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My new music blog ...

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:09 pm
by marowak
I've started a new blog which is based around music.

I am going to be writing a number of articles which are all based on music news, industry changes, things people starting out need to think about etc etc.

I have the first few 'articles' in progress and put the first one up today.

It's called The death of mu Music Collection and you can read it here : ... ction.html

I have lots of ideas and hope to keep it a bit unique and different to all the other music blogs out there and Frank, I have something I want to run by you in a few months time to keep an eye out for an email.

Let me know what you think - all comments are welcome.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:47 pm
by Rubber_Soul
I really enjoyed that, and I can really relate to it. My wall of CD's and vinyl that I've collected since I was 14ish has now diminished thanks to mortgage payments and the likes of ebay and music magpie. I'm still not a fan of digital music and if I can buy a physical CD or vinyl I will, I like to hold something and read the booklet as I listen to the music. What I miss most though is actually going through the shelves and racks looking for a specific album or single I wanted, amazon doesn't have the same thrill.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:59 am
by Evan
I can entirely relate to this, however I refuse to buy digitally (unless I have no choice) and will not under any circumstances part with my physical collection (much to my wife's dismay as it takes up a huge amount of space)

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:36 am
by marowak
I've had quite a few people giving me feedback and it seems it is something that relates to many people.

One person said we no longer leave a music 'Legacy' and my wife said it made her sad that our kids won't be able to go through our records when they get older.

I'm glad people liked it overall. I am going to try and make the articles I write relevant to everyone and find a balance between industry stuff / news and my own thoughts. And the whole reason I started it was after having a coffee with Chris T-T so I have to thank him for making me get off my ass and do it.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:41 am
by sarahg
Really enjoyed your blog. Funnily enough I have been musing on the same subject since I read on Twitter that Chris T T was speaking about this at a future of music industry event.
It makes me so sad that things are heading this way. But if I am honest with myself I know I will use streaming in my daily life.
However, I still feel there is a place for 'physical' music. Vinyl may now perhaps be collectables but are wonderful to own, the art work, the information, the lyrics...Yes I am old enough to have been a record buyer, and my collection is still very dear to me.
Even CD's, which I resented when they came in, are better than digital. I always read the info, it's part of the fun.
It's convenient to own music digitally, but you miss out on the tangible, the information, the smell, the excitement of new music.
When The Third Three Years came out I got the CD, most of my ft stuff is digital. I cried when I read what Evan had written, it made me feel part of the whole magical musical journey.
Streaming has it's place, for sure, but it can't replace owning a physical copy of your favourite act.
Danger of course is that streaming kills music because musicians can't make a living. God I hope that doesn't happen.
I think festivals at now vital for acts to make a connection with new fans. So live music is key. But what about venues, what if people get bored with festivals? People are fickle.
Promotion of music is mad these days. Free promo tracks and streaming seem to make people value the music less somehow, they have a sense of entitlement it seems.
Sorry to waffle on but I am scared for musicians, I want to do my bit to help new acts.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:41 am
by blastman
Excellent start to your blog, marowak, very much on the money for me, too.

I watched MP3s come into being and hung around on the original Napster, downloading songs that I couldn't get elsewhere or couldn't afford (because let's face it, even when I went from school to earning my own money, I still couldn't afford to buy everything I wanted). At the time, I worked for a company that developed and released one of the first hardware MP3 players (not Apple, who weren't even close!) and I thought this was the greatest thing ever. As the tech improved and the storage space expanded on these devices, things got even better. I can play video now, too? All my music in my pocket, what's not to like?!

And yet, years later, I'm still buying CDs. Hell, I'm probably buying more vinyl than CDs. I don't use iTunes (only have an account because I won a gift card at something years ago and eventually used it to buy a couple of Frank's iTunes EPs!), I barely use Spotify. Sure, I still love the fact that I have a lot of music on my phone and it's with me all the time, but the musical utopia that seemed to be around the corner in the early 00's never quite materialised. You look at the artists struggling to make a living, how disposable music is nowadays, the aging stars from pre-digital (CDs excluded) days and wonder where it's all heading.

