April 16-30 News

Wednesday, April 29, 1998

Seagram Beverage Chief May Be Considering EMI Records Buyout
Yahoo News/Reuters has the story: Edgar Bronfman, head of Seagram Co. Ltd. may be considering a buyout of the troubled EMI Plc., whose catalog includes the Beatles and the Spice Girls. Last year EMI dismantled their American distribution, divesting most of their artists to affiliated labels.

Atlantic Records Seeks College Marketing Representatives
Atlantic Records is seeking college marketing representatives in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Providence, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boulder/Denver, and Columbus OH. Applicants must be enrolled in college and willing to work 10-20 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship, but qualifies for college credit. Please send a resume to Christina Biglin at Atlantic Records

Tuesday, April 28, 1998

Massive Library of Sound Effects Available Online
Sound Dogs Inc., has launched a massive global sound effects library on the web. Users can now access over 35,000 SFX, paying by the piece. Read more.

New Digital Audio/MIDI Recording Software From
Makers of Band-In-A-Box

PG Music has recently released Powertracks Pro Audio 4.0, a professional, fully featured digital audio MIDI workstation for Windows. It seamlessly integrates digital audio/MIDI recording and built-in music notation on any Windows PC equipped with a soundcard. Features include real time or punch-in recording, up to 48 tracks of CD quality audio or MIDI, 44khz/16-bit sampling (or 22khz if desired), editing in Wave window, support for PG Music and 3rd party plugins, MIDI type 0 and 1 file support, SMPTE and MIDI time code, up to 960 ppq timebase. Also featured is an on-screen piano keyboard and guitar fretboard that shows notes as they are played. Includes CD-Rom training video. For more information, check out PG Music's Powertools page.

Monday, April 27, 1998

"Lilith Fair" Album Set For Release Tomorrow
A compilation of artists who have performed at Sarah McLachlan's "Lilith Fair" is set for release tomorrow. The album, titled, A Celebration of Women In Music will include songs by Sarah McLachlan, Tracy Bonham, Meredith Brooks, The Cardigans, Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Emmylou Harris, Susanna Hoffs, the Indigo Girls, Lhasa, Lisa Loeb, Tara McLean, Abra Moore, Joan Osborne, Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, Wild Strawberries and Victoria Williams.

Friday, April 24, 1998

Yamaha Introduces New Internet Audio Format
Yamaha has entered the already crowded field of file formats for audio distribution on the internet. Its called Sound VQ and it promises compression of audio at ratios of 1:10 and even 1:20. It requires a Sound VQ player (available on the Yamaha website for Windows and Macintosh). So now there are at least 10 different possible ways to put sound files on the web: Mpeg1, 2 and 3, Quicktime, MIDI, Beatnik (by Headspace Audio), Liquid Audio, .AU (Sun mu-law), Real Audio, AIFF, WAV, MOD and Macromedia Shockwave/shockwave Flash. Whew! And I'm sure I missed some! Next week, Musicians Online will be posting an in-depth report on sound file distribution on the web to help you sort through the confusing mass of choices out there.

Thursday, April 23, 1998

Lou Reed on PBS' "Charlie Rose" and "American Masters"
Hopefully you got the chance to catch Lou Reed on Charlie Rose the other night. Lou was personal, open and surprisingly warm, given his generally satirical lyrical bent. Don't forget to catch Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart on your local PBS station at 10 PM Thursday, April 30.

Sub Pop "Singles Club" Revived
Subpop Records has revived their "Singles Club". Members can join for either 6 or 12 months and receive a 7-inch colored vinyl Sub Pop single each month. Some of the bands that Sub Pop introduced to the world in this way have included the Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi, Ween, Soundgarden, the Afghan Whigs, Luna... you get the picture.

Wednesday, April 22, 1998

tc electronic Now Shipping G-Force Guitar Processor
tc electronic is now shipping their G-Force rack-mounted guitar effects processor. The G-force features easy programmability, tap-tempo control, multiple effects including delay, tremolo, chorus, flange, pitch shift, overdrive, reverb, compression and more. It has unparalleled sound quality thanks to custom DSPs and 24-bit high speed A/D and D/A converters. You can hear demos of the processor on the tc electronic website.

