The Future of Music

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Last week I attended the amazing 2009 SanFran MusicTech Summit hosted by the awesome Brian and Shoshana Zisk. Saw several great panels and got to meet many others in this strange world of the music business, including several who I had some pretty unlikely connections to.

An interesting announcement I completely missed out on at the event was the proposal for the Music Data Exchange Format by BandMetrics. There was a great deal of talk about the expansion of meta data and the included content with the song being delivered expanding far beyond what we have now. I’m all for it. The MP3 and ID3 are, well, miserable.

The future of sheet music and music publishing is also a hot topic. This recent post on Create Digital Music is worth a read. I’m still absorbing it all. There were many panels that actually became quite heated. Clearly all present want to bring the music industry into the future but there was not a universal vision for how that could come to pass.

More blog posts on the event:
Francis Ten of West Indian Girl with my panel photo
Chris Stroffolino on the Big Takeover

View my photos of the event on flickr.

UPDATE: More blog posts, photos and the New York Times:
Julie Blaustein on
Julie Blaustein’s photos on flickr
S. Neil Vineberg’s Third Eye
How the Semantic Web Will Redefine Digital Music” by Paul Bonanos in the New York Times
Tweets and video of the event on USTREAM