Marketing, managers, production, PR, information management, lackies who bring the coffee and secretly resent you so deeply that they routinely gob in your drink and of course the hangers on and followers who make the whole gig roll along – all the perks of a musical corporate adventure. Continue reading Money Matters
Ideals are Free
Last time out I did a fairly limited job of advocating a skill sharing site which, as a lesser function, I believed could help someartists earn some money – a suggestion which led to extensive debate and proved, if it needed proving, that opinions on money in the free music community are divided say the least. A discussion emerged though and, despite disagreements, it remained a matter for those within the wider community to discuss – today I’m asking what happens if an issue like that is taken out of our control; what happens if the sharks close in? Continue reading Circling Sharks
The lost Island of Hyper-Experimental Trance Techno Ambient Soundscapes
Music, like almost nothing else, lends itself to obsession. For any sound, style or genre, no matter how hard to digest, no matter how obscure, no matter how bad even you’ll still find a hardcore of devotees lurking in a dark corner somewhere fixated on it to the point of mania. It’s a beautiful thing – even if the music itself leaves you cold there’s no small measure of joy in finding people who truly love what they’re into building up whole worlds around it. That said though there’s a hell of a battle to fight in ever getting those little self-contained spheres to open up their fixation to the rest of the world. Continue reading Sailing the Sonic Seas
Concrete re-enforced Clubhouse
Like a lot of good things in life free music exists in it’s own little room, packed to capacity with enthusiastic, occasionally smart and usually quite obsessive people all looking towards the great pile of music in the center and mumbling amongst themselves about how great it all is. Continue reading We’re Not Alone?
I might be amongst the last to notice, or, in my permanently dazed (and often confused) state, I might be the only one who sees it at all, but of late there seems to be a growing sense of schizophrenia around the free music movement. More and more people seem to be fixing their eyes on the core of what we’re doing and trying to figure out what the hell’s actually there and what we should be doing about it. Continue reading Spreaking Free