the kid wrote:And do you think the djembeplayers in w Africa are looking for a djembe magazine. I would say this is aimed at euro etc students of djembe rather than guys from w Africa.
precisely my point. so that pretty much targets france, part of belgium, parts of switzerland and of course quebec (perhaps also a few small places like new caledonia).
the kid wrote:any one else who speaks even a little french will enjoy it
it's hard to read a mag in a language you don't speak and read well. even if you can hold a bit of conversation in french, it's a far cry from reading a french publication. some who have some french skills and want to improve them may appreciate this challenge, and i kind of fall into this category but i would still rather read in english as i simply don't have the time - it can take me 10 times as long to read and understand an article in french.
e2c wrote:From the quotes above as well as posts with unsourced info. I understand that you are interested in many things - so am I - but there are times that I feel like some aspects of this board are a bit overspecialized and somewhat forbidding to people who are new to both W. African percussion music and the djembe.
that is your opinion, e2c. i could point to many threads where people are talking about things that have nothing to do with djembe or djembe music, or are talking about using djembe in non-traditional situations or with their own non-traditional techniques. we are careful to include people from all walks of life on this board. however, when people ask for the real scoop on traditional
djembe culture, a lot of people on this board feel obligated to represent it properly, to the best of their ability. if you feel that's an issue that is 'forbidding' to people who are new to the territory, then feel free to raise it in another thread. i'd be interested to look at any strategies you might have towards overcoming this issue.
e2c wrote:It's probably a lot easier to start off in a language that the owners and writers are familiar with than in one that they're not - and translation costs $$$ and is more difficult than it might seem - until one does it.
yes, i agree. i wasn't criticising them for producing a french-only publication, i was more pointing out the need for an english one!
michi wrote:I don't get why these people chose a paper magazine for this.
michi, the e-publishing idea still doesn't wash with many people. 2 decades down the track, e-books still haven't taken off as predicted. i for one don't want to spend even more time in front of a computer reading an e-mag, when i can take a paper mag to the beach or wherever i want and read it without needing to worry about reception, battery time on a laptop (which i don't even have), etc. i also find the frequencies of hum from computers tiring after a while. i like to keep my computer time to a minimum.
i've run into dozens of people who feel the same way and who subscribe to or regularly buy music mags. to quote garvin further up in this thread:
Garvin wrote:This site is the closest thing I've found to a resource which gets close to something like it. And as much as I love all of you guys, it is just not the same as flipping through a magazine. The videos here are awesome but I would love a glossy three page article getting into all of the minutiae of wood, rope, skin and metal. I could read about this stuff ad nauseum.
this also reminds me of the debate between vinyl and cds and audio downloads. part of the vinyl appeal is the generation gap, part is the warmer sound it has, part is the ability to have a 'hard copy' - a real object - to show for your money, that you can stick in the player.
i posted a free ebook in the media section. judging by the small number of reads and even smaller number of downloads, ebooks aren't a popular choice on this board. of course, a second possibility crossed my mind: that west african folktales might not be so popular a subject, but when it comes to getting something for free that has relevance to what people here are generally interested in... i'd have to say i'm leaning more towards the first possibility.
michi wrote:This way, production and distribution costs are way down, and you get a more useful magazine.
there are some definite advantages to e-publishing, but 'more useful' is in the eye of the beholder. if someone likes reading on paper, an e-mag or e-book would not be very useful to them.
here's another question for you: if you're prepared to pay $15-$20 for a quarterly english paper mag of this kind, would you be happy to pay the same amount for an e-mag? i suspect most people would expect it to be a lot cheaper. therefore i suspect that your idea of e-publishing allowing you to do more per issue with less is, for the moment, not actualised in practice. it probably will
be some years down the track...
michi wrote:The future of magazine publishing is electronic, and it will happen mostly on devices such as the iPad. Thats particularly true for anything related to performing arts.
you're probably right there, but this change is taking place much slower than expected and i reckon paper publications will still have their place for a good number of years ahead. who knows, it could be that e-publishing will suddenly get a rise a couple of years from now, but it will take time for people to warm to it (much like cd's took time and cassettes and vinyl were still dominating the shops for a while).