If you are a music fan, your collection is an extension of yourself. Leaving an old iPod to your kids just won't be the same.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:03 am
by Gleena
I'm late to the party but great article.

I wonder if I'm the only person that both streams and buys physical music. I try to be aware that the bands I love don't make that much money from streaming services so I tend to use them to find new music. If I listen a lot, I buy the CD or the LP.

This has meant a shelf full of CDs still in shiny wrappings, but I struggle with the morality of streaming services so it makes me feel better anyway.

I miss my old LP collection dreadfully but it was a casualty to my initial move to Australia.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:11 am
by Bobstains
Interesting read, I bet that's pretty much the opinion of quite a few.
Personally I buy more music now than I ever have. If I like it I buy it, if not I don't. What streaming has done is stopped me buying music i'm not so keen on as I know i'm not so keen before I buy. Streaming cetainly appears more beneficial for the user than the artist. That said, i'm sure streaming opens music up to a wider audience which then has the potential for more fans/revenue.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:47 pm
by marowak
Over the next few months I will be writing more about revenue streams / ways artists can benefit from their music.

The next post which is being written is all about HOW we listen to music.

Both at home and on the move.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:56 pm
by darlenet.
Just read your blog, and loved your honest covering of the topic. I am of the age that when I first bought music, it meant going to the record store and seeing "what is new." Just like the best thing in the world was the anticipation of your favorite song being played at a show. No then. But those days are gone, and I have embraced technology. I pay for digital music, go to shows and buy merch. But now the dinosaur in me is struggling morally with streaming, and its lack of payday for the artists. I look forward to reading your next blog....


Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:42 am
by marowak
Thanks. Just in the middle of editing the next blog post as its way too long so it's being split into three parts.

Trouble is finding time as work is manic and life at home is too at the moment.

But the post midnight hours come in handy.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:17 am
by marowak
Hi folks ...

The next article is now up. It is about Portable music players and sets the scene for the next few posts that will follow it.
I hope you find it enjoyable. ... table.html

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:58 pm
by sarahg
marowak wrote:Hi folks ...

The next article is now up. It is about Portable music players and sets the scene for the next few posts that will follow it.
I hope you find it enjoyable. ... table.html
Really fascinating stuff, makes me feel very old.
It's weird because way back at the start of the 1990's my husband worked for a specialist audio company, when vinyl was king. Sound quality was massively important, even down to using the correct cabling. He went on trips to Linn to see the speakers manufactured. For years we had huge speakers, specialist speaker stands, amps and goodness knows what else...cost a small fortune. Roksan, Denon, Linn, do they even exist anymore? Hope so.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:37 am
by marowak
That's cool.

The place I mention in this one; Flare Audio are revolutionising the way we hear sound.

I am writing about my visit there in the next article. I'm not allowed to say too much about it but they are launching a brand new speaker system soon with vortex sound.

I had a demonstration and it was the best sound I have ever heard. And I have heard a lot over the years.

More to follow on that one.

Re: My new music blog ...

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:45 am
by Bobstains
oh man, I had a third gen ipod, definitely the best looking ipod in my opinion, stupidly left it on a plane years ago. /sobs. I also hate how I refer to any mp3 player as an ipod.

Thinking back to the battery life of 80's walk/discmans, they did last longer and I don't think its to do with battery, maybe it's all the extras that come with it these days, bigger screens, more features etc. I think back to my walkman and the biggest feature was auto reverse.
It's a shame minidisc didn't quite make it, although with the digital age just around the corner i'm not surprised. I remember buying an Oasis album on minidisc, costing over £20, maybe that's another reason it didn't take off. They were versatile bits of kit though, we recorded many a house party sets on it. I think in the end that's what it mainly got used for, recording and listening to those sets.
Thanks for the Breezeblock link, I never knew it existed and looking through some of the artists that recorded it should be a right trip down memory lane.

Another thought/memory inducing read