Spotting session

The spotting session is a crucial step in the filmmusic creation process: This is where the director, possibly the editor and music editor (if there is one) and the composer develop the broad concept for the filmmusic as well as discuss the fine details.

This is the time of experimentation. It’s very exciting and there are no limits in this meeting. If everyone keeps an open mind it can be a fun process of trial and error to see what effect a certain type of music will have on a scene. I’m often surprised myself that something that I imagined would never work for a particular scene can turn out to be very complementary to the picture and add great depth.

Deciding on music and where it comes in and goes out is really something that can not be talked about but that has to happen on a personal level. It’s important to get a direct feel for a reaction to be able to refine the communication between all parties involved.

Annenberg Lab – Transparency report

This report shows the relationship between piracy infringing web sites, the ad networks distributing advertisements to them and the major brands who unwillingly support the pirate web sites.

It is important that the broader Internet community starts to realize that we don’t live in 1999 anymore and that almost any activity on the Internet is being monetized. But the participation in that monetization is kept from the creative community who, more often than not, create the films, books, music, pictures that drive the majority of traffic.

IFTTT – that’s what computers are for

IFTTT (If This Than That) is a service to monitor a source and conditionally post to a destination.

I’ve setup WordPress blog posts to Twitter and Facebook status update.

It seems simple enough to setup and it takes a lot of work off of my hands. Also, it allows me now to use my blog even more than before to post pictures and comments and everything. The advantage is that, once I (have to) leave a service such as Facebook or Twitter all my content over the years are still available on my own server. This to me is what the internet was about in the very beginning when I started my first homepage more than 12 years ago.

Frictionless sharing

I just read this paper on frictionless sharing and I like to comment on something written inthr paper. Quoting is not allowed without permission do I just rephrase it, but the whole idea goes back to what I wrote a couple of month ago

Basically the part I’m talking about deals with recommendations: in the case of a little restaurant I like, recommending it to friends may help to keep the restaurant in business longer.

This is the argument used by most people in favor of filesharing and unlicensed distribution of music. But as you can clearly see: sharing a recommendation is all fine and dandy if you encourage your friends to support the act/artist/musician/producer as is the case with a restaurant. But sharing the actual work will have the opposite effect: less people will buy the music and the act/artist/musician/producer will go out of business.

And an industry that has been reduced by roughly 65% in the span of 12 years (meaning, we lost 3 major labels and now are left with two and also lost many many independent companies) is proof that something is broken in a medium that means so much to people and that helps young people to define who they are. It saddens me to have to argue with people (even colleagues) about business models, legality and such instead of just sharing a recommendation to a good piece of music.