Corporate Sponsorship: Funding Music

Posted by Giacomo on July 22, 2008
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So I was watching Dragon’s Den last night on television.

Dragon’s Den is a show where a panel of very successful business people get pitched to by various wannabe entrepreneurs. Typically the pitches are aimed at raising relatively small amounts of cash in return for a stake in the company. The show is highly amusing in that the business heads will really go to town in probing the pitch in order to determine the strength of the proposal, that’s good entertainment as well as educational, anyone looking at starting a business would do well to watch this for the type of questions which are vital to be asked for any business.

Anyway, last night’s show was particularly interesting as one of the pitches was from a band, who accepted an offer from Peter Jones in the order £75k ($150K) for a 30% state in the bands profit, based on two albums.

Now £75k is not much money in the grand scale of things and a 30% stake is an enormous slice of the bands pie, the potential long-term value could be staggering.

Two things spring  to mind for me.

1. Will we start to see more of this type of corporate sponsorship for funding artists/bands. Given that the traditional model of funding is slowly eroding. Could be fantastic revenues for investors if they find a product (BAND) that set hearts on fire.

2. What would this mean for music integrity when the band could be involved in product placement?

Feargal Sharkey (CEO British Music Rights) states “It still takes money and expertise to produce, manufacture and promote a musical recording, which means somewhere along the line, someone has to make an investment – either a label, a brand, the artist themselves or a benefactor like Peter Jones.”


Radiohead’s “In rainbows” performed in “From the basement”

Posted by Giacomo on June 27, 2008
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Exclusive Live Videos Set Available on iTunes June 24th.

Radiohead are releasing ten live performance videos recorded at The Hospital studio in Covent Garden, with the team from the band’s longtime producer Nigel Godrich’s ‘From the Basement’ TV show from the basement.

The collection will debut exclusively through iTunes beginning today,June 24th. The videos feature live renditions of songs from ‘InRainbows’ and its bonus CD included in its deluxe discbox edition.

The full track listing of video performances is:

  • Bodysnatchers
  • House of Cards
  • Nude
  • Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
  • 15 Step
  • Reckoner
  • Go Slowly
  • Videotape
  • Bangers & Mash
  • All I Need

Captured in a day, with direction by David Barnard and sound by Nigel Godrich, the videos represent the best recorded representation of Radiohead’s live performance to date.

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Kick Drum EQ: Metallica Black Album

Posted by Giacomo on April 21, 2008
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Today I got the Black Albumout again after a long long break from listening to it, I mean it must be literally years since I have turned up the office monitors whilst listening to this!

The album was a complete departure (production wise) from anything Metallica had done previously, more than likely as a result of teaming up with the talents of Bob Rock.

The reason I am telling you about this delight is that the album is a fine example of Kick Drum EQ. Sure it is an acquired taste and you’d never catch a “jazzer” using such extreme processing as this, but nonetheless if you are seeking some influence for the baddest kick drum eq of all time(?), check it out.

In addition what would you add to the list of bad ass kick drum eq?


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Remix Radiohead’s “In rainbows”

Posted by Giacomo on April 02, 2008
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Following on from their recent “honesty box” approach to album pricing, Radiohead have changed the gears yet again and are now offer YOU a chance to remix their latest single“Nude”.

It’s not so much a complete mix but 5 stems to “make it easier” as the websites states, of course being an AC user you’d probably rather have all single tracks to mix, but hey I guess 5 stems is better than none, right?

The site states: “To make remixing easy, the separate ‘stems’* from the song are available to purchase from iTunes. The ‘stems’ available are bass, voice, guitar, strings/fx and drums. You can mix them in any way you like, either by adding your own beats and instrumentation, or just remixing the original parts.”

Once you’ve uploaded your mix you’ll find that we all as users will vote on our preferred version, there is a top 10 list on the main page.

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Melodyne – Direct Note Access

Posted by Giacomo on March 13, 2008
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Ben noticed this Melodyne – Direct Note Access this morning and fired it over.


This is really amazing cutting-edge technology for the audio world, the possibilities are endless, how far we’ve come since tape recorders!

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