Jherek Bischoff Makes Something New By Mixing Classical And Rock Music

Music album economics and industry evolution

Jherek Bischoff didn’t set out to become an orchestral composer. He’s a rock and roller who backed into orchestral business almost by accident. But to his fans he represents the future of classical music. On Friday Bischoff brings his unique blend of rock and classical music to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, where he will perform with musicians from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Channy Leaneagh, lead singer for the popular local band Polica. Until about five years ago, Bischoff imagined that he’d have a future in the concert all. But after working as a producer with friends’ rock bands, the possibility dawned on him. They kept pushing the limits, adding cellos, violins, and other instruments into the mix. “Each time we’d record we’d get a little more ambitious,” he recalled. “So finally one time I muted the rock band and it was a whole orchestra happening — and I thought, ‘Oh man, that’s kind of exciting. I could maybe kind of do this.'” Of course, composing orchestral music is one thing. Having it performed is a much bigger challenge.

Music Search and Discovery App ‘SoundHound’ gets New iOS 7 Facelift

While limited in scope initially, the partnership means Napster will have a vocal advocate for it when Telefonica operating units — such as O2 and Movistar — pick a music service to bundle into phones. At first, their alliance will mean Napster replaces Sonora, a subscription music service provided by Telefonica unit Terra in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Mexico. That moves Napster into Latin America, an area of rapid smartphone growth, for the first time. The companies wouldn’t specify Sonora’s number of active users, but they generalized it is in the hundreds of thousands. Rhapsody has more than a million paid subscribers globally. Telefonica had 317.3 million customers as of June, across 24 territories. Its main commercial brands are O2 in northern Europe, Movistar in Spain and Latin America, and Vivo in Brazil. Telefonica can earn a minority stake in Rhapsody International as part of the partnership, but the companies wouldn’t specify how large it could be or other financial terms. Related stories Is Spotify unfair to musicians? After Rhapsody bought Napster in 2011, it kept quiet on the former peer-to-peer service that switched to above-board streaming service, until it announced plans to expand into 14 European countries from the UK and Germany in June. Telefonica noted the Napster would help it connect with customers amid rapid growth in smartphones in Latin America, where the devices reach only about 20 percent of the market and are still growing at a quick clip.

So when I read an article in New York Magazine this week that explored the changing economics of the industry, I thought it would be interesting to explore it in a little more detail and review some investment ramifications of these changes. The main story centred around Grizzly Bear, a popular indie band, that has had a great deal of artistic success, which hasnt translated into the same amount of commercial success (although they did sell out Radio City and their latest album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Chart). When the band tours, it can afford a bus, an extra keyboard player, and sound and lighting engineers. (That U2 tour had a wardrobe manager.) After covering expenses like recording, publicity, and all the other machinery of a successful act (Agents, lawyers, tour managers, the merch girl, the venues take a merch cut; Ticketmaster takes their cut; the manager gets a percentage; publishers get a percentage), Grizzly Bears members bring home well, theyd rather not get into it. I just think its inappropriate, says Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear. Obviously were surviving. Some of us have health insurance, some of us dont, we basically all live in the same places, no ones renting private jets. Come to your own conclusions. Before we hop into the analysis, I also want to acknowledge that musicians getting hosed by records labels et al. isnt exactly a new phenomenon (read:Motown). Its just different people taking a cut of the pie this time around. New album sales One of the more interesting statistics is regarding new album sales. While I could probably have guessed that record sales were down, the recentness and sharpness of the decline was interesting. As you can see below, since 2008 new record sales have dropped by almost 50%.

Telefonica tunes in Rhapsody’s Napster for streaming music

Additionally, users can now access the new My Map feature to visualize your music moments by geographic location. Although the complete iOS redesign is a huge part of SoundHounds update, the real darling of Version 5.5 is My Maps. This new feature allows registered users the ability to access a music discovery map that can be filtered by day, week, month, or across all time. Registered SoundHound users can now collect and track their own music moments on an interactive map. Similar to the World Map, which is available to all users and allows you to see which songs and artists are being seen by all users around the globe, My Map lets you see your personal timeline of music discovery. Registered users can easily toggle between the personal and world map. iOS 7 has given us the opportunity to both visually and substantively enhance the SoundHound experience, said Katie McMahon, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for SoundHound Inc. The release of My Map seamlessly enables users to capture and collect the music moments of their lives, akin to how easily we take photos and love photo albums. SoundHounds most well known features, including fast music recognition, the worlds only sing/hum search capability and LiveLyrics, just got more delightful now that you can fill and keep your personal map with music memories. SoundHound is available for free on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Download it in the App Store today . email