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Thu, Apr. 6th, 2006 10:37 am
Pirates have a proverb: if your boat is sinking, don't sue the water

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(Anonymous)
Thu, Apr. 6th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)

Out of interest, how many CDs would you on average buy per month (ie actually part with your hard-earned cash)?

And OK, you've mentally justified downloading the new Stereolab, but isn't it the case that one can always make up some justification for downloading something if one wants? What if you find yourself downloading something you genuinely think is original and marvellous? Do you then go out and buy it? That Scott Walker album you were raving about the other day. Scott only puts out an album once a decade, I doubt if he's too rich. Are you going to buy his album on release? Is there any moral compunction to buy an artist's work at all, or is every purchase like a voluntary act of charity? Just wondering...


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Thu, Apr. 6th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)

I probably buy about 4 CDs per month in the store. And they usually aren't the ones I end up listening to most. In fact, given my peripatetic lifestyle, they're a problem. I'm living out of a suitcase, and they weigh it down. Bloody atoms!

And OK, you've mentally justified downloading the new Stereolab, but isn't it the case that one can always make up some justification for downloading something if one wants?

Sure, and one can always make up some justification for selling a CD for $18 dollars then giving the artist a tiny bit of that. You know, the current music industry model did not come down from the mountain with Moses.

I think there is a moral compunction to buy CDs as a gesture of support for the artist and also the label who invested in them. I will not, for instance, share the copy of Scott's new album I have. And I will not reveal, even under torture by RIAA inquisitions, where I got it. This record stops with me. I do plan to buy it later. The mp3s have convinced me that it's worth every cent. I'm glad Scott was able to make it, and I appreciate that a record company invested in him, and needs return on its investment. I know that my rave the other day has inspired many people to buy the record.

However, as a musician I can tell you that I record with very minimal record company investment. I see no consistent correlation between musical quality and investment, nor between the size of the label and the size of the artistic achievement. I can envision a future without a music industry, but not a future without music lovers, so when I see the music industry torturing the music lovers (or getting the government to do it for them), I see something sad and cruel, something dying exacting punishment on something living.


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