Rolling Stone vs Triple J

2 June 2010

How does the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of all time compare to Triple J’s Hottest 100 songs of all time?

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Love is Old-Fashioned, Sex Less So

24 July 2009

Following on from my post on Visualizing the Hottest 100, I noticed that the UK’s Guardian newspaper has published a list of 1000 songs to hear before you die*. The list was assembled from nominations posted by readers. Even before looking at the list, I suspected that the demographic profile of the Guardian’s readers may […]

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Where Music Lives

12 June 2009

Over the last few years, I have posted a number of times on the subject of music. These posts have ranged from the subject of Krautrock to a critique of the RIAA. From now on, I have decided to post pieces which are directly about music (concert reviews, genres, etc) over on The Music Blogs, […]

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18 May 2009

Last year I wrote about the the music/social network combination That post was followed up with one on the demise of muxtape and mixwit in which I said “I hope that does not become the next victim of the RIAA”. While has survived to date, it may only last by significantly changing […]

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RIAA Continues to Stifle Innovation

18 December 2008

Back in August, muxtape, a popular music playlist site, was forced to close by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Now mixwit have announced that it is closing too. The only explanation offered was as follows: We’ve put a year of work into Mixwit so this choice wasn’t taken lightly. I won’t go into the […]

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Monetising Microblogs with Music?

4 September 2008

In my recent post on the future of Microblogging, I expressed concerns about the viability of twitter given that they are yet to find a business model. But perhaps I just wasn’t thinking laterally enough: earlier this week I stumbled across a novel approach to monetising microblogging. The new site brings music to microblogging […]

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The Gradual Demise of the Compact Disc

8 July 2008

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), after taking a look at sales for the first half of 2008, has run crying poor to the Herald Sun. While they have not yet released these figures to the public, they presumably continue the trend evident in published figures for 2006 and 2007. Australian Music Sales

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A Krautrock Sampler

12 June 2008

For many years, Countdown was an institution on Australian television and I was a dedicated fan, never missing an episode. I even made it into the studio audience once in 1980 (I can pinpoint the year as Ghengis Khan’s Olympics theme song, Moscow, was number one on the charts). It was through Countdown that I had […]

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Sonny Plays Sydney

2 June 2008

When I started this blog, I expected to focus on my personal interests, such as music, technology and science. As it turns out, most of the posts so far have emerged from my work-life, dealing with finance and economics. Seeing Sonny Rollins perform last night at the Sydney Opera House makes for a good excuse […]

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