Independent Film Documents the Rise, Fall, & Rebirth of Record Stores

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While we’re on the topic of vinyl… A new independent film has just been released documenting the rise, fall, and rebirth of independent record stores. The film entitled Last Shop Standing was released on 10th September, and features music industry leaders as well as musicians including: Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint … Read More

Vinyl vs CD In The Loudness War

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In my previous post “HMV & The Future of Music Retail?” I briefly highlighted the loudness war and the resurgence of vinyl. I now want to explain exactly what I meant by the growing appeal of vinyl when taking the loudness war into consideration, and why I believe many people choose to buy vinyl over digital alternatives. So here goes: Many audiophiles have long … Read More

HMV & The Future of Music Retail?

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I recently paid a visit to my local HMV, which is something I haven’t done for a while, but what really struck me was how much things had moved on from when I was a regular browser of the rock & pop section. I knew CD sales were in decline, but nowhere is this more strikingly obvious than in stores like HMV. … Read More

How to be more creative, and does being a musician help?

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A while ago, I wrote an article on creativity/arts in the business world, and questioned whether or not it was undervalued or even discouraged in the business world. You can read the original article at the following link: www.soundmattersblog.com/creativityinbusiness However, the reason for my post is that I was recently inspired to think about this further; following my discovery of a … Read More

Musique Concrète – Pioneering Electronic Music – Part1

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Introduction to Musique Concrète During World War Two the first tape recorder was used by the Nazi propaganda machine to broadcast material edited using a dextrous razor blade. The arrival of these machines into the rest of Europe after the war came as quite a shock and persuaded Britain to develop their own machines based on the German design.  Although … Read More

The History & Development Of Magnetic Pickups

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EARLY HISTORY During the big band era of the 1930’s and 40’s, swing music began to incorporate larger brass sections. This prompted the need for an amplified guitar in order to be heard. Early attempts at producing a louder instrument came in the form of resonator guitars, which consisted of thin, cone-like aluminum resonators placed inside a metal body. Although … Read More

Did The Noughties Have A “Scene”?

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The past decade has brought about many changes to the way we obtain music. Beginning with Napster in the early part of the decade, and ending in a diverse range of legal & illegal formats for obtaining music. But how has the digital revolution affected the value of music, and the way it affects society?