Music, Memory, and Sleeping Next To Boomboxes

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  1. Cultural and even personal identity can be literally assembled, or composed, from a bundle of tunes. Memory is a record collection and you can learn who you are from sleeve notes. For most of us, the story of who we are, what philosophers call our narrative identity, is in a record collection.The unanswerable question is: what is it about song, about words and rhythm that is able to do this? How can music connect together and make sense of the pieces of a life?
    Music places us, it locates us, within a time and within a culture. But – and this is the pleasure and the paradox of the experience – it does this by momentarily displacing us, dislocating us, dislocating our experience of who we are. Music roots us by uprooting us.

    1. That’s wonderful. Those last few sentences could be a tl;dr for this post, perhaps better said. Thank you for this comment.

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I'm a constultant for the music industry, working with emerging artists and labels. I also manage a label of my own, named 8D Industries, and publish + license music under 8DSync. Sometimes I'm a Q-Burns Abstract Message. But mostly I'm just trying to keep these damn cats out of my office.

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I’m Michael Donaldson.

I have strong opinions about music.

Sure, I will be happy to rattle off endless recommendations of obscure bands and point you to my meticulously curated Spotify playlists. But my sharpest opinions are reserved for the music industry.

I am intimately invested in how recording artists and bands administer their song rights, market themselves, and grow their careers. And it’s no surprise; since my first job as a teenage clerk in a mall music store I’ve managed record labels, worked in music publicity, launched a song licensing and publishing company, and spent over a decade touring the world as a major label recording artist.

Now I work primarily as a consultant for artists and labels seeking to navigate the ever-changing 21st-century music landscape. I also manage the ‘exploratory’ record label 8D Industries, publish and license a diverse song catalog with 8DSync, and sometimes find the time to create music of my own.

I often ponder the future of music while slowly gliding on a paddle board across Orlando’s Lake Holden.

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