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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Noteworthy Notes of Which to Take Note has a great article/discussion between Radiohead's Thom Yorke and David Byrne. If you have been reading my blog of late, you know that I was pretty amazed by Radiohead's move to offer their newest release, "In Rainbows" for download at whatever price people were willing to pay. The CD doesn't even come out until the 1st of January! Thom and David discuss this a bit, but also the creative process, the involvement of the audience in the music, and the bizarre state of the industry nowadays. Clearly we are in a transition period that is enabled by the easy access to technology. Revolutionary.

The most interesting thing I found was that Byrne says he makes most of his income from licensing his music to films and TV shows. WHAT?!?

There was also this fascinating blog entry predicting that iTunes would add lossless downloads to its store within a year. I think it will happen eventually, but I give it 3 years at least. Maybe this is my own self-interest talking, because FLAC album downloads are one of the main advantages of BitWorks Music over the mainstream download shops. Really we are a few steps beyond that even, offering complete multimedia albums with full liner notes, video, photos, wrapped in a fancy web browsable package. My favorite thing with the new albums is the hidden "Easter egg" included with every album, but you aren't supposed to know about that, because it's a secret see. Doh!

On the other hand, another friend of mine said that "nobody cares about FLAC except for the geeks." Is that true? You tell me. Nobody can hear the difference between MP3 and FLAC, or so they say. One friend of mine has an actual listening room with about a bazillion dollars of audio equipment. For those who have made an investment in decent audio equipment, lossless downloads are the only way forward.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Catalog Update

Just a quick note on the catalog: all MP3 albums are now restored (and 100% fat free!). I am still in the process of (re)uploading the FLAC albums, but they are well on their way to being back online.

The Bleak Strategies decks made their glorious debut this weekend and are now available at the Music Loft of Carrboro and Borders Books in Chapel Hill. My elves will be delivering them to other locations in the coming weeks, or you can mail order them here! Bleak Strategies are guaranteed to increase your inspiration by 42.3%!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Bleak Strategies - rock ideas for the desperate

IT'S HERE! I assembled the first dozen last night. The cards came out great, and I would like to thank all the people who contributed ideas and votes on which cards to include in the deck.

I will be getting them out to my retailer(s) tomorrow, and will be able to send the first mail order batch on Monday. I don't have an order page ready yet, so you will have to email me to place an order. Each deck of 50 cards is $14 + shipping, with discounts for orders of 3 or more. The deck also includes a bonus album download.

Bleak Strategies was inspired by the original "Oblique Strategies - over 100 worthwhile dilemnas" developed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. The original decks are still available from the Enoshop, but our decks are much bleaker.