Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Bandcamp, Downloads, Streaming, and the Inescapably Bright Future

In light of a recent report that Apple will soon abandon music downloads (later denied, but undoubtedly containing a certain amount of inevitability), we thought we’d take a moment to update you on the state of Bandcamp’s business and our plans for the future.
Bandcamp grew by 35% last year. Fans pay artists $4.3 million dollars every month using the site, and they buy about 25,000 records a day, which works out to about one every 4 seconds (you can see a real-time feed of those purchases on our desktop home page). Nearly 6 million fans have bought music through Bandcamp (half of whom are younger than 30), and hundreds of thousands of artists have sold music on Bandcamp. Digital album sales on Bandcamp grew 14% in 2015 while dropping 3% industry-wide, track sales grew 11% while dropping 13% industry-wide, vinyl was up 40%, cassettes 49%… even CD sales grew 10% (down 11% industry-wide). Most importantly of all, Bandcamp has been profitable (in the now-quaint revenues-exceed-expenses sense) since 2012.
Subscription-based music streaming,* on the other hand, has yet to prove itself to be a viable model, even after hundreds of millions of investment dollars raised and spent. For our part, we are committed to offering an alternative that we know works. As long as there are fans who care about the welfare of their favorite artists and want to help them keep making music, we will continue to provide that direct connection. And as long as there are fans who want to own, not rent, their music, that is a service we will continue to provide, and that is a model whose benefits we will continue to champion. We have been here since 2008 and we mean to be here in 2028. Thank you!
*Bandcamp is not a download store, and we very much embrace the convenience of streaming. When you buy music on Bandcamp, whether that’s in digital or physical form (30% of sales on Bandcamp are for vinyl and other merchandise), you not only get the pleasure of knowing you’re supporting the artist in a direct and transparent way, you also get instant, unlimited streaming of that music via our free apps for Android and iOS, as well as an optional, high-quality download. Your purchase is about direct support, ownership and access, whether that access takes the form of a stream, download, or both. So please consider joining us in never using “streaming” as shorthand for “subscription-based music.” The former is an inevitable technological shift, the latter is an unproven business model.

Fans have paid artists $157 million using Bandcamp, and $4.3 million in the last 30 days alone.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Billy Bang, Craig Harris, Henry Threadgill ‎• Hip Hop Be Bop

Our idea with this effort was to mix two genres - hip hop (the underlying culture of modern jazz).
 The two did not seem to exclude each other because both relied on unusual tempos and often discordant harmonies for there effect. Will believe by honoring the principles of each form, they would naturally mix.
the phrase that was used to describe the overall effect is ‘surface tension’ where the melodies and rhythms sometimes sometime challenge each other. By choosing the words and voice of a jazz poet we attempt to illustrate the literary of contemporary rap and offer the listener the relief from standard predictable rhyme schemes by choosing the diversion of the reggae form we hoped to show that another popular modern form could carry the sophistication of the jazz melody. In addition, egg has influence the evolution of rap and has drawn its inspiration from the R&B music of New Orleans, itself a jazz extension.
The listeners need not know anything except what they hear: challenging  rhythm and intricate ensemble playing.

Billy Bang

1. Hip Hop Be Bop
Music by Billy Bang
Words by Wayne Providence

2. Riding With Ra
Music by Billy Bang

3. Night Stich
Music by Joey Eboli
Words by Alphonzo Stanley

4. If You Like It, Lick It
Music by Billy Bang
Words by Wayne Providence

5. Breeze
Music by Joey Eboli
Words by Alphonzo Stanley

6. Shine
Music by Billy Bang
Words Traditional

7. M'am
Music by Billy Bang
Words Adapted From ‘Thank You M'am’ by Langston Hughes

8. Breezy Dub
Music by Joey Eboli

Henry Threadgill • alto saxophone
Craig Harris • trombone
Brett Allen • guitar
Wayne Providence • voice
Prince Dominique • voice
Insane Asylum • programmed rhythms

All Rhythms Produced By Insane Asylum
Produced by Billy Bang

Label: ITM Records ‎– ITM 1480
Format: 320
Country: Germany
Released: 1993
Genre: Hip Hop, Jazz
Style: Soul Jazz, Jazzy Hip Hop

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Jon Hassell Words & Music with Gilles Peterson

During a hour of words and music, Jon honestly and thought-provokingly discusses that Talking Heads period and some of the regrets he has from that time, as well as touching on his experiences working with German electronic music composer Stockhausen, his admiration for Gil Evans, and his developed thoughts on the north vs south/ mind vs body divide, which have significantly informed the way he creates his music and lives his life.


Jon HassellEarthquake Island (Earthquake Island)
Brian Eno & Jon HassellChemistry
(Fourth World Part 1: Possible Musics)
Brian Eno & David ByrneThe Jezebel Spirit
(My Life In The Bush of Ghosts)
Brian Eno & David ByrneNumber 8 Mix
(My Life In The Bush of Ghosts)
Talking HeadsOnce In A Life Time (Remain In Light)
Brian Eno & David ByrneA Secret Life
(My Life In The Bush of Ghosts)
StockhausenKlavierstuck I (Klavierstuck)
Miles Davis On The Corner (Take 4) (On The Corner)
Terry RileyIn C (In C)
Jon HassellMombasa (City: Works of Fiction)
Jon HassellBlues Nile (Vernal Equinox)
Jon HassellHex (Vernal Equinox)
Gil EvansPrayer (Porgy & Bess)
Jon HassellTribal Secret (Earthquake Island)
Jon HassellBalía (Earthquake Island)
Jon HassellMaarifa Street (Maarifa Street)
Jon Hassell • Dreaming (Forthcoming)
Jon Hassell • City Spot (Forthcoming)

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