Hologram Concerts: Music’s Future?

arrow_copy_fee_hereA recent essay in the New York Times discussed the rise of Hologram concerts featuring long past musicians such as Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Tupac Shakur, Ronnie James Dio, Frank Zappa among plans for others. What to think of this?

How long before their are digital shows/holograms of Bowie, Joe Strummer, Prince, Petty, among a legion of aging (read post 60 years of age) musicians that management and record companies want to continue to profit on their art by finding a way to keep these artists performing.

Consider the consequence of a band or musicians ever ceasing. In the words of one executive: “We have to put them back on the road.” (Brian Baumley, publicist for Eyellusion quoted in the article).

The idea that companies can buy the rights to these images drawn from concert footage raises a host of questions about long term (perpetual, perhaps?) ownership of music and the image of musicians themselves. A recent episode of Black Mirror seemed to deal directly with this idea. If management cannot control the musician or band, simply digitize. In the end, the management company did not win — in a rare twist for Black Mirror — but in an industry built on the exploitation of artists, musicians, lyricists and other creatives, how accurate is that ending? While that level of control is not widely happening today, one has to wonder how long before it could?

The idea of a concert should be an exchange of ideas, enthusiasm and love of music not a pristine controlled event. Sometimes the most beautiful musical moments are the mistakes, the surprises that arise in the moment of artistic creation. Not planned. Not anticipated. Not controlled.

Read the article here — Old Musicians Never Die. They Just Become Holograms – The New York Times.

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What is your song of the Summer?

P1020764Is it too late to choose a song of the summer? Are there any strong contenders? Thoughts? It does seem that every year there is an effort to say one song perfectly captures the feeling of the season? Is it wrong to always want to the song of the summer to be Alice Cooper’s ‘Schools Out’? What is your song for summer 2019? Or have you not picked one yet?

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Song for a Sunday Morning

Publicity shot of R.E.M. 1986

Time for a thoughtful song as we approach thoughtful times.  One of the overlooked songs from R.E.M. was the ninth track on Life’s Rich Pageant (1986, re-released in 1998).  This song asked the listener to pause and take a moment to reflect upon their actions and the effects of their actions on others.  A refrain heard on several other songs from Life’s Rich Pageant.  Without being preachy or overbearing, this song asked an important question about the kind of community that we all want to inhabit and in which we live our lives.

“What If We Give It Away?”

On the outside, underneath the wall
All the money couldn’t buy
You’re mistaken, no one’s standing there
For the record, no one triedOh, I try to
What if we give it away?Overlooking with a hollow eye
What’s pretending isn’t right
Eye for order, a hand for what’s in line
Couldn’t follow, couldn’t writeOh, I try to
What if we give it away?

And our life is fine here
Stitch it on your tie here

Here’s the trailer, Tom
A year has come and gone
We’re not moving, wasn’t right
Take the order, sew it on your tie
We couldn’t follow, couldn’t try

Oh, I try to
What if we give it away?
What if we give it away?