Monday, 22 December 2008

Master of the Music Video

Many students opt to produce music videos as part of their Media Studies course.

One of the acknowledged masters of this genre is the American Mark Romanek.

Over the decades he's produced some of the most striking imagery for music, working with artistes ranging from Madonna, to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nine Inch Nails.

There's an excellent short film about him available here.

On Mark's own website you can watch his videos - truly, it's a masterclass in capturing the zeitgeist of popular culture from the last two decades in moving image.

You can select and watch music videos here.

The Last Year for CD sales?

There's an interesting report from Gartner, the respected media analysis company, saying that we are approaching a time when the CD will die out as a mainstream delivery option for music.

The format had seen sales rise as audiences attempted to avoid digital rights management (DRM) software, that prevented them from making multiple copies of downloaded data.

However, the rise of sites offering DRM free music, including Amazon, means that this is becoming less of an issue.

Might we see the CD as a promotional tool, published only on demand?

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