Unsound – The Music Industry Is Extra Screwed Up Now

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  1. Painfully true of all the digital arts. Music just led the way. Too bad those 10,000 hours don’t register as special (or scarce) anymore.

  2. Thank you for sharing this trailer. To see several artists that I listen to, love, and respect, be in a place of confusion and despair about their careers and creations is disheartening to say the least. I think this film will shed a lot of light on what people need to do to continue to have real creators in music.

  3. As someone who has been in the music business for three decades and now a photographer, this is very important for all to see.

    Somewhere along the line the world decided that digital means free…..In my world of commercial photography digital is only the delivery system. It is not cheaper to produce shoots digitally nor is it less time in the darkroom. The digital darkroom has just given us tools to do things that we could not do before. Its the same work just different tools.

  4. The misquote from Thompson does a great disservice to the piece. Good sentiment – but getting it very wrong in several ways really undermines their value as speaking for artists.

    I remembered the original article – and it only took 15 seconds of googling to double check.

  5. Donald Monahan

    Thanks for this piece. I played music in the 60′ as a kid and in the early 70’s with some great players in the DC area. Even then, it was a crazy life, but at least even living small was cheap. I took lessons from a great and well known jazz player, who in order to survive, played in the circus band when they came to town. I had an epiphany that if this guy was as gifted as he was and had to turn to whatever came down the pike in order to pay the rent and play the stuff he wanted to, that I was never going to make it as a musician. I went into carpentry, and later into software. I still play some, but it’s a tough life for pros.

  6. is that a paid advertisement by the sobbing and hurt record industry who found some musicians that have not understood that the time between 1950-2000 A.D. was an exceptional place and time of utopian growth in all of the history of womenkind that is coming to an end?
    artists always were a commidity of those with extra pocket money. the most music was never made by people who could make a living from it but as a cultural pastime.
    the later decades of the last millenium had the weird thing going on that some with cash to spend for art – therefore being able to support a million musicians – were also making their money off the back of those musicians.

  7. The comment: “I’m a musician, not a T-shirt maker” – reminded me of another I often hear: “I’m a photographer, not a salesman”. I think the real issue here is that the old business model of selling rights is dead, and based on a concept that is arguably not even real – the idea that you can own ideas, or in this case file of 1’s and 0′. Why are some idea generators favored over others (ie. no copyright for fashion designers, but it exists for photographers). It’s mostly just politics and legal manipulation of the market. Software as a service exists because people are finally accepting what I’ve been saying for years, IP based business models don’t work in this day and age. To be clear here, I’m not saying you can’t license or have direct contracts with a buyer, especially someone commissioning the work. IP laws target third parties. Anyhow, we need to move beyond the old paradigm into a new one where what is being monetized is something we can **actually control**.