me to the hardware store and buy a single screw, or a hinge. I remember how he took me to the bank, it was all wood panels and glass. We would go into the office of the bank manager, he and my Dad would talk about his business and shoot the breeze.
So what does all this have to do with your creative talents - a lot.
Now, if I want to buy screws, I need to buy 50 of them in a pack from some megastore on the outside of town. There will be 50 in the pack, not because someone gives a sh*t, but because industrialisation has ensured that every screw is efficiently packed, not with care, but precision. The same can be said for your bank, you have more chance of an audience with the Pope than a bank manager. They’ve all gone, they don’t manage customers anymore, they just manage budgets and the rest is down to a computer. You don’t get your Amazon order on time because someone at Amazon thinks “I can’t let Fred down” you get it on time because it has been systemized down to the last inch. This is the price we pay for efficiency, more people get more stuff, but less people get craftsmanship and individual care.
This is the result of post-industrialised, efficient world. The world is now run by industrialists and corporations. Artisans and craftsmen are few and far between - caring is now an art form, not a given. It is a fallacy that the family was killed by TV and that conversation was killed by social media. This happened during the industrial revolution when families, who had previously worked together in fields, farms or mills began to separate to go work in factories. Far less sharing and caring were the result. This is summed up with the absurd notion that we have a thing called “quality time” with those we love, the rest we can suppose is anything but.
Even worse, we were told this post industrial, work for 35 years, retire to do what you always dreamed of was true, that we would all have it. It may have been true for a short period of history, but not any more.
Now we have a fragmented society that is desperate for some kind of connection, for something, or someone to show them that there is something bigger than the ‘dream’ they were sold.
Your art is that connection, your songs and films are more needed than ever before. They help people transcend from the mundane and unfulfilling and help them, not to escape, but to believe in something that they once knew when they were a kid.
That was before someone told them to get a real job and stop dreaming.
Some of us ignored that advice, it’s a good job we did, as we bring those gasping for air, for something real, a chance of living once more. The world needs your creativity more than ever, so keep making your art - it’s a lot more important than most people would have you believe.
Excellent interview here on The Hollywood Reporter with 6 composers talking about bringing music to film, featuring Marco Beltrami, 46 (The Sessions), Mychael Danna, 54 (Life of Pi), Alexandre Desplat, 51 (Argo, Moonrise Kingdom, Rise of the Guardians,Zero Dark Thirty), Patrick Doyle, 59 (Brave), Danny Elfman, 59 (Frankenweenie, Hitchcock, Promised Land, Silver Linings Playbook), and Fernando Velazquez, 36 (The Impossible) — gathered in one room.
- Singer Etta James, aged 73
- Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, aged 75
- Singer Whitney Houston, aged 48
- Monkees’ Davy Jones, aged 66
- Guitarist Ronnie Montrose, aged 64
- Song writer Robert Sherman, aged 86
- Bluesgrass legend Earl Scruggs, aged 88
- Bandstand host Dick Clark, aged 82
- Musician Levon Helm, aged 71
- Men at Work’s Greg Ham, aged 58
- Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, aged 47
- Funk godfather, Chuck Brown, aged 75
- Bass player Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, aged 70
- Disco diva, Donna Summer, aged 63
- Bee Gee, Robin Gibb, aged 62
- Country singer Kitty Wells, aged 92
- Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control, aged 44
- Composer Marvin Hamlish, aged 68
- Mamas and Papas’ Scott McKenzie, aged 73
- Singer Andy Williams, aged 84
- Jazz legend Dave Brubeck, aged 92
- Amp legend, Jim Marshall, aged 88
- Rock Guitarist Mike Scaccia, aged 47
- Guitarist Doc Watson, aged 89
- Singer Mitch Lucker, aged 28
- Composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, aged 76
- MC5 bass player Micheal Davis, aged 68
- Blues and soul guitarist Skip Pitts, aged 65
- Fleetwood Mac’s Bob Welsh, aged 66
- Songwriter Hal David, aged 91
- Sitar legend Ravi Shankar, aged 92
- Session player Big Jim Sullivan, aged 71
- Guitar player Bert Weedon, aged 91
- Band leader Johnny Otis, aged 90
- Saxophonist David S Ware, aged 62
- Hip-hop producer Chris Lighty, aged 44
- Record producer Carl Davis, aged 77
- Reggae Producer Danny Sims, aged 75
- Producer Winston Riley, aged 68
- Singer/Guitarist Tony Sly, aged 41
- Motown Producer Frank Wilson, aged 71
- Tramps singer, Jimmy Ellis, aged 74.
If you think we have missed others, then please let us know.
Community member Russell Butterfield has sent in this tribute to one of the founding fathers of synth music, Jean Michel Jarre. Created in Pro Tools 7, it really evokes the sound of the time. Enjoy! Listen here
We asked users to send in tracks created with FREE AIR Structure patches and here's the latest one from Ed Faris of Adema fame. Ed said of the FREE Sounds 'Some of your sound sets are better than most that I have bought'.
We showcase the best ones on the Blog each month. So get composing, we know there's some great talent out there and what an ideal forum to showcase it to the rest of the community.
Ed used the following patches:
SlumDog Sitar, Alesis HR16, Dirty Rave Bass, Memory Moog Bass, Orchestral Percussion, 606 Patch, Trip Hop kit, Urban Dance kit 2, Mellotron. The stock strings that come from Structure. He also used Transfuser drums and two of the Hard leads from Hybrid.
Listen to it here
Last month Ant's track was showcased you can hear that here
One user, Ankely has already created a cool composition using just the FREE sounds from the AIR User Blog, this got us thinking. If you want to submit a composition created in Pro Tools using just the FREE sounds then we would love to hear them.
We'll showcase the best ones on the Blog each month. So get composing, we know there's some great talent out there and what an ideal forum to showcase it.
Take a listen to Ant's track - we think he's done a nice job
Sounds used in this track...
606 Dance Kit, Memory Moog Bass, JP 8000 Pad, Vocal Ahhs with Cool End, Analogue Bell 5ths, Chorus Strat, Stereo Steel Guitar,MOOG Lead