Weekly AUDIO NEWS for July 11, 2001

Barenboim Conducts Wagner in Jerusalem - Daniel Barenboim conducted the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra in the Overture to Tristan und Isolde in Israel over the weekend and the result was not entirely ovations. The music of Hitler's favorite composer and noted anti-Semite was hissed, yelled-at and shouted down during the Israel Festival performance. Barenboim argued with audience members for over a half-hour, saying the protesters should allow the majority to hear what they wanted. He said "You can be angry with me but please don't be angry with the orchestra or the festival management." The Overture had been dropped from the original program plans due to protests, but Barenboim asked the audience if they wanted to hear a piece by Wagner and most responded with applause. Wagner has occasionally been played on Israeli state radio but has only caused controversy during sporadic live performances there.

Performer Gives Away Entire CD - For the first time in music industry history an artist is giving away to anyone in the U.S. his entire new CD. Marc Corey Lee's CD is titled Stardust Cowboy and was named by a country music magazine as one of the top ten albums of the year. Those interested can get their free personal copy of the CD mailed to them by going to his web site starting July 18th - He's prepared to give away millions of them!

Break in HDTV Copyright Hassles - Just as industry copyright concerns have created havoc with distribution of music on the Net and with proper playback of the new high-res audio formats, the difficult transition to digital TV has been plagued by the same concerns. Both Sony and Warner Bros. now say they agree with the copy protection scheme known as 5-C (for the five companies involved: Hitachi, Intel, Matsushita, Sony & Toshiba). Their movies and TV series will henceforth be coded in a form that allows them to be copied either without limit, just once, or never. But Disney, Fox, Paramount, Universal and MGM demand even more - they want all digital over-the-air programming to be copy protected in the same way. That means that consumers may not any longer be able to use their VCRs or the new Personal Video Hard Drives to time-shift their favorite programs! The movie studios are afraid of being "Napsterized" - that pirates will download their video productions and then distribute them endlessly on the Net. Even with a broadband connection, who would want to both to download a one or two-hour show or movie anyway? Highly unlikely. Trailers, maybe - and that's great free publicity for the studios!

- John Sunier

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