Category Archives: About Music

PIRACY AND MEDIA: Let’s Take It Personally

The issue of piracy in media is overwhelming, with practically everyone lining up on each side of the argument. Some say that piracy is destroying the industry, while others are saying that it’s not having nearly the effect it seems to. The thing is, there’s been plenty of top-down approaches to fixing the problem, many of them disastrous (like SOPA/PIPA and DRM).

I’m not saying top-down approaches are doomed. What I am saying is that us individuals, whether artists/creators or not, have more power than deciding which top-down approach we support or villify. We can make a difference individually, one person at a time. Some by buying as much media as we can. However, not all of us have that much in the way of discretionary income, so there’s only so much we can do to expand our support with our own money.

But that isn’t the only option.

For example, I’ve been thinking about why pirates download media, particularly music, and how we as individuals can approach it differently than corporations…

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Derivative Works III: Cover Songs and Culture

I originally wrote this article for Generamus Magazine, though I remain unsure if it was printed in their most recent issue, or whether it was slated for the third, upcoming, one. Here, it will work as the third in my series of articles about derivative works, this time discussing how cover songs can stand in where mass culture can’t.

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MEDIA: Sites We Should Have in Canada

Tell me if this is a familiar issue for you: you encounter a website and think, wow, that’s amazing, and decide you’d like to participate – only to discover it doesn’t offer its services in Canada. A lot of really popular websites develop in the U.S. and, sadly, have no Canadian arm or equivalent to serve similar needs in our system. I say someone should change that.

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MUSIC: Bringer Roulettes and Playlists I (November 2007-March 2008)

From 2007-2009, I ran a music blog called The Bringer of Song under the name Alden. It was a wonderful experience, promoting music I loved while honing my ability to write, and I regret having to leave it behind when the form of music blogging I preferred became untenable. I’ll be reposting some of my better pieces of writing from that blog here. I’d hate to lose them into the ether of the endless internet.

Often I’d share a handful of connected songs, with a small blurb about why they were worthwhile listening, or with a personal story about them. Below, I share the text of most of the early ones, for those intrigued…

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MUSIC: Album Review, Alanis Morissette’s “Flavors of Entanglement” (May 2008)

From 2007-2009, I ran a music blog called The Bringer of Song under the name Alden. It was a wonderful experience, promoting music I loved while honing my ability to write, and I regret having to leave it behind when the form of music blogging I preferred became untenable. I’ll be reposting some of my better pieces of writing from that blog here. I’d hate to lose them into the ether of the endless internet.

This particular piece is my favourite album review I did for Bringer; a review of an artist I’d been listening to for a decade, both subjectively reviewing the quality of the music while also placing it in context with her previous work and her very public life. this piece ran in the The Bringer of Song on May 25, 2008…

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