- (2 Nov '00) "Streaming Audio Tutorial" -
Special feature number 3 for
walk-through on using Shoutcast to stream your audio to
- (12 Oct '00) "Streaming For Dollars"-
Special feature number 2 for
scrupulous survey of streaming media options.
- (23 Aug '00) "File-Sharing Primer" -
The first in our 3 special features for
Webmonkey, this is a
primer on file sharing utlilities.
- (Feb '00) -
"Online Audio: Squashing vs. Streaming" -
The FezGuys offer a general purpose tutorial in getting your
music online for The Gig magagazine.
- (May '99) -
"Evolve or Die - Become a Web-ready Studio!" -
Studio owners listen up! Want to stay a step ahead of the
other guy? Here's your chance. But, before long, you'll need to
provide these types of services just to compete.
- (Mar '99) -
"Anatomy of a Webcast" -
The FezGuys report from a live webcast of The Other
Ones. Celebrating the release of their first album,
this Grateful Dead spinoff band played a little, talked
a little and took advantage of a worldwide online
fanbase to promote and distribute their music. The
FezGuys bring you a full report, including how and what
gear was used and describing the signal path in
excruciating detail! Can your heart stand it?
- (Mar '99) -
"Cutting Edge Omnia.net Review" -
We review a pricey little piece of hardware
specifically designed to tweak your audio prior to
encoding. It's called The Omnia and it looks groovy
and actually works.
- (May '98) -
"You Don't Need A Record Contract!" -
A special piece for EQ's 1998 Internet special issue which
pulls a lot of marketing and DIY content covered over the
past year or two into one succint feature. Well, of course
we couldn't resist tossing in some dashes of new things here
- No. 60 (October '01) -
"Updating the Book of Style" -
For our 5th anniversary we dive a typical story of
the internet: CDDB/Gracenote- a company that began
as merely a neat and useful idea, a "small tool
done good," that saw big money acquisition and
later negative public opinion, a company using
litigation to stay alive and still grinding on,
hoping to survive.
- No. 59 (September '01) -
"Mp3PRO - Taking The World By Donkey" -
We throw the wet blanket of reality on the new "Mp3PRO"
version of the MP3 codec from Fraunhofer and Coding Technologies
plus answer a fresh batch of questions.
- No. 58 (August '01) -
"EFF and iTunes" -
The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) releases a
swell sharing license and we take a close look at the iTunes
MP3 audio file organizing system for the Macintosh.
- No. 57 (July '01) -
"Variable Bitrate MP3 Encoding" -
A tutorial on variable bitrate encoding (VBR) for your MP3
files. Sexy, compelling and majestic, VBR will tear the top
of your head off. Well...not really, but it's a useful tool
and easy to implement.
- No. 56 (June '01) -
"Running Around At The Top Of Our Lungs" -
A case study on a non-corporate streaming audio site SomaFM
plus a handy little list of reasons not to spend lots
of money on your web site.
- No. 54/55 (Apr/May '01) -
"Hello Songwriters, Are You Listening? (part 3 of 3)" -
The third in our 3-part series dissecting the music collection
societies and their activities online. This month:
SoundExchange, Harry Fox Agency, and National Music
Note: This column was split in two when published
- No. 53 (Mar '01) -
"Hello Songwriters, Are You Listening? (part 2 of 3)" -
The second of a 3-part series dissecting the music collection
societies and their activities online. This month: BMI and
- No. 52 (Feb '01) -
"Hello Songwriters, Are You Listening? (part 1 of 3)" -
The first of a 3-part series dissecting the music collection
societies and their activities online. This month: ASCAP.
- No. 51 (Jan '01) -
"From Here On Up It's All Downhill" -
Your bemused Fezzes hose the gold rush brats of online
music entitlement with the cold shower of reality.
We also address more of those pithy and cogent questions
you've been deluging us with.
