Ted Gioia at The Daily Beast: …I watched with amazement as The Köln Concert entered the mainstream culture, reaching an audience that I might have thought immune to the appeal of jazz piano. It eventually sold more than 3 million copies, and for a time ranked as the top-selling solo piano album in history. And…

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Niche economics

From Ben Thompson at Stratechery: Spotify and YouTube Music Key and other all-you-can-eat services are ultimately suited for music that is broadly appealing — the same sort of music that has ruled the radio for decades. For anything truly different, though, anything with a limited but intensely interested audience, they are nothing but a bad…

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Ted Gioia at The Daily Beast: Aspiring musicians nowadays spend lots of time at a keyboard — but usually they are making their tracks at a computer keyboard. Judging by the hit records and most-watched videos, it’s probably wiser to learn how to manipulate software and sound files than spend years mastering a traditional instrument….

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One-on-One with Chick Corea

I just signed up for this. I feel I could use some inspiration and insight right now, and who better to deliver this than Chick Corea. It’s amazing how even one or two new techniques or ways of thinking can influence your playing, practising and overall approach to music for years to come. I expect…

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Mailing list and free MP3

If you would like to get very occasional email notifications of what I’m up to, please do subscribe to the mailing list by entering your email address into the text field on the right (or at the foot of the page if you’re reading on a phone or tablet). When you confirm the subscription, you’ll immediately be…

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One of the main reasons for setting up this blog was to give me a space to reflect on the process of creating and performing music. I’d like to document the various techniques I’ve tried over the years, the mistakes I’ve made and how I’ve overcome certain neuroses. Therapy for me and hopefully interesting and…

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