Thursday, August 31, 2006
Online sites help musicians reach listeners
Lauren Miller Staff Reporter
the importance of having a Web site so people can hear what the band is all about.
BJ Allen needed to find a way to be heard, and shouting from the rooftops was not cutting it.
“We have a message in our music to bring hope to people,” Phelps said. “We want to get that out to anyone who needs it.”
Instead she signed up for a MySpace account, and 683 people have now heard her and her band Blue Voodoo. As the fall concert season be- gins, the Internet becomes a help- ful tool in getting gigs so Please Please Please can get experience playing live. “The Internet is a tool just like anything else, which opened up an avenue for us as artists because you can just do anything,” Allen said. “It’s possible to search for anything, like just blues music, or just Kirksville artists.” Phelps said all the planning and contacting will usually be done via the Internet, which ven- ues prefer. “We went on a three-week tour all around the Midwest, and most of the booking was done over this site, byofl.org,” Phelps said. “Mid- westvenues.com was another.” As the lead singer of Blue Voo- doo, the Kirksville-based blues quartet who labels themselves as a “rockin’ blues contemporary quar- tet,” Allen knew putting the band on the Internet would give it exposure be- yond the city limits. Once bands have booked tours and venues, the Internet allows them to literally invite their fans to the show. With search engines in place, bands search people with mu- sic tastes they feel would match their genre and invite them as well. Kvrocks.com features a special section for local bands and lists upcoming shows. Myspace.com contains similar links so fans can find when and where the bands will perform. Phelps noted the importance of exposure and con- venience for promoting shows and music over sites like MySpace and Kirksville Rocks. “It’s always nice to discover a new band and hear their sound.” After submitting its music to Internet radio stations that play blues music, Allen said the band gained worldwide ex- posure. Jimmy Cruse Senior “We’ve been played on the Inter- net radio in Holland, France, Italy and who knows where else,” Allen said. MySpace and sites like purev- olume.com, offer a space for bands to stream their music, blog their adventures and contact their fans. While they all offer something unique, each site helps bands like Blue Voodoo put their name on some sort of cyber map. “Well MySpace and Kvrocks [make it] really easy to promote shows and invite everyone in the area, they can just click,” Phelps said. “With MySpace it’s really easy to find people who would like your music.” Senior Jimmy Cruse said he uses purevolume to listen to new bands. “It’s always nice to discover a new band and hear their sound,” Cruse said. “Purevolume is a good instrument for noise exploration.” Allen said she used the Web to find venues that feature blues mu- sic and Internet radio stations that have blues specific programming. Please Please Please, another local band, uses MySpace to list various events and upcoming shows. Singer Dylan Phelps noted “We always have a wider au-
photo submitted Blue Voodoo has their rst release, “The Storm,” which includes mostly original music for sale at CDBaby.com. The CD made the Top 8 for Best Self Produced CD at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. For more information go to www.myspace. com/bluevoodooblues.
dience in mind, but the Internet is great to catch anybody’s ear,” Allen said. “We wanted to reach as many people who like blues as possible, which is another advan- tage of Internet marketing, to find the widest blues audience, espe- cially coming from Kirksville.”
Whether a fan or a band is searching for local or national art- ists, the Internet will find them.
Streaming music sites not to miss
Pandora states that their mission is to “help you discover new music you’ll love.” At Pandora.com, users search for a favorite band or song, and the site streams that artist and others similar to it for free. Using research from the Music Genome Project, Pandora studies thousands of songs for melodies, lyrics and instruments, then finds similar music based on the original search term. Users can give each song a thumbs up or down, essentially creating and then refining their own radio station. Bands that aren’t found can be suggested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Internet is a great mar- keting tool for bands because we all know how it goes,” Allen said. “You Google something and start chasing around for two hours and forget what you were doing in the first place.”
Purevolume.com allows both musicians and listeners to create a profile page. For the artists, the number of times a song has been played is listed on the side, making it easy to see the most popular songs listeners choose. The site also places lyrics right next to downloads.
Yahoomusic.com Streaming broadband music videos 24 hours a day, Yahoomusic.com provides both popular and obscure tunes for people both visually and aurally inclined.
No need for the tube as shows become available via Internet
John Priest Assistant Features Editor
Television networks’ latest plans to attract audiences might have viewers crowding around their computers.
With the proliferation of broadband Internet across the United States, Ameri- can television networks are using high- speed gimmicks to test the waters for TV on the Internet. Networks hope higher quality images will hook their fragmented viewing audiences and boost advertising revenue.
“If you think Internet video is still pixel-y and postage-stampy, well, you are well behind the times,” said Jeff Pulver, an Internet pioneer and industry expert whose blog offers notes, comments and observations on Internet advances.
The latest of those advances is TV on the Internet, a phenomenon Pulver is dedicating an entire conference to in mid- September.
Pulver has been exploring recent de- velopments in video on the Internet and TV on the Internet.
“It turns out that there really has been a paradigm shift in the way in which TV, not just video, is being delivered,” he writes on his blog.
He said during the past 12 months, as the momentum for broadband TV has snowballed, an increasing number of me- dia companies have decided to take their content and make it available for viewing on the Internet.
Recent online offerings have included re-runs of prime time content, vintage re- runs of older programs and development of new Internet-only shows.
Networks hope that dedicated online content and expanded features for regular programming will engage their viewers.
