My Day At The 143rd AES Convention

October 24th, 2017

Thanks to SonicScoop, I was lucky enough to snag a pass to the 143rd AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention at NYC’s Jacob K. Javits Center, and the line-up of companies exhibiting microphones, keyboards, mixers, audio interfaces, recording software and more did not disappoint a gear-head like me. Though I wasn’t shopping for anything in particular while I was there, I’m always kicking around ideas for new home recording goodies, and more broadly I enjoy seeing how music tech is evolving.

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Latest New Music Seminar Session Tackles Streaming, Car Audio & Smart Speakers

July 27th, 2017

Tom Silverman of TommY BoY/New Music Seminar kicks off July 26’s NMSession “Where Does Ad-Supported Music Fit in the New Music Industry Ecosystem?”

By Bill Greenwood

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Amazon Prime Day: A Marketing Masterstroke and Boon for Smart Speakers

July 14th, 2017

Photo via Quick Meme – http://www.quickmeme.com/p/3w3k1t

By Bill Greenwood

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Virtual Insanity In New York City

July 13th, 2017

Earlier this week the Jaybird team visited the brand new Virtual World virtual playground that opened up right next door to our office on 34th Street. As we wandered in and gawked at the dazzling, multi-story display of various virtual reality (VR) experiences, it was surreal to discover that VR arcades are a thing of the present rather than the future. I flew through some snow-covered mountains and witnessed other participants battle robots, play sports, transport to scenes from Rick and Morty, and more.

VR is undoubtedly a fast-growing phenomenon, changing the way Americans explore the world, play games, design architecture, or even enjoy live music. But it still has some major roadblocks to becoming ubiquitous – most notably that very few Americans actually have access to the headsets required to experience it.

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Anxiety is not the Enemy – in Sports or PR

May 23rd, 2017

by Laurie Jakobsen

I attended a great sports psychology clinic last night with Dr. Janet Sasson Edgette, who has a different approach than the usual “just relax” one tends to hear when it comes to performance. Her thinking is that telling someone to relax is counter-productive. The sport in question, horseback riding, has intrinsic dangers, and being too relaxed in a competitive situation will likely get you in trouble. You’ve got to be a bit amped up to go into a ring to perform, with the spectators and the judge watching you. In fact, in some classes, they begin by announcing, “You are now being judged,” which really drills home that point!  Her focus is on how you can embrace your anxiety, and learn how to perform while feeling nervous.

It reminded me of what I tell people when I coach them on public speaking and for interviews. It would not be normal to be relaxed when you’re about to get on the stage in front of people – your stress response will kick in before you’re even aware of it; if it did not, something would actually be very wrong with you! So the goal is to recognize that you’re anxious, and figure out the strategies that work for you in that heightened state so you can deliver. Perhaps that means marking up your speech with notations in the margins to “breathe,” “go slow, or “you’re doing great!”, in your favorite color ink. And of course, lots of practice.

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Do What I Want: Lessons From Arthur Russell

May 5th, 2017

by Kyle Wall

Arthur Russell was one of the strangest musicians of the 20th century in just about every sense, and the numerous musical personas and contradictions that hooked me into being a major fan of his years ago were on full display at a recent exhibition at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It also made me ponder what it would be like had he made it to the 21st century, and what artists today have that he did not – namely the internet.

Jaybird’s 2017 Resolutions

January 13th, 2017

ResolutionsBy Bill Greenwood and Laurie Jakobsen

Happy New Year! We’re already more than a week into 2017, but it’s never too late to make a few resolutions. Here are a few goals that we at Jaybird will be working toward throughout the year.

Be More Conversational on Twitter
If the past few months have taught us anything, it’s that Twitter is an immensely powerful communications tool. We always strive to provide our followers, and those of our clients, with engaging content relevant to their interests, and we’ve been successful at building a strong audience for our online accounts. But there’s always room for improvement when it comes to actively stoking and cultivating a conversation. Therefore, we resolve to re-double our efforts to foster interaction on Twitter by adopting a more conversational tone. So ping us @jaybirdcom!

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“The Blue Jay Way”

January 10th, 2017

Dave Taft of The New York Times wrote about our favorite bird in the Sunday paper. I learned something new about Jaybird’s namesake avian: “The blue jay, actually, is not blue at all. Its brilliance is based upon ‘structural color.’ Microscopic elements within each feather reflect light, favoring blue, with magical results.”

Reflecting on Eno’s Long History of Innovation​

January 6th, 2017

by Kyle Wall

​January 1 marked the release of Brian Eno’s Reflection, the music legend’s latest ambient soundscape, and as a longtime fan of his ambient work in particular, it felt like an appropriate way to turn the page on a surreal year. This time around, the album is a single 54-minute track, with Reflection chosen as the title because it “seems to create a psychological space that encourages internal conversation.” It’s a beautiful piece of music that certainly lives up to its title and description.

Reflection also encourages curious listeners to download an app that morphs the music at different parts of the day, “like sitting by the river,” as Eno said, creating a literally endless work set to shifting blocks of colors. Perhaps that impressive length justifies its hefty $40 price tag.

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Singing Like a Bird: A Labor Day Playlist from Us to You!

August 31st, 2016

Hope you’re ready for the Labor Day weekend! Jaybird’s offices will be closed this Friday and Monday so we can enjoy the last gasp of summer, but we’ve taken steps to ensure we’ll be with you in spirit.

To the right, you can find a playlist with some of our favorite work-related tracks, which we hope will paradoxically put you in the mood to party it up over the long weekend. There’s a little something for everyone, from classics by The Beatles, Dolly Parton, The Cure, and Donna Summer to under-the-radar gems from Courtney Barnett, Janelle Monáe, Cass McCombs, and The Paper Jets (managed by our own Bill Greenwood).

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