Re: Napster: thoughts and comments?

From: E. Shaun Russell (
Date: Tue Jul 11 2000 - 07:07:38 MDT

Emlyn wrote:

>Who knows, it might end in the glorious anarchic revolution, where
>everything is free and the world is beautiful.

I have always been a staunch supporter of free market capitalism, and I
honestly don't think that all record companies will die off...just the big
ones will. My view on music (and most arts) is still a capitalist one,
though I view the music itself as the capital...not the money gained from
it. I find more value in seeing the amount of downloads my compositions
get from my site each week than I would from any money I could make from
them. I like having the responsibility of distribution and marketing (and
almost everything else) on my shoulders rather than a parent company's; the
only reason I have not marketed my music outside of the transhumanist crowd
is that my current album has technical limitations which are apparent to
any experienced listener.

This makes my music ideal for download, as the quality is by no means
"poor," and the potential listener will still get the full effect of my
compositional ability. However, to create a truly polished product, I will
need minor financing or a limited recording contract. This is where small
label record companies can be helpful.

E. Shaun Russell Extropian, Musician, ExI Member, Owner of NWExtropians list

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