Mark Grondin is creating Music criticism/reviews
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Hi folks, welcome to Spectrum Pulse, where we talk about music, movies, art and culture - and this time, the conversation is about you.

No, not like that, or like that either. For those of you who are not aware, my name is Mark Grondin, I'm the host of this series, which includes critical reviews, year-end rankings of songs and records, Special Comments, and of course my weekly series Billboard BREAKDOWN, where I dig into the twisted and often chaotic mess of the Billboard Hot 100. And over the past three to four years, it's been astounding to watch this community of over twenty-three thousand people grow, developing friendships, collaborations, and even memes - and while there have been some contentious moments, I'd like to think that we as a community have helped forge something special. And this... now it's time to take a step I've been considering for nearly two years, a chance to open up the floodgates to you, an experiment I've seen refined and tested in so many quarters.

I speak, of course, of Patreon. Founded in 2013, this was a service designed at its core to better connect artists with their fans and audiences, cut out the middlemen to build the symbiotic relationship, inspired by the old concept of 'patron of the arts'. At a deepeIt r level this was forging a connection, allowing the audience insight into the process or even direction of the art created. It's enabling talent, allowing great things to grow...

And yet, I don't really fit into the traditional definition of 'artist'. Yes, I'm a published author, but I fall more in line as a critic leaning even towards journalism, and while there is indeed value in sparking that conversation, I'm convinced it needs to be treated in a different way. YouTube, in a way, has already started to change this critical dichotomy, harkening back to an older tradition of individual men and women describing, analyzing, and critiquing art, not corporate entities with a brand delivered from on high. For the most part, over six hundred reviews have given you evidence, you know where I stand - and this means the next step is bringing the conversation to you.
Tiers
Voting Tier
$1 or more per month 47 patrons
 At this level, once during the scheduled periods (Tuesday/Thursday nights between 7-9 pm EST and Saturday afternoon 1-5pm EST), you have voting access to the schedule. Throughout the course of a two hour window, you may cast your vote for an album/review in each tier - the top three entries receiving the most votes get to advance up the schedule. Stipulations include:
  • If there is a tied vote, I choose the tie-breaker;
  • I also have a vote :)
Album/Month Tier
$20 or more per month 8 patrons
At this level, once per calendar month during any Saturday opening, instead of voting within the two hour window in any one tier you may opt to add a record of your choice to the bottom of the schedule in the appropriate release window tier (you still have your voting privileges for the other tiers that week). 


Stipulations to this include: 

The record must be a commercially available full-length project (not a compilation) and must have a lyric sheet or publicly available lyrics;

The record must have been released within the current year;

The record must be available for download at reasonable cost;

Just because the record has been added to the schedule is not a guarantee of a positive review.

I have the final say whether the record is to be covered (most often there's no issue but depending upon the genre or record I might contact you to discuss other potential arrangements).

Album/Two Weeks AND/OR Movie Tier
$30 or more per month 2 patrons
At this level, twice per calendar month during any Saturday opening, instead of voting within the two hour window in any one tier you may opt to add a record of your choice to the bottom of the schedule in the appropriate release window tier (you still have your voting privileges for the other tiers that week) OR once per month add a movie.


Stipulations to this include: 

The record must be a commercially available full-length project (not a compilation) and must have a lyric sheet or publicly available lyrics;

 The movie must be a commercially available full-length project; 

The record/movie must have been released within the current year;

The record/movie must be available for download or in theaters at reasonable cost;

Just because the record/movie has been added to the schedule is not a guarantee of a positive review.

I have the final say whether the record/movie is to be covered (most often there's no issue but depending upon the genre or record/film I might contact you to discuss other potential arrangements).

ULTIMATE TIER (Album/Week AND/OR Movie AND/OR Top Ten List!)
$40 or more per month 2 patrons
 At this level, during any Saturday opening, instead of voting within the two hour window in any one tier you may opt to add a record of your choice to the bottom of the schedule in the appropriate release window tier (you still have your voting privileges for the other tiers that week) OR once per month add a movie OR once per month add a top 10 list!


Stipulations to this include: 

The record must be a commercially available full-length project (not a compilation) and must have a lyric sheet or publicly available lyrics;

The year-end list must encompass a year when Billboard published a year end Hot 100 list (beginning in 1959)

It must be specified in the list whether you want a best/worst list.

The suggestion for a top ten list goes to the absolute bottom of the 'Other' tier - this is done to give me time to listen to all songs on that list, rank them appropriately, and put together the video.

This does NOT take the place of the regularly scheduled year-end best/worst lists - those will proceed as normal.

 The movie must be a commercially available full-length project; 

The record/movie must have been released within the current year;

The record/movie must be available for download or in theaters at reasonable cost;

Just because the record/movie has been added to the schedule is not a guarantee of a positive review.

I have the final say whether the record/movie is to be covered (most often there's no issue but depending upon the genre or record/film I might contact you to discuss other potential arrangements).

