HMV & The Future of Music Retail?

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry3 Comments

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

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry8 Comments

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

Marc HenshallSound Thoughts4 Comments

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”?

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry2 Comments

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?