Until about two years ago i had my own weekly internet- and cable- radioshow about mainly eclectic and obscure European filmmusic in the Netherlands and this show was called O.S.T. I took the show’s name from those old vinyl records where they recommended the soundtrack by branding these type of albums an Original Sound Track on the front sleeve.
There are by now, after say sixty years of popmusic, roughly as many tribute bands as there are original bands. They come in equally as many variations and operate on similar levels of quality and professionalism as original bands and lately even started to outperform and challenge original bands in terms of drawing an audience and putting on a professional show.
It might be even called a rapidly growing industry of its own and with the advent of these type of bands that means there are now also rather big management companies solely focussing on promoting tribute bands, there are websites such as for example http://www.toptributeshow.com where there is a rich variety of tribbands on offer, be it Abba, Michael Jackson, Queen, Pink Floyd or many many others. These bands more or less mimic their examples in also having merchandise on offer for when they tour, so you can buy your personal copy of a tribband t shirt and when you’re lucky the t shirt will get signed by the band members. (I wonder what personal names they use for this?).
Bookers of life performances see an increasing demand and interest fro tribbands and in several cases they can book one of the major venues...
These capitol cities had the majority of big name music studios between them, in what we can now call the golden age of recorded music. This all started in the 1950s and started to end somewhere in the 1990s. So that's a mere 40 years of sonic excellence which happened to coincide with the invention of analogue technology and the creative development of pop (for popular) music.
Old greek philosopher Pythagoras made a distinction between human music, instrumental music and cosmic music.
Human music in his definition are the internal sounds within the body, such as the heartbeat beating away from day one, the rushing of the blood vessels, the human voice also. Instrumental music is quite simply the music being produced by instruments played by humans and cosmic music in his vision is the tones and sounds up there in space.
And here it is, MyFirst Blog. Written in Mid-Atlantic Dutch English of course...
It's obviously to tell you that i'm really happy with this new website etc, etc. But whilst at it: about half a year ago i was really getting a digital wake-up call as i was reading an in-depth article about how the New York Times website was analysed by webpeople in the know.