Electronic Music other: What will you do now?
Written February 10 2008 , Tags: raccoons
Alex Botten, also known as Thee Moths (see my other latest blog) has published an article about "how screwed the music industry is".
He's talking about the good and bad sides of modern day's ways of digital publishing and the life of touring bands.
I just thought some of you might be interested in his wise words.
Here it is:
link (pdf file)
the music industry is always changing...i mean a few decades ago our grandparents were into accordian dance party albums and suchlike.
the only constant is that people will make music and share it with others.
word to your (grand)mother
And I thought that was a good read too... Yes, give up the idea of the mansion, and yes, be happy with the process of making art, or entertainment, or whatever you call it.
Fredo said: "Yes, give up the idea of the mansion, ....."
But the whole mansion/fast cars/loose women is a delusional fantasy anyway. Hip hop/r&b artists sell huge amounts of units and yet quite a few still declare themselves bankrupt.
the music industry has always been that youre working for a very ruthless corporation, earning a bit of a better wage than you would in a factory but with damn sight worse employment contract.
Monty: dont forget excellent classics like this: link
i'm still into accordion dance party albums. nothing ever changes. QUED.
yeah nice read - I think it's a good point to say that buying music in physical form is becoming a boutique market basically. personally I think that's cool! i like that I can buy this special little handmade limited edition thing and that everyone still gets to hear the music on it because it's being spread around file sharing networks.
the whole issue of releases as art objects and the value of an art object is another thing altogether - I hate applying any economic model to things like this, but applying the economy of the art world to boutique music releases makes sense to me.
also, the world needs more accordion dance parties.
I had one on the weekend - The cops had to shut us down in the end. That was one badass party
i'm not too keen on the boutique market really. I don't want to pay 300 bucks for an album. Also long term, that mp3 data might not even last. A harddrive crash and poof it's gone. And really the physicality of holding onto a CD is great.
I think the double format of normal run CDs and limited CDs is great. Hopefully that price disparity will get large enough such that normal run CDs don't cost that much anymore, what with the limited editions subsidising the cost of the production. But really, perhaps subsidising is the wrong word, and the music industry is just bloated with too much fat cats at the top, just like most other industries. So as long as costs of production are buoyed by the people giving out the cash, it's going to be as expensive for the rest of the folks.
I thought this was a great post. All the links were great too and really actually helped me to accept the death of the music indusrty. I went through denial, anger, barganning and now acceptance. Finally. Almost all of the music I listen to has now has been handed to me by friends doing the whole itunes thing which has made me quite sad in the past knowing that a) I'm not supporting the artist and b) feeling sad that these people had been deprived of the wonderful record shopping experience -finding that mint copy of an album you've been looking for and taking a chance on a few unknown titles because they look interesting-sad that this aspect of shopping is over.
Downloading albums always seemed like catching fish from a bucket. No sport. Not fun.
I plan to release product but in a limited fasion with neato packaging as well as MP3s. I never had any aspirations to be on mtv anyway so at least I wont be dissapointed when nothing happens!
Another thing about downloads and mp3s-
A lot of the various Heavy Metal scenes seem to be doing quite well as far as sales of product is concerned. Death Metal is one scene where you just have to have the album or CD because of the artwork and packaging I guess.
My brother is in a metal band and really into the metal world so I see a lot of new CDs and I have to say some of the latest black metal packaging is quite nice.
And there's always new bands. More and more all the time signed to labels and everything -all without radio play or major label support.
It's just weird to me because no matter what scene you're in, you probably did the same thing that most musicians did when they were young -see or hear some band and said " I want to do that" and that's still going on in the metal scene with bands coming out right now sounding like classic thrash from 85 or whatever. Every old school band that started some classic variant of metal -death, thrash, stoner etc..has passed the torch to a ton of new bands who are keeping the sound alive and it never seems to turn into a case of 'too many cooks in the kitchen' . For 40 years now!
It's interesting to see a scene that is basically self managed much like our own electronic scene, with it's own superstars and underground artists surviving in the digital age.
what i LOVE about the new era is that theres so much music being released and shared that its impossible for it to be categorised and distilled in hack articles.
I loathe those genre histories you get in magazines.
ie: when some journo hack attempts to sell some fake biased musical timeline of punk.
You can use the internet to research your own obessions as opposed relying on some NME marketing plan.
Ill miss being able to by records in the shops, but i cant wait till the end of preachy music journalism.
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