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Apple’s Grand Music Innovation Opportunity

Friday, March 11th, 2011 | Uncategorized | No Comments

GarageBand on iPad is the final piece in the puzzle.  It is the keystone in the arch.

I have enjoyed my iPad very much, but up until a few hours ago it was not a crucial to have for anything I created. GarageBand is not just a port of the desktop version — it brings functionality that is impossible for either laptops or desktops to offer and when you wrap this up in a very portable, very accessible and borderline magical device it becomes crucial.

GarageBand is now for more accessible, intuitive, soon to be in the hands of many, many more people and here is Apple’s opportunity: The share button.

Apple could be the the new Flickr for music.

Sharing, at the moment, is limited to sending the song to iTunes or emailing, but Apple, please, I beg of you, make a website that will allow one-tap publishing of these songs.

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Picture it! You are a budding songwriter. You finish your new GarageBand song on your new iPad. You, along with at least 200 million other people, have an iTunes account already set up which means that you already have personal space and a user account carved out at the Apple music sharing site. TAP – there goes your song, in both AAC and GarageBand formats, up to the web. You’ve already set up your default copyright level to lean strongly to copyleft. Ping gets pinged that you just put up a song. Your friend sees this, taps on the link, listens to a preview of your song, taps on the GarageBand file and bingo bango it opens up on their iPad ready for future collaborations. Your friend publishes their remix and, because you opted for attribution in your flavor of Creative Commons license, bingo bango Apple has tracked this and automatically provides a link back to your original song on your buddy’s page.

Next thing you know, people are Pinging your song left and right and you think, “I’m ready for this to rock THE WHOLE WORLD.  (Kanye West style.)”  You sign up for a “publishers account” which is very similar in mechanism to an developer account and now you can release tracks for sale in a special section of the iTunes store.  (I’m guessing that Apple selling Beatles albums means this kind of thing is now possible.)

Please do this, Apple. I’m almost frothy at the thought of it. Call it what you want. Call it “Ping Create” or “GarageBand Accounts” or “iTunes Personal” or “me.com/garageband” or whatever terrible name you end up thinking of. People will soon forget why they ever thought the name was terrible because of the gargantuan levels of awesome it will bring to their lives.

how to rip/import a WAV from a CD in itunes

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s not hard, but it’s not entirely obvious.

The first thing you want to do is go to the “Preferences” menu option in iTunes

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Something looking like this should pop up:

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Next, select the “General” controls (if it is not already selected). It’s this button in the upper left:
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In the General controls, you’ll see a button to click on called “Import Settings”:
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Click on it and it will bring up this box:
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Click on the “import using” drop-down menu and select “WAV Encoder”:
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It’s set! Now whenever you import a CD, the files will come in as WAV without compression.

how to rip/import an AIFF from a CD in itunes

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments

It’s not hard, but it’s not entirely obvious.

The first thing you want to do is go to the “Preferences” menu option in iTunes

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Something looking like this should pop up:

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Next, select the “General” controls (if it is not already selected). It’s this button in the upper left:
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In the General controls, you’ll see a button to click on called “Import Settings”:
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Click on it and it will bring up this box:
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Click on the “import using” drop-down menu and select “AIFF Encoder”:
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It’s set! Now whenever you import a CD, the files will come in as AIFF without compression.

How to Gift an album on iTunes

Monday, June 28th, 2010 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

So you want to get the latest Graveyard Fields album as a gift for a friend, yes? You go to iTunes and find the album, but then it’s not that obvious how to give an album as a gift.

It’s kinda hard to find, but there’s a little drop-down menu next to the “Buy Album” button. It looks like a little black triangle. Click on it and this menu will pop up:

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You’ll notice the first line is “Gift This Album”. Select it! At that point you’re on your way!

Flyer for the 506 show

Friday, February 5th, 2010 | Uncategorized | No Comments

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Huge Billy Sugarfix article!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Friend of Graveyard Fields, Billy Sugarfix, has a huge write-up and cover photo in this weeks Indy! Check it out!

Also, Andrea an Pete have really taken to the photo-blogging! I (Brian) have been having a great time seeing the sights right along with them. Check out the as-they-happen chronicles of their tour.

We are Graveyard Fields

Thursday, April 9th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments

It took some doing… naming a band is almost never easy.   What is original?  What is easy to remember?  What is easy to spell?  What is easy to pronounce?

When I found that graveyardfields.com was available it sealed the deal.  Graveyard Fields, the wilderness area off of the Blueridge Parkway, is one of my favorite places in the North Carolina Mountains.  It’s such a vast, open area in the normally crowded hills… there’s a mystic quality to it.

Skate party!

Sunday, March 1st, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments

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Sweet By and By at the Pinhook

Friday, February 20th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments

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some weeknight

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments

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Check out the CD!

Our CD is out! Listen to the song samples on iTunes.

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