… a tuneful choice

March 10, 2010

I’ve recently been thinking a lot about the music industry and how it’s becoming more artist driven. I think it’s important that artists have control over what they’re putting out – and of course money is an issue as well. I recently have been looking to find a way to put my music out there – legitimately. I’ve been hearing a lot of great reviews on Tunecore, a digital distribution service. Apparently, all of the music sales are given back to the artist. This seems like a very good option for me, as I am ready to put some quality tunes out there.

Tweet, tweet!

February 24, 2010

Just when I thought I had completely avoided making a Twitter account, I was asked to create one for a homework assignment. Crazy, I know. But to be honest, I wasn’t really sure what Twitter was exactly – it just sounded annoying. This site can be very useful if you need friends, family, fans, or even strangers to know what is happening in your life at certain moments. One can become a “follower” of just about anyone with an account and receive their tweets (postings). A Twitter account is also able to be set up so that only followers can receive your tweets – a nice feature if you don’t want every Tom, Dick, and Harry to know what you are doing. However, for someone in the entertainment business, this social site can be very useful to connect with fans and encourage people to take notice of you. I would recommend Twitter for anyone who already has a MySpace or Facebook account because it’s really just an extension of those sites. So… Tweet on if so compelled.

If you’re into snapping photos and sharing them with others, then you might be interested in Flickr. It is a great online photo management and sharing application. One can upload, edit, and organize their photos pretty quickly. There are group and privacy controls so you can control who’s seeing your media. A cool feature is being able to see other photos taken near you. If you like seeing current photos of friends in family, Flickr is a great way to keep in touch!

Creating videos and posting them online couldn’t be easier with YouTube – just create an account (or channel), and you’re off to the races! This site will be useful to you if you’re an aspiring talk show host, guru, activist, or just a goof who wants to make people laugh. Because of YouTube some users have be able to get signed with big record labels or start a special show they’ve been working towards. Of course some don’t want their videos to be viewed by all, so the “private” option is available, only letting subscribers or friends in on your scoop. YouTube can be useful for those who enjoy being creative and putting themselves out there, but it can be overwhelming at times. The key is being able to set yourself apart from everyone else – because there are sooo many people talking themselves blue in the face. Call me old fashioned, but I like to communicate with others on a personal basis. Of course I have my own channel, but my uploads are few and far between.

Before this post I had never heard of Vimeo, but I’m glad I know about it now. Vimeo is a very cool community in which one can share their original videos with other intelligent individuals. This site allows you to have the best looking videos – and in HD if you so choose. Interestingly enough “Vimeo was created by filmmakers and video creators who wanted to share their creative work, along with intimate personal moments of their everyday life.” Unlike many sites, Vimeo really pushes the values of respect and politeness to its users. I wouldn’t say I’m an experienced filmmaker, but I will definitely be using Vimeo as a creative outlet.

Current Projects

January 27, 2010

Being a student at IPR, it’s obvious that I’m into music. More specifically, I take a particular interest in vocal production and voice-over work. I’ve been singing seriously for over 10 years, and have participated in numerous artistic arrangments from leading musicals to state wide choral events to recording several songs (all arranged & composed by myself). I take special interest in the vocal side of production because it’s something I’m passionate about because it still needs a lot of work and guidance.

I’m all about live performance, really. One can have a killer record, but if they can’t reproduce it well live, the whole essence of being a music artist is lost. At school I am currently working on a very cool mash-up project that I will definitely being showing my musical/vocal work on. Almost anyone can make a cool beat nowadays, but it’s all about accomplishing an artistic goal/message. Also in my bag is the beginning of a “demo” project. I would describe my style/genre, but I will leave it up to the listeners to figure that out because everyone hears music a little bit differently. I think that posting a genre title on a record can sometimes predetermine how or if folks will listen.

Here is a recent cover I recorded.

Hello Cello

January 27, 2010

… So over 15 years ago the director of LII (Legal Information Institute), Tom Bruce came out with the first web browser for Windows.

Cello is a multipurpose Internet browser which allows access to the mass amount of information resources of the Internet. It supports WorldWideWeb, Gopher, FTP, CSO/ph/qu, and Usenet News retrievals natively, and other protocols through external clients and public gateways. It can be used to view hypermedia docs, including inlined images, text, and digital audio/film.

So that was a lot of technical jargon, but I felt it was necessary. Interestingly enough, Cello was created because lawyers used Microsoft windows on their comps, but the available browsers at the time were mostly for Unix. This meant many legal experts were unable to access legal info made available in hypertext on the World Wide Web.

As for the future of Cello? Well there is none, as Tom Bruce, a solo-effort programmer was not able to maintain support necessary requests. Nevertheless very interesting in my opinion.

By the way the LII is a phenomenal resource for individuals seeking a better understanding of the broadness of the law.

Resources used:

http://web.archive.org.web/20040217003215/http://www.law.cornell.edu/cello

http://blog.law.cornell.edu/page/9

http://www.livinginternet.com/w/wi_browse.htm

Artist site

January 13, 2010

So I was looking at Coldplay’s website, and I really liked it! It includes a section called “The Exhibition Room” which allows anyone to post a picture or video and view posts from Coldplay. This is a cool feature for fans. In addition this, there is an “Oracle” section of the page that lets anyone ask a question (preferably intelligent) and receive a prediction. The band’s  website is aesthetically cool and pleasing to the eye. Their shop on the website has a plethora of nice items for sale, including unique lithographs, apparel, tour programs, and of course – albums. I think the page as a whole is very inviting to fans and presents some quirky features. I would definitely check it out – if you are a Coldplay fan that is.

http://coldplay.com