Free e-book, "Divergent Streams - Reflections & Explorations of the Modern Music Industry" brings together a varied and distinguished group of 30 music, technology and media executives, experts and pundits. From Pledgemusic founder Benji Rogers to Forbe's Magazine's Matt Kisser and Richi Mirchandani of Turntable.fm to Dolby Labs' Aaron Master, each offers an informed and thoughtful look at the modern music industry today, and more importantly, tomorrow.
A Brief Interview with Divergent Stream Editor Kyle Bylin
Bruce Houghton: For those who aren’t familiar, what is Divergent Streams?
Kyle Bylin: On a basic level, the book is an essay collection edited by me and written by friends, colleagues, and heroes of mine. I’m fortunate to have access to incredible people who took their time to write essays and trusted my judgement on how to help make them better. On an advanced level, this is my attempt to edit, curate, and publish an array of smaller puzzle pieces that can be combined to create a larger picture. I wanted insights into the music and tech industry that I often couldn’t find anywhere. So I reached out to people who have serious stake or perspective to share, and asked them to write an essay.
Bruce Houghton: Tell me more about the “insights” that you couldn’t find...
Kyle Bylin: Long-form writing about the music and tech industry is often produced by tech news outlets, generalist publications, and traditional magazines. So the pieces are too far and in between to follow, too simple to have depth, and too buried to find. I wanted to create a book that gave busy, well-read people an easy way to find compelling content.
The closer you follow the music and tech industry, the less you have to read. Once you gain a certain level of understanding, you become prone to scanning stories and glancing over headlines. You put the pieces together yourself and don’t need the writer to spell it out. I strived to curate essays with enough insight and depth that they add value for insiders, but are well-written and finely edited to where they are accessible to those just getting started.
When I started out, I gained so much value from Steve Knopper and Greg Kot. They wrote books that gave enormous insight into a period of the music industry that I wasn’t alive to experience or old enough to understand. But those books came out in 2009, and this industry moves fast. I wanted to bring together a collection of essays about the present state of the industry. The one that emerged from the chaos that they acutely chronicled.
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