Music Videos: Weezer/Motion Theory Love Letter to YouTube

Ah, Motion Theory. We lover their work already. And now, in one brutal blow, they simultaneously produce: A kick-ass video for Weezer. A love letter to YouTube and Internet memes — watch through to the end. It gets denser. An instant on-screen “How much of a geek are you?” quiz. A video that should throw any band trying to capitalize on Web memes to the ground. Seriously. You won’t top this. Give up now. You’ll have to wait for the next generation of technology or something. Thanks to our friend Robin Hunicke, who seems to be friends with / works …

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Elton John to World: Tear This Internet Down!

All in all, we’re just another blog in the Wall. Ich bin ein Webizen. Celebrity musicians say the darndest things. We’re still reflecting on the layers of meaning in Bob Dylan’s “New records have sound all over them.” And along comes Elton John, to say: Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet… I do think it would be an incredible experiment to shut down the whole internet for five years and see what sort of art is produced over that span. There’s too much technology available. Why we must close the net [The Sun Online, bastion …

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Internet Radio Wins Temporary Delay, Possible Minimum Rate Break

This may stretch your definition of “good news” for webcasters, but the latest on the Internet Radio crisis runs something like this: Webcasters don’t yet have to pay new fees for their broadcast. But they’re still accruing debt — fast. Sort of like our credit card debt. Webcasters may get a small break on the minimum fee, one that could literally have shut down “personalized” radio services. SoundExchange explains the deal thusly: Under the new proposal, to be implemented by remand to the CRJs, SoundExchange has offered to cap the $500 per channel minimum fee at $50,000 per year for …

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The Day the Music Died, Otherwise Known As The Dawning Era of Negotiations

Several readers have observed this quite eloquently, but let’s summarize: laws around music are complicated, messy, and confusing. If they don’t seem that way to you, you’re either a lawyer or you haven’t done your homework. That said, without question, proposed changes to streaming music licensing fees would be devastating to Internet radio, because not just top 40 music requires license fees — even many indie labels are RIAA members and participate in SoundExchange. But here’s the key: they’d be devastating as proposed. And suddenly, at the eleventh hour, SoundExchange seems to be backpedaling. (Their strategy, evidently: push as hard …

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Eerie Quiet, Days Before Monday’s “End of Internet Radio” Deadline

Photo: geodesic. Cricket sound: provided by you. Hear that? Nothing. No, it’s not silence making a political point, as with the Internet Radio Day of Silence staged last week by web radio to protest punishing new royalty rates by showing what they could cause. This is an even more disturbing silence: as the deadline for new US rates for Net radio approaches, online radio’s supporters seem to be desperate and exhausted. Here’s the problem: net radio supporters, concerned that new rates (and the backdated royalty rates that would be owed along with them) could kill Internet radio, haven’t exactly gotten …

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Electronic Music Google Search

Does your brain filter out all elements of the world around you not directly related to electronic music? Do conversations from significant others, business associates, and the like tend to dissolve into “blah, blah, blah …” while you dream of synths and programmed beats? Do you wish your search engine would stop returning lots of irrelevant stuff and accept your major obsession and first love? Morgan Sutherland has been playing with Google Co-op, a search engine construction technology, and came up with this: Electronic Music Search It searches over a hundred sites related to music technology, from music sites to …

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Today is Internet Radio Day of Silence; Join Musicians in Support of Fair Rates

If you switch on your favorite radio stream and hear something unusual — people talking about Internet policy, ambient sounds, or nothing at all — you’re getting a glimpse of a world that could be here by next month. To illustrate the devastating effect new US royalty rates could have on online broadcasters, broadcasters large and small are making today, Tuesday, June 26, a “day of silence.” They’re not just being dramatic: online broadcasters from public radio stations to big services like Rhapsody have said they simply won’t be able to swallow the new rates. Small broadcasters don’t have the …

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