Week 36 of "Hot Wire" Album 08/11/10 - Poor wee "Hot Wire", neglected again this week! I had to spend all week creating 4 video trailers for the launch of "Bitter Suite, Again" CD/DVD, "Song Frames" our "2011 Calendar" and the "Bitter Suite, Again" Bundle ... they turned out great.
Editing HD video takes for ever to do tho ... I so need a new Mac Pro 12 core computer ... it would make things go so much quicker and make my life much more bearable :-/ ... it's a big ask, but a letter to Santa is being drafted as we speak :)
A few more Song Frame requests arrived this week ... one of which was for the song "Where We Wish To Remain" from our album "Remote". I hadn't thot of this song for years ... I'm not even sure if Pat and I have ever played it live! .... but what a great recording! ... Michael Brecker, Ron Carter, Andy Newmark, Me and Pat! ... now there's a line up! ...
Podcasts and IPTV.
I'm finding myself becoming more and more detached from main stream media. I get the majority of my listening/viewing from the web. Some friends came over on Saturday afternoon to watch the F1 qualifying from Brazil and when it was done they immediately left to go home to watch "Strictly ..." and the "X Factor". They explained that if they didn't do this, they would have nothing to talk about at work all week! ... Really! ... I felt so sorry for them. With the ease of access to the web, there could and should be so much more to people's lives. Here a list of some of my favourite Podcasts and IPTV networks ...
The host Larry Jordan is such a legend. I found out about him through the www.Lynda.com training I use. He's such an inspirational and talented instructor.
Producer, Nigel Godrich has put together one of the best music/video sites on the web. Just brilliant!
I'm such a fan of video director Vincent Moon. My friend Stuart Braithwaite (from Mogwai) has just finished a film with him. I was so jealous. Vincent Moon has filmed bands in Paris for La Blogotheque since 2006 . He takes the bands to beautiful locations all over the city and just shoots them playing live. One of my favs is the Fleet Foxes playing "Blue Ridge Mountains" ... just beautiful!
And last, but not least ...
Since 2005, Leo Laporte has been building one of the most comprehensive resources for all things tech ... It can get a wee bit West coast / Silicone Valley sometimes, but u get used to that! What they do do, which is invaluable, is start the cameras rolling 20mins or so before each show. U see the guests arriving, the tech guys adjusting the cameras and mics, and the conversations that go on during this period can be very illuminating. I find these "behind the scenes" moments the most informative. Last night, before TWIT started, Leo explained how the TWIT Network makes money. Its an interesting insight into how in this world of "Free", if your clever, u can make a living! Here's a break down of what he alluded to ...
*Each show has to have at least 50,000 viewers/listeners per week to be viable.
*The most popular shows are:
1) TWIT - 300,000+ viewers/listeners per week
2) TNT - 200,000+ viewers/listeners per week
3) MBW - 200,000+ viewers/listeners per week
4) TWIG - 150,000+ viewers/listeners per week
* These popular shows subsidise all the other shows (as they have less than 50,000 viewers/listeners)
* 90% of viewers/listeners per week use iTunes to get the netcasts.
* 90% of viewers/listeners per week only listen to the audio versions of the shows.
* Fewer than 5% watch the netcast videos live (I'm one of these!)
* Access to the TWIT Network is free. But it's ad supported and you can also "Tip Leo" if u want to support the network. The "Tip Leo" option generates around $12,000 per month. 90% of these donations are just $2 per month (I do this).
It has taken 5 years for Leo to build the TWIT network to where it is now. It's such an inspiration to me and our online aspirations for the Hue And Cry Music Club.
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