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Today’s first subject: Free Music!

What’s the thing about free music these days?

Last podcast featured Duwende Collective – available for free download at duwende.com. Radiohead’s new album was offered as a pay-what-you-want (you could pay nothing, although you still had to pay a processing fee)… no longer available to download. Legally. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is marketing his new album in various incarnations and monetary amounts, from free to $300 (and his free doesn’t include a processing fee like Radiohead’s did) – here: http://ghosts.nin.com/

So, what’s up with that?

Theory 1: Music is no longer a viable commodity – all music can, should, and will be distributed freely whether you like it or not. Record labels are dead. Power to the people!

Theory 2: A new order of artistic-expression-through-free-exchange has been born! Artists share their wares because they trust that the karmic goodwill of human kind in general will repay them for their work.

Theory 3: It’s a marketing ploy.


Theory Related to A Cappella part A:

Your audience – those that come to your shows, and those that buy your albums – are not paying for the music. No, if they wanted to pay for the music, they would buy the original album (and you would pay royalties for your recordings). What they are paying for is you – you the performer, you the group, you the friend-of-theirs-from-Econ-101. You the scintillating stage persona on whom they can pin their quickly dwindling delusions of grandeur. Or, on a larger scale, they are paying to see/hear Hannah Montana the person/personality, or Kelly Clarkson, or Elvis Costello – point being, the music is secondary.

(I know, it’s a lousy theory… please, I invite you to poke holes. Or to point out the holes. Regardless of who caused them, there are holes)

Theory Related to A Cappella part B:

The music is secondary, therefore, why not just give it away for free?

Today’s second subject: more thoughts from the Duwende interview

1) they have never recorded a cover song. Nice work!

2) they aren’t super excited about their first recording… as masterful as their music is now, they had to develop into their current writing ability.

3) the way they recorded this album – collaborative, working it in the studio – is similar to what other bands have done, and, for all I know, still do. Early albums are culled from songs they’ve written over a long time, performed live, dragged in from previous life. But if you think about the Beatles, the Stones, Zeppelin, once they had exhausted that material they would go in to record the new album and work all the crap out there in the studio.

4) Collective is driving music. I’ll explain driving music in a few weeks.

That’s all for now.

Be Original!

You can reach Mister Tim at tim at moosebutter dot com
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