Thanks to Dubber & Jez

August 13, 2009

Music As Culture

Just wanted to say thanks to Dubber & Jez for coming down and leading a great conversation about ‘Music As Culture’. For more information and to continue the discussion head over to Dubber’s blog on the subject at http://www.deletingmusic.com/

And for those of you who came along you might have heard Dubber make mention of some conversations he’d had with Matt Mason, author of the book The Pirate’s Dilemma so we thought we’d leave you with some short snippets of that.

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We wanted to do something slightly different for this next meetup, we wanted to discuss ‘Music As Culture’. Leading the conversation will be New Music Strategies’ Andrew Dubber and Jez Collins. This conversation actually started at Unconvention Salford but we felt it was one worth continuing down in London for OpenMusicMedia. But what exactly does ‘Music As Culture’ entail? We’ll leave it to Dubber to explain below…

Music As Culture

It’s no surprise to anyone that the music industries are struggling in the digital age. Faced with a filesharing populace, an incredible array of media choices, a tough economic climate, and plenty of other things for people to spend money on, it can be pretty tight for a lot of people in the industries.

Recent research demonstrates a link from openness and inclusion to massive untapped potential for all kinds of businesses. Consumers have a bigger say in the fate of the industries than ever before – and while they recognise the commercial aspects of music business, they do not accept that old systems of control are relevant to them anymore.

By empowering consumers, opening access to archives and for scholarship, enriching the public domain, according popular music the same cultural status as classical and folk musics, and treating audiences as part of the music process (rather than as merely passive consumers), the society we live in is a much richer and vibrant one.

It’s good for culture, it’s good for the economy, it invigorates local scenes, it’s a lifeline for artists – and it’s great for business. In fact, it might just be what saves the music industries.

As always this will be an open discussion and you will set the agenda for the night. We’ll be starting the discussion at around 7pm but feel free to be there by 6pm and have a drink with us. You can find all the details below, if you have any questions, leave a comment or contact us via twitter.

The event is free to open to everyone but if you can please RSVP at our new Facebook group.

Tuesday, 11th August 2009
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

William IV

7 Shepherdess Walk
London, England N1 7QE

Because of the tube strike in London we had to cancel this event but we have now confirmed a new date.

We look forward to seeing you on the 1st July 2009 at the William to discuss Videos & Music. You can find all details below:

In all our previous OpenMusicMedia sessions the focus has primarily been on music – we talked about recommendations, live music, different ways of consuming recorded music and of course how the whole ecosystem of music works (or not) and what has to happen to make it work in the future.

Radar Music VideosFor our next night we want to discuss an art form which has always been closely related to music: videos. We have invited Caroline Bottomley who is the founder of Radar Music Videos, “a music video commissioning platform and music video director network” to present us with her ideas on the future of music videos. She will be explaining why her website is important for musicians and video producers and from there we will try and explore how digital technology has been affecting visual content.

As always the conversation will kept very broad – topics we want to talk about include:

  • Do artists need music videos these days?
  • Is it easier of harder to get exposure for your music videos in the age of YouTube?
  • What makes a video ‘viral’?

As always this will be an open discussion and you will set the topics for this night. We’ll be starting the discussion at around 7pm but feel free to be there by 6pm and have a drink with us. You can find all the details below, if you have any questions, leave a comment or contact us via twitter.

The event is free to open to everyone but if you can please RSVP at our new Facebook group.

Wednesday, 10th June 2009
Wednesday, 1st July 2009
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

William IV

7 Shepherdess Walk
London, England N1 7QE

OpenMusicMedia Tweet

December 4, 2008

I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gave up part of their busy December schedules to make it down to yesterday’s quiet but relaxed Xmas Drinks.  In the absence of a topic and speaker we took pleasure in food, ale and good conversation between friends and like minds! It was great to see some new faces as welll who braved the cold night to come down and introduce themselves!

A lot of the talk during the evening turned to Twitter and I had several separate conversations discussing some familiar themes.  So I thought a nice follow up to the night would be to make a short list of some of OpenMusicMedia’s Twitterers. It continues the trend started by Jonathan Deamer and continued in excellent fashion by Sean Adams earlier this week.

Hopefully you’re all familiar with Twitter by now… the micro-blogging, social-networking tool. Quite a few people I’ve spoken to have hesitated to get signed up and stuck in but hopefully the below list will make a good entry point and serve as an extension to our own little network that we are building up at OpenMusicMedia.

