Scrobbling vinyl

I’m no longer a Last.fm member, but I did like the idea that they ‘scrobbled’ everything I listened to – that is, they kept a record of what tunes I played on my computer so I could look back. It was fun for things like compiling personal...

Live music is rubbish

I spoke at the London Jazz Festival today. There was a series of panel discussions that took place under the banner ‘Thinking With Jazz’ and I was on the ‘Jazz Industry – Looking Forward’ panel. We talked about a great many things –...

Talk about social change…

I spoke at Music Tech Fest in May. I met the festival’s founder Michela Magas at the London blogger’s meetup I spoke at back in April, and she asked me to come along and simply talk about what it is I do. I decided that since everyone else at the event...

Lessons from Trondheim and elsewhere

I spent my birthday in Trondheim this year. I managed a little record shopping in Copenhagen on the way there too, which was a lovely bonus. In exchange for a little work preparing a keynote presentation for the Europe Jazz Network’s General Assembly at a rather...

No instrumentals please, we’re British

“When was the last time we had an instrumental UK number one?” I ask, apropos of nothing in particular. A little out of the blue to be sure, but the question had popped into my head and the topic is entirely in keeping with the kind of abstract...

The Digital Music Grand Canyon

Let’s rewind… In September 1995, the first consumer mp3 encoding software was released, allowing computer users to store digital music on their hard drives. At this time, typical hard drive sizes ranged between 500 and 1000 MB in size, so data compression...