Grateful for a Splendid 2017!
The “new” Authentic Sound
September onwards, we left the daily video as well of the concept of the monthly projects. Soon came to three videos a week, Music Monday, Thoughts on Wednesday and Inspiration on Friday, which meant mostly a recording that I own or a documentary that I believe is worth sharing. Adding an introduction to each of those recordings, the same thing happens as always on YouTube: what effort you put in, you get back. It is remarkable how much I personally have learned just by preparing those introductions for you.
Flying back again for a moment to January, Anja & I took part in an intense course with Tim Schmoyer. Tim Schmoyer is one of the most experienced YouTube experts out there (Videocreators) and a 10 week intense meeting with 20 other YouTube creators completely changed our view on YouTube. In fact the plans we develop currently are born there. You might have noticed the very first difference by the introduction of my online course on “Basic Keyboard Techniques”. Over a 40 people have tested that and I cannot complain at all on how this course performed afterwards.
Tempo Research introduced
And then, also in January, we got a visit of Lorenz Gadient. I know Lorenz for almost 10 years now and as he is for sure the most experienced (and honest) researcher on pendula notations and metronome markings, you can imagine we talked regularly in the past on issues you’ll know I believe are important. His magnificent book ‘Takt und Pendelsschlag’, bringing for the first time in history an objective, consistent theory from within the context of the pendulum and metronome notations, deserves way more attention than it does today.
So in the time span of one hour last January, Lorenz and I decided a) to start a project rewriting and reshaping his book, a project that is formed slowly but steadily. And b) to make an interview on the topic.
So we did. It is the pingpong video that at the beginning had a rather strong impact. No surprise it was rejected to the bottom on certain facebook groups that talk on historical performance practice, but here comes the magic of social media: for a reason I don’t understand or know, YouTube started suggesting that video from October again, to many people, not dozens, not hundreds, but thousands. In one month, that interview became by far the most popular video of my entire channel, outperforming longtime ‘hits’ as the Beethoven pathetique or the Mozart a la Turca. It spikes in a way is kind of remarkable. Brings in a lot of new subscribers, and, more importantly, the overwhelming number of thumbs up on that video only gives a strong message. I do hear you, and honestly, your support in what sometimes feels as a lonely “battle” in the warp speed driven ‘HIP’ world of anno 2017, is very welcome. There is so much more to be researched here and share with you, and so I will!
That brings us to the overall performance of our channel that the last two months kind of exploded, again without a clear reason that stands out to me. We doubled in views, watchtime and subscriber growth. Suddenly, overnight. And that trend is steady now for two months.
So I guess all of that is a strong signal from you to continue. And with you at the other side of the camera, there is nothing I’d love to do more than that. I’m really looking forward to interact with you in the comment sections here on YouTube or in the chat during the lifestreams that will come back soon.
I wish you a splendid 2018, a year full of health and music.