- No. 50 (Dec '00) -
"Too Much Of Everything" -
We define wax warriors, jump ship on file sharing, marvel at
major label efficiency (HAHAHA!) and dodge maniac drivers,
eyes firmly glued to the dashboard while choosing MP3s as a
soundtrack for slamming into concrete dividers at high speed!
- No. 49 (Nov '00) -
"Streaming And Scheming (New Options For The Online Musician)" -
A walk-through of Live365.com's Internet "Radio" and an
introductory tutorial about setting up your own web site
- No. 48 (Oct '00) -
"Hilarity, Hubris and Heuristics" -
A sampling of idiocy and inspiration presently
defining Internet audio. Including (but not limited
to): a sampling of some music fans' opinions on file
sharing utilities, the changing business models of
E-Music and MP3.com, another unpload site review, and
an answer to a kind letter from one of you!
- No. 47 (Sep '00) -
"File Sharing Is Fun (Part 2/2)" -
Part 2 covering Macster, Gnutella, and Scour Exchange (SX).
- No. 46 (Aug '00) -
"File Sharing Is Fun (Part 1/2)" -
Part 1 of a down and dirty
how-to and what-for of Napster and other file-sharing
- No. 45 (Jul '00) -
"MORE PERSONALITY! NEW! BRIGHTER BOX!" -
A look at the newest entries in the streaming media tools
"version wars" from RealNetworks and Microsoft. Plus, bits
and snippets including IUMA's A&R Files, My.MP3.COM being
beaten down, cheaper CDs (says the government), and Riffage
picks up a San Francisco Club.
- No. 44 (Jun '00) -
"Guitars and Geeks, Two Approaches To A New
Joe Satriani knows which side of the toast
his bread is buttered on! Metallica, in a classic example of
stylistic integrity, negotiates with the same heavy-handed
approach they use to write music! Napster: Are they a flash
in the pan, a harbinger of doom or a strangled cry of: "they
sunk my battleship!"
- No. 43 (May '00) -
"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Black
And Blue..." -
An effervescent diatribe of Viral Marketing, Loony Tunes
characters come to life, a Microsoft product that actually
makes us happy, prizewinning bug sleuths, soup, whipping boys,
and more... All in one column!
- No. 42 (Apr '00) -
"But Who Is Paying Attention?" -
A look at e-zines that encourage
musicians to send in their work to be reviewed, plus another
upload site, some other places to get your site exposed, and
- No. 41 (Mar '00) -
"Lawyers and Players - MP3 in the Spotlight" -
This month we take a look at the legal landscape of MP3
and also profile some new MP3 players, especially on the
- No. 40 (Feb '00) -
"A Partial Review of Sonic Foundry's Vegas Pro" -
To Sonic Foundry's mixed sorrow and delight, and to maybe no
one's surprise, Vegas Pro is both cool and somewhat not so.
See if the $700.00 price tag is worth it to you!
- No. 39 (Jan '00) -
"Post Apocalyptic or Merely Hungover?" -
The first column for the 2G Times! Five more upload sites are
briefly reviewed, industry trends are pungently commented upon,
stupid ideas are illuminated in harsh-but-fair FezGuy glare.
- No. 38 (Dec '99) -
"Steal This Column" -
More useful stuff! Stuff about how the Grateful Dead used
the web to promote their new box set. Stuff about the new
RealPlayer. And a bunch more other stuff.
- No. 37 (Nov '99) -
"Frothing At The Mouth On The Frontlines" -
Condensed coverage of DDMI (Digital Distribution and the
Music Industry), NXNW (North by Northwest), a followup to #35,
and a letter!
- No. 36 (Oct '99) -
"We've Been Writing This Damn Column For Three Whole Years!" -
On this anniversary we talk about the state of Internet
audio applications for the desktop, an environment
where non-compatibility is accepted and irritating
problems are common.
- No. 35 (Sep '99) -
"A Review of Five Sites to Place Your Song" -
We pretend we are coming at Internet
audio for the first time. Is it a kinder, gentler and
leveled playing field of a World Wide Web, or are things
as complex and obtuse as the business of business
typically make them?
