Argh! Music to me ears?

     The impact of digital piracy is out of control and many feel its negative effects. Of course the owner of the material loses out on the profit of the sale but the dilemma runs even deeper than this. When property is pirated, a ripple effect occurs throughout the industry itself as well as the entire financial system. When works are stolen, revenue is lost. If entities aren’t able to make money on their products or services, there is no work available.

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     Brian Warwick has been a professional recording engineer working in Los Angeles, Calif. for the last ten years. Some of his clients include “Weird Al” Yankovic, Michael Bublé and Ludacris. He has contributed to 12 albums that were nominated for Grammy Awards. He is also an instructor of his craft at the Los Angeles Film School where he teaches sound principles.

     Warwick says, “As soon as I got to L.A., recording engineering was already in a huge recession because of the [illegal] downloading of music. Studios started closing and engineering rates were just falling through the floor. Even my first engineering rates were way higher than they are now. The funny thing is that I’ve never known anything but an industry in recession.” Unfortunately though, this is anything but a laughing matter when so many people can’t make a living. Because of this, the music industry has taken the lead in the fight against online piracy.

     Whereas the advent of digital recording and creation software programs have had a vital impact on entertainment as a whole, the music side of the industry is no exception. The digital audio workstation (DAW) has brought the audio recording studio into anyone’s home. This has factored into the state of the music industry as well. The condition of the industry isn’t completely due to piracy but it is a major reason as to why we’re where we’re at today.

Hollywood Farmers’ Market: A Place for All

Visitors congregate to shop at the entrance of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market at Ivar Ave. on Oct. 13, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Visitors congregate to shop at the entrance of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market at Ivar Ave. on Oct. 13, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

     With the epicenter of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market being Ivar and Selma Avenues in the heart of Hollywood, Calif., this is a hustling and bustling place on Sundays. The market hours are from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. whether the weather is rain or shine.

     Louise Conrad, a customer and routine vendor, stresses the importance of this particular market. “If the market were no more, many of us here would be in a bad way.” she exclaims. “And the great service it provides for so many different people. The Farmers’ Market provides so much for so many. People from all walks of life come to my market because it’s a great place to be. Some even come here to meet and have fun. Some bring bongo drums and play. I even saw the guy from the Foo Fighters. We always have celebrities come here. They like it.”

     Conrad explains that much of the food sold at the market is organic, meaning that the farmers follow strict guidelines to grow the food items being sold. For meat to be considered organic, it must come from an animal that: 1-has been raised in conditions that give it time to act as it does in nature. 2- has been fed 100 percent organic feed and forage. and 3- has not been given any antibiotics or hormones.

     While seeking one’s way through the hoard of people at the market, all of a sudden, “This place rocks!”  is yelled in the crowd. Laughter ensues and it’s obvious that the majority of the consumers feel the same sentiment.

Shoppers searching to find quality goods in the heart of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Oct. 13, 2013 on Selma Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

Shoppers searching to find quality goods in the heart of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, Oct. 13, 2013 on Selma Ave. in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by: Eric Dively/Full Sail University)

     The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is a beneficial entity for the environment, the economy, the farmers themselves as well as the customers. Even the animals are treated better. Not only are there grocery items sold at the market though. Plants, handmade arts and crafts, prepared dishes such as burgers, tacos, Korean BBQ, etc. are also available. Hours can be spent at this farmers’ market without even experiencing everything. There are many items that may be purchased at the market, which can’t be found in any store.

     For more information about the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, please visit this webpage: http://www.seela.org/hollywood-farmers-market/.