These stories speak to the current conflicted state of many artists’ relationship with technology — we sense the incredible potential of technology, and yet we also sense a failure to live up to that potential, because the technology and the supporting infrastructure isn’t really being built with all of us in mind. Discourse around technology possibilities for artists alternatively gravitates toward the utopic — tech will solve everything and bring about a democratized cultural landscape — and the dystopic — technology will ruin everything, dumb down our audiences, and steal our lunch money!
The annual meeting of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters kicked off with a wide ranging discussion of the impact of technology on the arts. Led by Jean Cook from the Future of Music Coalition, a panel of artists and representatives of arts service organizations touched on many different ways that technology is changing the lives of artists, presenters, and audiences. Not surprisingly, much of the discussion focused on the new level of uncertainty that digital technologies bring to artists’ always unpredictable livelihoods, while other parts of the conversation covered new ways that artists can use technology to expand their creative options.
The Library of Congress’ Music Division and Science, Technology and Business Division present:
Technofiles: Exploring How Technology Influences the Way We Create, Perform and Experience Music
Technology & the Entrepreneur:
The Ever-Evolving Landscape of the Music Industry
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
7:30 pm | Montpelier Room, Madison Building (LM 619)
Attend a discussion and networking session presented for a very wide group of stakeholder - musicians, producers, managers, engineers, booking agents - working where culture, creativity and commerce overlap. read more
Technology has impacted pretty much every aspect of our daily lives, and this is no different for creators. Yet there are some important questions about how artists (including musicians) interact not only technology itself, but also decisionmakers who shape its evolution. ArtsJournal has a fantastic reputation for fostering discussion on a wide variety of issues, and this looks to be amazing.
This guest post is from Davey D — a media activist and longtime journalist who is the host of Hard Knock Radio (HKR), an award-winning, daily syndicated prime time afternoon show focusing on hip-hop culture and politics. Davey is also the founder of the long-running, oft-cited website, Davey D’s Hip Hop Corner.read more
Today's post is by FMC intern Peter Haugen, who has a penetrating mind for all manner of speculative musical phenomenon!
It's Friday! Can't think of a better time to speculate on the future of. . . you guessed it.
While flying cars and jetpacks have yet to become a practical reality (but let's not give up hope!), a recent YouTube video serves as a reminder that, musically speaking, the future is closer than we think. If you haven't seen this video yet, try listening to the first two minutes with your eyes closed. read more
First, what are you doing this Wednesday and Thursday? And secondly, do you live in / can you get to the Big Apple?
For those of who happen to be in the New York area (or who need a good reason to be in the New York area), should consider checking out the Digital Music Forum East. This conference, now in its 10th year, features folks from across the music biz spectrum, including label executives and CEOs, publishers, digital innovators, representatives from the gaming community, attorneys and plenty of curious onlookers. read more
If you've been following the music-tech news lately, you've probably heard about the rather sudden and unexpected acquisition of digital music service Lala by Apple, Inc. Speculation has run rampant about why the country's largest music retailer — which sells individual music downloads via its iTunes store — would purchase a company that's made a name for itself via "cloud-based" access. read more
From September 25 – November 16, 2001 the Future of Music
Coalition’s executive director, Jenny Toomey, will be speaking to students,
faculty, and the public at ten universities across the nation. The tour
has been made possible in part by a grant from the Center for the Public Domain. read more