The Future of Internet Radio

Many of us rely on internet radio, whether a feed from a specific station, or through a service such as Pandora, to get through the day. Lately there has been legal action stirring around the issue of royalties and how they are structured/assessed against internet radio providers. If you want to follow the legalese, it is H.R. 7084 Webcaster Settlement Act.

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Pandora, Webcasting appear headed for Senate victory

Net radio bill passes House (CNet)

Pandora’s blog

American Players Theatre inside edition

American Players will renew construction on black box theater
Posted: Sept. 20, 2008
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Damien Jaques

“At this time next year, American Players Theatre [just up the road, near Madison, WI] audiences will be attending productions indoors as well as out. The company’s board of directors has voted to continue with previously announced plans to erect a 200-seat black box (flexible) all-weather conventional theater that will increase the number and range of productions the Spring Green company will offer audiences.”

Musicians, music critic, and lighting designer win genius grant

13 Academics Are Among 2008 MacArthur Fellows
Chronicle of Higher Education

Leila Josefowicz, 30, violinist, in New York. She captivates audiences with her technically precise and emotionally resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary works.

Walter Kitundu, 35, multimedia artist, Exploratorium, in San Francisco. He is an inventor of original musical instruments that navigate the boundary between live and recorded performance.

Alex Ross, 40, music critic, The New Yorker, New York. His writing captures the often elusive aesthetic and technical aspects of classical and contemporary music with clarity, grace, and wit.

Jennifer Tipton, 71, stage-lighting designer, in New York. Her distinctive, internationally recognized designs have redefined the relationship between lighting and performance.

Miguel Zenon, 31, saxophonist, in New York. He is a jazz musician who expands the boundaries of Latin and jazz music through his elegant and innovative collages.

When Opera Is New and Unproved

When Opera is New and Unproved
By Anne Midgette
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 7, 2008

“In the ongoing quest to broaden opera’s appeal, contemporary opera is one arrow in a sparely filled quiver. New operas are based on world events, current movies, popular books. Their music is written by funky living composers. And yet, earnest, thoughtful and filled with worthy music though they be, they seldom find the same resonance as art films, or literary fiction. In fact, people who go to see an opera based on a book they liked often come away disappointed.”

Prime Berths for Composers Still at Work

Prime Berths for Composers Still at Work
The New York Times
Published: September 5, 2008

“…many of today’s repertory staples would not exist if the major musical institutions of past eras had not championed living composers. It’s not enough today for leading opera companies, orchestras and concert halls to present new works. Ideally they need to commission and showcase pieces in ways that provide them with context and galvanize public attention.”