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    My goal here is to explore ways of connecting performers directly with fans bypassing the third-party requirements of advertisers and the labels broadcasters and promoters who pander to advertisers.

    In the beginning every artist is their own manager, publicist, promoter, producer, record label, distributer, broadcaster, sponsor and salesperson. If lots of people can get good at a number of these roles, great at a few of them and have at least a competent understanding of most of them, we can have ourselves a musical renaissance. People who love music rather than just want to exploit it will be back in the driver's seat.

    I also want to discuss production, recording, mixing and mastering. I've recently begun doing a limited amount of production and mixing after fifteen years of concentrating on digital mastering and post production work. I feel a bit like Rip Van W. moving directly from 24 track tape in the mid '80s to today's 24 bit digital. I'm finding my 1970s bag of tricks working far better than I expected and my exploration of '40s and '50s style live studio recording has been utterly fascinating.

    Finally, I have also been working on lighting a fire with a contemporary all-star version of Motown's Funk Brothers. We call them The Great American Rhythm Section.

    The idea is
    not to recreate the past but rather to rekindle the kind of creativity that led to so many classic records during the 1950s and '60s. If we old guys can really crank it up again, we'll be in a position to hand the skills off to a new generation. We're having a complete blast and I get to be a relative beginner again.
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    That's what I call an inspiring post!

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    You're working with the Funk Brothers again?

    I can't wait to hear those chops unleashed on the world in a new incarnation.
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    If anything, it's a step beyond the original Funk Brothers, Tommy Dowd's idea of a dream team that he passed on to me shortly before his death:

    Bob Babbitt: -bass
    Ed Greene: -drums
    David Hungate: -rhythm guitar
    Catherine Styron Marx: -keyboards
    Reggie Young: -lead guitar
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    Aw man, Bob, that's a purely perfect band! And this is a purely wonderful place, already. I'm excited and delighted to be able to hang here, thanks for doing this.

    Cheers, Tim
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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]My goal here is to explore ways of connecting performers directly with fans bypassing the third-party requirements of advertisers and the labels broadcasters and promoters who pander to advertisers.
    There are those who'll say that it can't be done. I say it can. I'm with you Bob. I think this move away from PSW is a good thing. Sure, there are vested interests here, and it'll take some time to break moulds, but if you, we, don't try, where does that leave us? Power to you Bob.
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    I'm on your team, Bob!
    Good to be here.
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    Hi Bob - nice place

    Whatever you need, I'm here to help - good music must be made accessible!
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    Hi Bob - I am glad you are still around after the move.

    I have a question re: your Dream Team - who are the writers? arrangers? singers? Is this a casual-type hang thing, or will music be available for us to buy? I think it's great that someone is doing this (and I wish it was me).

    thanks
    M
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    The arrangements are head arrangements. These are publishing demos for the most part sung by pro singers. The idea is to get major label artists to buy the tracks and release them.
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    So how do we get a song to you for your consideration?
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    Hey Bob, thanks for having me.

    I'll be writing about my rather incredible experience having Lunch At The Castle and tracking 5 songs in 4 hours with the band, including the leisurely and tasty lunch Jane made. With your permission, I'd like to post a link to the text when it's done.
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    Absolutely!
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    Bob
    Your stated premise is the only way to go if diverse and well played music is to remain viable and if the players and writers are going to have a chance at actually making a living at their craft. I'm looking forward to the discussion. Take care Logan
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    Bob - it's nice to hear Tommy's name again...what a hero. With enough momentum...sky's the limit. I'll keep checking this thread out.
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    Nice place you've got set up here, Bob. Glad you're here.

    Sounds like you've got yourself one cool gig, too. Quite the dream team indeed. Good luck and definitely keep us posted.
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    This is awesome.
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    I wish the Funk Brothers much success. They certainly deserve it.
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    My goal here is to explore ways of connecting performers directly with fans bypassing the third-party requirements of advertisers and the labels broadcasters and promoters who pander to advertisers.

    In the beginning every artist is their own manager, publicist, promoter, producer, record label, distributer, broadcaster, sponsor and salesperson. If lots of people can get good at a number of these roles, great at a few of them and have at least a competent understanding of most of them, we can have ourselves a musical renaissance. People who love music rather than just want to exploit it will be back in the driver's seat.

    I also want to discuss production, recording, mixing and mastering. I've recently begun doing a limited amount of production and mixing after fifteen years of concentrating on digital mastering and post production work. I feel a bit like Rip Van W. moving directly from 24 track tape in the mid '80s to today's 24 bit digital. I'm finding my 1970s bag of tricks working far better than I expected and my exploration of '40s and '50s style live studio recording has been utterly fascinating.

    Finally, I have also been working on lighting a fire with a contemporary all-star version of Motown's Funk Brothers. We call them The Great American Rhythm Section.

    The idea is
    not to recreate the past but rather to rekindle the kind of creativity that led to so many classic records during the 1950s and '60s. If we old guys can really crank it up again, we'll be in a position to hand the skills off to a new generation. We're having a complete blast and I get to be a relative beginner again.
    Glad to see somone trying!!!
    great stuff Bob,ya doing what I sorta what i hinted at in this post..

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    [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=4]My goal here is to explore ways of connecting performers directly with fans bypassing the third-party requirements of advertisers and the labels broadcasters and promoters who pander to advertisers.

    In the beginning every artist is their own manager, publicist, promoter, producer, record label, distributer, broadcaster, sponsor and salesperson. If lots of people can get good at a number of these roles, great at a few of them and have at least a competent understanding of most of them, we can have ourselves a musical renaissance. People who love music rather than just want to exploit it will be back in the driver's seat.
    Bob,This has been going on for some time.I,myself know a few people who are making this concept work.The thing is this is happening completly outside of the industry............................ Most people inside of the industry have been completly unaware of this trend.............Untill now when the effects are begining to be felt. ........................... Its called micro maketing by some folks.In every city I've been in there is a network of artists selling tickets and product directly to the people.These local networks began conecting with each other and that began to grow.Then the net came along..............See what happens is there are a lot of people doing a lot work on a speculative basis.Its very free enterprise but not so corporate.More cooperative.Studios feeling the economic crunch are either pulling away from the spec market or diving in,but most are pulling away. ........................... I understand.Its a big investment,all that design,gear,and expertise,but this threw open the door for the home recording industry...............With the proliferation of DIY releases(the record co's wern't spending anything to develop talent.) the audio quality began to degrade......................The people accepted this..............................If the best people available were working on these records they would sound teriffic.But the best producers,AE's,players are working on the paying gigs,the stuff with the financial backing..............................The new talent aint got no cash,so they cant record in the good studios,so they do it themselves.................................. I have had the oportunity to record in world class rooms,with world class AE's,and world class players.....................I got a world class product............... That was back in the day when I had cash.The product is slowly returning the investment but I got no cash now....................But there are still songs and artists to record here.............So I record them.I'm learning where to put what mic and what to do with them,but I aint near to a world class AE...................But I'm all they got............................When the records are done we sell them.............We network with every one we know............They sell our stuff,we sell theirs.We book gigs for them, they book gigs for us................It works....At 10 bucks a pop we dont need huge sales to make it worthwhile ..... When one of us "breaks out" there are always many more ready to follow.(ask Chad from Nickleback.)So Bob....Welcome to the movement.It would be beautiful to have someone on board with your talents..
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