Quincy Jones: Honey, we have no music industry

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He is right…. as usual!!!

Originally posted on Fortune:

Before Apple and Taylor Swift and even the Moog synthesizer were born, there was Quincy Jones. Over the last six decades, the legendary composer and former record company exec has amassed 79 Grammy nominations (winning 27 actual awards) and produced hit albums like Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Today, he is involved with several projects. One of his latest? An online music-learning tool called Playground Sessions, which recently kicked off a fundraising campaign via Crowdfunder. But his role as co-creator of the self-proclaimed “Rosetta Stone” of music doesn’t mean he believes the Internet has had a positive affect on the record industry—a topic he remains as opinionated as ever about. Fortune caught up with Jones to ask for his take on new digital music distribution models and why he got involved with Playground Sessions. Read below for an excerpt of the recent conversation.

FORTUNE: Is the music industry better…

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Notes From Otherground

Originally posted on The International Review of Music:

By Brian Arsenault

Freeport, Maine.  (With apologies to Dostoyevsky, but you’re long winded anyway. Sorry to everyone else for the gratuitous remark about D.)

OK, I’m done. Finito. Kaput.

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I will not be monitoring my time in the sun this summer. It’s a natural place to be. I may not even use sunscreen. Do you know how few warm sunny days we get in the north country? I am afraid of the cold that never ended this winter. Not the sun.

I am also not afraid of my gas grille exploding, sharks biting off my leg (Why not a shark hunting season, they hunt us), drones over the house, lyme disease, mosquito-borne nasty stuff, and distracted drivers. I will not be afraid to walk across the yard or through the woods though I may hate to drive at times in case my airbag shreds me with shrapnel…

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The EGH Project has produced a work that not only sets the mood but sets the mode…. by Charles Sweet

Life Song begins with “Walking to the Rhythm”, an introduction that sets the tone with a rich, progressive tone that literally fills your ears with movement: The pad and keyboard driven song is complex in construction but exceptionally inviting—I never felt out of place here and that, to me, creates the best atmosphere to start a project on. I loved the saxophone break and because of how strong this song was I looked forward to what was next. “One Life One Song” is the follow up to the previous song’s spacy backdrop allows for a well-spoken poem of sorts that builds to a funky, bass-laden groove. Eric van Aro’s voice shines clearly here as introspective meaning rolls off his performance in droves.

“Sing Together” features Maggie Smile-Vox who does a wonderful job of adding a compliment to Eric’s sound. They work in tandem to create an atmospheric groove that is basic yet explorative and ultimately a ying and yang completion. This is easily my favorite song on the album because there is so much to hear and in turn, experience, due to both singers ability to elevate both the song and their performances by playing off each other. The feel is decidedly 90s era, and one well-missed by R&B lovers.

If “Tattoo” works—it’s because the EGH project is able to take the raw materials and make room for an impressive expression; simply calling it a song doesn’t do it justice. The song is gentle, yet explosive; rich, yet reserved, and a very, very good showing. I know I said “Sing Together” was my favorite from Life Song, I know I did, and I’m sorry but these two songs battle for supremacy depending on time of day I listen to them. That, in itself, is something to marvel.

“E2E” is another bass-driven track that takes all the guesswork out of finding your groove and because of the four-on-the-floor drumming it is easy for both Eric and you the listener to fall into a nice pocket of rhythm. As well produced as this one is, my attention was dead center of the vocal stylings: Eric maneuvers adeptly throughout the elements and if any of the songs on this project deserve a music video, this by and large is it. This song breathes a vigorous life back into you and the aim is so accurate, so true, that you know exactly what he came to do with this song. Overall, Life Songis adventurous and ranges from dramatic to heartfelt to rejoicing to soothing without ever feeling phoned in. The EGH Project has produced a work that not only sets the mood but sets the mode.
Review by: Charles Sweet

 

 

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