- No. 34 (Aug '99) -
"The Backspace Project: Creating Equity Over Access" -
We pour hot oil over your heads with a report
from London, England, in which online glory is brought back
- No. 33 (Jul '99) -
"Steve Mack - The Project Studio Owner As Internet Audio Advisor" -
We talk to Steve Mack, Co-Creative Director Media
Publishing Dept., RealNetworks. But more importantly,
he's an audio guy like us and he's deep in the thick of
RealNetworks' role in this Internet music stuff.
- No. 32 (Jun '99) -
"The RealConference of RealPeople" -
The FezGuys attend the RealNetworks "RealConference" and dig
deep to bring you the moist and tasty nutrient-rich grubs of
the RealAudio hegemony! Included is a brief overview of
the new RealJukebox product.
- No. 31 (May '99) -
"Spring Internet World" or "Stream a Little Stream of
The FezGuys hit Spring Internet World '99 and
report back all the news that you need to know. Plus, some
"What's New" and a letter response.
- No. 30 (Apr '99) -
"Water, Water Everywhere" -
Some navigational aids for captaining your
career through the sea of music industry parasites and
shipwrecked do-it-all startups.
- No. 29 (Mar '99) -
"Why MP3 and For How Long?" -
We stride confidently over the future of
MP3 and its relationship and comparison to the other codecs.
We're honest, but you expect that of us. Also: one
column wasn't enough for this month so we've also got two
other pieces coming; a review of the Omnia.net audio processor
and a profile of a live webcast with The Other Ones.
- No. 28 (Feb '99) -
"Up To Our Ascii In Mail, Version 2" -
It's a been a year and it's time again to respond to the
wise and wonderful queries of you, our readers.
Unsurprisingly, it's a lot about MP3.
- No. 27 (Jan '99) -
"To Rip, Or Not To Rip..." -
A look at Xing's MP3 CD ripper, AudioCatalyst.
Plus, Microsoft abandons RealNetworks and Java,
Amazon invites indie bands onboard, new QuickTime
on its way, and other news.
- No. 26 (Dec '98) -
"Internet Chivalry Isn't Dead (It Just Smells Funny)" -
An overview of various topics about the evolving nature
of Internet Audio including (but not limited to): The
RIAA being shouted down by the Law over their attack on
Diamond Multimedia's MP3-based portable Walkman-like
device, a look at a few next generation online music
companies, and some new players and industry
- No. 25 (Nov '98) -
"Just How Dumb Do They Think We Are? (A Review of
RealAudio's beta G2 Encoder)" -
This month's review is practically identical to No. 24,
but with rather different results. We audition the new
RealAudio G2 encoder this month.
- No. 24 (Oct '98) -
"The End of the Beginning" -
We turn 2 years old! Yay! We take you
under the hood of the new Xing MP3 Encoder this month...
- No. 23 (Sep '98) -
"IFEZ Introduces Streamcore - A New Angle On Website
We smack you over the head with a new idea to spice up
the way you present audio from your website-- why not
try programming it?
- No. 22 (Aug '98) -
"Why Return To Your Website?" -
Some kindly tips and pointers of things to avoid (and
reminder of things to do) in order to keep people coming
back to your web site.
- No. 21 (Jul '98) -
"A Review of Audioactive's MP3 Production
Studio (Straight Outta Cleveland for the Darlings of
That's right-- a good (and legal) MP3 encoder which you
can try for free and buy for cheap...
- No. 20 (Jun '98) -
"Netcasting in Hipboots" -
In our pointed audacity, we share some
pointers to get you started in Internet radio netcasting.
Plus, we report on our descent upon NAB '98 in Vegas.
- No. 19 (May '98) -
"Wrap Your Ears Around QSound's 3D Audio" -
We give you a quick review the latest 3D audio technology
from QSound Labs and also report back from Internet World
in L.A. and SxSW Interactive in Austin, TX.
- No. 18 (Apr '98) -
"We Will Serve No Algorithm Before Its Time" -
It's about time-- a tutorial on creating MP3 (MPEG 1 & 2,
Layer III) clips for your web site!
