Get Your Entertainment the Best Way

The need for entertainment is quite inevitable today considering the stress that we all go through every day. There are stiff competitions every place you turn to; whether it is work place, school, business or home. We are increasingly tasking ourselves to meet targets and to deliver results in very stressful conditions. These create tension and stress for many people. Entertainment provides a way to create a balance; this balance creates an equilibrium which helps to keep people functioning without breaking down completely.

The rate of stress related health problems are of great concern to many people, government institutions and communities. There are indications to show that many people don’t know that they have stress related problem and this affects their work, home and the larger society. Young people are constantly in need of something to engage them; things that will keep them off crime and anti-social behaviour. Good entertainment readily provides a gateway to this desire. Good entertainment requires worthwhile investments in terms of money, time and infrastructures.These are in themselves scarce but the entertainment industry is constantly work at making their products available to the public at affordable prices. Home videos, music on DVD, etc, can be of great benefit when we think of making entertainment available at an affordable price. It is however sad that many people are downloading films and music illegally off the Internet. This can change if music and film on DVDs are relatively available and affordable.

There are stores that provide affordable entertainment facilities in various ways. They supply CDs and DVDs for people of all ages, gender, social status and culture. The CDs and DVDs can be purchased on-line with ease. There are many titles to choose from to give you real fun. If you take time to shop around you will find these shops. Their secret is simple; their overhead and running cost is lower than some more sophisticated stores.

People don’t need to download music and films illegally. The trouble is not worth it. It is important that people find something that can help them to relax but it should be done the right way. You can go for live shows, cinemas or use DVDs in the comfort of your house. There are sports, music, drama, films and even audio books on CDs and DVDs that can make you happy, enlightened and entertained all day long. Don’t forget that there are laws that prohibit illegal download of music and films from the Internet. Walk out of trouble; get yourself great entertainment the best way.

Planning Corporate Music Events

Planning the entertainment for a corporate event can be daunting. There is a lot to consider and getting it wrong might not improve your career prospects. Perhaps a cheesy cabaret entertainer or comedian won’t quite cut it. Most corporate companies are looking to impress potential business partners so you need to go all out with the entertainment.

For most corporate businesses though the entertainment industry is not too familiar. The best place to start is a reputable entertainment agent. A live band always goes down well at such event however you need to be sure of the quality of the act. Corporate bands understand the attitude and planning needed to make sure everything runs smoothly. There are lots of great function bands out there but not all have experience of working with corporate clients. If you can find an entertainment agent that specialises in corporate bands then even better.

If you are looking for everyone to have a great time and provide a true party atmosphere then live music is second to none. A great front man can work the crowd and get the whole audience involved. By booking through an entertainment agent you are usually assured a quality band. You should always talk to the agent though and be very precise about your requirements. Listen to demos usually available on the agent’s site and browse pictures and video footage.

If you are looking for quality entertainment then it is worth paying from professional corporate bands. They are not always cheap but you only get one chance to make an impression in front of that important client so can really afford not to? Of courses there are different types of acts available for different types of events. You may want a party band or perhaps if you are looking for some background music for a corporate dinner a solo singer may suffice. Think carefully about what would work best and take advice from the entertainment agent.

Another benefit of using an agent is that you will usually sign a performance contract clearly stating the times of the performance, duration and what is expected of both parties. For an important event you should always ensure a contract is in place. Whatever your needs using an entertainment agent can simply take the hassle out of planning corporate events. You have a much better chance of a successful event after taking professional advice and guidance and booking a professional function band.

5 Fabulous Texas Festivals You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

It’s no secret that the great state of Texas plays host to some household names in the festival world. But did you know that Texas holds fantastic festivals of all sort throughout the year? With its long history and diverse residents, it’s no wonder Texas festivals boast the best in fabulous food, live music, wine tasting and more, and some little-known these festivals do it all without the crowds! If you’re looking to head outdoors for a delightful time, check out the five festivals below that you’ve probably never heard of.

1. Lavender & Wine Festival (Washington County, TX)

Held annually in August, the Lavender & Wine festival is a joint venture held at Chappell Hill Lavender Farm and Windy Winery. This countryside festival has a quaint community feel, and features wine tastings, demonstrations, fragrant lavender cuttings, and crafts. Enjoy the wonderful fragrance of the farm and tour the vines at the winery. Plus there are always plenty of vendors and live music abounds! Admission is free, but bring some cash for wine tastings.

2. Bluebonnet Festival of Texas (Chappell Hill, TX)

Declared the “Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas” by the Texas Legislature, nothing says Texas like a festival celebrating everything bluebonnet! Held annually in April, this festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors showcasing the best in bluebonnet home decor, gardening, art, jewelry, clothing, and more. Enjoy country-style food while you take in live entertainment and music, and then take a tour of the historic community. If you’ve got the kiddos in tow, they’re going to love the pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, and barrel train at the children’s activity corner! Admission is free, but bring $5 for parking.

