The Music Industry Crisis

25 01 2023

The industry of songwriters and artists is facing one of its biggest crises to date, yet it seems that the music industry is still in a state of euphoria. This discrepancy between reality and perception is confusing and worrying, and there are some major issues that are particularly troubling.

First and foremost, many songwriters and artists feel neglected and think of giving up their passion for it. They feel overwhelmed by the effort to gain likes and subscribers on social media, to portray themselves as content creators on social media rather than true artists. This focus on social media has caused a shift in the industry that puts songwriters and artists in direct competition with everyday amateur users and shifts the focus away from the art of being an artist.

One of the most notable examples of this shift is the rise of short video platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, Trill and and now YouTube. These platforms allow non-professionals to create and share their own content, but this access comes at a not inconsiderable cost to the songwriter. As the costs of producing films and images are added, it becomes increasingly difficult for individuals to afford the equipment and workload required to independently produce content for online media. This not only puts a strain on the finances of individual composers and artists, but also takes valuable time away from their art of songwriting.

It is essential to remember that quality should always come before quantity. The constant pressure to produce content for the sake of internet fame is not only detrimental to the art, but also to the music creators themselves. While we obviously cannot return to a state of pre-social media, it is important to note that the big players in the industry have taken control and made huge profits for their shareholders without providing sufficient compensation for creators. 

To make matters worse, these big players are laying off staff at the moment to maintain income for their investors and are not willing to share the burdens of the ups and downs of the economy with their employees. This further highlights their lack of concern for the individuals who also make up the music industry and it is a disheartening reality for those who are working hard to continue in the industry.

It is time for the industry to take a step back and rethink its priorities. Instead of looking solely to profits and internet fame from talented self-promoters among musicians who are often more of the short-lived influencer type, they should focus on the art and the songwriters and artists who make it all possible. Supporting emerging talent and investing in their success is crucial for the industry to last. It’s not just about making a profit, it’s about preserving the art and the artists who create it. The industry needs to recognise this and take responsibility for its actions and work to create a fair and sustainable environment for all involved.

New release of BOOZYCANE on 11/4/2022

31 10 2022

There is a song called Slow Hand by the Pointer Sisters and it is also the nickname for Eric Clapton and now here comes the latest release from BOOZYCANE called Slow Hand.

Slow Hand, a jam created in the studio after an exhausting live gig, is so named because the improvised guitar solo is played simply, slowly, and in a moody, almost sexy way.

Slow Hand is an instrumental and has a Pink Floyd-esque, bluesy vibe that brings to mind Albatross by Fleetwood Mac or Muchacho by Kings of Leon.

Take a breath and welcome to the Chill!

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A Tool for Audio Workers.

27 01 2022

I have been using this tool for years. If anyone is interested

This tool permits embedding, editing, and exporting of metadata in Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF) files. This tool can also enforce metadata guidelines developed by the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working Group, as well as recommendations and specifications from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Microsoft, and IBM.

#audio #musicproduction #mastering

New Side Project

16 01 2022

BOOZYCANE is a new new side project by Andrew Cane.

The first release It “Happened Tomorrow” is available on Bandcamp.

Happy New Year 2022

31 12 2021

Video Tribut Breaking Bad

31 12 2021

See my video on #YouTube

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I hate the term ‘bedroom producer‘

29 12 2021

#musicproucer #songwriter #mixer

It Happened Tomorrow

16 12 2021

There is a debut release coming tomorrow December 17 2021 on Bandcamp.

‘It Happened Tomorrow’ is an instrumental by BOOZYCANE

Press Release by PinkOrange Records

BOOZYCANE is a brand new side project from Andrew Cane.

The first track is an instrumental called ‘It Happened Tomorrow’ and will be released on Bandcamp on December 17, 2021, where it can be downloaded as a HiRes file and will be available in standard bitrates on all streaming services worldwide in January 28 2022.

‘It Happened Tomorrow’ is a jazzy instrumental that floats from A to B without repetitive sections. A gentle electric guitar journey through changing keys, supported by Tom’Bo’ Ott on drums and subtly underpinned by atmospheric string sounds. A great addition to playlists with a chill factor.

