Category Archives: Commentary

Covid 19 – A Moment of Crisis and Opportunity

It’s up to us to steer things in a direction of fairness and balance for all people and an unprecedented evolution of musical and artistic expression. 

By Dawoud Kringle

As I write this beginning paragraph, I just finished watching a documentary about New York City between 1977 and 1981. It hit home with me because I moved to New York City in 1983 and experienced (survived) the latter part of this era.

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TikTok

TikTok: A Blessing or a Curse for the Professional Musician?

TikTokBy Dawoud Kringle

Blink your eyes, and a new social media platform pops up. And with it, a new set of questions for the professional musician, and a new set of variables to complicate an already treacherous territory of the music business.

TikTok is a video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming (ByteDance also owns Toutiao, Xigua Video, TopBuzz and BuzzVideo).

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Bipolar Syndrome

Bipolar Syndrome and the Arts

The Fine Line Between Genius and Madness: High Functioning Bipolar Syndrome and the Arts

By Dawoud Kringle

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article is for general information purposes only, and is NOT intended to diagnose or cure any illness or condition. The author invites the reader to further research. If you suspect yourself to suffer in any way described herein, you are urged to seek professional help.)

Bipolar Syndrome“There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.” – Aristotle

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Analog vs. Digital Recording

Warm or Not to Warm: the Dichotomy of Analog vs. Digital Recording

By Dawoud Kringle 

One of the most polarizing controversies among audiophiles is the dichotomy between analogue and digital recording. Surely you, dear reader, have been subjected to (or subjected someone else to) an impassioned soliloquy about how much warmer analog recording sound than digital. 

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Trump Continues to Threaten US Musicians and Musical Instrument Manufacturers

Text by  Dawoud Kringle

TrumpThe Trump tariff fiasco has reached a predictable outcome.

China played its hand as well as it could have. The thing that Trump and his like cannot understand is that China rarely thinks in terms of short term gains: they think in terms of decades and centuries. Trump underestimated them, and US businesses and economies are suffering because of it.

Of course Trump needs to scapegoat China with an economic war to detract people from his domestic filth, in an effort to win another election term. China is an easy target for his voting base. They fear China because US companies have become dependent upon buying from China. Trump squeezes the idea of IP theft for everything he can get from it; and it’s a fair assessment.  But every country is engaged in this game, including the US. Ultimately China has strongly contributed to almost 20 years of global prosperity. Slowing China is bad for the US, even though it hurts Trump’s ego (and his follower’s egos) to know that any other country is prospering.

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