3. Burton Cotton Gin Festival (Burton, TX)

The Burton Cotton Gin Festival is two fun-filled days that celebrate the history and honors the heritage of cotton. The festival kicks off with an all-you-can-eat shrimp boil on Friday. A parade runs through town Saturday morning, then mosey over to check out the antique tractors and engines on display, peruse the arts and crafts booths, take in the folk life entertainment, and head with the kids over to the petting zoo. Plus, auctions! Food! Music! Held annually during the third weekend in April, this festival has it all. Admission is free, but expect to pay for food and drinks, and the shrimp boil is $30 a person

4. Fall Festival of Roses (Independence, TX)

Situation on 8 acres of landscaped grounds, The Antique Rose Emporium hosts its annual rose festival in November. Enjoy a weekend of beauty as you attend garden-related seminars presented by internationally renowned experts. The festival begins on Friday with rose discussions and how-to seminars. Then tour the growing fields, sample food and fragrance, and enjoy wine pairings on Saturday. The local high school theater and choral departments also perform throughout the day. Close the weekend out on Sunday with final informative flower discussions and displays followed by herbal taste treats. All programs are free!

5. Juneteenth Celebration (Brenham, TX)

Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration of the end of slavery. The Juneteenth Celebration in Brenham, TX dates back to 1865 and, to this day, continues the tradition of commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas! This historic, one-day event features a parade full of local marching bands and community groups. Enjoy live music and entertainment, hands-on celebration activities at Fireman’s park, and summertime eats and drinks. This celebration is fun for all ages, and admission is free.

What Should Matter In A Karaoke Machine?

Karaoke machines can make family events and get-togethers very entertaining because they give family members or friends a chance to sing to their favorite tunes. The karaoke songs do not have accompaniment of artist voice and lyrics are projected on a screen for smooth singing. These machines are common in pubs and bars, but individuals also buy them for their home entertainment needs like in weddings and parties.

The machines are of different types including microphone karaoke machines, pocket, CD and all-in-one karaoke machines. When looking for a machine, you must consider your immediate needs and whether you are getting a home karaoke machine or one for your business so you can choose the right type. But besides type, there are important things you can never forget when buying a machine for whatever musical need you have. These are the features that will make your machine a good machine or a great machine.

Portability – Pocket and microphone machines tend to be most portable options that you have and they make best karaoke machine for kids. This is because the kids can easily carry them to their friends’ homes and parties to enjoy without demanding any type of transport. All-in-one machines are less portable, but they are loved for their quality and they are better for specific use such as in bars and pubs where moving is limited.

Audio quality – Machines that are high in quality often translate to quality audio and they can make even the worst of singers sound tolerable. This is because some have voice projection features and manual controls for pitch, tone and bass and other helpful sound elements that help in improving the quality of audio output. They might be costly but definitely for serious singing and karaoke competitions.

Song database – Some machines operate with chips and CDs to select music but there are some that have pre-programmed databases for the songs. When choosing, think about the database size and the possibility of adding songs so that you have an easier time programming to suit personal preferences.

Video graphics – The karaoke machines usually project song lyrics onto TV screens and can have background images or even graphics. The video graphics are a must consideration, especially when getting the machine for kids. Ensure they are appropriate for the age; it would be even better if you have the ability to change them. Some of the machines are very good making it possible for you to actually turn off video graphics to offer a better lyric concentration to the users.

Accessories – Karaoke machine accessories greatly improve machine performance and they can include things such as amplifiers and connectors. Think about compatibility when purchasing the relevant accessories to enjoy better results every time you use the machine.

Rating – A good number of machines in the market have rating feature that rates singing ability of the users and you can actually use the same to track progress for every singer. Standard machines might not have the feature, but you can find models that are equipped if you find it relevant to your kind of use.

There are so many karaoke machine models and you can buy them according to your singing needs for home or business. Take all factors into consideration and use reviews to select the most suitable machine for you.

The Music Gallery: Can Music Ever Be Valued As Fine Art

Recently a Christie’s art sale became the highest auction in history. The sale included works by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others and in total generated $495 million. The sale established 16 new world auction records, with nine works selling for more than $10m (£6.6m) and 23 for more than $5m (£3.2m). Christie’s said the record breaking sales reflected “a new era in the art market”.

The top lot of Wednesday’s sale was Pollock’s drip painting Number 19, 1948, which fetched $58.4m (£38.3m) – nearly twice its pre-sale estimate.

Lichtenstein’s Woman with Flowered Hat sold for $56.1 million, while another Basquiat work, Dustheads (top of article), went for $48.8 million.

All three works set the highest prices ever fetched for the artists at auction. Christie’s described the $495,021,500 total – which included commissions – as “staggering”. Only four of the 70 lots on offer went unsold.

