Newsletter EVENT MAILING September 2007
MUSICTANK DEBATE – MUSIC’S NEW CONUNDRUM: TOO MUCH CHOICE?
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3rd OCT: MUSIC’S NEW CONUNDRUM: TOO MUCH CHOICE?
Keynote: TOM ROBINSON – Broadcaster & Songwriter
Tom Robinson has co-written songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Dan Hartman and Manu Katché whilst his own early hits include ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’, ‘Glad To Be Gay’ and ‘War Baby’. Now an award-winning broadcaster, Tom now hosts his own new music show on BBC 6Music and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2 and 4.
ANDREW KEEN – Silicon Valley insider & author, “Cult Of The Amateur: How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture and Assaulting Our Economy”
The San Francisco Chronicle recently wrote that “…every good movement needs a contrarian. Web 2.0 has Andrew Keen”. Andrew is indeed the leading contemporary critic of the Internet, and is established as one of the most controversial and incisive voices in Silicon Valley.
PAUL BROWN – European Managing Director, Pandora Media
With background in digital business affairs and development at Sony BMG UK, he is now overseeing the roll out of the UK and European versions of Pandora – the fast-growing, US music discovery radio service.
RICHARD FERO – Insight Manager, Emap
Author of numerous research projects at Emap, including “Project Phoenix”– an intensive analysis of the listening, purchasing and downloading habits of 3,000 consumers between the ages of 15-39, recently updated to take account of the rapidly changing retail landscape.
DAVID JENNINGS – DJ Alchemi Ltd & author, “Net, Blogs & Rock ‘n’ Roll”
An independent consultant in online learning who has written on music and technology for Five Eight and The Spectator. “Net, Blogs and Rock’n’Roll is a great summary of just about everything one needs to know about Music 2.0, and where it’s going. Read it and get smart!” – Gerd Leonard, music and media futurist & CEO, Sonific.
CHARLIE RAPINO – Producer and A&R, Decca (Universal)
Rising to prominence as a producer and mixer (incl. Kylie, Take That & Primal Scream), Charlie has A&R, consultancy and soundtrack interests with clients including Sony, Rolling Stone magazine and Ennio Morricone.
Moderator: KEITH HARRIS – Keith Harris Music Ltd / MusicTank Chairman / PPL Director.
Keith worked as General Manager for Motown and subsequently became operations manager for Stevie Wonder – for whom he continues to work to this day – having formed his own management company in the early ’80s. He is also Director of Performer affairs at PPL.
Date: Wed 03 October ’07; Venue: MCPS-PRS Alliance, Berners Street, London; Time: 18.30 – 21.00hrs.
Price: £20 MusicTank Members | £25 Trade Body Discount | £30 Full Price
Whereas the public once received their weekly dose of music via the all-important Top 40 and Top of the Pops, they are now faced with a head-spinning level choice. Indeed, TOTP’s own demise is growing evidence that the ‘old guard’ of trusted mass musical filters and channels are becoming less relevant in an age where people are free to follow their own paths into the musical wilderness, rather than swallow the industry’s prescribed diet. Most people would agree that choice is a good thing, but there is a flip side to this vision of a musical consumerist’s paradise. When the consumer is king and we can access over 420,000 rock acts and 400,000 hip hop acts via MySpace alone, can we really be expected to sort the wheat from the chaff amidst the clamour of a thousand different advisory voices?
This think tank explores the idea that the liberalisation of digital media, whilst entirely democratic, serves to confuse the consumer with a bewildering array of choice and quality. With so much content vying for our attention, does this merely cloud the picture, making it harder to find great music?
SPECIAL OFFER: Those attending this event will be able to purchase the following panellists’ books on the night, directly from the publisher. These prices are for seminar attendees only, who make a purchase on the night. MusicTank does not benefit from this arrangement.
The Cult Of The Amateur – Andrew Keen
RRP £12.99, seminar price £10
The very anonymity that Web 2.0 offers calls into question the reliability of the information we receive and creates an environment in which sexual predators and identity thieves can roam free. While no Luddite – Andrew Keen pioneered several Internet startups himself – he urges us to consider the consequences of blindly supporting a culture that endorses plagiarism and piracy and that fundamentally weakens traditional media and creative institutions.
Net, Blogs & Rock’n’Roll – David Jennings
RRP £14.99, seminar price £12
As digital convergence promises to make every track available, discovering new and interesting material becomes an anarchic process. ‘Net, Blogs and Rock’n’Roll’ examines how fan communities interact with new developments in recommendation systems, wikis and Web 2.0 to make sense of the digital discovery journey.
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