The CASH platform: A peek at what we’ve been up to – Blog/CASH Music

We’ve been building a free and open-source platform for musicians that will let them own and control all of the functionality they need on their website. It plays nice with WordPress or any existing PHP site. It works on its own or as part of a bigger CMS. It installs with a single, small file uploaded to your server. And it works without any programming at all – a single line or code copied to your page and you’re done.

The platform does stuff like email-for-download, download codes, paid downloads, and integrations with all sorts of third parties, social networks, etc. Really that’s the key: it lets artists work how and where they want to, and helps pull everything through their own website.

We’ve been using code for the platform in projects for a while now, and we’re finally nearing a full release.

Beatles mania helps collector make a living in Argentina –

So how did an accountant from Argentina – which seems about a million miles away from Liverpool, England – amass a staggering 8,600 Beatles-related items? Hint: Being a self-confessed pack rat helps.

“My history shows there is a virtue in collecting things, and I think schools should do more to encourage kids to do it,” says Vazquez, a gregarious, heavyset guy with a ready laugh, often directed at himself and his obsession. “Collecting teaches you to be methodical, orderly and to do research. And even make a living.”

Because it’s more than a hobby for the 53-year-old Buenos Aires native. He’s turned his fixation on the Fab Four into a booming local business and tourism magnet.

The centerpiece of his Beatles domain is a new museum in downtown Buenos Aires where much of his collection is displayed. Inside, there are of course all the Beatles album covers, but also rare photos of band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr plus autographs, Beatles playing cards, posters, musical instruments, a box of condoms that Lennon owned, and much, much more.

It all started when someone gave him, at age 10, the Beatles album “Rubber Soul,” which he says “exploded in my brain.”

Participations: Volume 8, Issue 1

Twittering on: Audience research and participation using Twitter

Ruth Deller
Sheffield Hallam University, UK


This paper aims to explore the potential of social network site Twitter as a site for audience research.  Drawing on notions of “liveness”, participation, convergence and interactivity, it argues that Twitter provides a potentially significant development in our understanding of audiences and their relationship with media, both “old” and “new”.  The study looks at examples of Twitter users engaging with (and in some cases creating) the news and discussing television programmes.  The author’s own experiences of using Twitter in audience research provide a case study suggesting possible directions for future research using this medium.

Keywords: audience, audiences, new media, television, Twitter, social networking, convergence, participation, interactivity, liveness, news.

Decolonizing Networked Technology – Learning from the Street Dance by Larisa Mann :: SSRN

Decolonizing Networked Technology – Learning from the Street Dance
Larisa Mann
University of California, Berkeley – Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program
TRANSNATIONAL CULTURE IN THE INTERNET AGE, Sean Pager, Adam Candeub, eds., Elgar, 2011
The Jamaican music scene’s interpenetration with globally networked technology leads to a potentially serious problem: international copyright law is embedded in many of these networks or at least is part of the surveillance aspect of these networks. International copyright law does not apply well to Jamaican creative traditions. Jamaican music-making involves dynamic interaction with recorded music in ways that fit poorly with copyright law. These traditions have developed to serve the Jamaican poor in symbolic and material ways that help them resist and transcend local colonial inequality, and also produce dramatically large amounts of music in relation to the island’s population. However, copyright law enforcement embedded in globally networked technology can hinder these democratic and productive cultural practices, and slant both law and technology against the participation of historically marginalized communities. New technology also has great promise for Jamaican music-makers, especially because reputation and circulation of recordings are central to how most Jamaicans advance in music. While many have speculated on the effect of new technologies on royalties, the effect on reputation has not generally been accounted for in the national and international discussion of the Jamaican music industry. New technology can drastically increase and broaden Jamaicans’ potential for reputational advancement. This can aid both individual but also community success. These same technologies (including mobile phones, cameras and websites like YouTube) have made reputation increasingly important in countries outside Jamaica (while perhaps reducing the likelihood of royalties). In order to take advantage of new technology’s promise, copyright law will need alteration to avoid becoming an instrument of marginalization.

Does Facebook Make It Harder To Interact With Fans? – hypebot

Does being thanked on Facebook annoy you? Facebook thinks so. We send one short personal “Thank You” message to every person who “Likes” our page. For example, we target fans of “True Blood” in our area, and joked a little bit with them in our thank you message: “I see you’re a fan of True Blood. Us too. Our dream gig is to make an appearance as the house band at Fangtasia.”

We have often received positive messages back. But if we do this too many in a row, Facebook suspends privileges claiming that this activity is annoying or spamming. So we thought we???d ask you. Does a personal thank you message from a band you “Like” annoy you?

We asked our fans this, and they don’t seem to think so. One fan responded “It’s stupid. The note I received from you was one of the nicest I’d ever gotten. The policies are dumber every day and it seems I make connections in spite of FB not because of it.”

The Relationship Barometer | Music Career Juice

Everybody in this business realizes relationships make music careers move forward (or backward). More than talent, more than good looks, more than money, it’s the quantity and quality of your relationships that make a music career cook. This is true in all businesses really, but especially in music and entertainment. Ours is probably the most relationship-driven industry on the planet.

From a business perspective, relationships are so beneficial because they can lead to synergy – a very real multiplication of energy simply by combining two or more people. In the best relationships, 1+1=10.

So building an inclusive web of relationships is your number one task.