In addition, a 1968 oil painting by Gerhard Richter has set a new record for the highest auction price achieved by a living artist. Richter’s photo-painting Domplatz, Mailand (Cathedral Square, Milan) sold for $37.1 million (£24.4 million). Sotheby’s described Domplatz, Mailand, which depicts a cityscape painted in a style that suggests a blurred photograph, as a “masterpiece of 20th Century art” and the “epitome” of the artist’s 1960s photo-painting canon. Don Bryant, founder of Napa Valley’s Bryant Family Vineyard and the painting’s new owner, said the work “just knocks me over”.

Brett Gorvy, head of post-war and contemporary art, said “The remarkable bidding and record prices set reflect a new era in the art market,” he said. Steven Murphy, CEO of Christie’s International, said new collectors were helping drive the boom.

Myths of the Music-Fine Art Price Differential

When I came across this article I was stunned at the prices these artworks were able to obtain. Several of them would hardly evoke a positive emotional response in me, while others might only slightly, but for almost all of them I really don’t understand how their prices are reflected in the work, and vice versa. Obviously, these pieces were not intended for people like me, an artist, while wealthy patrons certainly see their intrinsic artistic value clearly.

So why doesn’t music attract these kinds of prices? Is it even possible for a piece of recorded music, not music memorabilia or a music artifact (such as a rare record, LP, bootleg, T-shirt, album artwork, etc.), to be worth $1 million or more? Are all musicians and music composers doomed to struggle in the music industry and claw their way up into a career in music? If one painting can be valued at $1 million, why can’t a song or piece of music also be valued similarly? Apparently, the $.99 per download price is the highest price a song is able to command at market value, no matter what its quality or content, and the musician or composer must accept this value as such.

The financial equation looks something like this:

1 painting = $37 million

1 song = $.99

Sometimes people say that a song can change the world, but no one ever says that about paintings. So theoretically, if people want change $.99 is the price we must pay for it.

Now here are a few statements that should help us clarify what the monetary or value discrepancy between painting and music is based upon.

(1) There are fewer painters than there are musicians.

(2) Musicians are less talented than painters?

(3) It is easier to create music than it is to paint.

(4) The public values paintings more than music.

(5) Paintings are more beautiful than music.

(6) Paintings are impossible to copy unlike music.

(7) Painters work harder than musicians and composers.

(8) Blah, blah, blah.

Hardly anyone agrees with all of these statements and yet all, or at least some of them, would have to be true in order for the price of paintings to so greatly exceed the cost of music. Moreover, I doubt that art collectors and great painters have to deal with as much legal red tape as do musicians when releasing their work into the public domain, so why aren’t the rewards equal, if not greater for musicians who have to work almost as much protecting their work as in producing it. Musicians and composers, however, actually must do more than authenticate their work and obtain accurate appraisals concerning what their work is worth, but they get paid less. The equipment costs alone for musicians is much higher than it is for painters.

Maybe it’s fame, and not money, musicians are after? That would explain why most musicians settle for the low pay they receive from record deals and digital downloads. Perhaps, that’s also why many of them are touring more often to increase their fame and not their fortunes. But wait a minute, that’s where musicians actually make most of their money from live performances and the selling of merchandise, but not the music. I guess this is why many musicians see themselves not as composers, but rather as performers and entertainers.

So what can musicians do, who don’t see themselves as entertainers, but instead as composers who create music as a fine art? Because they too have a strong desire to earn a living to support themselves in their chosen profession, thus there must be a specialized approach whereby they present their work to music lovers or art collectors in search of assets and curators for unique pieces to place in their private galleries. Imagine that, a recorded piece of music that few have ever heard which is displayed and played only on a specified music player in a private art gallery or collection.

In thinking about how a musician can follow the example set by painters in the fine arts, I’ve isolated 4 principles that should help to make the spectacular financial rewards they’ve reached possible for the musician. So let’s analyze some of the characteristics that govern the market for fine art and see how musicians can apply these concepts to their creative, production, and marketing processes.

The Ideal Vehicle for Music as Fine Art

Here are 4 principles and practical suggestions for musicians who want to elevate their music into the realm of fine art by following the example of the painters of the past and present.

1) Strive to make unique music or music collections.

The composer must design experiments with sound or compositional techniques. Some music belongs in the realm of the public, while other music solely belongs in the realm of fine art. It’s really not that difficult to tell the difference. The difference is clear when one compares the environment of the nightclub and the music one finds there with the elevated environment of the ballet or opera and its music. The difference is not necessarily one in terms of types of music, but rather in the composer’s sonic fingerprint. In other words, not everyone thinks Jackson Pollock was a great painter, but everyone acknowledges that it took him years of development to reach a point where his style could be born. It’s the style of the artist or composer that will call out to the attention of wealthy patrons, the respect of peers, and the exclusive admiration of the music appreciator. In music, the style of the composer, regardless of genre, I call ‘a signature sound.’ It’s the signature sound that music and art collectors will want to own and for that they might be willing to pay or bid up the cost of ownership to a higher price.

