Working with Record Labels – MYRIAD3

Thanks to all of the UofT students and faculty who attended our masterclass last Friday. If you’d like to stay informed about upcoming Myriad3 gigs and noteworthy news, please sign up for our mailing list. Some free downloads are included. Sign up here. One question in particular warranted a longer response, so as promised, below […]

4 Things I Threw Away in 2014

Over the last year, I’ve had to unlearn some things. Below are some tidbits related to music, musicians, and the industry. If learning is like constructing a building, these are the bricks that don’t fit anymore. They’re in my junk pile now. I’m not even sure where they came from. I may have made them […]

In Response to Mark Eisenman and the Definition of Jazz

An interesting tidbit of information:  The word ‘literally,’ meaning “in a literal sense,” has been recently redefined to also mean: “in a figurative sense.” For example, my head literally exploded when I read Mark Eisenman’s post about Jazz: the black hole of music. I can’t think of a better example of the “bastardization” of a […]

Adventures in Chiptunes (Part 7) – Final Thoughts

Recap: For over a year, I’ve been investigating chiptune music.  I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned about myself, my music, my creative process and more.  I hope some of this is relevant to you.  Thanks for reading. Here’s another excerpt of one of my chip tunes. It’s Dan Fortin’s tune But Still and Yet.   […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 5) – The Best Performances are the Most Reflective Mirrors

Over the last four posts, I’ve assumed that audiences for classical and jazz performances are dwindling and older patrons are not being replaced with younger ones. In the previous post, I mentioned a few ways classical music performers could communicate more effectively and host more appealing and more engaging performances.  They included impromptu speaking, performing […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 4) – A Message to Classical Musicians: Loosen Up

Over the last three posts, I’ve assumed that audiences for classical and jazz performances are dwindling and older patrons are not being replaced with younger ones. I suggested in the previous post that one way to make performances more appealing to more people is to support more feedback loops. This means having the ability to […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 3) – The Emperor is Naked!

Recap: I’m writing about making music performances (particularly jazz and classical) more appealing to more people. I have two areas to address: Giving audiences and performers more/alternative freedoms Improving communication/collaboration = improving performance The Emperor is Naked! “But the Emperor has nothing at all on!” said a little child.  “Listen to the voice of innocence!” […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 2) – There’s No Such Thing as an Audience

Recap: I’m writing about making music performances (particularly jazz and classical) more appealing to more people.  In the previous post, I suggested that resolving discordant expectations and giving audiences more/alternative freedoms are the most important issues to explore. Of course, it’s easier said than done. Here’s why: Where Are All Your Friends? Myriad3 has performed […]

Journeys of Self Discovery (Part 1) – Classical Music Concerts are Boring

J. Douglas Jefferys has a funny video on effective presentations skills.  He says: “Unfortunately, most of the behaviors that speakers engage in, send audiences members off on what we call ‘journeys of self-discovery.’” I have a confession to make:  I frequently enter these “journeys of self-discovery” during classical music concerts (among other types of performances, […]