Perhaps the only thing more astounding than the continued existence of the music biz, even as the twin fangs of file sharing and the Great Recession dig ever deeper, is that the biz is thriving. Sort of. Put another way, even against an ultra-bleak horizon, people have continued to write, record, produce, release, and, most of all, innovate. The sum of that creative and entrepreneurial activity amounts to arguably the most kinetic era that the sound recording has ever known.
Enter the second annual SanFran MusicTech Summit held on May 18 at the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown (my thoughts from last year’s goings-on). Once again co-founders Brian and Shoshanna Zisk brought together a compelling cast of industry folksâ€”from Chief Technology Officers, to bookers and managers, to musicians themselvesâ€”for a daylong ideological jam session. And while the conference doesn’t pack the entertainment punch of