Time to share some important news.
Around two weeks ago (2-3 October) we were in London, participating in the event that could possible mark the beginning of the new music (and not only) industry.
Most probably, most of you are aware about numerous problems in modern music business. Generally, there is lack of transparency, unfairness, inefficiency and low payout for artists. However, there are number of people and organization that recognize these problems and try to change that.
The two-today Guardian Live event at the Sonos Studio in London saw the first release of the song “Tiny Human” by Imogen Heap using the emerging blockchain technology, followed by panels with discussions and Q&A. Here is the transcript of what Imogen had to say about the project and video from the first day panel session.
We share this vision and the direction to fully support instant and transparent payments and to create open-source platform for artists as well as try to reduce issue of piracy. We have initiated numerous contacts with artists and developers from the UK and USA. We are aiming to become first in Nordic countries to eventually offer such services to artists and their fans.
This is just the first step, but many motivated people are already involved in the project and we really dream to see the conditions for the artists change in the future of this business.
So what is blockchain?
The blockchain is essentially just what the name says: a chain of blocks. A block contains the data of all transactions within a period of time, and a reference to the block before it. It is an underlying protocol for one the most known cryptocurrency – Bitcoin.
The blockchain protocol offers to run applications autonomously, decentralized, transparent and secure. Decentralized because it runs purely peer-to-peer through nodes of users on the network. Transparent because the transactions are public and the network is open to everyone. Autonomously thanks to protocols dictating the rules of transactions on the network. And secure due to all nodes on the network verifying the transactions through consensus algorithms.
Even though blockchain technologies have existed for about 6 years, we are still in the dawn of their utilization. Innovative solutions that have potential societal impact are still being researched and discovered every day. One of latest innovations – is an introduction to blockchain so-called digital smart contracts. In a nutshell, smart contracts are computer programs that can automatically execute the terms of a contract.
All in all together, blockchain protocol with smart contracts could allow transparency of payments (including royalties), fast and secure payments and artistic freedom.
Dear Tarja’s fans, this time we need your help. 😀
One of us is currently writing a master thesis on research topic - the promotion of live music events and it’s effect on the artist’s career and image. It’s not hard to guess the artist whose concerts are used as the case study. 😆
If you have ever attended at least one concert of Tarja during her solo career, It would be very important if you could take few minutes of your time to complete this survey, created to collect data for the master thesis. You will have time to take part until the 19th of July.
The survey is absolutely anonymous, but at the end you can add your email address and have the chance to win one of the 10 available postcards from The Voice of Finland signed by Tarja. The emails will be collected separately and with the only purpose to select the winners, that will be contacted by the end of August.
The results of the survey are very important, so please read carefully the questions, take your time to answer, and contact us if something is not clear. You can comment, send a private message here or to the email address in the survey.
I hope you realise that answering randomly just to have a chance to win the postcard could invalidate the results, so please take this survey seriously. More postcards and more competition will be available in the future, if you follow our page you know we organise them every time we can. 😉
The more responses are collected, the better, so please share the link with friends and family members, who you know attended one or more concerts. If you wish to share it in your fan club or fan page, please share this post or always include this text. Your help is really appreciated! 😀
And yes, in case you’re wondering, Tarja is aware of the thesis and of the survey and she will be informed of the results. 😛
Link to the SURVEY.
Link to the folder with the TRANSLATIONS of the questions in Finnish, Russian, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and French (pdf format)
Once again... THANKS! :-)
TARJA TURUNEN - AVE MARIA CHRISTMAS TOUR 2015
SPECIAL WINTER STORM FAN CLUBS OFFER
Dear members of Winter Storm fan clubs,
This year’s special Christmas Tour of Tarja has just been announced. Also this year the concerts in Finland will take place in churches without numbered seats. Every year more international fans are coming to the shows, and that’s why we decided since last year to offer something special only to fan clubs. For those of you who will come to one or two concerts of Tarja’s Christmas Tour 2015, the organiser Outlanders Productions is pleased to offer you:
• a guaranteed front row seat reservation limited to maximum 10 people per show (named reservation), after that the best seats available will still be reserved in the second and third rows (general fan club reservation).
