The Ten Greatest, Defining Moments in Recent Music History

What I am about to write is the perfect way to lose friends and become completely irrelevant (to re-write the title of Dale Carnegie’s iconic self-help book). But I invite this possibility and even seek it out. I am stepping out on a limb and daring you, reader, to saw it off. The question is, what are the ten greatest, defining moments – not necessarily songs or singers – in recent music history? My format is to note the moment or event, describe it briefly and then tell why, in my opinion, it is important. Here is my list. 1. Phish concert, Jan 1, 2000. What: A group of cult […]

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SONGSTUFF by Cary Ginell- Music at political rallies: What to choose and where? (Part 2)

Last time, we discussed the proper licensing of a venue where a political rally is to be held. Now that you’ve cleared your location, you are left with the weighty decision as to what kind of music to use that can maximize the effect of your candidate’s message. This is where many major political campaigns drop the ball. In an effort to try and appeal to an across-the-board demographic, familiar hit songs are often selected that attempt to reflect the candidate’s message. As we have seen in my previous blogs on historic usages of music in American history, familiar melodies are often retrofitted with new lyrics so that potential voters […]

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Reality TV – Numbing Brain Cells or Expanding Our Horizons?

I recently returned from an out of country vacation where I was nearly 100% unplugged. No Cable TV, no Internet and extremely intermittent cell-phone access. On my return to the U.S., facing a stiff case of jet-lag, I gave myself one full couch potato day to recover. Remote in hand, I again explored the vast terrain of cable programming. Having been media deprived for nearly 14 days, I was struck by ‘option overload’. I had made it one full channel rotation – starting at 002 and ending somewhere in the channel 1999 range – and couldn’t make a choice. I clicked back thru starting at the HD channel level; five […]

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SONGSTUFF by Cary Ginell: Music at political rallies- What to choose and where? (Part 1)

So you’ve been hired to work as an advance person on a candidate’s political campaign. One of your assignments is to select a venue and provide music to precede the event, to announce the candidate’s appearance, and to accompany the aftermath of the candidate’s speech. What do you do? The first thing you have to is clear the music you wish to play, whether it is performed live or on a recording. If it is a recording, you will need to secure two licenses: one from the publisher (for the underlying composition) and the other from the record company that owns the master (the recording itself). A political rally is […]

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Licensing Notes from Leisa Korn for 7-16-2012: Rudeness Edition

As we experience the dog days of summer and finally begin to accept the effects of global warming, it seems that heat and humidity are taking their toll on our tempers. Several years ago I decided I wanted to know why the sky is blue and how clouds were formed so I studied weather and climate. One of the more interesting facts I discovered was that wind was once used as a defense against insanity. So I’m assuming that long stretches of heat can have a similar psychological effect and it takes the form of extreme rudeness. We see this every day in the mundane passing of our lives when […]

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Ephemeral Use and Production Music: Just the Facts

Please see the updated version of this post HERE.

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Appointment Listening

My audio engineer recently rebuilt his mix room where I frequently work with him to complete the myriad of Aircast‘s productions. His new room was designed by a well known studio designer who transformed the entertainment room into a formidable audio room that can rival any mix room in a high end studio complex. After I settled down from the wow factor of the room’s change and before we settled into the work at hand, he wanted to showcase the sonic qualities of his new work environment. So we put in the new Bonnie Raitt disc and proceeded to sit and listen. Sit and listen. In doing this, we pondered […]

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Happy Independence Day, USA!

Happy 235th, United States!

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Celebrate Independence this July with Megatrax!

July is a big month for independence. In addition to the French celebration of the birth of their modern nation on July 14 and the United States’ celebration of independence on July 4, the following nations celebrate independence in July: Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Belarus, Abkhazia, Algeria, Cape Verde, Venezuela, Malawi, Solomon Islands, Argentina, South Sudan, Bahamas, São Tomé and Príncipe, Slovakia, Laos, Colombia, Belgium, Maldives, Liberia, Peru, and Vanuatu. While you’re thinking about independence this month, think about Megatrax. For over 20 years, Megatrax has established itself as the leading independent production music company. This independence allows us the flexibility to deliver highest-quality music, and unparalleled personalized customer service. Celebrate […]

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