2) Create a music gallery.

This could be modeled after the art gallery where one or several artist put their work on display. The difference with the music gallery is that you would have a hall filled with listening rooms or stations. These showings would not be live performances, but instead will be in effect sound installations. You could also separate one hall into several compartments for different composers. The music showing would be an exclusive event provided to serious music and art collectors who actively seek out sonic experiences and buy what they like. The purpose of the music gallery would be the same as the art gallery – to give the public a sample of the artist’s talent, to give critics something to write about, to have other composers comment on the work of a peer, and to create buzz in the art world. Always remember that it shouldn’t be the event that drives the buzz, but the music that makes the event.

3) Turn your music into a tangible asset.

The obvious difference between a painting and music is that one is a tangible artwork and the other is not. In other words, one of the defining characteristics of a painting is that the medium and the art are one. Unlike music, where the music must be transferred onto another object such as a cassette tape, vinyl, CD, or mP3 player before it can be perceived, whereas with a painting (or sculpture) an object has been transformed into art. So how can it be or is it even possible for a cassette, CD, or download to be transformed into art? The cassette and CD are more akin to a photograph of a painting, rather than a true expressions where the medium and the art are one.

So one step a musician can take to elevate their music into fine art is by making your music and its medium one. The best way that I can think of to do this is by looking to the past. Ironically, the vinyl LP very closely achieved this quality with album art, its sizing, and packaging. Let’s quickly discuss some of the qualities of the vinyl LP and valuable marketing angles that I think opens up interesting approaches for musicians to turn their music into fine art at price appropriate levels commiserate with earning a livelihood.

Today there are several companies around that let you customize your LP vinyl album and artwork. This is wonderful because it gives you total control over the art direction your packaging takes. This is an expressive way to bring the personality of the artist, band, or project out into physical form. Many colors are available and unique mixtures are also possible to add a dimension to your music that isn’t normally possible with cassette tapes, CD’s, or digital downloads. Even split colored and glow-in-the-dark vinyl are available for bold composers looking for something with a bit more flair.

Etched Art and Your Album

Another fantastic way to elevate the music via packaging and presentation is to consider etched art in vinyl. Etched vinyl is an image pressed into the unplayable side of your record which has a frosted appearance. The etched side does not contain any grooves or music but adds a real touch of style to your music package. I don’t know if etched art can also be a hologramic look, but that would be another dimension that would enhance the visual component of your music package.

Art and LP Sizes

The last aspect I’d like to touch on is the size of the LP. Unlike the cassettes and CD’s, which both come in a single universal size determined by the media player, LP’s are played on phonographs or turntables whose arms can adjust to the different sizes of LP’s. In general, LP’s come in 3 sizes: 7″, 10″, and 12″. And because the album covers have to provide a sleeve for a large surface, they correspondingly must also be large. At a minimum the 12″ LP will require an album cover that’s 1 square foot. That’s about 4 times the size of a standard CD and anywhere from 8 – 12 times the size of cassette tape.

Understanding this gives you an additional angle to design artwork for the music package. There might even be a way to design a painter’s canvas which can house an LP within its frame to turn it into a cover. For those musicians and composers who possess multiple artistic talents, an original painting to accompany a music release could be another profitable approach to look into. If you think about it even further the size of the 12″ LP is actually the size of a small painting. Foldable or dual LP covers are also available which provide a much larger surface with which to more greatly present amazing album art work to dazzle customers. The dual LP album cover would give you exactly a 24″ x 12″ surface to work with.

The Non-Vinyl LP and other Miscellaneous Considerations

Other more sophisticated forms of the approach I’m describing here for the LP would keep the concept of the LP at the center of the music package, while removing the vinyl as material. Ideally, the perfect substance for a fine art music LP would consist of a material that didn’t warp, couldn’t be shattered, that would prevent grooves from wearing out, and that would be scratch-proof. So that would mean you’d need to do your homework and find out what’s possible with all known exotic substances, metal alloys, industrial metals, specialized plastics, and non-scratch surfaces to achieve the perfect substance for a fine art music LP. Moreover, this substance would play CD quality sound on any or a special turntable with a uniquely designed needle made specifically for this material and album type.

