John Scott G

John Scott G

John Scott G, an admitted word nerd, writes books, plays, screenplays, and political commentary. Author of "Area Code 666," "Secret Sex," and "Ambient Deviant Speedmetal Polka," Mr. G also writes under the pseudonym Gerald Laurence. Every day he happily rubs a few phrases up against each other to create sparks in your brain. You're welcome.


  1. Avatar photo Chris Woods
    Aug 4, 2010 @ 6:05 PM PDT

    The statement that former Shazam executives now work for TuneSat is untrue. This should be corrected from the column.

  2. Avatar photo John Scott G
    Aug 4, 2010 @ 6:11 PM PDT

    Correction: The sentence reading “Today, executives from that firm are with TuneSat…” should say “Today, technology from that firm is at TuneSat….” My apologies for the brainfreeze.

  3. Avatar photo Paula Francescvhi
    Aug 4, 2010 @ 11:39 PM PDT

    Good article, really encouraging for us singers/players/copyright owners/songwriters.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Avatar photo john doe
    Aug 5, 2010 @ 3:32 AM PDT

    old technology cobbled together with a start up running out of money fast

  5. Avatar photo Hanna
    Aug 6, 2010 @ 12:22 AM PDT

    To give further details about Landmark not mentioned in this piece: BMI purchased the Shazam algorithm and all rights associated with it. BMI licensed the right to use it in the consumer marketplace back to Shazam, which markets it as a tool for consumers to use to identify any track by holding a cell phone to the music while Shazam identifies that track using the pattern-recognition technology. Shazam’s music recognition service is now available in 19 countries through more than 50 mobile carriers that service over 500 million mobile phone users worldwide.

    Upon the establishment of Landmark, BMI immediately became its core client and focused on developing the technical infrastructure necessary to deploy the technology in order to track U.S commercial radio performances. Most of this work is now complete, with a fully operative data center and “listening stations” strategically placed throughout the United States. Landmark is simultaneously marketing BlueArrow to a variety of domestic and international businesses and organizations in the music and entertainment industries.

  6. Avatar photo Chris Woods
    Aug 6, 2010 @ 3:12 PM PDT

    This statement is still not correct. TuneSat owns a proprietary audio fingerprint technology that has nothing to do with Shazam.