Some may wonder why the release is in the Jazz genre, Boozycane comments:

“For a musician like me, who has played in the rock and punk scene most of his life, it’s kind of weird to release a song labelled jazz. But for ‘It Happened Tomorrow,’ there was no other choice close enough to what it is. It’s a 4/4 time signature and I used so-called jazz harmony, that’s it. The piece doesn’t follow the usual rules, like verse, chorus and so on, and it’s not exactly what I would call jazz and what most people probably wouldn’t associate it with. I would put it under the main genre of guitar music. It’s a little guitar journey.”

“To cut to the chase, some time ago I started thinking about releasing music, whatever style or genre. Since I’m originally a guitarist, I wanted to go back to my roots and focus solely on composing the music instead of also writing lyrics and singing.
I wanted to take a simple, casual approach
to this piece of music and let it go in any direction it wants.

The idea for ‘It Happened Tomorrow’ came to Boozycane when he was on vacation in Ibiza and was written on a cheap acoustic guitar lent to him by his landlord. At first he was going to release it as a guitar-only unplugged version, but then he ran into an old friend and band member who was a drummer in a previous band of his. TomBo was happy to take over the drums for the instrumental, which was not as easy as it would have been under normal circumstances. The guitar was recorded by Boozycane in his studio, with the click only serving as a vague guideline, not as strict as most productions these days where everything is quantized to death. So TomBo really had to adapt.

As Boozycane said, “In this project I don’t want to limit myself to one genre. I have too many different ideas parked unused on my hard drives to limit myself to stereotypical thinking. Life is too short to waste it with restrictions on genres. And I have no superstar hero ambitions with this project.”

Rain Down the Drain

30 04 2021
Rain Down the Drain Front Cover

Andrew Cane has released his brand new single ‘RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN‘.
With this new release Andrew Cane returned to his guitar driven sound he is normally associated with. The new music arrives 4 months after his single ‘All I Wanted is to Have Sex with You’ where all music was programmed and not even one single guitar tone was featured at all.

‘RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN‘ is back to playing real string instruments and with real drumming. No keyboards or programming is involved. Even parts that sounds that like strings, are played by E-Bow guitar and and put through the mangle with plugins to alter the sound. In principle, the opposite approach was taken here, as is usually the case when music producers try to simulate real guitar sounds with plugins.

The theme of ‘RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN’ is the up and down of a musician who is overrun by sudden success and goes off the rails. Drugs and false friends make him lonely in the glittering world of rock business and he eventually sets out to leave all that behind. The classic story of a winner who becomes a loser and tries to find himself again. ‘RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN’ combines yearning mood and interesting chord changes with guitar sounds, without falling into the cliché of a classic rock ballad.

Asked what Andrew misses about his production:
” Budget, budget, budget … I would like to make a video where the starring role of the young musician is played by the long-haired Jason Butler from his time in “The Shannara Chronicles” and the used-up musician is performed by a long-haired Jonny Depp from the present time. For the women around him, I could imagine three gals from the series ‘TWO BROKE GIRLS’. Kat Dennings as a rival to Beth Behrs, who is his girlfriend at the time of his rise and then when everything goes down the drain, is portrayed by Jennifer Coolidge. But Hollywood didn’t answer yet, he added wit a smile in his face.”

While Andrew is dreaming about budget and wonderful actors and actresses a lyric video will be released alongside.
But dreams can come true -or can go down the drain.
Let’s wait and see and let’s keep thumbs up!

iMovie Export Error

1 02 2021
Photo by Abhinav Goswami on

You probably saw one or both of the following messages when trying to export a movie from iMovie: Error -1
imovie compressor kit error

After 3 days of trying to get iMovie to export movies again and many users on the internet reporting this problem, I found the only working solution. There are many possibilities on the Internet, all of which I have tested and none of which has brought the desired result.

Since I keep a record of updates on my computer, I was able to go through all the possible causes one by one and compare them to a hard disk that had no system or application updates before a certain point in time and iMovie was working as usual.

To cut a long story short – I had backed up my iPhone to the affected system, which I never did on the other disk.
The update from iTunes changed the following file:

Picture 1 This is the file you need
Pcture 2 Replace this file

All you have to do is copy version 1 to your computer.

End of story – everything should work as before.

If you don’t have a backup at hand, you can download the file here:

The system I’m talking about here is macOs High Sierra 10.13.6.

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