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Going, Going, Grooveshark Gone
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., May 1, 2015

Grooveshark, the online music service youíll recall who used to upload artists music without licenses and then pretend it was being done by their users, have closed down.

This message was posted on their website.

Dear music fans,
Today we are shutting down Grooveshark.

We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite [the] best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.

That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.

As part of a settlement agreement with the major record companies, we have agreed to cease operations immediately, wipe clean all the data on our servers and hand over ownership of this website, our mobile apps and intellectual property, including our patents and copyrights.

At that time of our launch, few music services provided the experience we wanted to offer ≠and think you deserve. Fortunately, thatís no longer the case. There are now hundreds of fan friendly, affordable services available for you to choose from, including Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats Music, Rhapsody and Rdio, among many others.

If you love music and respect the artists, songwriters and everyone else who makes great music possible, use a licensed service that compensates artists and other rights holders.

You can find out more about the many great services available where you live here: http://whymusicmatters.com/find-music.

It has been a privilege getting to know so many of you and enjoying great music together. Thank you for being such passionate fans.

Yours in music,

Your friends at GroovesharkĒ


Long-term visitors to this site will recall Grooveshark infringed King Crimsonís copyright numerous times. In 2011 DGM began issuing take-down notices. Grooveshark would remove the material which would then mysteriously pop up a day later and the process would start again. Nothing to do with us, they would claim and so it would go on...

Robert Fripp diary 17th August 2011

Robert Fripp dairy 12th September 2011

After the correspondence between DGM and Grooveshark appeared in the pages of Digital Music News, a whistleblower who worked at Grooveshark came forward in the comments section:

I work for Grooveshark. Here is some information from the trenches:

We are assigned a predetermined ammount of weekly uploads to the system and get a small extra bonus if we manage to go above that (not easy).The assignments are assumed as direct orders from the top to the bottom, we donít just volunteer to "enhance" the Grooveshark database.

All search results are monitored and when something is tagged as "not available", it getís queued up to our lists for upload. You have to visualize the database in two general sections: "known" stuff and "undiscovered/indie/underground". The "known" stuff is taken care internally by uploads. Only for the "undiscovered" stuff are the users involved as explained in some posts above. Practically speaking, there is not much need for users to upload a major label album since we already take care of this on a daily basis.

Are the above legal, or ethical? Of course not. Donít reply to give me a lecture. I know. But if the labels and their laywers canít figure out how to stop it, then I donít feel bad for having a job. Itís tough times.

Why am I disclosing all this? Well, I have been here a while and I donít like the attitude that the administration has aquired against the artists. They are the enemy. They are the threat. The things that are said internally about them would make you very very angry. Interns are promised getting a foot in the music industry, only to hear these people cursing and bad mouthing the whole industry all day long, to the point where you wonder what would happen if Grooveshark getís hacked by Anonymous one day and all the emails leak on some torrent or something.

And, to confirm the fears of the members of King Crimson, there is no way in hell you can get your stuff down. They are already tagged since you sent in your first complaint. The administration knows that you canít afford to sue for infringement."

All of which (and more) is detailed in Robert Frippís diary 20th October 2011.

This post was included in the legal action taken out by UMG, Sony and Warners against Grooveshark which eventually led to the settlement announced today.


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Here Comes The Gunn
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sun., Jan 18, 2015
Trey Gunn is a busy, busy man. This week in Seattle  he takes part in what's described an electro-acoustic semi-improvised opera entitled The Ballad of Ishtar (more details about the cast here).

At the end of the month he's in the UK and Europe as part of the Security project, performing the music of Peter Gabriel alongside Jerry Marotta with whom Trey first worked with on the Sylvian Fripp release, The First Day back in 1993.

Trey is also releasing a new album. Entitled The Waters, They Are Rising it includes a series of improvisations based around Peter Gabriel's Here Comes The Flood.





You can listen to one of the improvs and a haunting version of Bob Dylan's Not Yet Dark here.

Live At The Orpheum At Home 2
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 17, 2015
As Live At The Orpheum begins to arrive in people's houses, so too do the photos. First up today, looking decidedly cheery with his purchase, is Theo Horneman from Friesland, in the Netherlands.



Also spotted via Twitter comes this picture from the artist Martin Hoogeboom, spookily also from the Netherlands! Martin writes "Man in painting turns around saying 'I hate King Crimson!'. Me? On the contrary..."



Please keep 'em coming via competitions@dgmlive.com marked Orpheum.

Grooning?
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Sat., Jan 17, 2015
My thanks to Eric for this intriguing item. "I regularly follow a satirical webzine called Des Mean in Iowa, where I live. Today the following post appeared in their Twitter feed . . .

Get to Know an Iowan #1: Konrad YŁngermann


I followed it to an interview with their curator, who is apparently from a Swedish town called GrŲŲn . . . among other details of a Crimson hue. Hmmmm . . . . "


KC: Transmitting From The Future...
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Fri., Jan 16, 2015
Live At The Opheum receives a thumbs-up from the pages of online journal, The Quietus.



"...On the evidence of Live At The Orpheum, KC still sound like they're transmitting from a future we haven't reached yet..." Read the full review here.


Robert Fripp: Up Close & Personal
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Wed., Jan 14, 2015
Robert and his sister will be appearing at the Las Vegas Public Speaking Conference. If you're unable to attend but would like to hear what the duo have to say you're able to stream the video into the comfort of your own home. Find out how by clicking here! 


On This Date 46 Years Ago
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 13, 2015
This date in 1969 marks the official beginning of King Crimson with the start of rehearsals in the cramped basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe. Situated at 193 Fulham Palace Road, W6, the cafe was owned by George and Peter Calatychos who let out their basement as a rehearsal space. It had been found by Peter Sinfield, then the band's roadie and lighting person.

According to Ian McDonald's diary at around 7.30pm, Dik, Pete, Bob and Greg called round to his flat to come and shift the 'tron to the new rehearsal rooms on the Fulham Palace Road. Once they'd set everything up, McDonald's diary also reveals the band had a blow until just after 10.00 p.m.

It would be King Crimson's base of operations for the next two and a half years.




Here's how the cafe was looking in 2011 when I visited the location to take part in a Japanese TV documentary...











It's astonishing to think that a four piece band and all their gear used to fit into such a confined space. The same space was used by bands after King Crimson vacated the cafe in 1972 for several years.





Live At The Orpheum At Home
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Tue., Jan 13, 2015
Here's a picture of composer Andrew Keeling at home with his copy of Live At The Orpheum taken from Andrew's Facebook page.



If you've got a snap of the album at home and you'd like to share with everyone, send it to us via competitions@dgmlive.com marked Orpheum.

Guestbook Reprieved
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
Just when you thought it was all over - the guestbook has received a last-minute stay of execution! Check out David Singleton's updated diary for the details. 


Mister Stormy's Monday Selection
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
Mister Stormy has blown the dust off Robert Fripp's appearance on the Mark Radcliffe Show on Radio 1 back in July 1995 There's nearly 25 minutes worth of witty banter and three soundscapes (including the legendary No Pottyflushing) to tickle your earbuds. Tune in to the fun right here.


King Crimson & In C
:: Posted by Sid Smith on Mon., Jan 12, 2015
Composer Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner was talking about the influences upon his work, including King Crimson, on BBC Radio 3ís concert of minimalist music last night. The programme was a celebration of Terry Rileyís seminal work In C and as well as containing a performance of the piece it featured the work of other composers. You can hear Robin talking about his own new work, Unsleeping, here receiving its world premier, at around 18.00 minutes into the broadcast. 


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