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20 JANUARY 2013

Rough Trade: destination store plugged-in to what its customers want

"'Ignoring technology is to ignore what has become a way of life for our customers,' said Rough Trade Retail director Stephen Godfroy.

The retailer, which has two shops, on Portobello Road and Brick Lane in London, has defied the gloom in a dwindling music retailing market. It generated a like–for–like sales hike of 30 per cent in the year to July 31. Godfroy said Rough Trade has benefited from tourism to the capital.

'Visiting Rough Trade is one of the things to do when you come to London and we're very proud of that,' he said. 'Tourism is an important factor in our success. We're a destination store.'"

(Jason Gregory, 5th January 2011, Retail Week, EMAP Publishing Limited)

Fig.2 Louisa "photobooth in rough trade east" [http://i–still–love–thebeatles.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/just–saw–keira–knightley–walking–down.html]

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Album Club membership • Brick Lanebricks and mortarCDconcertsconsumer lifestylesdestination storediscoverabilityDVD • dwindling • high street shopsHMV • ignoring technology • in-store experience • in-store gigs • incorporate digitalindie scene • like-for-like sales • London • loyalty card • MP3 downloads • music retailing market • online databasephotobooth • Portobello Road • recommended by the retailer • Retail Week (magazine) • retailerRough Trade • Rough Trade East • Rough Trade Notting Hill • Rough Trade Retail • shift to digitalshopspend timeStephen Godfroysuccessful brand spacethings to dotourism • tourism to the capital • UK • upcoming releases • vinyl recordway of life

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Simon Perkins
01 JANUARY 2013

Neil Young Expands Pono Digital-to-Analogue Music Service

"Beginning next year [2013], Pono will release a line of portable players, a music–download service and digital–to–analog conversion technology intended to present songs as they first sound during studio recording sessions. In his book out this week, Waging Heavy Peace, Young writes that Pono will help unite record companies with cloud storage 'to save the sound of music.' As Flea raves to Rolling Stone, 'It's not like some vague thing that you need dogs' ears to hear. It's a drastic difference.'

Pono's preservation of the fuller, analog sound already has the ear of the Big Three record labels: Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Sony Music. WMG – home to artists including Muse, the Black Keys, Common and Jill Scott – has converted its library of 8,000 album titles to high–resolution, 192kHz/24–bit sound. It was a process completed prior to the company's partnership with Young's Pono project last year, said Craig Kallman, chairman and chief executive of Atlantic Records.'"

(Patrick Flanary, 27 September 2012, Rolling Stone)

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2013 • 24-bit • Apple • Atlantic Records • audio • audio encoding • audio format • audio quality • Bonnaroo Festival • Buffalo Springfield • CDCD qualitycloud computing • cloud storage • compact disc • Craig Kallman • data compression • David Letterman • digital delivery • digital-to-analogue • Dolby • Doug Morris • experience • Flea • formatHawaiian • hearing • high-quality format • high-resolution • iTuneslistening experiencelistening to musicmedia devicesmedia formatmedia playermedia technology • Meridian • mp3 • Mumford and Sons • music • music distribution • music formatmusic player • music publishing • music recording • music service • My Morning Jacket • Neil Young • new service • perception • Pono • preservationradical innovationrecording artists • recording publishers • Red Hot Chili Peppers • righteous • Rolling Stone magazine • songs • Sony Musicsoundtechnologytechnology innovationtranscoding • UMG • Universal Music GroupWarner Music Group • WMG

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Simon Perkins
29 DECEMBER 2012

Dara Ó Briain's Science Club: The Story of Music

"Special guest James May explores how music is inextricably linked to our emotions, materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart an electric guitar and neuroscientist Tali Sharot reports on the ground breaking research which treats Parkinson's Disease with rhythm. Plus, science journalist Alok Jha asks whether computers are ruining music."

