Streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have popularized a new era in music. You don’t need to own music to legally access music. How does this relatively new music source impact the artists pocketbook? In short, how do artists get paid, and how much?
Yesterday we treated you to our latest podcast, which continued our theme of exploring the Musical Yearbook – those moments in life in which music undergoes an effortless synergism with present events and creates lasting memories (good or bad, but nevertheless always unforgettable).
If you liked what you heard, here’s something that you should find very, very interesting indeed. BAMMers Phil, Sonia, Zach and Brock have kickstarted a new labor-of-love project which hopes to create a communal archive of all these amazing musical moments – and they need you to take part. Here’s a summary:
Based on the universal truth that music is a highly effective entry point into our pasts, Musical Yearbook is a growing collection of audio recorded autobiographical essays/short stories in which people of all ages, professions, and backgrounds share written snapshots of their lives through the lens of the music that chose them. It is the first experiment in a series for a larger, tentatively coined Social Music Project.
In the end, Musical Yearbook has a simple goal—to tell and learn our stories through the common thread of music. We are all far more interesting than what can be summed up in an “About Me” section, and we are far more interested in others than what is extractable from a friend’s or stranger’s “About Me” section. Similarly, there are more ways to share music than Spotify telling our “friends” what we’re listening to at the moment.
Like music, the digitization of community has created an efficient, but oftentimes shallow interaction. Our emotional investment in each other has been reduced. Musical Yearbook looks to deepen that interaction and increase our respective emotional investments.
If you want to help share your musical memories with the world, head on over to the Musical Yearbook site and find out how you can take part for yourself.
It’s been a while, but the BOB Podcast is back – this time with something very special indeed. San Francisco writer Lewis Buzbee (The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop) stopped by BAMM.tv to read all four of his essays/short stories for Musical Yearbook. He then chats with BAMM’s very own Phil Lang about the Musical Yearbook project, and the excitement of a parent and child turning each other on to music.
Lewis Buzbee is the author of three novels for younger readers, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, Steinbeck’s Ghost, and Bridge of Time, coming in May 2012. His most recent book for adults is The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop. He teaches in the MFA Program in Writing at the University of San Francisco. For more info on Buzbee, take a look here.
Oh – and remember to check the BAMM blog tomorrow for details on how YOU can take part in the Musical Yearbook project! Excited? You should be …
A little later than usual this week, but we hope you agree that the podcast is well worth the wait. We’re back with another selection of essays written and read by the staff here at BAMM.tv! This week’s theme (another in ‘Musical Yearbook’ series) takes a look at the transitional year between high-school and college. In addition to the podcast, you can read the essays below, after the jump. If you would like to submit your own essays, just send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to post them on the blog!
In this episode of BAMM Insights, Aidan and Christopher examine the story of Joel Tenenbaum – a young man who became famous for refusing to cave in when he was the target of a massive RIAA lawsuit. Joel shares his thoughts on the experience, and where consumers/the music industry can go from here. Remember: we’ll be putting an episode on the blog every week, or you can mix and match the whole series right here.
In this episode of BAMM Insights, Aidan and Christopher recount the Ballad Of Sellaband: a look at how a web start-up took a unique approach to music distribution – and how the road to certain success might not be as easy as many would hope. Remember: we’ll be putting an episode on the blog every week, or you can mix and match the whole series right here.
We’ve decided to do something extra special with this week’s Best Of BAMM podcast. This week our theme dictates we have no music. Not a note. We’re trying something new today called “Musical Yearbook.” Everyone associates a song or a band with a time in his or her life, so we thought it would be cool to take a swing at recording some of those memories. Today we’re tackling 8th grade, and you’ll hear a story from Brock, resident documentarian, Kevin Spracher, and BAMM all-rounder Phil Lang. In addition to the podcast, you can read the essays from the show after the jump below. If you would like to submit your own essays, just send them to info [at] bamm.tv. We’d love to post them on the blog!
The Bob Podcast #5: “Guitar Solos” by BAMM.tv
Another week, another episode of the mighty Best Of BAMM (BOB) Podcast. We know, we know, we’re linking you up a day later than usual, but as they say (whoever ‘they’ may be) good things are well worth waiting for.
This time around, Phil, Brock and Zach are sifting through the archives to dig out their favourite guitar solos. Hear exclusive stuff from The Stone Foxes, The Blank Tapes, Shaun Cromwell, Ha Ha Tonka, Hollerado and The Moondoggies.
In this episode of BAMM Insights, Aidan and Christopher present highlights from a panel discussion on the present state of the music industry, which was held in London club ‘Adam Street’. Remember: we’ll be putting an episode on the blog every week, or you can mix and match the whole series right here.
For the fourth instalment of the BOB (Best Of BAMM) Podcast, we’ve assembled a selection of our favourite choice cuts from the SXSW Festival (don’t forget you can download our SXSW Video Playlist totally free, or relive some of the SXSW memories with us here, here and here). All of the tracks here are live performances organised by BAMM.
Join BAMM regulars Brock, Sonia and Matt as they introduce tunes from Typhoon, Hollerado, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, The Flashbub, AB & The Sea and Wallpaper.