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Sep 27, 2014
@ 10:29 pm
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grungebook:

Monster Turns 20(pictured: promotional 3.5” floppy disk)


I want this.

grungebook:

Monster Turns 20

(pictured: promotional 3.5” floppy disk)

I want this.

(via stereogum)

post tags: R.E.M. music technology year of reblogs

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Sep 18, 2014
@ 10:44 am
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As an article in the new issue of TIME reveals, Bono, Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr believe so strongly that artists should be compensated for their work that they have embarked on a secret project with Apple to try to make that happen, no easy task when free-to-access music is everywhere (no) thanks to piracy and legitimate websites such as YouTube. Bono tells TIME he hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music—whole albums as well as individual tracks. The point isn’t just to help U2 but less well known artists and others in the industry who can’t make money, as U2 does, from live performance. “Songwriters aren’t touring people,” says Bono. “Cole Porter wouldn’t have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn’t coming to a stadium near you.”

Exclusive: U2 and Apple Have Another Surprise for You

If we think the present is wrong, we want the past to have been right, and to have existed in an eternal, unchanging state of rightness. But just as U2’s falling sales are the result (at least in part) of having been released in the MP3 era, Cole Porter’s success was equally as much the result of his unique historical circumstances. His success on Broadway was only possible because of the mass urbanization that had taken place in America over the last 50 years. The success of his songs independent of the stage relied on two inventions only recently popularized: radio and recorded music. Had Porter been working 20 years earlier, he would have had to rely on sheet music and home pianos for his music to spread, and would have consequently composed in a different way—and, presumably, a less successful one. We are all the product of historical circumstance, and while it is important to recognize the ways in which the present moment is different from those that came before, we have only two options for how to deal with these changes: adapt our own behavior to the new environment, or work to push through changes that will bring about some other new, more beneficial context. But there is no going back; culture is, as statisticians say, path-dependent, always determined by what came before. To pretend otherwise is de-plorable. (via barthel)

Everything about this.

post tags: U2 music technology year of reblogs

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Aug 7, 2014
@ 5:40 pm
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Where do you want to go today? How about Microsoft’s 1994 website? Please note: “
If your browser doesn’t support images, we have a text menu as well.”

Where do you want to go today? How about Microsoft’s 1994 website? Please note: “

If your browser doesn’t support images, we have a text menu as well.”

post tags: microsoft technology vintage the internet