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This week on SoundNotion we have little music but lots of lawyers. SoundCloud is looking to solve licensing, Sony/ATV threatens to pull out of ASCAP/BMI, the NEA budget gets slashed 8 million bucks, and the FCC has received 647K comments on Net Neutrality.
- This week on SoundNotion we announced a plan to switch to audio only for all podcasts on the SoundNotion network. What do you think? Let us know in comments below (or on Facebook or Twitter or YouTube comments).
- In a move meant to protect the company from being sued out of existence by the major record labels, SoundCloud is in talks to hand over up to 15 percent of the company to secure licensing agreements.
- Sony/ATV has threatened to pull their catalog from ASCAP and BMI if the new royalty standards on streaming music aren’t to their liking.
- In a bold move to balance the federal budget, the Republican controlled Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has approved an 8 million dollar cut the the NEA budget (5.5% drop in the NEA budget change is 0.0002% of the federal budget). Let your representative know what you think about this.
- FCC head dingo and Chairman Tom Wheeler says that the commission has received 647,000 responses during the open comment period for Net Neutrality. You’ve still got time to post your own comment (you can tweet at him as well).
- This week the music world says goodbye to three great (and very different) artists. Tommy Ramone (the last of the Ramones) dies at 65. Influential American jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies at 76. And being reported after our Sunday morning record time, legendary conductor Lorin Maazel dies at 84.
This week on SoundNotion, we have composer, vocalist, writer and occasion Hobbit footed performer Kate Soper. She’s writing for and performing in interesting places and adventurous mediums. PLUS:Ellen McSweeney of NMBx is all about the Benjamins.
- This week on SoundNotion, we have composer, vocalist, writer, core Wet Ink Ensemble member and occasion Hobbit footed performer Kate Soper.
- Her newest opera I Was Here I Was I,written for Alarm Will Sound with librettist Nigel Maister premiered on May 20th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Temple of Dendur.
- Catch another of her operas Here Be Sirens with Morningside Opera and Dixon Place this September 5th, 6th, 11th and 12th.
- She’s also a featured composer a this year’s Festival of Contemporary Music if you’re in the Boston area July 17-21.
- In music news this week, Ellen McSweeney at NewMusicBox has elicited some strong responses with her newest blog post. It’s all about the Benjamins and a Beethoven festival (and respect).
- WQXR’s great new show Meet the Composer launched with 2014 Pulitzer winner John Luther Adams.
- And the music world says goodbye to Bobby Womack who penned the Rolling Stones first number one hit, Carole King’s hit making lyricist Gerry Goffin and legend of the top 40 Casey Kasem.
This week on SoundNotion we dig into the Met’s Klinghoffer controversy, an Opera Australia soprano’s homophobic rant, crowd surfing at Handel’s Messiah!?, YouTube’s new deal, RIP Horace Silver and Lee Hyla. PLUS: “I’ll have the Rings, hold the orchestra.”
- This week on SoundNotion we dig into the Met’s Klinghoffer controversy. We don’t get it. Dave had some thoughts.
- The Hartford Wagner Festival wanted to put on Wagner’s Ring Cycle using a digitized orchestra. Some people had quite strong (Dare I say “Wagnerian”?) reactions to this. Sam thinks that the American Federation of Musicians and others are overreacting.
- “Leading scientist ejected from classical concert for attempting to crowd surf.” FYI – This is not The Onion. Dr David Glowacki was ejected from a Bristol Proms performance of Handel’s Messiah when he got a bit over excited during the Hallelujah Chorus. He gets pretty excited about other cool stuff too.
- YouTube is starting a music streaming service. It’s either awesome or terrible and it will either lift up or strangle smaller labels. Hmmm… We’ll keep an eye on it.
- The crowdfunding music projects has sunk into the cultural consciousness over the last few years. Ben Beaumont-Thomas at The Guardian wonders if this can lead to changes in the music industry.
- The music world says goodbye to Lee Hyla (1952-2014) and Horace Silver (1928-2014).
This week on SN, friend of the show and the strongest beard in new music Rob Deemer brings his new clarinet/bass clarinet concerto (premiered by The President’s Own), we talk music ed standards, Amazon’s new streaming service and Jan Chu heads the NEA.
- This week on SoundNotion, we have long time friend of the show and the strongest beard in new music Rob Deemer with his new clarinet/bass clarinet concerto “Home” (premiered by The President’s Own and commissioned by long-time member of the group Jay Niepoetter).
- Rob also helped NAfME last year with some new education standards for music theory and composition. They hadn’t been updated since 1994.
- Jane Chu officially takes the helm at the NEA.
- In a shocking move (sarcasm added), Amazon has launched a new music streaming service.
This week on SoundNotion, the panel digs into the week’s news. Uncle Phil(harmonic) wants in on the new music festival thing, Groupmuse puts the chamber back in chamber music, Apple buys Beats, Appalachian Spr…. ah-huh? and goodbye Maya Angelou.
- This week on SoundNotion, the panel digs into the week’s news.
- Uncle Phil(harmonic) wants in on the hip new music festival thing. Their first Biennial has a great lineup and looks promising.
- House parties are a staple of the indie music scene. Now,classical music startup Groupmuse wants to use the house party to bring classical music to millennials.
- What the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra does to Appalachian Spring puts the musicians in motion and gives the dancers the day off. The panel agrees with the good reviews.
- Apple pulls the trigger on Beats Music for a cool three billion dollars.
- Anthony Tommasini teaches dissonance to civilians.
- A survey in the UK says that movie theater screenings of opera performances aren’t peaking anyone’s interest.
- A mystery piano has appeared on the shore under the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan. The SoundNotion investigative division has uncovered that the same thing happened in Miami in 2011!!
- The world bids a sad farewell to Maya Angelou. We suggest Terry Gross‘s 1986 interview if you want to hear about the life of this great woman from Dr. Angelou herself.