From the Library …

From the Library for Thurs­day and Fri­day, March 27 and 28, seeks to intro­duce Radio Riel lis­ten­ers to the music of Magnatune.com, an inno­v­a­tive inter­net music dis­trib­u­tor with the mot­to “We are not evil.” Founder John Buck­man writes, “The goal is to find a way to run a record label in the Inter­net Real­i­ty: file trad­ing, Inter­net Radio, musi­cians’ rights, the whole nine-yards.”

Cus­tomers can browse among hand-select­ed artists in a vari­ety of gen­res. A vari­able pric­ing scheme means you can pay as lit­tle as $5 for an album if you choose, with 50% of pay­ment going to the artist.

Thurs­day’s pro­gram is a selec­tion of Baroque and clas­si­cal com­posers, while Fri­day’s pro­gram will focus on world and folk music.

• From The Library is pre­sent­ed by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life, and today’s pro­gram was pro­duced by Otenth Pader­born. For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits, and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at http://music.radioriel.org, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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One Response to “From the Library …”

  1. Elrik Merlin says:

    I am very pleased to say that I have known Mag­natune’s co-founder Jan Han­ford for some time and have enjoyed their music for sev­er­al months. Mag­natune has spe­cial arrange­ments for Sec­ond Life res­i­dents – we at Radio Riel were, for exam­ple, able to use a piece of their music free of charge in return for a cred­it on the under­writ­ing mes­sages for our Trib­ute Island shows.

    All the mate­r­i­al of theirs I’ve heard of has been of the high­est qual­i­ty and the cat­a­logue is excep­tion­al­ly exten­sive cov­er­ing many gen­res.

    Some con­tem­po­rary artists, such as Kirsty Hawk­shaw, have cho­sen to release at least some of their mate­r­i­al via Mag­natune rather than con­ven­tion­al­ly, and the fact that the artist receives 50% of the income (rather like a qual­i­ty pro­duc­tion music library) means that sales do not have to be vast to make a respectable return.

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