If a fine art music LP were to ever come into existence it would have to stand the test of time and survive usage, storage, and travel as it transfers custody from one owner to another over decades and even centuries. These are the main reasons why owners of fine art music LP’s will need to get insurance for the asset. A non-vinyl LP could also be manufactured to blow away the art collector, music enthusiast, and investor with something like an LP made of 24-karat gold or some other precious metal like silver or platinum. This one alteration could make such an LP worth a $1 million or more depending on the aggressiveness of the bidders. Overall you’ll have to do some research of your own to discover what your options are and can be in order to raise your LP into the class of an investment, a tangible asset (collectible), and fine art. In the absence of the existence of this ideal substance, we must aim for novelty to achieve appeal.

Exclusive Music

Another aspect to explore briefly is the exclusivity factor in regard to the ownership of fine art. Not everyone can afford a Picasso, but those who can, generally, aren’t willing to share it with everyone because they want exclusive ownership over the Picasso, that’s part of the package of owning fine art.

The way to provide exclusive ownership to interested parties is through contracts, so you’ll have to hire legal advice to shape the legal framework governing ownership of a music album or music as fine art. The contract can be shaped in any number of ways according to your wishes, but basically it should state what the owner has permission to do or is prohibited from doing with the work you are selling them. You want your buyers to know that they can transfer ownership of the album to heirs or sell it to other private collectors as you can with any other tangible asset. This is part of the process of owning fine art, which they’ve come to expect in their dealings with galleries and other collectors, so deal with them as a professional.

In addition, you’ll want to legally prohibit the buyers from broadcasting or disseminating the music from your fine art LP or other media. To preserve its value the music must be kept out of the public domain and remain in the hands of those who have the right to hear it. If the owners want to talk about it and even play it for a small gathering of people as a fine art music exhibit then great, but they should not be permitted to make copies or profit from your recordings.

The beauty of a limit supply and contracts is that together they will help you to track all of the owners over your lifetime and preserve the value of your work. If one of them can be found to be responsible for leaking the material out into public, you’ll have a lawsuit on your hands which you should easily win. But if a leak was to happen, the value (price) of the LP might drop precipitously and demand could even dry up completely. But really what’s the worst that could happen, that the price of your music ends up at the low end of the price scale – $.99 per track?

A Word on Supply and Demand

Similarly, the law of supply and demand must also be part of the equation for pricing your music as fine art. Basically, the law of supply and demand works like this: the greater the supply, the lower the demand and the lower the supply, the greater the demand. In other words, the more of something there is, the less it’s worth and the less of something there is, the more it’s worth. The law doesn’t always work out this perfectly, but as a general rule it works.

The problem with this law is that it only slightly takes into account mass psychology and the way demand is created, which is by advertising, marketing, and PR (public relations). Without these 3 factors working in your favor, there will be little or no demand for your fine art music LP, no matter how small your supply is. It’s only when these 3 factors are working in your favor and demand is fairly high that the price of your singular or limited edition fine art music LP, CD, or digital audio files can rise and skyrocket. So become fluent with hope to employ advertising, marketing, and PR and make sure the demand is there among your target audience prior to releasing your work so that you can be certain your album receives a high bidding.

A Digital Point of View

Some of the ideas I’ve presented here so far can be applied to music in digital formats as well. For example, a limited edition, gorgeously designed iPod or alternative mP3 player with your fine art music programmed into a locked memory is one approach. For example, high-end buyers there’s an iPod available that’s made from 22k gold and it features an Apple logo made of diamonds, it estimate price is roughly $120,000.

Something like this could work or even just a really cool looking, READ-only thumb drive could work. You just plug it in and enjoy exclusive access to an album that only one collector or a select few have in their possession.

The number one problem with a digital format is that it’s too easy to copy files from one device to another, which is why a locked or unhackable memory is crucial. Without the locked memory, the exclusivity factor cannot exist and undermines the creation of a fine art music digital device.

4) Put your music to auction.

Part of the reason why the paintings in the beginning of this article sold for so much money is because competing bids pushed the price upward. After you’ve designed an amazing fine art music collection and package, you’ll need to decide how to sell or auction your product.

Many options for auctioning items are available but probably the most well-known is eBay, but eBay is probably not the best place to sell fine art music this way. To start it might be a good place to test the concept, but you might not reach your target clientele. Another option could be Bandcamp or Amazon, but there’s no auctioning available with these companies. However, you could set a high price for downloads, CD’s or vinyl LP’s and sell few of them.

For example, downloads might go for anywhere from $15 to $200 per track and for the album maybe the price of a mid-range painting, perhaps $800 to $2,000+.

You could also set up a simple website where you present and sell your fine art music like painters, sculptors, sketch artists, wood workers, and artisans sell their work. On your site you can talk about your album on video, with a music blog, on internet radio, through interviews, on music or artists-oriented podcasts, and through articles, so that you can send all the traffic to your eBay page or personal website where all you’re selling are copies of your limited edition collection of fine art music.

The simplicity of this plan is that you, along with eBay as your broker, control the entire process. The idea here is as with most auctions which is to watch the bidders compete with one another as everyone watches the price go higher and higher.

