Fri 23 Jun 2006
Wed 21 Jun 2006
Well it’s so obvious it’s hardly worth blogging about (read: my coolnes decreases by being excited or merely commenting on new things as if they’re new to you too). But since it nicely continuous some of my earlier post on Danger Mouse I’ll waste a couple of precious working minutes (:-) on this article in NY Times on producers ‘new’ stardom. Of course producers are taking centre stage especially when musically gifted like Danger Mouse. I got the last Gorillaz album and Gnarls Barkley because of Danger Mouse. As another example I’ve been listening to Dixie Chicks only to check out how Rick Rubin had produced country (and for slightly political reasons as well). It’s not new to dig the producer. We’ve done that since George Martin and Phil Spector. One explanation for the attention surrounding Danger Mouse might be, that really good producers – the star quality stuff – are seldom. Another reason why producers have risen in the hierarchy the last years is because of more aggressive ‘positioning’ in music with overwhelming amounts being pushed out all the time. A very recognizable production is a way to get run of the mill music some kind of brand value (a surrogate for quality I guess). Look to R&B, which is today nothing but such an artistically starved, hyper-commercialized production (designer music). Another obvious reason is the growing dominance of electronic elements of the music which often leaves composing/performing/producing much more interrelated (Mads help me here). Bottom line: I think Danger Mouse’s success is well earned (as returning readers probably know by now) and I’ll surely follow him until his creative source runs dry or he sells out. Anyway go read the interesting piece on Danger Mouse’s Woody Allen inspired auteur ambitions (and Gnarls Barkley).
Fri 16 Jun 2006
Finally the little start up I’m involved with has a pre-beta ready to show our friends and other very tolerant people before last redesign and public beta launch later this summer. We are dependent on your feedback and input in order to stand any chance of succeeding with this. On the concept, on communication, on (lack of) usability, on functionalities and everything else you think it’ll take to make a general audience start using it. Please press the logo and go check it out. See you in there.
Wed 7 Jun 2006
A new survey conducted by Nokia concludes among other things that two thirds of people asked globally would replace their MP3 player with an appropriately enabled mobile phone. Well I already did that. Last month, when I realized that the Nokia 6280 allows for up to 2 GB of MiniSD storage I simply put my secondary (yes the iPod is slowly degrading) device to rest permanently with my kitchen sound outfit. I love my new converged mobile gear = my phone. The interface is of course not that perfect, but the sound is even better with the standard headphones than on my 2G iPod with some pretty worn out Etymotic ER6 HighEnd in-ear phones. And when I’m on the move the whole music-to-answering-calls-and-back cycle is just perfect. So in conclusion, I believe that Nokia’s survey is onto something true about the very near deflation of the iPod hype (even if it’s a quite convenient conclusion for Nokia), as I’m normally quite mainstream in such matters (…early adopter… moi ). Just another reason for Apple to INTRODUCE THAT FRIGGING PHONE!