In no particular order:

@jonaswoost – Jonas Woost & I co-founded OpenMusicMedia back in May this year. He’s been at Last.fm since late 2005 and is Head of Music there. Jonas is a frequent speaker at conferences, and blogs at heutepopmorgen.com which also happens to be the name of his weekly radio show.

@seaninsound – Sean Adams knows a thing or two about the music industry and regularly contributes nuggets of his musical wisdom to the discussion at OpenMusicMedia. He’s been blogging since 1996 and is the founder of DrownedInSound. Sean inspired this post so props to him!

@dubber – I met Andrew Dubber at our first ever OpenMusicMedia. He is a Senior Lecturer of Music Industries at Birmingham City University, blogs about online music at NewMusicStrategies and also has a refined taste for jazz records and whisky.

@soundboy – Ian Hogarth is one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met about the live music scene and this passion shines through in his  gig  aggregator and recommendation startup Songkick. Ian himself organises several meetups and we hope to have him down to speak at ours in the new year for a discussion on the live side of the music industry.

@fakesensations – Christian excels as PR for Last.fm. When he’s not busy calculating interesting stats on Last.fm listeners he’s asking thought-provoking questions at OpenMusicMedia, seeding P2P networks with his band’s album and working on his homegrown documentary on Eccentric Pop Music

@fascinated – Anthony Volodkin is the inspired mind and nomadic entrepreneur behind the hugely popular music blog aggregator HypeMachine. He came all the way over from New York to be the speaker at our first ever OpenMusicMedia. And we love him for it!

@haynes_dave – Well it’s me I guess… co-founder of OpenMusicMedia and the UK face of SoundCloud. Having started out in the music industry running a vinyl record store, a label and DJ-ing around Europe, I’ve been working in the music industry now for what’s seems like an age (but isn’t). I have a passion for digital music and I occasionly cobble some thoughts together over at my BytesizeMusic blog.

@perreau – Having previously been at the NME, Ben Perreau now works at Sky but has recently formed a bright new startup called Gigulate. Still in beta, Gigulate promises to ‘deliver music news, blogs and the hottest gig listings at hyperspeed’. Make sure you check it out.

@bbjazz – Adam Sieff is an all round nice guy and runs the UK operation for Sellaband. He was kind enough to hook us up with Pim Betist at Sellaband who came down to speak at the second OpenMusicMedia session on ‘1000 True Fans’.

@nicklevine – Nick Levine is a member of Tack!Tack!Tack!, blogs at The Purpose Of All Media and has more connections to Sweden than an Ikea lorry.

@theyoungpunx – One of OpenMusicMedia’s (and Twitter’s) newest faces, Hal Ritson heads The Young Punx, a London-based collective of eclectic electronic musicians who would sound just at good on Top Of The Pops as they would on the dancefloor.

@coupde – James Darling is a web developer at the new and innovative PeoplesMusicStore. He occasionaly makes music on his way into work and is also partly responsible for the mind bending Vinyl Scrobbler.

Honorable mentions should also go to other previous OpenMusicMedia attendees @atephoald, @grumblemouse, @JazCummins, @lewiswebb, @ericw, @sketchy1210, @nicoperez

I’m sure I’ve missed a few out. If so add yourself in the comments!!

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Tuesday, 2nd December. 6pm-11pm

William IV

7 Shepherdess Walk
London, England N1 7QE

It has certainly been a busy end to the year for myself and Jonas. Website launches, several conferences and a baby have meant not enough time to organize a speaker for the next instalment of OpenMusicMedia. But at the same time we’ve had a lot of people asking us when it will be.

So with this in mind we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be having a simple yet festive OpenMusicMedia drinks session on Tuesday 2nd December. No official speaker or topic just good conversation between friends, colleagues and like minded people. Not forgetting the booze, music and fun of course!

We’ll be meeting at the usual place, usual time, which means upstairs at the William IV pub after work from 6pm… till kicking out time. As a replacement for the speaker we’ll have a waitress service upstairs and if you’re planning to eat, there is a Christmas menu and the usual tasty bar snacks too. Hope to see you all down there!
Xmas Cheer

WHAT: the OpenMusicMedia Meet is a group that gets together regularly in London to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The format is open and everyone is invited. The group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests and open up conversations between them. Everyone is encouraged to hang around after the discussion to eat and drink. The William IV serves great food!

WHO: A melting pot of label execs, journalists, social media types, digital distributors & retailers, entrepreneurs, music geeks, bloggers and future thinkers. The group is open to anyone who has a professional or personal interest in this space.

