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  • Friday, January 23, 2009
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    Keith Clark 01/23/09 12:01 PM, 0 Comments
    There are times when the optimistic fervor (and a certain downright silliness) that are staples of the annual Winter NAMM Show get a bit tiresome. Not this year - spending a few days immersed in the “what me worry?” vibe proved a welcome diversion in this uncertain economic time. It’s not that the more serious issues of the day weren’t on the minds of many of the people I had the opportunity to talk with over the course of the… View this post
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  • Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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    Keith Clark 01/21/09 10:06 AM, 0 Comments
    I was doing some quick web surfing yesterday when I ran across this article in the Washington Examiner. I’m reading the first two paragraphs, thinking “politics as usual, blah, blah…” But the third paragraph got my attention: “By pushing to delay the long-scheduled transition of television broadcasting from analog signals to digital signals, president-elect (now president, kc) Obama is directly aiding Sprint and its partner Clearwire while hurting Verizon.” Again, to be clear, I’m not referring to alleged political alliances… View this post
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  • Friday, January 09, 2009
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    Keith Clark 01/09/09 04:40 PM, 0 Comments
    Earlier this week at Macworld, Apple made a stir by announcing that its iTunes Store will soon be selling content without DRM (digital rights management) restrictions, and further, will be altering its uniform 99-cent price structure. DRM is technology that controls the usage of digital media or devices that, for example, limits viewings or copies of media files. Dropping this restriction can be seen as good news for music consumers, except perhaps those who have already compiled large DRM-protected collections… View this post
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  • Thursday, January 08, 2009
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    Keith Clark 01/08/09 11:30 AM, 0 Comments
    It doesn’t seem quite right not to point out that today (January 8) is the birthday of Elvis Presley, who would have been 74. So much still written and so much still said about Elvis, and that’s as it should be - he was the first true superstar of modern rock pop music, and for the very best of reasons: the man possessed huge, undeniable talent. According to Billboard magazine, he had more songs in the Top 100 than any… View this post
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  • Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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    Keith Clark 12/31/08 01:34 PM, 1 Comment
    I ran across an interesting article in today’s (Dec 31, 2008) online edition of the Boston Globe. Correspondent Marc Hirsh points out “four chords that underpin a song’s verse, circling from yearning to triumph and back again, four chords that were inescapable in 2008.” Hirsh has decided to call this phenomenon the “Sensitive Female Chord Progression”. Yikes, this guy’s looking for trouble… :>) He explains that this four-chard progression comes up a lot in the songs of well-known female pop… View this post
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  • Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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    Dave Dermont 12/24/08 08:43 AM, 1 Comment
    Greetings and welcome to my new ProSoundWeb Blog. My name is Dave Dermont. Some of you may know me as one of the moderators on the ProSoundWeb forums and author of the occasional article in Live Sound International. This is a blog of the day-to-day trials and tribulations of someone working in the sound reinforcement jungle of night clubs, street fairs, festivals, and corner bars, with an occasional peek at some higher profile gigs from the viewpoint of a lowly… View this post
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  • Monday, December 22, 2008
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    Keith Clark 12/22/08 05:03 PM, 0 Comments
    A new study by the chief economist of the MCPS-PRS Alliance, a not-for-profit royalty collection society, found that sales of music via the Internet are highly limited to a relatively small share of total files available online. In fact, the study notes that “of the 1.23 million albums available (online), only 173,000 were bought, meaning 85 per cent did not sell at all.” The findings were reported in by The Telegraph newspaper of the U.K., which states that the study… View this post
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  • Thursday, December 18, 2008
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    Keith Clark 12/18/08 03:19 PM, 0 Comments
    Mick Jagger turned 65 this year, and now, so has fellow Rolling Stones mate Keith Richards. Or, as the AFP puts it, “famously drug-addled Rolling Stone Keith Richards turns 65 this week.” The man is a miracle of modern science.  Although this recent photo isn’t all that flattering… Still, we hope Keith “keeps on keepin’ on” because if a guy who’s lived that hard for decades continues the chase well into his “senior” years, then there’s hope for the rest… View this post
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    Keith Clark 12/18/08 12:45 PM, 4 Comments
    My inbox is bombarded with hundreds of press releases each week, and a few invariably deliver a chuckle. Unintentionally, of course. Here’s the latest “press release of the week”— Are you looking for a way to kick up your home theater a notch…or two?  The (product name/model number withheld) tower speakers will provide you that TRUE home theater experience with two 15-inch subwoofers per tower! The leader in professional audio has finally brought their experience into the home. These speakers… View this post
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  • Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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    Keith Clark 12/17/08 01:57 PM, 0 Comments
    I just ran across a report today on the BBC News website: “Users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer are being urged by experts to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.” The next paragraph mentions “internal experts” - an upgrade in “expert” hierarchy, no? :>) Anyway, this seems legit. Click here to read the full report. For the record, I switched to Firefox several years ago and haven’t looked back. Far superior to IE. View this post
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