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Driven to Download

Friday, November 26, 2004

Even though more than 7,000 illegal music downloaders have been sued by the industry, there are indications that more people are file sharing than ever before. Ever since the early days of Napster, file sharers have blamed the commercial unavailability of quality music for their turn to the peer-to-peer services. ...

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Nashville Bob

Friday, November 26, 2004

How do you get to Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, the launch pad of dozens of country music's biggest stars? If you're Bob Garfield - and you're trying to make it big in country music in less than 36 hours - "practice, practice" is not an option. Luckily, Bob has chutzpah, ...

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Earworms

Friday, November 26, 2004

Most people - music lovers or not - know the dastardly feeling of getting a tune lodged in your head, and not being able to get it out. Brazilians call such tunes chiclete de ouvido, or "ear chewing gum." Here they're known as "earworms." Brooke offers this rumination on the ...

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Death of the Single

Friday, September 17, 2004

The 45 was once the dominant musical medium. From Elvis to the Beatles to the Supremes, that round little disc with the big hole in the middle defined the early rock 'n' pop era. New technologies have since swept the single aside, but there are some die-hards who refuse to ...

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Driven to Download

Friday, June 25, 2004

While the recording industry presses on with its lawsuits against online music downloaders, there are indications that more people are file sharing than ever before. Ever since the early days of Napster, file sharers have said that a prime attraction of the peer-to-peer services has been the unavailability of quality ...

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Wilco Keeps it Real

Friday, June 25, 2004

When a band refuses to play by the music industry's rules, does it thereby give up all chances of success? Not necessarily, if the story of Wilco is any indication. The band's brand-new album is yet another example of how it has continuously resisted categorization, and in doing so, defied ...

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Glenn Gould's Media

Friday, June 25, 2004

Some audience research suggests that classical music lovers shun modernity, but one of the best-known classical pianists embraced everything the latest electronic media had to offer. Halfway through his creative life, Glenn Gould renounced live performance and declared he would henceforth express himself solely through media. OTM's Senior Producer Arun ...

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Earworms

Friday, June 25, 2004

Most people - music lovers or not - know the dastardly feeling of getting a tune lodged in your head, and not being able to get it out. Brazilians call such tunes chiclete de ouvido, or "ear chewing gum." Here they're known as "earworms." Brooke offers this rumination on the ...

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Nashville Bob

Friday, August 29, 2003

How do you get to Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, the launch pad of dozens of country music's biggest stars? If you're Bob Garfield – and you’re trying to make it big in country music in less than 36 hours – "practice, practice" is not an option. Luckily, Bob has chutzpah ...

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Dictata's Paradise

Friday, May 09, 2003

During the war, Iraqis were deluged by a variety of American-sponsored broadcasts. On one of the radio stations thought to be backed by the CIA, it was possible to hear a parody of the gangsta-rap hit "Gangsta's Paradise." The M.C., who raps in a combination of English and Arabic, is ...

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Down-and-Out in Download Land

Friday, May 02, 2003

Would-be down-loaders of music files are now being greeted with messages that they are violating copyright laws. It's the latest tactic in the record industry's campaign against file-sharing. And it comes amidst a changing legal landscape. New York Times reporter Amy Harmon talks with Bob about a recent case in ...

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Music Testing

Friday, September 27, 2002

In the age of uber-pop, the science behind music programming is more precise than ever. Most commercial music stations test each and every song in the laboratory of public opinion research. For listeners hoping these tests will mean longer play lists and less repetition -- the news isn't too good. ...

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Jukeboxes

Friday, September 27, 2002

Did you know that the jukebox has been around for over 80 years? And that at one point they numbered close to a million around the country? On the Media’s Rex Doane takes a look at jukeboxes.

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Glenn Gould's Media

Friday, September 20, 2002

Pianist Glenn Gould is perhaps one of the most controversial performers of the 20th century. At age 31, Gould renounced the concert stage and declared that he would henceforth express himself solely through media. OTM Senior Producer Arun Rath explores Glenn Gould's unique ideas on the live versus the recorded.

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Mudflap Soundtrack

Friday, August 30, 2002

Like Bert Reynold’s mustache, music for truckers is not as marketable today as it was in the seventies. As country stations are disappearing, the odes to the big rigs are finding a new home on the turntables of hip, urban club DJs. OTM’s Rex Doane provides a history lesson in ...

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Record Industry Sues YOU

Friday, July 19, 2002

Record companies hate Internet file-sharing services like Napster. But since they have had little success stopping the free flow of music files by attacking servers one by one, now they want to go after individual users one by one. With a million times as many users as providers, it seems ...

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Nashville Bob

Friday, July 05, 2002

How do you get to Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, the launchpad of dozens of country music's biggest stars? If you're Bob Garfield - and you’re trying to make it big in country music in less than 36 hours - "practice, practice" is not an option. Luckily, Bob has chutzpah and ...

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Instrumental Rock

Saturday, May 25, 2002

Instrumental rock ‘n’ roll - the genre that once made many a beach party spectacular in the ‘50s and ‘60s - today is relegated to a few artists that hope to succeed despite having no chance of cracking the top 40 radio scene. Luckily, OTM has a correspondent who specializes ...

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Dictionaraoke

Saturday, May 11, 2002

The songs are familiar, the lyrics the same, but we guarantee you’ve never heard versions quite like this. A group of fair-use artists have created songs using the spoken pronunciation guides of words in online dictionaries. The result is an entertaining blend of computerized music and monotone singing. Bob talks ...

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Public Radio Payola?

Saturday, May 04, 2002

Record companies have a long and sordid history of paying off radio stations to get DJs to spin their tunes. Public radio stations have traditionally steered clear of such deals. But with noncommercial radio making more and more unknown artists into stars, the record industry has come knocking, cash in ...

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