Twenty-five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
I realized quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man
For whatever that meansLinda Perry – What’s Up

ASCAP Doesn’t Know About Your Music On YouTube Unless You Tell Them

We were featured in an article published by ASCAP a few weeks back. We then produced a short video adding a bit of color and expounding upon the topic. Then we received an avalanche of feedback, some of which was very compelling and some of which was, well, down right crazy talk. It is the internet, after all.

The one thing that came to light that quite a few folks had not even realized, including our office, was that one stands to not receive any public performance royalties from YouTube, if one does not make sure that their metadata is correct on the network and that all of the videos containing one’s copyrights are being prudently attributed. This is a task usually associated with collection of ad royalties…seems like the need to do this for performance might have legs as well.

For what it is worth, we have yet to hear a peep from the good folks at BMI or SESAC. From this vantage, the same rules apply there as well.

Does that make sense? Have any anything to add on this? Here’s a quick and dirty video explanation.

The Trichordistst Has Choice Words Regarding the Berklee Music Report

It’s important to take one’s point of view with a grain of salt, as entities and groups have bias and allegiance toward one direction or another. That much we know. What I find so fascinating is that folks that exist on the same side, from the outside looking in, would have such different views.

What do you think about this?

The Golden Records

Over here at Exploration, we like Space. We think its neat. We often geek out on the scope and uncertainty that Space exploration might behold. Did you know that human’s landed a robot on an astroid last year or that the contents of Craigslist once got beamed toward the heavens?

Inasmuch, the nerd alarm went bananas when we learned that the The Golden Records are now available on SoundCloud, for earthlings to enjoy. For the uninformed, The Golden Albums are a collection of scenes, greetings, music, and sounds from Earth that NASA included on Voyager 1 and 2 in 1977 as representations of humanity on the pale blue dot. More information can be found here –

I wonder what the reaction will be from the next being that listens to Chuck Berry belt out Johnny B Good or the mother and baby captured on the album, now that the space craft is farther away from the Sun than Pluto and continues to hurdle through interstellar space.

Quick Poll: How do you organize your metadata?

  1. Spreadsheets
  2. Counterpoint
  3. CORE
  4. Notebook

Realizing your selection above, is it any wonder classic music metadata looks like the proverbial bowl of spaghetti –

Keep you dial locked right here for a comprehensive list of metadata this is critical in 2015, coming your way next week.

Stay close.

Thanks to Rene Merideth for reading drafts of this.