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The Impact of the Global Digital Music Economy on the Music Business Paradigm

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Will the lack of accountability be the downfall of the Open Music Economy?

Musings in Cb was started in 2001 and began with writings that centered upon issues related mostly to the impact of online music on the jazz scene. I eventually began including some of the other contemporary issues with regard to the digital distribution scene. All articles are written from my participatory ("in the trenches , if you will) perspective as an independent jazz recording artist and arts advocate.

AP LONDON - The Office of National Statistics said more Britons now use MP3s than the once-popular personal CD ...

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The Internet and The Jazz Artist

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By Chris Burnett

It seems that online music distribution has become a viable factor in the 2005 mainstream music industry. Most serious musicians recognize the value of having a website these days. Where many of the jazz musicians I know did not even use a computer very much at all, most are now at least using email to announce their gigs. All of the major record labels have pretty cool websites now that allow streaming of songs, buying downloads, and the purchasing of actual CDs online. Most of the major jazz writers, publications, venues and festivals have websites to promote ...

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Meeting Mr. Jones

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By Chris Burnett

We lost one of the creative pioneers of music - American Jazz or whatever genre - on May 18, 2004. My wife and I got to actually meet both, he and his wife, while we waited within the main train station at Copenhagen. We were on our way back home from our honeymoon in 1979. The meeting was just by chance... We were walking along in the main terminal and I saw all of this band's equipment road cases, with some of the cats standing around their gear. On all of ...

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Jim McFalls: Jazz Trombone

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By Chris Burnett

Introduction Jim McFalls is a former military band colleague of mine and is also one of the finest trombonists playing and teaching jazz music today. He has literally toured the world playing jazz as a member of the elite official touring jazz ensemble of the US Army [Jazz Ambassadors, Washington DC], performs and records extensively in the Washington DC area, and is the director of the Jazz Ensemble at Towson University that established prominence under the leadership of the legendary Hank Levy. This musing will feature both an article and interview with Jim. Visit ...

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Bob Baldwin - A440 Musician

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By Chris Burnett

Introduction As a contemporary jazz keyboardist, composer, and producer for the last 15 years, Bob Baldwin is continually maintaining his status in the music industry as a person to watch. With the new release of “Brazil Chill", his eighth US CD and 10th overall, Baldwin continues to garner additional international media attention; along with receiving rave reviews for his innovative integration of styles and sounds. This is Baldwin's debut on the Chicago-based A440 Music Group Label since the release of his album “Standing Tall" hit the airwaves 18 months ago, hovering ...

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Producer, Phil Davis

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By Chris Burnett

PhD Productions, LLC is an established music production company that offers complete music production and recording services. Established in 1991, PhD Productions has gained a great reputation for all styles of music production ranging from MIDI tracks and digital audio; to producing jingles, composing film scores and designing original graphic art work. The company's complete production services also include everything from actual production, arranging, mixing, mastering, CD design and duplication, and promotion of the final product. Their new production studio is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the powerful audio production technologies utilized in the ...

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Upcoming Musings in Cb Subjects

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By Chris Burnett

I am taking a different approach to the Musings in Cb column these days due to the fact that my own performance schedule has become an active one offline. I still write, but not with the frequency that I once did when the column started here in 2001 and I had just moved back home to the Kansas City area. So, this article provides a run-down of what will be occupying my musical thoughts when I don't have a saxophone in my mouth. Here are some of the Musings in Cb subject ideas and highlights that I ...

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MP3.com - We Made History!

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By Chris Burnett

Well, it is official: “THE destination for digital music", and the very first Online Music Distribution site in the world will cease to exist on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 12:00 PM PST. Members were officially informed by direct email correspondence, and also via a post to the moderator section of its message board, that the MP3.com, Incorporated website will no longer be accessible in its current form.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT CNET Networks, Inc. announced on November 13, 2003 that it has acquired certain assets of MP3.com, Inc. Following a transition period, CNET Networks, Inc. ...

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Bobby Watson's Kansas City Big Band: Part 2-2

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By Chris Burnett

The focus of this particular musing is an interview with Bobby Watson about his motivation to serve as the director of “The 18th and Vine Big Band", a new big band in Kansas City. This is the second part of a 2-Part feature article where Part 1 introduces readers to Bobby Watson, his music and teaching activities, by way of his biographical narrative. This segment is primarily our discussion about the band and their debut performance at the historic Gem Theatre. THE TRADITION Kansas City already has a ...

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Bobby Watson's Kansas City Big Band: Part 1-2

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By Chris Burnett

The subject of this particular musing is the extraordinary musician, Bobby Watson. He is indeed one among the premiere American musicians and jazz educators today. His return to the Kansas City area to teach the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music also emphasizes Professor Watson's noble commitment to share his vast knowledge and experience with future generations of jazz musicians. Yes, Bobby Watson has formed a Big Band from among the best musicians in Kansas City. The significance is relevant in several ways. First, as a gifted composer ...

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Drummer Richie Pratt

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By Chris Burnett

It is always helpful to have a mentor available during one's life and career as a working professional musician. The subject of this particular musing is my oldest brother, Richie Pratt, a life-long musician, composer, and great human being. He is one of those unsung heroes, who have probably been heard on countless recordings or sessions, but no one knows their names - and that fact doesn't bother him in the least.

Pratt is the quintessential jazz musician, a person who is sincerely at peace with himself and others in the world around him. Music is his ...

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Online Musical Collaborations 4.4

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Conclusion

It seems to be a realistic position to assume that much of the potential possibilities of online music have not yet even been fully explored.

This series illustrates that to simply limit such considerations to the fact that the Internet has not exactly lived up to most any music professional's expectations as a means of selling thousands of CDs would be short sighted at best. So, I say keep playing live and use the online resources too!

Breaking Down Barriers

Yes, there are still the countless number of professional-level independent artists ...

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Online Musical Collaborations 3.4

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Mathias Claus is a composer, pianist and music producer who is from Germany. He grew up musically working as a live jazz pianist with a propensity towards utilization of electronic instruments such as digital modules, synthesizers, samplers and keyboards. After studies at the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA he graduated as a jazz pianist from Musikhochschule Hamburg, Germany. His studies also included training in classical piano techniques and music theory.

Mathias Claus has developed his own computer-based online studio and focuses on collaborative recordings with other musicians of the online jazz scene worldwide; he is ...

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Online Musical Collaborations 2.4

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By Chris Burnett

Musician Kyle Whitlock is from Columbia, South Carolina-where he is a studio composer of many genres of music, and also a musician-for-hire in many different jazz and variety music ensembles. He has also composed music for radio and television. He has played keyboards and drums/percussion professionally for over 25 years, and has written a huge catalog of compositions. [ LISTEN ] Kyle began releasing these instrumental songs on CD in 1999. His writing is a blend of musical styles and themes including Contemporary jazz, Progressive Rock, New age, Electronic, World, and Solo piano. Overall ...



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