WHERE: Upstairs at the William IV pub. Just a 5 min stroll from Old Street tube. http://www.williamthefourth.com/

DRESS CODE: Informal. No vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

ADMISSION: An open mind, open ears and a passion for the topics discussed. There is no charge, though the more booze you buy the nicer our hosts will be. After our discussion we encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the great food at the William IV. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

William IV

7 Shepherdess Walk
London, England N1 7QE

We’re pleased to announce the next instalment of the OpenMusicMedia Meet and this time we have Eric Wahlforss from Berlin-based startup SoundCloud as our special guest. In a recent blog post Eric argues that in a post-scarcity publishing world, the key is to own the most relevant copy. As he explains:

This sounds a bit cryptic, agreed. Let me try to explain what I mean. The point I’m trying to make is actually very simple. The Web is a giant copying machine. And yet, if people can avoid having to copy something, they will. The problem is that today, the music industry suffers quite a bit from illegal file sharing–a giant copy party. What is going to happen over the coming years is that this copy fest will wind down. Yes, it will! And the reason for that is that there will be services that let people listen to their music without having to copy files and manage them.

Let’s go back to the cryptic title of this post… The key, being a music service or a label or an artist in this world of link-passing, is to own the most relevant copy. With most relevant I mean the most happening copy, the most accessible copy, the most usable copy, the coolest copy, the earliest copy, the most exclusive copy, the copy with the best sound quality, the most permanent copy, the most social copy, the most remixed copy, the most authentic copy, the most interoperable copy, etc.

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OpenMusicMedia Meet #3 - 10th September

As usual expect a lot of good conversation, interesting people and plenty of debate before during and after we hear from Eric. For the uninitiated here’s some more info.

WHAT: the OpenMusicMedia Meet is a group that gets together regularly in London to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The format is open and everyone is invited. The group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests and open up conversations between them. Everyone is encouraged to hang around after the discussion to eat and drink. The William IV serves great food!

WHO: A melting pot of label execs, journalists, social media types, digital distributors & retailers, entrepreneurs, music geeks, bloggers and future thinkers. The group is open to anyone who has a professional or personal interest in this space.

WHERE: Upstairs at the William IV pub. Just a 5 min stroll from Old Street tube. http://www.williamthefourth.com/

DRESS CODE: Informal. No vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

ADMISSION: An open mind, open ears and a passion for the topics discussed. There is no charge, though the more booze you buy the nicer our hosts will be. After our discussion we encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the great food at the William IV. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

William IV

7 Shepherdess Walk
London, England N1 7QE
In his essay earlier this year Wired’s Kevin Kelly outlined his theory of 1000 True Fans. Inspiring for some, controversial for others, his opening thoughts are described below:

Other than aim for a blockbuster hit, what can an artist do to escape the long tail? One solution is to find 1,000 True Fans. While some artists have discovered this path without calling it that, I think it is worth trying to formalize. The gist of 1,000 True Fans can be stated simply:

A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.

Is this wishful thinking? What is a ‘true fan’? Do the maths add up? What does this mean for the artists of tomorrow? These are just a few of the questions that we’ll be discussing at the next instalment of the OpenMusicMedia Meet.

Interestingly enough 1000 is the average number of fans that invest in each successful artist/band on Sellaband, the controversial site where artists aim to raise $50,000 by selling ‘parts’ to ‘believers’. And we’ll be joined by Sellaband’s Creative Director Pim Betist who’s flying into London as our special guest for what should be a very interesting converstation. Come and join in by getting down to the William IV pub next Wednesday 30th July.

OpenMusicMedia Meet #1

OpenMusicMedia Meet #1

If you weren’t lucky enough to be there for our first ever OpenMusicMedia Meet (pictured above) with Anthony Volodkin from HypeMachine, then here is what you can expect:

WHAT: the OpenMusicMedia Meet is a group that gets together regularly in London to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The format is open and everyone is invited. The group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests and open up conversations between them. Everyone is encouraged to hang around after the discussion to eat and drink. The William IV serves great food!

WHO: A melting pot of label execs, journalists, social media types, digital distributors & retailers, entrepreneurs, music geeks, bloggers and future thinkers. The group is open to anyone who has a professional or personal interest in this space.

WHERE: Upstairs at the William IV pub. Just a 5 min stroll from Old Street tube. http://www.williamthefourth.com/

DRESS CODE: Informal. No vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

ADMISSION: An open mind, open ears and a passion for the topics discussed. There is no charge, though the more booze you buy the nicer our hosts will be. After our discussion we encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the great food at the William IV. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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