- No. 17 (Mar '98) -
"Up To Our Ascii In Mail" -
It's that late winter lull and days are noticeably
longer here in the Northern Hemisphere. It's time to
think about spring. It's time to think about spring
cleaning. It's time to clean out the mailbox! This
month we respond to common questions and vamp off into
- No. 16 (Feb '98) -
"A Trip To L.A." -
We focus on the film and TV composers current activities and
future opportunities online-- reporting back from a
presentation to the Society of Composers &
Lyricists in L.A.
- No. 15 (Jan '98) -
"Rising Up From The Holiday Bacchanal" -
We think new thoughts and speak new words on how to get
that darned music online-- perhaps even through new biz
sidelines of your favorite recording studio?
- No. 14 (Dec '97) -
"Is It Really A Paradigm Shift Or Merely An Account
We return to a subject near and dear to our hearts and
yours - money. A round-up of ideas and information to
assist you in creating, augmenting and streamlining
your Web presence (and more importantly, your Internet
fan-base) and maybe making a few dollars on the side.
- No. 13 (Nov '97) -
"Report On The AES 1997 Conference in New York City" -
Come with us for a walk through of the sights and sounds
(and smells!) of the Audio Engineering Society conference
as the FezGuys hit NYC!
- No. 12 (Oct '97) -
"How Many Are You In Internet Years?" -
We've all made it through the last
twelve months and here we are at our Big Bang
Anniversary Column! Woo! Congratulations to you for
sticking with us, and as Bill Cosby quotes in Fat
Albert, "you might even learn something along the way!"
We know we have.
- No. 11 (Sep '97) -
"Ducats for Downloads?" -
We make some observations
on a couple of groups who are attempting to distribute
music online right now, by whatever means available.
Who died and made us The Judge? Yikes, it's another
"proactive" FezGuys critique!
- No. 10 (Aug '97) -
"Get Involved!" -
We touch on the organized players
who have a stake in the way music is made, stored, transmitted,
marketed and commercialized on the Internet. And how you can
add your voice to a community that actually welcomes input.
- No. 9 (Jul '97) -
"Netcasting Live: The Grok Sessions" -
Let us walk you through how we (and
you) can netcast a 2 hour jam from the home studio!
- No. 8 (Jun '97) -
"One Reason To Get Up In The Morning: Money" -
Let us help you out in understanding how an
independent musician can make money on the Web.
- No. 7 (May '97) -
"Farm Animals And The Law" -
A little straight talk on an extremely curvaceous subject- the
Law. We give you a glancing overview of some of the publishing
and copyright issues as they relate to your music on the Web.
- No. 6 (Apr '97) -
"Geek Thy Neighbor" -
This month's column finds us throwing a great
handful of separate items from the audio codecs larder
at the wall of our digital dining room. Some of these
items may be news to you and some may be termed
- No. 5 (Mar '97) -
"...In Which The Artist Attempts To Reach An Audience
Using That Internet Thingy" -
This month's column is in two disparate portions. The first
portion is sociological rant on why and what we think all of
this means. The second is what may turn out to be useful
information on squeezing the best quality you can out of
current methods of serving audio on the 'net.
- No. 4 (Feb '97) -
"Placing Your Song On The Web (part 2)" -
The second part of our tutorial on how to take that wonderful
new song you just mixed down and put it on the web.
- No. 3 (Jan '97) -
"Placing Your Song On The Web (part 1)" -
The first part of our tutorial on how to take that wonderful
new song you just mixed down and put it on the web! What?
You don't have a wonderful new song? Well, get
cracking, and use something else to test the
process with in the meantime.
- No. 2 (Dec '96) -
"Configure *This*" -
The column which first brought
you here to this site. We take you through the process of
getting to the point where you can stream a RealAudio file.
- No. 1 (Nov '96) -
Meet the FezGuys, learn about
their new column, and get a brief history of audio on
making things rounder and redder
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