Name Your Price: The Radiohead Experiment

The band Radiohead did something like this but differently. Instead of auctioning a one of a kind or limited edition exclusive digital album, they allowed their fans to pay what they wanted for their new release at the time. The experiment brought in mixed results but overall was a success for the band members who made more money personally than on any previous album. However, it’s been reported that 38% of buyers spent an average of $6, while the other 62% downloaded the album without paying anything at all – $0. Globally, the average price paid was around $2.26 and $3.23 in the U.S. Of those who did pay something, 17% paid below $4, but 12% paid between $8 and $12.

This approach is unlikely to work for lesser known artists who want to present their music as fine art. The main reason why it wouldn’t is because it fails to fulfill the factor of exclusive ownership. Everyone and anyone could get a copy of the Radiohead album, therefore it’s value is reduced because the quantity available was infinite instead of limited or rare, since the demand was high.

NIN and a Tiered Approach

Likewise, tiered fine art music packages whose prices range from a few dollars up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars is a much better way to entice collectors to buy music as fine art or music as an investment.

Here’s how Nine Inch Nail’s Trent Reznor made a small fortune with his “Ghosts I – IV” album release. In total 5 tiers are available.

The first tier offers a free download of the first 9 tracks from the album.

The 2nd tier offers a $5 digital download with a 40 page PDF.

The 3rd tier offers a 2 CD’s with a 16 page booklet for $10.

The 4th tier is a $75 deluxe edition which includes 2 audio CD’s, a data DVD with all 36 tracks in multi-track format, a 48 page book of photographs by Phillip Graybill and Rob Sheridan, a 40 page PDF book, and an accompanying slideshow on a Blu-Ray disc.

And on the 5th tier you get pretty much everything else on the lower tiers except you also get a 3rd book with art prints of imagery from Ghosts I – IV and each limited edition copy is numbered and personally signed by Trent Reznor. This limited edition was restricted to 2500 copies with a limit of one per customer for a grand total of $300. The $300 tier was known as the Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition Package and is currently sold out.

The financials on the 5th tier look pretty good. With the Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition Package, we know there were only 2500 copies and that each sold for $300. So, 2500 x 300 = $750,000. Imagine what prices could have been reached if Reznor had allowed the buyers to bid on the Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition Package. He could have started the bidding at or just below $300 and watched the prices go up from there. Interestingly, as fewer of them were available the prices might have started to get astronomical. He probably still would’ve sold every copy and his income might well have been closer to $1 million, but either he did a great job structuring his price scale as demonstrated by his results. And let’s not forget that our equation excluded the income he generated from tiers 2 – 4, which most certainly brought his total revenues far passed $1 million.


As we end off let’s briefly review the factors that will lead to fine art music success.

1) Strive to make unique music or music collections. To do this you’ll need to experiment with unique methods, techniques, or styles that offer a signature sound. In the art world, this will be known as your sonic fingerprint. This is what art collectors will want to purchase and appreciate.

2) Create a music gallery. Come up with ideas for how to present your new compositions at a music exhibit. It should look and feel much like an art exhibit, but be adapted for music. This might include setting up private listening stations for individual art collectors or small rooms for a limited listening audience and where auctions can occur.

3) Turn your music into a tangible asset. Painting elevates the canvas and paint into art, whereas music can never elevate a cassette tape or CD into art. For music, the medium must be turned into art as part of the package for presenting music as fine art. Painting also elevates and transforms its medium, while music is usually transported by its medium, unless its digital, then it’s all about the music. Remember what we discussed about digital formats and the vinyl LP as ideal vehicles for selling music as fine art.

4) Above all, offer exclusivity as an essential part of the package of fine art music ownership, so find ways to guarantee this for your buyers. Art ownership is strongly based on its exclusivity, which for the collector means they are part of a very select group of individuals who have the right or privilege to receive exposure to your fine art music. If you can exclude the masses and create demand amongst a select few, then the prices you can attract will rise as few buyers try to outbid one another for exclusive ownership of your music.

5) Lastly, use an auction system to create massive profits. Keep the law of supply and demand in mind when building your music into a tangible asset and don’t forget the vital role advertising, marketing, and PR play in creating demand. There’s no purpose in creating a limited supply of anything for which there is no demand.


These are by no means all of the ways in which these ideas can be applied to your situation or in these formats, but whatever you choose to do you’ll need to formulate the right balance of factors that make the price of your fine art music rise. Many of you may be stunned by the extent of initial investment capital you’ll require to elevate your music into a fine art collectible, which is why you’ll have to amplify your people skills and take courses in sales training, marketing, investing and business. Several of the approaches I mentioned will require you to raise capital from a bank, institution such as a private equity firm, or venture capitalists to get you started, otherwise you’ll need to get access to personal or small business credit at low interest rates. This will give you more time to implement your program and generate your first wave of sales.

