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The Amazing Slow Downer

This blog is for everyone who plays an instrument and who stands in awe of the great players. I play guitar and appreciate great guitar music in many styles and genres. I am awed by masters of the craft like Phil Keaggy, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Brad Paisley, Brent Mason, Stanley Jordan and so many ... Read More
 

Non-DRM versus MP3

Steve Jobs recently announced with EMI that he is making EMI’s entire catalog available in “non-DRM (digital rights management) format” and is doing so for the low extra price of $0.30 a track. So for $1.29 you get a song at iTunes with no DRM on it. The announcement implies that this change is a ... Read More
 

Paradigm Schmaradigm: Rehearsing the Past

Don’t be surprised. You are reading a book and you already know how it turns out. That’s right. We are replaying history. Again and again and again. Like Bill Murray’s character in the film Groundhog Day, sometimes it takes us a little while to realize we can change and that change can be good.   ... Read More
 
Being Digital

Being Digital

Nicholas Negroponte (Credit: Web Chappell) Nicholas Negroponte, founder and director of MIT’s Media Lab, authored Being Digital in 1995. The book was actually a collection of articles he’d written for Wired Magazine in its first years. The key concept discussed in the book was the movement from “Atoms to Bits” and its impact on all ... Read More
 
Can’t Stop The Music

Can’t Stop The Music

Welcome to “Can’t Stop The Music.” This is about music, media, and the constant evolution and revolution that drives us forward.  It’s about the cast of characters that make up this rapidly changing landscape — the artists and creators, the major and independent record labels and film studios, the technologies and companies driving them, and ... Read More