I just caught this on a feed that I regularly watch. It’s an open letter from the lead singer of the band OK Go to the band’s fans explaining why they cannot embed the band’s YouTube videos on their blogs or websites. It shows how slow the industry (major record labels) is to respond to the changing nature of the online marketplace. Everyone is looking to recoup their costs, and it’s hard to do when your content is floating around in the wilds of the internet. It’s an interesting situation, because if you replace the band with Orchestral Association and the label with Musicians Union, you get an idea of why it’s so hard for recordings (either as physical product or as a streamed or downloaded file) to be made in the US these days. I’m not assigning blame, just pointing out that the rules that worked so well for decades are starting to hurt us more than help us. I wonder how long it will take for the necessary changes to take place. Continue reading “bands, labels, youtube, etc”
Good for them! The Vancouver Symphony has pulled out of plans to record music for the 2010 Winter Olympics for other musicians to “play sync” to outdoors.
VSO conductor Bramwell Tovey was asked to conduct the recording session, but was told another conductor would perform his actions at the ceremonies.
“My participation at the opening ceremonies was dependent upon my agreeing that music I recorded would be mimed by another individual and I regarded that as fraudulent and withdrew,” Tovey told The Vancouver Sun.
The audience will at times hear more musicians playing than appear on stage, according to David Atkins, the executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies.
VSO president and CEO Jeff Alexander said the VSO was asked to record a piece of music for the ceremonies, but was not asked to appear in the show.
Although Vanoc offered to credit Tovey and the VSO, Alexander said “it wouldn’t have made sense to allow the VSO name to be used.”
What was the Vancouver Olympic Committee thinking? Why use another ensemble – is the VSO full of ugly, un-photogenic people? Were they going to hire a bunch of twenty-something actors to mime the performance? At least in Salt Lake City, the Utah Symphony was miming to itself. What a fiasco. And somehow, I’m sure someone will find a way to make the symphony’s musicians the villains of this piece. I’m sure they were probably fine with miming to themselves – who wouldn’t want to be on the world stage – but I’m totally sympathetic to the notion that having a random group of musicians calling themselves the VSO be featured is unpalatable to them.