New Column Debuts On Musicians Online Oh, Harry! is our new column by veteran musician Harry Swart. From time to time (maybe even monthly... or dare we dream... weekly!) Mr. Swart will bring his unique perspective to Musicians Online. With thirty-five years in the music business as a bass player and frontman for various rock and soul bands from upstate New York to southeastern Pennsylvania, and a computer-savvy home studio user, he can give us a little insight into how things have changed and how things have stayed the same. His debut article for us is about opportunity: The Internet, The Arts & Everything.

Tuesday, April 21, 1998

Independent Film Company Seeking NY/LA Band For 35mm Video
Camera Obscura Cinema is looking for a signed or unsigned band in Los Angeles, New York to shoot a jointly financed 35mm music video in the 10k range as a spec piece for a directing reel. The music should fit into the underground/alternative category. Contact David Alexander Davidson (cinema@primenet.com), who is directing the project. phone: 213-660-2385, fax: 213-913-3880. Addr:2149 Valentine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

More Dark Forest Samples Posted
We posted some more samples from Dark Forest, Haycock Mountain PA's own eclectic psycho-funka-deleteriously progressive slacker rock.

Ovation Introduces Applause Line of Round-Body Guitars
Ovation recently introduced the Applause line of high quality entry level priced stringed instruments: The summit line of 6-string, 12-string and classical acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars, the mini smaller-scale guitars, the Applause mandolin, and the Applause Voyager, portable travelers guitar featuring a full-scale neck.

Monday, April 20, 1998

Genelec Offers On-line Tutorials Related To Their Active Monitors
Active monitor maker Genelec has posted tutorials for home and professional studios. Included are tutorials on setting up your Genelec studio monitor speakers, flush mounting speakers to walls and subwoofer placement.

Taylor Guitars Updates Product Lines With Gloss-Top Finishes
New for 1998 is a high-gloss finish on the tops of all models in the 300 and 400 Series. A gloss finish really makes spruce visually "pop," and also is easier to keep clean than a low-gloss, or "satin" finish, so this represents a considerable cosmetic and maintenance improvement for these series. The 300 series models are solid wood (mahogany) no-frills guitars with the classic Taylor look and feel for a low price. The next model up, the 400 series, is now made from an African wood called ovangkol, whose grain and tone resemble Indian rosewood. Of course, Taylor is continuing to produce all their other models up to and including high-end masters instruments, as work continues on their new 44,000+ square foot factory, scheduled to open in June of 1998.

Linda McCartney Loses Battle With Cancer
Sadly, Linda McCartney, photographer, Wings band member and wife of Paul McCartney has passed away at the age of 56, after a three year battle with breast cancer. CNN has more...

Friday, April 17, 1998

Life After Grad School? Punk Rocks PHD Milo Returns To the Descendents
Music Nexus Soundz has an interview with punk icons The Descendents. They're back with their original lead singer who just completed his Ph.D in Biochemistry. Its the Caffeine Nation Tour.

ASCAP and Liquid Audio Announce Strategic Alliance
ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), the world's largest music performing rights organization, and Liquid Audio, the leading developer of secure online music delivery systems, today announced an unprecedented strategic alliance to advance the legal performance of music on the Internet. The initiative, which encourages, streamlines and simplifies music rights licensing and reporting, will benefit Web site creators as well as music writers, publishers and composers. Liquid Audio will work with ASCAP to encourage Web sites that use Liquid Audio's music distribution technology for the sale or preview of music over the Internet to secure the appropriate music performance licenses from ASCAP. Liquid Audio will handle automated rights reporting to ASCAP from the licensed sites and facilitate the collection and payment of royalties for music sold and played via the Internet, thus protecting the rights of composers and music publishers. Read the press release.

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