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AYMNN: Jeff Buckley

August 4, 2010 | 3 Comments

Last night, I watched a BBC documentary on Jeff Buckley and was reminded that, while I thought everyone knew who he was, many don’t. The first track I heard from him was a haunting cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

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(mis)Using sound

July 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

This weekend I was at the Tulalip Casino near Seattle playing the slot machines for the first time. It was fun and incredibly addictive. Why bring this up? Well one of the reasons that slot machines are so effective at luring and keeping gamblers is the sound.

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What to do if your album leaks early

July 21, 2010 | 7 Comments

I know that many of us aren’t exactly releasing high profile music, and therefore aren’t worried about leaks. For those who attempt to earn a living by selling their music however, a leaked album can hurt sales and be bad for morale. Fans might download the album early and then when it’s officially out, forget to buy it.

Check your online brand presence with

July 1, 2010 | 1 Comment

One of the most important things for an artist who is looking to make a living from his art, is control of a brand. This can be a band name, a stage name, or even the name of a studio business. Of course, with many of today’s artists becoming known through internet marketing efforts, it’s very important to make sure you can leverage your name online.

Rockband 3

On Rockband 3

June 22, 2010 | 4 Comments

Okay, it seems a little weird to be editorializing on a game but Harmonix’s Rockband series is something different. Introducing what Konami did 10 years ago with the Guitar/Drum/Keyboard Mania series, to an American audience at the right time allowed Harmonix to tap into a video game market that isn’t just for kids anymore.