If your business plan for turning your music into fine art is solid and your sales presentation is thorough, then the money will find you as more investors see profit in the opportunity. Additionally, wealthy patrons may see your work as an important contribution to art history or your presentation may just resonate with an investor or group of investors that they may just give you money to finish your project. In either case, be business-like, get all of your agreements in writing and have them reviewed by a competent legal representative expert at intellectual property issues and financial transactions in particular.

Marc Avante is a musician, sound designer, and blogger. He is also the founder of the music project called Stereo Thesis. Stereo Thesis is a prototype sound design and music studio.

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Importance of Building Permits You need to make changes in your building the legal way and that would entail getting building permits for the many improvements you can possibly have done to your building. While getting these permits may be hard, it is essential for one to do so because that is the way of the law. Because of this, people are not able to engage in bad construction that puts the lives of people in danger at all. When you have these permits then you would surely be able to know if the materials you are using are the right ones. There would be nothing to worry about at all when it comes to the handling of the process of getting a building permit because a contractor would be able to do that for you. You can also ask these professionals for guidance when it comes to matters related to the processing of these permits. You need to know that there is a time frame for these things. Regular permits usually last for up to six months before they have to be renewed. Before you are able to decide the right person to take of this process, you need to make sure you know all these details and more. In order for you to ensure good results you need to keep in mind these objectives. Why would you need this permit in the first place?
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There are quite a few reasons as to why people would need to secure a building permit. Make sure to protect the value of your property and having a permit will help you do that. You have to make sure that the right investment is made by securing the right permit for the particular activity you want done. Make sure that this happens because it will increase the value of your investment. You have to be sure that the ideal budget for your fees are considered for processing the permit. There is no doubt that you’d be able to save money if you went about things this way. When your building has a permit then you won’t have to worry about it having damages because insurance companies surely pay for it. The opposite could happen when you haven’t gotten any inspection done or the right permits secured. You will be able to have your building secured, safe, and protected at all times to ensure the very best results. There are professionals who would be able to help you with this process in an efficient way.
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You can seek help in different scenarios once you have properly secured the permit. When you do this then you’ll surely get work done in the best and most efficient way there is. You need to know about all these things before you become a building owner.

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Machines for X-ray Procedures On the advent of its discovery, it the most renowned scientific discovery of its time and people in the entertainment industry made use of them. Pictures were taken of the bones of the people who frequented the circuses. Many were astounded by this scientific discovery. But many people feared that this machine could obliterate privacy since they believed that it could look beyond walls and doors. The Usage of X-ray in the Medical Field In the field of medicine x-ray became very important. When Roentgen’s findings were published in the year 1895, its importance was immediately recognized. In America it was immediately used to diagnose bone fracture jyst weeks after its debut.
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They are electromagnetic energy. They are like light but are shorter. They can usually pass through a target without interruption especially in low density. However targets with higher density like the human body will just reflect or absorb the x-ray. This is because the short waves cannot go through tightly packed atoms. It completely passes through flesh that is why it is dark in the x-ray image. The areas where the rays could not pass through are the shown as the light areas. Thomas Edison invented the x-ray fluoroscope in the year 1896. Walter Cannon who is an American physiologist used this to monitor the movement of the barium sulfate in the digestive tract of animals and even humans. William Coolidge who is an American chemist designed the first x-ray tube to be used in the field of medicine in the year 1913. In internal diagnosis the x-ray became the most accurate tool. Modernised X-ray Machines In the classification of the modern X-ray machines we now have the ones that produce “hard” X-rays and the ones that produce “soft” X-rays. In the taking of photographs for internal organs and bones “soft” X-rays are used. They are relatively harmless because they operate at a low frequency, unless they are repeated all the time they can cause a little damage in the tissue. However “hard” X-rays are in high frequency. They can destroy the tissue since they are designed to destroy specific molecules within specific cells. Is is used in radiotherapy, a cancer treatment. In production of the “hard” X-rays, high voltage is required that is why cyclotrons or synchrotrons are required. There are now many forms of X-ray machines however one of the most familiar to us the x-ray machine used as a scanner in security fields in order to examine or search baggage at the airport. They are machines that uses very low power. They scan the interior of the baggage just like what they do to bones in order to see anything unusual and this search is done in a way that it is not intrusive and can’t cause damage to the contents of the baggage.

