December 2009

Dec 22

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Oniracom is Moving!

Author: jacobtell
POSTED AT 10:12 AM

We are moving to a much larger and cooler location in downtown Santa Barbara!  Our move in date is February 1, 2010.  We are blessed to have secured a lease on property owned by an amazing artist who works with wood and metal.  We will be surrounded by sculptures, mobiles and funky visuals to help with our creative atmosphere.

All we have to do now is complete construction and move within the next month!  Enjoy a few shots of progress below.


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Dec 17

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In the past year I’ve been getting more involved in shooting live music, and one of the people that I’ve been able to meet through it is Anna Webber, a highly accomplished live music and studio photographer for the music industry.  She began studying 35mm B&W photography, printing and processing, at age 18 under British photographer of rock music Jill Furmanovsky in Florence, Italy 2005. Furmanovsky was responsible for images of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon tour, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Pretenders, Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Blondie, The Clash, and many more.

The following summer, she met and aligned herself with Baron Wolman (wikipedia him), the first lead photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine.  She spent summer of 2006 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as his intern and assistant.  During this stint, she flew with him to gallery openings, helping to document Mr. Wolman’s activities through both photographs and the written word. In his studio, she helped catalog and touch-up Mr. Wolman’s priceless collection of rock shots from the late 60s through the present.

I was able to catch up with Anna this past week and get some insight on her views on the industries of photography and music, and how they intersect.  Have a read:

SFDblog: Who do you shoot for and where are your images primarily used?
Anna: I am a freelance photographer and music writer for LA Weekly, and gettyimages. The LA Weekly material is exclusive to run through LA Weekly, but will also appear on my blog at www.annawebber.com/blog. GettyImages is a clearing house that syndicates images out, which can then be purchased by publications worldwide for use online, in-print, or for television. My photos have also been featured in Angeleno Magazine, Rolling Stone, Forth Magazine NY, THEM magazine, LA’s Campus Circle publication, and others. Primarily, I shoot independently, shooting album cover art and commercial collateral.

What’s your favorite photo you’ve taken this year?
Yeesh…  I will go with King Washington‘s main shot - the four piece band on a broken white bench, processed in HDR (High Dynamic Range Imaging), really super saturated and vibrant…

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Dec 15

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Everything Is Better At anythingbutmyspace.com

Author: drew
POSTED AT 03:12 PM

Potential fans today are more fragmented than ever. At Oniracom we believe that great content in as many places online as possible is important to provide little friction to any fans out there looking.

Everything is Better at johnvanderslice.com

If there is anyone that could change my mind about this it is John Vanderslice. Mr. Vanderslice had an Mp3 blog back when pitchfork was still a tool used on a farms. As he puts it himself his eviscerated myspace is probably my favorite designed myspace page out there.

This got me thinking about two things.

 

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Dec 15

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New Oniric Records Splash Page

Author: jacobtell
POSTED AT 02:12 PM

Today, Oniracom launched a new splash page for our record label Oniric Records.  If you click the “Tweet This” Twitter bird in the upper right of the site, you will be able to download 3 free mp3s, one from each of our artists: Matthew McAvene, Marc B and Danny Riley.

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Dec 09

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My Favorite Vevo Features

Author: jacobtell
POSTED AT 03:12 PM

Obviously Vevo is still working out the kinks as seen by some recent #vevofail tweets.  Today I was lucky enough to get a .NET error screen upon first attempting to browse the site:

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But I finally successfully loaded Vevo.com and hoped to enjoy this rebirth of the music industry as Bono put it:

But friends, we’re also here to celebrate new shoots, new life, and the birth of a new model for our industry. (Read More…)

One fun feature I discovered while enjoying 50 Cent’s new music video is when clicking the Amazon link, I am taken to iTunes instead.  At least they are using link sharing to further monetize this site.

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On a serious note, I am quite excited to watch the music industry rally around this viable digital content distribution outlet.  Only time will tell how the “Hulu of Music Videos” will help artists…

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Dec 03

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Although the Apple Tablet reality still remains to be confirmed, some of the big name magazines are already dreaming of the possibilities.  In this case, Time Inc recently unveiled a tablet magazine demo for one of their most popular publications: Sports Illustrated.

The demo is actually pretty impressive and leaves you eager to know “what else will they think of doing”.  It definitely gets the cogs in the head turning on what all can be accomplished with the marriage of tablets and magazines.

The field of sports is a great example but what about the possibilities for music?  Clips of live shows, thousands of songs to play, exclusive interviews, etc. all at our fingertips and condensed in a nice little package.

Is this the future of magazines?  It certainly looks to be an improvement but there are a few areas of concern.  It’s doubtful that all of the current avid magazine readers will put down their trusty paper security blankets.  Additionally, websites are already pretty much doing the same thing.

If the tab mags market it right and put their focus on user-experience and ease of accessing content, I think they might have something on their digital hands.

 

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