Memorable day in Boston, capped off with a terrific MIT meetup.
Spent the morning touring the Berklee College of music – amazing facility. State of the art everything. Kids everywhere with guitars, saxophones, drumsticks… was waiting for everyone to suddenly break out into some big choreographed number… “fame?”
Pretty stunning city this time of year. Rowers on the Charles River.
Full range of disciplines – performance, composition, business & technology. Thanks to David for the very informative tour – much appreciated.
Also had the honor of meeting Kurzweil’s second employee… responsible for the world’s greatest digital emulation of an acoustic piano sound.
Stopped in at Looney Tunes, a throwback record store just down the street from Berklee. 20 feet high stacks of cardboard boxes full of vinyl… Interesting to know that while large music retailers are struggling, the indie stores have been doing just fine. The clerk’s eyes lit up when I asked him for his recommendations of great local bands… didn’t take long to fill a bag up for me.
Then headed over for a great afternoon gathering at the Harvard Business School – entrepreneur group and media/entertainment group. Quite a little utopia they’ve got going there.
MIT was off the hook! Thanks again to Daniel for being such a welcoming and helpful host – always great to have someone who’s game to go way above and beyond the call of duty (Daniel… how does Ohio and Michigan sound next week? All expenses paid). Well over 200 people showed up for an almost 3 hour music discussion marathon at one of the cavernous lecture halls… not hard to picture Richard Feynman up there. The chalk board was even full of fresh scribbling of some esoteric mathematical formula…
College kids, professors, musicians and Bostonites. Completely cleaned out our hats and shirts! Not surprisingly there was a lot of talk about third party software development. Tools built off the Pandora backbone. Tricky one for us because we need to be able to place ads on other versions of the service.
I’m definitely sensing from these many audiences a sense of anticipation that things are changing – that the music biz will look very different in a few years.
Thanks to the attendee who volunteered a show ‘n’ tell of his latest high end Slim Devices box.
Hit the road for Providence, RI…