Music Piracy

I’ve said this before, but I find file sharing and torrents to be a bit of a grey area. I don’t want to go out of my way to condone them, yet at the same time I acknowledge they can just be seen as another form of marketing. Radio for the digital age, perhaps. And in turn I hope that people who genuinely like what they hear go on to support the artist by purchasing the music, buying merchandise, coming along to a show, or just spreading the word.

It’s all a bit of a moot point in my case anyway. Anyone who wants to can already listen to my album, Great & Terrible Potions, in its entirety, online, for free, at my Bandcamp site. Potions was also streaming freely for a few months at the excellent Progstreaming site.

But recently I came across a pirate website selling digital downloads of my album at an incredibly low price. The site looks like an official retailer, and even has a real photo of the actual CD packaging. It’s one thing to trade files freely, but deliberately trying to fool people into thinking they are buying music legitimately (and supporting the artist directly) is absolutely abhorrent.

If you come across any websites like these, please don’t give them the time of day. Honestly, I’d much rather you just downloaded the album for free.

Guy Pratt at the Sit Down Comedy Club

Just back from seeing Guy Pratt at the Sit Down Comedy Club in Brisbane.

Guy is of course a bit of a hero of mine, being the bloke who had the nerve to play slap bass over songs where Roger Waters previously hadn’t. And then twenty years later, Guy chose not to.

Seriously I love the energy of those precious few live performances of Echoes from 1987, and I still remember double-taking when I heard his solo on One Slip. And check out what he did with Any Colour You Like in 1994. That was a revelation.

Guy also makes it cool to like disco.

Anyway the show was hilarious (like his book) and the bass interludes were fantastic.

(On the minus side, it never ceases to amaze me how some people can spend good money on tickets, take a table right at the front of the stage, and proceed to talk to each other through the whole show!)

Guy was right decent enough to have his photo taken with this happy chappy from the front row, whom he reckoned didn’t look like Comic Book Guy. Which must be one of the nicest compliments I’ve received from anyone.

Guy Pratt

Amy Correia

This is the future of the music industry.

There’s no immediate need for record companies. The fund raising doubles as the marketing campaign. And it’s targeted directly at the specific audience, ie. fans. Like me!

I realise Amy’s not the first person to do this. But I’m just delighted to see it working now for someone whose music I actually listen to!

Music Industry Axioms for 2009

Some of you might remember my old list of Robert Fripp-inspired music industry guidelines.

I figured it was time to revise them, in this exciting new world of economic crises, declining album sales, the demise of the long tail, the expectation of free music, and the continual fade of major industry players into irrelevance as they hand out awards to each other.

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