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How to Find Quality Digital Office Supplies Running a business can take a lot of work and some of it cannot be guessed until the time comes for things to be accomplished. Experience comes from running the company firsthand and learning the ins and outs of the particular business that you are in. Every different job is unique and requires different things depending on what is going on in the workplace. Most companies do have a section like human resources or administration that needs to handle important paperwork and filings. Having the right supplies for the job is just as important as having the right employees to do it. There are now technological inventions that have made office supplies even more unique. The improvement in office supplies is vast as there are now much more to choose from than the old-fashioned scanners, copy machines, and printers that used to be the primary use. With the new innovations, companies can offer their staff better software and methods for doing their jobs, which includes the newer computers that have a lot of features for work purposes. Companies now have the option of buying digital office supplies that are used on computers so that workers can be more efficient and timely. Digital office supplies are a huge category that can cover a variety of needs and they make sure to appeal to those needs. One example of a digital office supply is online document management that allows the use of a cloud space for the storing and editing of documents that are to be used across different platforms such as emails, websites, and more. Having to draft, update, and save documents is a daily reality for many in the business world and having this type of digital ability is very useful for those that want to use their computers to the best of their ability in this advanced and technologically savvy age. Being able to utilize cloud-based technology for documents is crucial in an ever-expanding business that needs to be able to communicate and handle paperwork fast and accurately for everything to run smoothly and without issue. It is important to note that there are now other technology-based tools that allow for digital use in offices where computers are becoming the primary tool for handling many aspects of personnel paperwork and requirements. Many developers are coming up with a wide variety of office tools that will make company life even more productive and profitable when they use computers primarily.
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Buying digital office supplies that are great and offer the most bang for your buck is necessary when you have a company that needs to run smoothly and it is imperative to expect the best when you buy these supplies from businesses that promise their products will exceed expectations. Your business can run more efficiently and smoothly with the right digital office supplies to offer staff.Where To Start with Offices and More

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How To Be A Well-qualified Content Writer Professional content writers earn a living from writing content. You must be adept if you have to be an experienced content writer. If you haven’t arrived at that point, then you must practice correctly to become one. As a content writer, your work will be based on a variety of topics. Here are some nuggets that will get you to professional level in a short time. build on your writing skills You must understand the realities of content writing before you start out into the career. Know that you will not get the compensation you would expect as you are starting out. Again, when you are writing for a client, you will be required to be fast and proficient. Often you will be working by words per hour and strict deadlines. As such, you may not get enough time to look for suitable words. Despite that, quality content is expected from you in a short time.
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There are several degrees that you can use to get into content writing. For instance, you can use an English degree or other related degrees to start out. If you have confidence in your writing skills, then that’s an added advantage. Find out issues like; can you be a professional content writer using your existing skills? You can, therefore, asses yourself and put the best foot forward. Find a Mentor You can see the professor in your program and talk about article writing if you are an intern. Also, writers in a content writing organization can be of valuable help if you talk to them. A mentor will give you career advice that will change your writing career for the better. Moreover, you can get the mentors who charge a fee for their services. The mentors you can work with physically are the best. Practice Article Writing Practice in writing will make you perfect. Study how to tackle different article subjects like the newspaper article. Take your time to study each detail of the articles for you to be familiar with it. For example, you must be well conversant with the voice, tone and article structure. It is only then that you can be apt at tackling it. When your aptitude in your area of writing increases, you can start a service for article writing. You can then be able to sell your pieces to different organizations. As well, you could consider starting a blog writing service for the various blogs. The nuggets above will help you to become a professional content writer from scratch. Vital to mention is that you have to do your best if you have to succeed in article writing.

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Your Guide to Choosing the Right Construction Equipment For a number of reasons, there are a lot of things that you need to consider when it comes to choosing the right construction equipment that you are going to use. This is very essential because this way, you are not only ensuring the best outcome that you can have at the end of the day, you are also making sure that no one gets hurt in the process. Here in this article, we are going to talk about the most important tips that you need so that you would be able to end up with the right construction equipment. The first thing that you have to do is understand the fact that all of the construction equipment are made for their own specific purpose. However, there are times when the contractor can’t afford the specific equipment required for the operation and this is why they select the next best equipment that they can get.
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The best strategy that you can approach the situation with is determining the most common tasks and choose the equipment according to them. There are times when there is a need for the engineer to make use of the equipment for other tasks but he or she must make sure that the lives of the people on site and the equipment being used are not being put in a compromising situation.
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Another option that is available for you if you can’t afford the high cost of construction equipment is renting it out for a specific period of time. You need to make sure that you get the right equipment for the job. Another tip that can help is about the utilization of standardized equipment as much as you can. There are inevitable instances where you need to repair parts of the equipment because it has been damaged through use. Put in mind that you can always find standardized parts so easily and you can stock them and this means that you can do the repair right away and without having to look for the things that you need from one place to another. Another thing is that you can get them for a very affordable price, unlike their specially made counterparts. Remember that you always have to assess your need before you start looking for the right construction equipment to get. This will help you make sure that you are on the right path. If you have no idea how to begin with your search, you can always start by asking professionals such as contractors and the like about what they know and what they can recommend, or you can use the Internet since it can provide you with all the online sources that you need.