• I’m from Hicksville too I read Dylan Horrocks’ Hicksville last night. It’s a comic book about a comic book author from a town of comic book enthusiasts. It’s been described as “a love letter to the medium” – but it felt to me more complex than that. It’s about someone exploring their culture, their heritage and their inheritance – […] dubber No responses November 28, 2014
  • Questions I haven’t asked Dave Allen I’m going to be speaking with Dave Allen on Tuesday this week. Dave is Director of Artist and Music Industry Advocacy for streaming music service Beats Music. He also happens to have been the bass player for one of my favourite post-punk / new wave bands of the 80s. No, not Gang of Four – […] dubber No responses April 27, 2014
  • 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 nice hotel, I managed to have a lovely birthday […] dubber One response September 23, 2013
  • Deleting Music revisited Peter Jesperson inspects the tape vaults at New West Records A few years ago, I was obsessed with an idea. This is nothing unusual. It happens a lot. It had to do with music, copyright and technology – so no surprises there. It was going to be a book, but I wasn’t ready to write […] dubber No responses June 14, 2013
  • 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 was essential. While it took time and persistence (because of dialup speeds), it […] dubber 3 responses June 11, 2013
  • Speaking at music events: The Uganda edition I just spent a week in Jinja, Uganda, speaking as part of the Doadoa East African Performing Arts Market. I gave a presentation about music marketing. It was, it has to be said, a very different presentation about music marketing than the one I gave at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival the previous weekend – though […] dubber No responses May 13, 2013