Sometimes I get the urge to start a non-profit whose only focus is making data easily available and easy to visualize. Here we see two images. One is showing increases in spending over time per student in California, comparing it to changes over time in SAT results. It appears California spends more and more with poor results. The other graph is comparing California to the rest of the US, showing continuously spending less and less.
While both can be accurate, one or both of them is essentially being dishonest for a specific agenda. I wish I knew which one, but I need to get back to work.
A compilation of my favorite Autechre tracks.
1. Philip Glass
I’m particularly sensitive to the last part about the abundancy of promo mixes, podcasts, recorded sets, etc. Every morning I check my Soundcloud stream and I have more mixes than new tracks.
Charts. Then podcasts (Resident Advisor, Fact, etc) made them obsolete. Then Beats in Space made them obsolete. Then Boiler Room made them obsolete.
I love Soundcloud, but by commoditizing a big chunk of dance music marketing, they’ve created a new challenge for artists and labels: How are you going to make yourself hear? What makes you special?
I’m wondering what is the next big thing. How will dj’s and producers pass on (“retweet”) music to their audiences? Will technology be involved or will we come back to something more old-school?
Some labels release ten 12” a year, their boss play every week and they have twenty mixes available a year. It’s too much. I don’t have the bandwidth to absord that (multiplied by the dozens of artists/label I follow)
I like Innervision’s approach : quality products + rarity + own the channel to your fans, allow you to control your brand and have a stronger relationship with your audience.
I think it’s a great example to follow.