« on: June 12, 2010, 10:59:55 PM »
I get curmudgeonly (more so than usual) when this topic comes up. Speaking strictly for myself, not interested in convincing anyone about anything, but my one small opinion is that downloads suck and will finally put music in its grave as far as people paying for it. I'm all for free downloads - and I will be a bastard here and say that if an album is released download only, it absolutely deserves to be traded for free on the net. I hate myself for saying that...
CDs are already degenerate enough. Weird collectors, people I know personally who don't even have a record player, have been known to buy a vinyl album release just for the art and luxuriant experience, and to buy a cd copy for the listening. So there are still the hardcore art/music fusion lovers out there.
I am heading to the house of some friends this evening, the house of metal dudes. They have a massive all vinyl collection stacked alluringly in their living room. Joyful hours are spent there poring over the elaborate 70's gatefold art while drinking in the sounds. This experience is quite fun, and compared to buying "air" for $9 off the internet, I know what I would choose.
Dear music makers, we (artists and musicians) need to start collaborating again like we did in ancient times. Let's make musical objects that people are actually willing to pay for, that can be enjoyed, touched, seen, and heard for years to come.
If you only have the wherewithal to release a download, you should rethink the idea of being paid for your music at all.
The divorce of music and art has not been finalized.
But that is one man's totally backward, out of step with the times, and perhaps idiotic opinion...