• a free new Christmas Tarja postcard
• for those of you that will come to both shows, a free concert poster
Through Lippupalvelu it is not possible to buy print@home tickets, because at the entrance of churches we can’t have ticket scanner to check barcodes. For this reason and because of the high shipping costs of the ticket service, we decided to offer to fans coming from abroad also the possibility to book tickets in advance through us.
Please note that:
• The offer is exclusive for Winter Storm fan club members and is free of charge.
• The offer is valid only for the shows organised by Outlanders Productions.
• The applications will be accepted on first-come, first-served basis.
• You must already have your own ticket for the concert or book it through us.
In order to apply you should send an email at xmas[at]outlanders-productions.com providing the following information:
• your name, last name, city and country
• your Winter Storm fan club
• concerts you are planning to attend
• photocopies (or proof of purchase) of your tickets OR
• request to book the tickets through us (you will receive instructions by email on how to proceed with the booking)
Deadline to apply for the offer is 15th of December 2015. The reservation will be valid only once you will receive confirmation and instructions by email. More info about the concerts are available at www.tarjaturunen.com and www.outlanders-productions.com
If you are not member of a Winter Storm Fan Club yet, check the list on Tarja’s official website or contact us for more info.
For Finland and other Scandinavian countries, please contact our friends at Winter Storm Scandinavia to know how to join the fan club!
Please note: The use of cameras and video and/or audio recording equipment during the concert is strictly prohibited. Flash photography is also prohibited. As an exception, you can take pictures only during the last song of the concert program (without flash).
Viper Arms – You Will Not Possess Me (release date April 23rd 2015)
New single and video You Will Not Possess Me released by Viper Arms
The all-female quartet from Turku, Finland, play hard rock influenced by pop music as well as heavy metal.
Watch the video for You Will Not Possess Me on Youtube:
You Will Not Possess Me tells a story about passion, obsession and the need to own another person. The video is inspired by 1950's Finnish movies.
The single is available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.
Tarja Turunen Ave Maria – joulukonsertti
Tarjan ensimmäisestä joulukonserttikiertueesta on kulunut 10 vuotta. Juhlistaakseen kulunutta jouluista taivaltaan, Tarja tekee tämän vuoden joulukuulla kaksi erikoislaatuista konserttia.
Tarjan Ave Maria- albumi on nauhoitettu Lakeuden Ristin kirkossa Seinäjoella ja julkaistaan syksyllä 2015. Kaikki me ehkä tunnemme Gounodin Ave Marian, mutta tuhansia muita Ave Marioita on sävelletty vuosisatojen aikana. Tämän vuoden joulukonserttiohjelmistossa kuulemme rakastetuimpien ja tuntemattomampien Ave Marioiden lisäksi myös perinteisiä joululauluja.
21.12.2015 – Kalevan Kirkko Tampere
22.12.2015 – Kallion Kirkko Helsinki
Klo 19.00 (ovet 18:15)
Liput 38.00 € ja 33.00 € (opiskelijat ja eläkeläiset), sis. palvelupalkkio
Liput ovelta 40.00 € ja 36.00 € (opiskelijat ja eläkeläiset)
Pyörätuoliasiakkaan saattaja veloituksetta samalla lipulla
Ten years after her first Christmas tour, Tarja Turunen will present this December two special events, introducing something new and different in her traditional concerts.
Tarja’s Ave Maria- album, recorded in the Lakeuden Ristin Kirkko in Seinäjoki, Finland, is scheduled to be released in Autumn 2015. Everyone probably knows Gounod’s Ave Maria, but thousands of other Ave Marias have been composed over the centuries. This year Christmas concerts will be an unique and precious occasion to appreciate live some of the most loved Ave Marias as well as more rare ones, together with the most expected Christmas carols as part of the program.
Prices on presale 38.00 € and 33.00 € (students and pensioners), including service fee
Prices at the doors 40.00 € and 36.00 € (students and pensioners)
Concerts starts at 19.00 (doors open at 18.15)