By Knar Bedian, Editor in Chief and co-founder of Sound of Boston and journalist previously published in Billboard, Wired, AUX Magazine and Gizmodo.
Imagine if every recipe in a cooking magazine was paired with a completed culinary dish for readers to taste. That’s what the Internet did for music publications. With the web, music magazines could finally present a serving of audio side-by-side with the text discussing it. Though hearing Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes” while reading a review of In Between Dreams isn’t quite the same as sampling a steaming stack of syrupy hotcakes while reading a recipe in Bon Appetit, the concept is shared. Yet publications were slow to adopt the online medium, and those who did struggled to understand it.