(BBC Two, UK)

Fig.1 this animation is from Episode 6 of 6 of Dara Ó Briain's Science Club, Tuesday 30 Dec 2012 at 9pm on BBC Two, voiced by Dara Ó Briain, animated by 12Foot6, Published on YouTube on 19 Dec 2012 by BBC.

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Simon Perkins
22 OCTOBER 2012

Timeline illustration of 1000 names of Sony Music artists since 1887

"Sony Music has unveiled a graphic installation documenting the company's 125 year musical history. Designed by Alex Fowkes, winner of Creative Review's 'One to Watch' in 2011, the Sony Music Timeline runs throughout the central atrium of Sony's open plan Derry Street offices.

The Installation features nearly 1000 names of artists signed to Sony Music and its affiliated labels from the foundation of Columbia Records in 1887 to the present day, including musical icons Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin, The Clash, Micheal Jackson and many many more.

Interspersed among the artist names are certain key developments in technology, musical formats and corporate history – from the invention of early recording cylinders to vinyl, cassette, CD, radio, MTV, the Sony Walkman, the iPod and the introduction of digital streaming services.

The work is organised by decade into 54 columns measuring over 2 meters tall and covering almost 150 square meters of wall space. It uses CNC cut vinyl as the sole medium for the whole installation.

Emma Pike, VP Industry Relations, who commissioned the piece said, 'The brief was to bring the inspiration of our music into the heart of our building and make our office space live and breathe our incredible musical legacy. Alex's beautiful graphics and illustrations do exactly that.'

Sony's partnership with Fowkes is set to continue as the Sony Music Timeline will grow each year with the addition of new artist names signed by the major.'"

(Sony Music, 2012)

Sony Music Timeline Process Video, Design & Art Direction: Alex Fowkes Photography & Video: Rob Antill, Music Production: Joseph Bird.

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125 years • 18872012 • Alex Fowkes • analogue and digital formatsBob DylanBruce SpringsteencassetteCD • Columbia Records • consumer electronicscorporate historyCreative Review (magazine)design innovation • developments in technology • digital streamingdigital technologyearly recording technologyElvis Presley • Emma Pike • graphic illustrationhistoryhistory of information technologyhistory of recording technologyinformation designiPod • Janis Joplin • Jimi Hendrix • Lex Media • Michael JacksonMTV • music artist • music artsmusic formatmusic history • musical legacy • Paul Sexton • pioneering technologyposter illustrationproduct designradio • recording cylinder • Rob AntillSonySony MusicSony Walkmantechnology convergenceThe Clashtimelapsetimelinevinyl record

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Simon Perkins
24 FEBRUARY 2012

Contents of John Peel's Record Collection to be Made Public

"One of the most revered record collections in the world – that of music legend John Peel – is to be made into an interactive online museum for the public, as part of The Space – a new experimental digital service organised and funded by the Arts Council and the BBC. ...

'It is the first step in creating an interactive online museum with access to the entire collection, which is one of the most important archives in modern music history.' (Tom Barker, Director, John Peel Centre for Creative Arts)

'The idea is to digitally recreate John's home studio and record collection, which users will be able to interact with and contribute to, whilst viewing Peel's personal notes, archive performances and new filmed interviews with musicians.' (Frank Prendergast–Eye Film and Television's Creative Director)

Sheila Ravenscroft, John Peel's wife and Patron of the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts said: 'We're very happy that we've finally found a way to make John's amazing collection available to his fans, as he would have wanted. This project is only the beginning of something very exciting'."

(The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, 23 February 2012)

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7 inch vinyl • archivesArts Council (UK)BBCCDcollectionconnoisseurshipcreative artscritical perspectivecultural expression • digital service • disc jockeyDJ • experimental digital service • Eye Film and Television • fans • filmed interviews • home studio • indie rockindie scene • interactive online museum • interactive presentationJohn PeelLPmusic • music collection • music historymusic singles • online museum • record • record collection • recreationretrospective • Sheila Ravenscroft • simulation • technological solutions • television project • The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts • The Space (service)UKvinyl recordvirtual museum

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Simon Perkins
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