October 17, 2018

Old 'n' Busted...

by Chris Randall

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Well, perhaps that title is a little out-of-line. But it has become apparent to me in the last couple years that blogs just aren't a Thing any more, at least not as this one exists.

Analog Industries has been around in some iteration since roughly 2001. By 2005 it was, along with Create Digital Music and MusicThing, one of the three music tech blogs that Mattered. My wife built its current incarnation in 2005, and one must say she built it robustly, given that it still works fine despite her having not touched the code in any meaningful fashion for half a decade. This is the 1,970th post on this iteration, and taken as a whole it comprises a fairly healthy cataloging of the music technology industry for the last 14 years. Every once in a while, I'll go to a page at random and read the comments; 2008-10 is particularly fruitful as that was the high water mark for the site. (At least as far as interaction. I was fairly mean-spirited back then, and I'm mildly ashamed that the most popular posts were the ones where I made fun of something or someone.)

Around 2010 Audio Damage began to really take off, and my time became more dear. The last couple years, I've been averaging a post every two months, but that's not because of Audio Damage. Being in this industry, rather than of it (as I was when I started the site), it has become impolitic for me to publicly say many of the opinions I hold. In addition, there are literally hundreds of gear news sites (not to mention Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and the gods-forsaken blighted land of Facebook groups), so a large portion of AI's purview had been rendered superfluous. Furthermore, while I've occasionally done runs of t-shirts and what-not to offset the cost, I've never run a single advertisement, and this piglet moves a lot of bytes. In short, it has become a bit of a boat anchor.

So I'm going to try something new. Well, new to me. I've created a Patreon account, and I will move my blogging to there, as well as the majority of my creative output in general. If you head to the Patreon page, you'll get the gist of it. This will have two main benefits:

1. It will put my blog posts in a walled garden, thus giving me more freedom to express my thoughts.

2. It will create a more incentive-oriented funnel for my creative output, of which you'll be the direct beneficiary.

So, will you come with me and at least give it a try? If it doesn't work, it doesn't work, but my feeling is that this is the way to get forward momentum, and allow me to be more open about my work and the music industry, and create a more cozy environment for those that have been with this site since its inception.

Chris Randall on Patreon



Oct.17.2018 @ 3:52 PM
I'm guessing we need to know how boobs feels about this?

Oct.17.2018 @ 4:27 PM
I'm waiting impatiently for the first opportunity to proclaim my "with-ness" of boobs as we speak...

Oct.17.2018 @ 5:14 PM
Chris Randall
It just occurred to me that an "I'm With Boobs" tier isn't the worst idea ever. Although, like Muff Wiggler, it's an inside joke that doesn't age well.


Oct.17.2018 @ 7:55 PM
it seems nothing ages well. especially the Boobs. i can't even remember why i decided on boobs as a user name. pretty sure it was just random thoughtlessness.

will give the new patreon page a gander. i hope it works.

Oct.18.2018 @ 6:12 AM
I'm with boobs.

Oct.21.2018 @ 3:29 AM
I'm in! (well, 1$/month cheapskate but hey!)

Oct.24.2018 @ 6:45 AM
This is pretty sad like most fadeouts are sad. And yes: I miss the discussions around here a lot.

Actually I think, it is a very interesting question, which direction the internet will take now - after FB and Twitter became super-ugly scenarios (right after they killed all the blogs).

One last thing: Once I went down a very small street in Cologne/Germany - round 2010 - in a AI-shirt (Delia or Pierre), and somebody walked up to me and said: Yeah - AI - I've got that one as well ...

Oct.24.2018 @ 11:30 AM
Well, I've been reading backwards from post #1 for a while now (yea lots of speed reading and skipping) and I gotta say, at risk of too much knob-slobbering, it's been very instructive and thought provoking. It was really interesting reading as the time passed between pre iPad and post iPad.

From an electronic music cultural anthropology standpoint, this blog is a pretty useful artifact.



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