This is the online home of Colin Brumelle, your handy web developing, guitar strumming, code ninja, outdoor enthusiast kinda guy. I have been playing music professionally for 10 years and I love to combine my passion of music with my knowledge of technology. I have many other interests, from Ruby, PHP and CSS coding, to chaos theory, to Open Source software, to design. Take a look at my latest writings below or  Learn More


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I can think strategically, lead a team to victory, write clean code in Ruby, PHP and Java, design a mean database schema, and build community sites using Drupal, all without breaking a sweat. And I can do it for you!

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I'm moderating a panel on building music related web applications at the coming SF Music Tech Summit Thurs May 8th, 2008 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. Make sure you don't miss this one!


Recent blog posts

Bob Lefsetz on Music Careers

Bob Lefsetz is nothing if not controversial. But you just can’t argue with the man, can you? His words have the unmistakable ring of truth. For example, his latest post on careers for musicians is awesome in it’s bluntness and totality - a must read - and is Lefsetz at his best.

Everything fast shortens the length of your ultimate time on stage. Every endorsement, every sponsorship, takes years off your career, just like smoking takes years off your life. Your audience needs to believe that THEY own you, not the man. That if you’re beholden to ANYBODY, it’s them!

Posted on: 08.07.03 | no comments

If bands were operating systems

After the recent news regarding Metallica’s prima dona behavior, where they’ve forced bloggers to remove (positive) reviews of their new album, I’ve drafted the following chart to help my fellow geeks understand the lay of the land.

Metallica == Microsoft (closed, proprietary systems, active disdain for customers)
Radiohead == Apple (just works, listens to customers)
Trent Reznor == Linux (totally hackable, but can be tricky to configure)

Posted on: 08.06.10 | 3 comments

Pandora takes on the desktop

Pandora has just released a new (Adobe AIR based) desktop client, and it’s pretty cool. Congrats to Tom and the rest of the team!

We’ve always wanted to find a simple way to deliver Pandora as a desktop application — it’s probably been on our to do list longer than any single feature. Today we’re dipping our toe into those waters for the first time with the release of a Beta version of Pandora Desktop.

Grab it here!

Posted on: 08.06.03 | no comments

The Whitburn Project: 25 megs of OCD

Andy Baio has two great posts analyzing the Whitburn Project that will have all music data junkies salivating.

One hit wonders and pop longevity
The Whitburn Project

What is the Whitburn Project? From Andy:

For the last ten years, obsessive record collectors in Usenet have been working on the Whitburn Project — a huge undertaking to preserve and share high-quality recordings of every popular song since the 1890s. To assist their efforts, they’ve created a spreadsheet of 37,000 songs and 112 columns of raw data, including each song’s duration, beats-per-minute, songwriters, label, and week-by-week chart position. It’s 25 megs of OCD, and it’s awesome.

Posted on: 08.05.20 | no comments

Hypebot’s “Top 10 Issues Facing Music 2.0″

On Hypebot’s blog, there is an interesting post entitled “Top 10 Issues Facing Music 2.0″. Ethan Kaplan astutely observes that these are not so much ‘issues’, but rather a laundry list of virtually untapped possibilities.

Of particular interest to me is “issue number 11“, as is suggested in the comments section of the post: Patronage.

Music patronage is an idea that I’ve been thinking quite a lot about for a number of years, and perhaps its time is coming. There’s certainly a few startups taking a crowdfunding or micro-financing approach to creating music: Sell A Band, Artist Share, and the slightly mysterious, stealth project from Throwing Muses singer, CASH Music, to name a few. An informative round up on these, and other similar services can be found in this great post by Peter Spellman.

As a tangent, I can’t help but contrast historical music patronage (wealthy lords and land owners in a Feudal society hiring court musicians), with modern day licensing deals (Britteny Spears singing for Pepsi). Many individuals have suggested an analogy between the Corporation and the Feudal Estate. Perhaps then, massive, contemporary music licensing deals are simply the inflated version of a very old practice.

Posted on: 08.05.14 | no comments

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