The Internet can offer a unique solu- tion to new programming woes, as well. By offering recaps of plots online, view-
“I couldn’t be more excited going forward with ‘Nobody’s Watch- ing,’” said executive producer Lawrence in a press conference. “ ... I think this is just the first of many television shows to be rescued by the In- ternet, and I think we will see more launched on the Internet in the future.” ers can miss one week of a serialized dra- ma without being lost. Unaware that the network executives are manipulating and recording their ev- Industry executives also are consider- ing continuing cancelled programs on the Internet to prevent midseason cliffhang- ers. NBC hopes several hundred thousand Internet fans can’t be wrong, rescuing the discarded “Nobody’s Watching” from oblivion with an eye toward eventually putting it on the air. The concept of “No- body’s Watching” centers on Derek and Will, two young television addicts from Ohio who are frustrated with the dreadful state of television programming. Lured by a major network that gives them the opportunity to create their own sitcom, they decide to become the subjects of a reality show. The pilot for the series, originally de- veloped by “Scrubs” creator Bill Law- rence, had been lying virtually dormant since spring 2005. It became available on www.youtube.com, a free online video streaming service, several weeks ago and suddenly became a story unto itself, attract- ing more than 600,000 downloads in the first month. Such a move could even resurrect such shows. www.foodtv.com www.horrorchannel.com television.aol.com www.bbcworld.com www.comedycentral.com www.fox.com/video videoindex.pbs.org Tune in here for TV online ery word and move, the two continue their crusade to develop what they hope will be great television. Contributing writing and producing talent comes from Neil Goldman and Garret Donovan, both from “Scrubs” and from “Family Guy.” Gail Mancuso, from “Gilmore Girls” and “Scrubs,” directed the pilot. Internet success stories like this caught the attention of Nielsen Media Research, an independent firm that tracks and re- cords the media-viewing habits of homes across the United States. Nielsen announced in June that it will begin providing integrated, all-electronic ratings for television regardless of the platform on which it is viewed. Under the com- pany’s Anytime Any- where Media Measure- ment initiative, Nielsen will develop and deploy technology to measure the new ways consum- ers are watching tele- vision, such as on the Internet, outside the home, via cell phones, iPods and other person- al mobile devices. Gary Holmes, a Nielsen public rela- tions officer, said initial advances in TV on the Internet have the poten- tial to skew Nielsen’s traditional ratings. But by fusing Nielsen’s traditional ratings with the work of Nielsen’s sister company, Net Ratings Inc., Nielsen hopes to update their services. Susan Hickey, a Net Ratings public re- lations officer, said this is the first step to more accurately measuring Internet view- ership for advertising purposes. “In the end, it’s all about money,” she said. “And the money’s in the Internet.”
Photo Illustration by Phil Jarrett With the SUB Down Under television tuned to fuzz, sophomore Brian Green turns to his video iPod for entertainment.
Apple offers online episodes
John Priest Assistant Features Editor
Playing off the popularity of TV on DVD boxed sets as well as the proliferation of digital video recorders, Broadcast companies are offering on- line downloads of television episodes.
has added a plethora of video options. Features include not only movies and vintage television re-runs but also weekly episodes of popular shows.
Shows like “The Daily Show,” “Chappelle’s Show” and “Lost” are available starting at $1.99 per episode.
With the advent of the video iPod, Apple’s online music retail giant iTunes
Visit www.apple.com/itunes for more information.
Rie Ito, exchange student from Tokyo, Japan
Freshman Alyssa Lewellen
What do you think of Truman? “It’s really weird to me because it’s so different from my
Alyssa Lewellen, freshman from Hannibal, Mo.
hometown. There’s many diverse people from different countries, so it’s really nice to meet them.” What has surprised you? “Definitely the whole roommate situation. I mean I’m room ing with my best friend. ... It is like a community like they want us to be.” What do you think of the food? “I like it. It is better than I thought it’d, be definitely.”
Latest Research: Online gambling explodes
Exchange Student Rie Ito
when asked their occupation, 16 reported they were students. Other occupations included ac- countant, attorney, doctor, en- gineer, nurse, policeman and church worker.
A recent study by the An- nenberg Foundation found that almost 600,000 youth (aged 14 to 22) reported gambling on the Internet on a weekly basis.
This age group also has the highest rates of gambling prob- lems, according to the NPG.
For more information and further research, visit www.npc- gambling.org.
Persons concerned that they might have a gambling addiction should call The NPG Helpline at 1-800-522-4700.
Q: A: Q: A:
Why did you decide to come to Truman? “It’s good University. My university just have the exchange program with Truman.” What do you think of it so far? “Here is a little bit country. I like, but I was a little homesick.” What do you think of the food? Ito laughed and said, “I prefer Japanese food.”
John Priest Assistant Features Editor
Recent U.S. legislation has shaken up online gambling, but the illegal moneymaking industry still is burgeoning at an unprec- edented rate.
The total number of online gambling companies has sky- rocketed to more than 600, and the number keeps growing, ac- cording to PokerSiteScout.com.
PokerSiteScout.com is an independent Web site offering information about the evolving world of online casinos.
It reports that although fewer than a dozen online gambling sites existed a decade ago, the
number has grown more than 5,000 percent.
The Journal of Gambling Studies, which issued a report on college gambling, shows that col- lege students are at greater risk.
Five percent report pathologi- cal gambling, and more than nine percent report other gambling-re- lated problems.
The National Problem Gam- bling Helpline was dialed more than 30,000 times between Jan. 1 and March 15, according to their Web site.
In a review of the 1,300 calls for immediate help, 106 clients reported that their primary prob- lem was Internet gambling.
The predominant age of these individuals was 18 to 25, and