Coba Rain Dance for trumpet and Piano by Ashley Buxton

This composition, a flashy concert piece with piano accompaniment, is designed to test the aspiring trumpeter. It is deliberately very scalic in places and showcases the performer’s double tonguing, dexterity and range.

Coba is an ancient Mayan city in Mexico and the Rain Dance depicts the chaotic climb to the top of the Nohoch Nul pyramid (137 ft.). The Mayans dance to keep rain at bay as the dark clouds make their way towards the summit.

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Coba Rain Dance
Coba Rain Dance for trumpet and piano

Ashley Buxton Bmus(Hons) -Brass performer, teacher, composer, arranger and conductor.

Ashley Buxton is the Director of Music at a Grammar School in the Midlands. He has an impressive background that includes 12 years as a trumpeter in the Regimental Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards. Ashley joined the Army at 18 as a professional Trumpeter and was awarded the Besson Brass Player of the Year 2000 at the Royal Military School of Music and the Royal Military School of Music Certificate for Exceptional Proficiency on the Trumpet/Cornet. His career enabled him to travel and perform on live TV, at a royal wedding, on 36 commercially recorded CDs, at Live 8 and in premier concert halls around the world. Having gained a BMus Hons Degree in Music from Trinity College in 2007, Ashley left the army for a career in teaching in 2011. He gained Qualified Teacher Status with Bromley Schools’ Collegiate and Bullers Wood School and is currently enjoying working with musicians and students in the Midlands. In his spare time, Ashley can be found working on commissions featuring compositions/arrangements for a multitude of instrumentalists, ensembles and media.

The Red Planet Orchestra – Changing the Status Quo of Film Scores

Conceived and conducted by Vincent Rees, the Red Planet Orchestra combine classical composition with a contemporary structure of electronic ambient music.

With sound artist Pete Smith, the Red Planet Orchestra has accumulated a growing body of work both rich in invention and subtlety. A sound palette of future memories and past dreams. Each release has created a landscape of intense serenity.

Their debut album, Aurora Symphony, was warmly received and now a firm favourite among fans – All albums feature original artwork conceived by Belgium artist Nicolas Crombez.

The Red Planet Orchestra continue to compose music for emerging film soundtracks such as the brilliant ‘Gorka’

Aurora Symphony – 2013
Secrets of Eternity – 2013
We Breathe Together-2014
States of Space -2014
The Angry Silence -2014
Time of Dark Consequences – 2016
Contamination – 2016

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‘Light Infused Dust’ by Jason Grundstrom-whitney

I wrote the song ‘Let Love Abound’ thinking about the mental illness and substance abuse that my family has suffered from for a very long time and the beautiful people I work with. In this song I am talking about stigmas that run very deep in America.

The stigmatization of those that suffer with substance abuse, the stigmatization of those that suffer with mental illness, and the stigmatization of those assumed to be prejudiced .

Our band was based in Virginia Beach for awhile. I ran into Bluegrass players that were very open and not the judgmental or prejudiced people that many assume. I pray that we stop stigmatizing those with mental illness, substance abuse, and open our minds to people as they are as opposed to who we think they are. I pray that we, ‘Let Love Abound’…..

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Latest release from FFM Records – Dita Nurdian ‘Miss Dee’

Dita Nurdian is an Indonesian writer of electronica and dance music. Her passion for this genre is evident in her prolific output. At FFM Records, we have released 4 of Dita’s latest tracks and you can download them here, Beatport and stream on Spotify.

Dita Nurdian is FFM’s Ambassador for Indonesia

Latest release from FFM Records – ‘Measure of Abstract’ by Slawomir Rataj

Slawomir Rataj is a guitarist and composer from Poland. Recently released under the FFM Records label,  Slawomir’s debut album ‘Measure of Abstract’ is an instrumental album that combines electronica with Slawomir’s phenomenal guitar playing.

You can download the album here, at itunes and stream on Spotify.

Spotify shows the way to a content economy

By Kevin O’Marah

Last November, Marc Engel, Unilever’s Chief Supply Chain Officer, told me about Spotify’s brilliant algorithms for finding and serving music to listeners. I immediately signed up for the premium service. Since then I have marveled at the superior experience and great value delivered by Spotify for all of my listening pleasure.

This week, Spotify’s stock opened for public trading on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of $27 billion. Founder and CEO Daniel Ek is a contrarian in many ways, including his stated mission to give “a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art.”

