While reading this story on vice.com about Universal Music Group (UMG) -- the powerhouse label that represents Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Jay-Z -- forming an NFT band made up of cartoon ape JPEGs “owned” by some guy, it has become clear that the NFT hype bubble has inflated beyond anyone's wildest expectations. Continue Reading →
Space
As out of control as everything feels today, we do have control over one thing: how we spend our time. Time is a currency. So much so that we call the use of it “spending” time. Today, while some are forced to put themselves in harm’s way to do what needs to be done, many of us will have the shared experience of being alone. How will you “invest” your alone time? Here are a few ideas. Continue Reading →

And the Grammy goes to… AI

Grammy Awards
At one of the pre-Grammy parties I attended, I was asked about controversy surrounding the way the Recording Academy (the organization that produces the Grammys) categorizes music for the show. This led to some very interesting questions: Who (or what) will be eligible to win a Grammy in 2030? What will the categories evolve into? Will music need to be recorded at all? Continue Reading →
Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen
The lawsuit filed against Amazon’s Alexa Voice Services this past Tuesday fascinates me. It alleges that Amazon is recording children who use Alexa without parental consent. Excuse me? Mom or Dad bought the Echo, put it in the house, and taught the kids to talk to it. How much more parental consent do you need? That said, there is more to the story. Continue Reading →
Piano
Preview modes are great – they give you an idea of how your work will look or sound in the best possible scenario. The problem is that all such tools are gigantic crutches, and in most cases they will severely limit your creativity and your creative potential. Continue Reading →