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>From: "RICK WALKER" <email@example.com>
>Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 03:59:59 -0800
>Happy New Years to Everybody!
>I think 2007 may be the cultural watershed year of this first decade of
>in much the way the 1967 and 1968 were defining years, culturally in the
>We've been in a really flat place for a long time here in the United
>(waiting out the Bush
>regime's end) but I think the tide has turned, culturally and
>The older paradigms of the music industry are dying rapidly (Tower
>completely out of business?).
>We are in a new phase where people don't listen to whole albums much
>anymore..................they are able
>to get the lion share of their music for free on the web and listen to it
>on I pods.
>A lot of things are changing which means that a lot of new ways of
>communicating are on their ways.
>The musical and artistic communities of the future are starting to be
>now through places
>like this website, tribe.net, myspace, youtube.com, etc.
>The amount of information on many, many things musically is available
>almost instantaneously, now on the web.
>I spent the evening watching looping French pop vocalists, Russian
>fusion multi-instrumentalists, 12 years
>old South Indian girls who are going to be the next generations' master
>drummers, online tutorials for
>Max/MSP and Jitter, directions for reinstalling my MAudio Firewire
>computer interface, all
>just sitting in front of my computer. I worked on Arabic maqams on
>Armenian Duduk, my purple anodized
>pocket trumpet, my Rick Turner purple fretless acoustic/electric bass
>my voice out of a book that I found
>online and ordered through the independent bookstore where my wife works.
>Ten years ago, ney five years ago, I couldn't have possibly had as
>productive and knowledge increasing a day as I did today.
>Someone once said that artists are the Antennae of a Culture. Because
>are so sensitive, they can frequently see changes
>coming in the culture long before they occur.
>It's an exciting time to be alive............... a challenging time to be
>alive, ecologically and economically.
>A lot of things are going to change and very, very rapidly.
>I think we are on the cutting edge in this musical movement of Live
>of a lot of what's going to change and define
>the paradigms of live playing in the next decades to come.
>In the past years, a very large number of very famous and prominent
>artists had musicians in their bands who are using live looping tools.
>saw a show with Thomas Dolby, Loop Station and Genie where EVERYONE was
>looping live on stage
>and there wasn't a single word about Live Looping anywhere. That made
>me really happy.
>We are finally starting to arrive in the musical landscape. I could not
>have written that paragraph 5 years ago.
>Things are changing.
>I feel happy and blessed to be part of this community that is so
>and also so supportive of each other's artistry.
>Happy New Years everyone. May you all have a fantastic year,
>Throw caution to the wind....................................Put out a
>Throw a festival! Buy recordings from your fellow artists.
>Let's do it!!!!!!
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- From: "RICK WALKER" <firstname.lastname@example.org>