After releasing the admittedly gorgeous app on the iOS App Store early this year, it has drifted down the charts and the general consensus is that its a relative dead end. How Twitter rolled out #Music, and what it learned from the app, will likely inform how it handles a move to embrace a more important media frontier: TV, or rather #TV. After its experiments with # Music , Twitter is on the verge of serving up a new television-oriented experience to users of its core apps.This effort will likely be positioned to avoid the failures of #Music and take advantage of the strengths of the platform. #Music Stands Alone At the time, the launch of a standalone app dedicated to music made some sense. Pop artists are among the most followed and influential users of the service.Lots and lots of Twitter users follow these artists. Offering them the ability to listen to music programmed by their industry favorites seemed to be a cool use of Twitters data. It also played off of a trend that Twitter had begun earlier in the year with the video sharing app Vine. Vine, though it was an acquisition Twitter had made, marked the first high-profile external app designed to feed content and interaction back into the main service itself. Previous to this, Twitter had been focused on the main product, adding features like Cards and other engagement-boosting features. Vine marked a departure, and then #Music followed shortly thereafter. For a while it looked like there was going to be an ongoing trend of Twitter offering up sections of the service as standalone apps. The #Music app was well designed, with a crisp modern interface and a very attractive browsing method for users looking to discover new music.
What #Music’s Failures Teach Us About Twitter’s #TV Future
(As this column is being written, management and labor are meeting to resolve the bitter dispute.) The New York City Opera probably sang its last performance on Sept. 28, unless a sugar daddy with deep pockets shows up unexpectedly. The Minnesota Orchestra and New York City Opera are simply the latest victims in a long-running classical music recession. The long list of recent orchestral crises includes the San Francisco strike of 2013, the Philadelphia Orchestra bankruptcy filing of 2011 (it emerged from bankruptcy in the final days of summer 2013), and the Detroit Symphony players strike of 2010. The Great Recession exacerbated the already troubled finances of many symphony orchestras, opera houses, chamber groups and other institutions dedicated to playing the classical repertoire with highly-skilled, well-compensated musicians. Attendance is down, with 8.8 percent of adults going to at least one classic music event in 2012, compared to 11.6 percent in 2002, according to the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts. The classical music business seems locked in a state of terminal illness, staggering from crisis to crisisespecially symphony orchestras, the crown jewel of classical musics ecology. By other measures, the classical canon seems healthy, if not downright vibrant. The NEA survey notes that 18 percent of adults listened to classical music on TV, radio, and the Internetmore than heard Latin music, Spanish music, Salsa music, or jazz. While writing this column, I listened to Bachs Brandenburg concertos playing in the backgroundthe version by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marrinerone of more than 180 such albums available for download on iTunes ( AAPL ). (A Brandenburg Concerto search in the music section of Amazon.com ( AMZN ) came up with 1,510 possibilities.) Classical music lovers can get their Chopin, Sibelius, and Beethoven on public radio in most markets. Fact is, if the Minnesota Orchestra never plays another note, there will be no shortage of competitive offerings locally.
Buffalo Music Hall of Fame honors 2013 Inductees with Tralf Gala
(Harry Scull Jr. / Buffalo News file photo) By Jeff Miers | News Pop Music Critic | Google+ on October 2, 2013 – 12:01 AM Tweet The 31st annual Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. This years class represents a broad cross section of area musicians, ranging from a blues virtuoso to an internationally recognized record producer, a platinum-selling alternative pop singer to a fully tenured rock drummer. In a news release announcing the gala event, Hall President Rick Matthews noted the high level of the talent we have here in Buffalo, and he praised these incredible musicians as we prepare to induct them into Buffalos coveted Music Hall of Fame. As has long been the case with Buffalos Music Hall of Fame, this years class offers a testimony to the rich diversity of our scene and celebrates the level of musical virtuosity and music industry smarts that is a hallmark of the Western New York music community. This years inductees in the performer category include blues guitarist and bandleader Jony James; R&B/pop outfit Joe Public; revered rock drummer and songwriter Howard Wilson; jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Bobby Previte; former 10,000 Maniacs vocalist, songwriter and solo artist Natalie Merchant; country singer/songwriter Linda Lou Schriver; and guitarist and music educator Ed Supple. Over the last several years, the Hall has paid increased attention to nonperforming Buffalo music industry veterans, honoring their contributions to the music community. This year, the nonperformer category finds Grammy-nominated producer and sonic architect Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, MGMT) and legendary DJ and radio host Jim Santella being honored. The 2013 Legacy Award will be shared by vocal coach and music educator Andy Anselmo and concert promoter/Kingdom Bound Festival founder Fred Casserta. The Presidents Award will be bestowed upon internationally revered death metal outfit Cannibal Corpse. The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Industry Award will honor concert apparel company the New Buffalo Shirt Factory. An all-star jam session featuring many of the inductees will take place immediately after the induction ceremony. Doors at the Tralf will open at 6 p.m., and the gala gets under way at 7 p.m.