The Next Track, Episode #130 – Desert Island Discs, Part 1

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk have made lists of their ten desert island discs, and, in part one of a two-part series, we hear Kirk’s picks.

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The Next Track, Episode #128 – How Streaming Changes Music

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxStreaming music has changed the economics of the music industry, but it has also affected the way songs are made. We discuss some of these changes and how music is adapting to the new ecosystem.

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The Next Track, Episode #127 – The Changing Economics of the Music Recording Industry

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxWe all know that the recorded music industry has gone through many changes in recent decades, but it can be interesting to take a long view of the various ways that music has been sold.

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The Next Track, Episode #126 – Background Music and Muzak

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxSometimes, you hear music where you least expect it, and where you don’t choose to hear it.

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Ringtones Composed by Brian Eno for the Nokia 8800 Scirocco Phone

Many people know that Brian Eno composed the Start tone for Windows 95, which has become his most-heard piece of music. But Eno also composed ringtones for the Nokia 8800 Scirocco phone, which was released back in 2006.

OpenCulture has an article about this today, and includes a YouTube “video” which plays all these ringtones. As the article says, they do somewhat recall the Laraji album which was part of his Ambient series of records back in the 1970s and 1980s. But when you hear the ringtones you can tell that Eno really did try to compose music out of the limited palette of sounds that was available.

At that time they were asking you to compose a piece of music, but you could only use those sounds. They would compose ringtones out of these – beep boo boop, beepy noises. So I thought, ‘That’s hopeless – what can you do with that?’ You know the sound I mean, neep neep neep; so people were composing neep-neep neep-neep nee-nee nee-nee. In the meantime things changed so they had polyphonic tones; so you could actually have more complicated sounds. It’s not really a great medium for writing music.

You can also download the ringtones here.

The Next Track, Episode #125 – How We Do It

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxHow is the sausage made? In this episode we present a making of episode; how we make our podcast.

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