Michael D. Ayers, Editor of Cybersounds – Essays on Digital Music Tradition Interviewed


Editor: Michael D. Ayers

ISBN: 082047861X

At this time, Norm Goldman, Editor of Bookpleasures.com, who has not too long ago reviewed Michael D. Ayers’ Cybersounds: Essays on Digital Music Tradition, is honored to have as our visitor, Michael D. Ayers.

Good day Michael and thanks for agreeing to take part in our interview.

Norm:

Michael, when and why did you change into within the topics which can be explored in Cybersounds: Essays on Digital Music Tradition?

Michael:

About 1999/2000- after I actually began to see how Napster was affecting many various areas within the social world. However I assume, actually, you may level to 1994- I went to my first phish present in Fairfax, Virginia- and had audio tapes of the present three weeks later- from a man in California- all attainable attributable to Newsgroups. I believed that was fascinating, and would inform folks about that at events as a lot as I might, though most didn’t appear to care an excessive amount of J

Norm:

Why did you are feeling compelled to publish Cybersounds: Essays on Digital Music Tradition? Why do you assume this is a vital e-book at the moment? Is there an underlying message in your e-book?

Michael:

Its vital within the sense that music and music “cultures” are actually discovering a mainstream viewers / use with the Web- due to this fact, I actually assume that when many various teams are utilizing the Internet for their very own means, there shall be a bevy of opinions on what is going on (on this case, what is going on with Internet + music)- I do assume its vital to get some analysis and thought on the market that presents a couple of new angles / concepts.

Norm:

How has the suggestions been to date? What are your hopes for this e-book?

Michael:

Bookpleasures.com likes it!! Aside from that, it’s been gradual. “Indie” tutorial presses, which that is on, don’t at all times have the sources to get numerous mainstream press. However apart from being a superb e-book for faculty college students and teachers, I do assume it has numerous crossover appeal- that’s, it might lend it self in a “pleasant” method to these simply within the topic. I used to be very aware throughout the entire course of on ensuring that it was “user-friendly”

Norm:

Are you able to inform us the way you discovered illustration in your e-book? Did you pitch it to an agent, or question publishers who would probably publish this kind of e-book? Had been there any rejections?

Michael:

I initially pitched four publishers- it was rejected by 2; 1 I didn’t hear something from, and Peter Lang did need it. I had been in contact with Steve Jones out of the College of Illinois at Chicago- he was a fan of the sooner anthology I had completed, and I believe put in a superb phrase for me at Peter Lang.

Norm:

How did you go about selecting your contributors? Did you employ any specific standards?

Michael:

I hand picked a couple of that I knew of their work and their writing. Others, I simply put out a name for submissions on a couple of listservs and obtained responses – that’s how I obtained my worldwide contributors.

Norm:

How have you ever used the Web to market your e-book and can you be utilizing any distinctive methods to market your e-book?

Michael:

I haven’t used the web in any respect, really- which I assume is a bit ironic / oxymoronic / moronic. I did announce on the listservs, however haven’t completed an excessive amount of. However, my new e-book that I’m beginning this summer time, I’m utilizing the net heavily- it’s going to be a way more normal viewers e-book on fandom, within the vein of Chuck Klosterman’s latest books. I’m going to be running a blog the writing course of / writing of the e-book all through the entire process- I can’t bear in mind a e-book / writer doing that at this level. Shameless plug: [http://blog-uber-fan.com/]

Norm:

What new improvements do you expect pertaining to the Web music revolution?

Michael:

It’s so exhausting. I can’t make any, in any respect. Perhaps Pandora will take off- it appears actually cool. However I by no means noticed BitTorrent coming, and that’s simply superb / good for my part. Although I don’t use it.

Norm:

Is there the rest you want to add that we’ve not lined.

Michael: I believe that’s about it! Thanks Norm!!!

Thanks as soon as once more and good luck together with your e-book.

by Norm Goldman