Hi folks, welcome to Spectrum Pulse, where we talk about music, movies, art and culture - and this time, the conversation is about you.

No, not like that, or like that either. For those of you who are not aware, my name is Mark Grondin, I'm the host of this series, which includes critical reviews, year-end rankings of songs and records, Special Comments, and of course my weekly series Billboard BREAKDOWN, where I dig into the twisted and often chaotic mess of the Billboard Hot 100. And over the past three to four years, it's been astounding to watch this community of over twenty-three thousand people grow, developing friendships, collaborations, and even memes - and while there have been some contentious moments, I'd like to think that we as a community have helped forge something special. And this... now it's time to take a step I've been considering for nearly two years, a chance to open up the floodgates to you, an experiment I've seen refined and tested in so many quarters.

I speak, of course, of Patreon. Founded in 2013, this was a service designed at its core to better connect artists with their fans and audiences, cut out the middlemen to build the symbiotic relationship, inspired by the old concept of 'patron of the arts'. At a deepeIt r level this was forging a connection, allowing the audience insight into the process or even direction of the art created. It's enabling talent, allowing great things to grow...

And yet, I don't really fit into the traditional definition of 'artist'. Yes, I'm a published author, but I fall more in line as a critic leaning even towards journalism, and while there is indeed value in sparking that conversation, I'm convinced it needs to be treated in a different way. YouTube, in a way, has already started to change this critical dichotomy, harkening back to an older tradition of individual men and women describing, analyzing, and critiquing art, not corporate entities with a brand delivered from on high. For the most part, over six hundred reviews have given you evidence, you know where I stand - and this means the next step is bringing the conversation to you.

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Tiers
Voting Tier
$1 or more per month 47 patrons
 At this level, once during the scheduled periods (Tuesday/Thursday nights between 7-9 pm EST and Saturday afternoon 1-5pm EST), you have voting access to the schedule. Throughout the course of a two hour window, you may cast your vote for an album/review in each tier - the top three entries receiving the most votes get to advance up the schedule. Stipulations include:
  • If there is a tied vote, I choose the tie-breaker;
  • I also have a vote :)
Album/Month Tier
$20 or more per month 8 patrons
At this level, once per calendar month during any Saturday opening, instead of voting within the two hour window in any one tier you may opt to add a record of your choice to the bottom of the schedule in the appropriate release window tier (you still have your voting privileges for the other tiers that week). 


Stipulations to this include: 

The record must be a commercially available full-length project (not a compilation) and must have a lyric sheet or publicly available lyrics;

The record must have been released within the current year;

The record must be available for download at reasonable cost;

Just because the record has been added to the schedule is not a guarantee of a positive review.

I have the final say whether the record is to be covered (most often there's no issue but depending upon the genre or record I might contact you to discuss other potential arrangements).

Album/Two Weeks AND/OR Movie Tier
$30 or more per month 2 patrons
At this level, twice per calendar month during any Saturday opening, instead of voting within the two hour window in any one tier you may opt to add a record of your choice to the bottom of the schedule in the appropriate release window tier (you still have your voting privileges for the other tiers that week) OR once per month add a movie.


Stipulations to this include: 

The record must be a commercially available full-length project (not a compilation) and must have a lyric sheet or publicly available lyrics;

 The movie must be a commercially available full-length project; 

The record/movie must have been released within the current year;

The record/movie must be available for download or in theaters at reasonable cost;

Just because the record/movie has been added to the schedule is not a guarantee of a positive review.

I have the final say whether the record/movie is to be covered (most often there's no issue but depending upon the genre or record/film I might contact you to discuss other potential arrangements).

ULTIMATE TIER (Album/Week AND/OR Movie AND/OR Top Ten List!)
$40 or more per month 2 patrons
 At this level, during any Saturday opening, instead of voting within the two hour window in any one tier you may opt to add a record of your choice to the bottom of the schedule in the appropriate release window tier (you still have your voting privileges for the other tiers that week) OR once per month add a movie OR once per month add a top 10 list!


Stipulations to this include: 

The record must be a commercially available full-length project (not a compilation) and must have a lyric sheet or publicly available lyrics;

The year-end list must encompass a year when Billboard published a year end Hot 100 list (beginning in 1959)

It must be specified in the list whether you want a best/worst list.

The suggestion for a top ten list goes to the absolute bottom of the 'Other' tier - this is done to give me time to listen to all songs on that list, rank them appropriately, and put together the video.

This does NOT take the place of the regularly scheduled year-end best/worst lists - those will proceed as normal.

 The movie must be a commercially available full-length project; 

The record/movie must have been released within the current year;

The record/movie must be available for download or in theaters at reasonable cost;

Just because the record/movie has been added to the schedule is not a guarantee of a positive review.

I have the final say whether the record/movie is to be covered (most often there's no issue but depending upon the genre or record/film I might contact you to discuss other potential arrangements).