His grasp of today’s empowered consumer behavior and the paradox of a producer community (musicians) that cannot enforce scarcity is what makes Spotify work. As Ek says of his approach: “Fans wanted all the world’s music for free, immediately. So what we did was build a better experience.”

For anyone struggling with demanding customers and declining pricing power, Spotify has demonstrated a model that shows one way forward. Ek and his team have figured out how to monetize intellectual property fairly and with minimal volatility in its revenue streams. Perhaps most important, however, Spotify has proved that even in the absence of scarcity, pricing need not collapse to zero.

Digital Disruption Lessons From the Music Business

Remember Napster? It opened a Pandora’s Box of new business model challenges because of the ease with which customers could pirate products they had been accustomed to buying in a traditional box. Whether that box was a CD, cassette or album, the governing mechanism for monetizing IP was embedding it in a physical asset. Digital disruption blew all that up and recorded music sales began a 15-year slide, slashing overall revenue by more than 40%.

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The turnaround came in 2015 and by many accounts was led by Spotify, whose music streaming service not only grew like gangbusters, but also shifted steadily away from the aggravating and simple-minded advertising-supported “free” model.

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Spotify now has over 75 million paid premium subscribers who are buying what may be the prototype for future content-intensive businesses. It boils down to paying for expertise that is encoded in algorithms, which control the flow of content into the consumer’s brain in pleasing ways.

Music’s painful passage through the digital knothole came early for mechanical reasons, including the ease with which product could be copied and distributed, plus the low cost and ubiquity of devices for listening to it. Music has a big head start in dealing with digital. Let’s learn from it.

Product as a Service

For supply chain strategists the lessons aren’t necessarily obvious, or even applicable without major changes in underlying business models. The core of it is developing a product architecture that facilitates electronic, and preferably cloud-based, distribution of continuously changing performance in the physical world.

In aircraft engines the concept is known as “power by the hour”. In mobile phones we know it as apps. It is both sensible and yet somewhat counterintuitive.

Two weeks ago Cisco Systems co-hosted with SCM World an excellent event focused on the circular economy. At one level the discussion dealt with material re-use and sustainability issues. At another, however, supply chain executives from businesses as diverse as pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, aerospace and white goods kept circling back to product-as-a-service business models.

In principle, the supply chain that enables this shift produces high-quality, long-lasting physical assets that have extensive internet of things-equipped systems for actuating job-specific mechanical work at the point of consumption. An example might be smart washing machines that clean better with less water and energy consumption. The business could make money on lifetime use, which depends on subscriptions to an endless stream of tuning algorithms arriving via WiFi.

The algorithms are the content and, just as with Spotify, consumers pay for continuous, personalized application of these algorithms to the real world. Industrial companies such as Johnson Controls sell this value proposition today, as does electric car maker Tesla. It promises to improve user experience and smooth revenue streams.

Spotify is training consumers to pay a monthly subscription for expertise. It is also demonstrating that money can be made without relying on scarcity to support high prices.

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How To Find The Chords You Need For Songwriting

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Work of the Week – Ilja Reijngoud: Somnambulist

Ilja Reijngoud

(July 5th 1972, Leiden, The Netherlands).

After his cum laude graduation at the Hilversum Conservatory in 1996, Ilja taught the trombone there. In 1997 he was the second Dutch student so far to receive the American Degree ‘Master of Music.’Ilja is permanent member of Nueva Manteca, The Dutch Jazz Orchestra, Gino Vannelli’s Dutch Beat Band, The Houdini’s, The Cubop City Big Band, The Jasper van ‘t Hof Quartet, Lucas van Merwijk Music Machine and many other well-known Dutch groups. He was featured soloist with the Metropole Orchestra for four times.

Ilja worked and recorded with Tom Harrell, Ivan Lins, James Morrison, Jim Beard, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Bill Dobbins, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Werner, Ed Neumeister, Jimmy Bosch, Vince Mendoza, Lester Bowie, Bill Holman, Dori Caymmi and many others.

In 1998 Ilja and his former teacher Bart van Lier founded an impressive trombone department at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts). With classical collegues Alexander Verbeek and Brandt Attema they form the trombone Academy of Codarts, Rotterdam. Besides teaching main subject trombone, Ilja is leader of the conservatory bigband for the last 15 years, ensemble coach and arranging teacher. From 2015 the team of trombone teachers at Corats is completed with the great Bert Boeren and Andy Hunter.

Besides being the principal teacher at Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts), ilja is guest teacher at the Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht Conservatories.

Ilja Reijngoud
Ilja Reijngoud

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