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4 Thoughts on Copyright, Economy, Consumerism

Monday, December 26th, 2011

“The overwhelming belief that everything should just be FREE now is as pervasive and intractable as it is unrealistic and unsustainable.” – Videogum.

This is simply not true. I wont argue that the lack of cost associated with downloading is not a huge factor in people’s decisions to download media “illegally” but I would never agree that anything close to a majority of people engaged in downloading and torrenting think “everything should just be free.” I would not ever describe this attitude as “overwhelming’.

In my experience, which I like to think is vast – and I don’t get to claim vast experience in many things, so perhaps thats why I take this so personally – the “freeness” of the downloaded products is almost never discussed. A user rarely exclaims YES! THANKS FOR UPLOADING THIS NOW I DON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR IT in earnest. It is rather more frequently a question of artificial scarcity: it is simply easier to download “illegally” than it is to purchase legally. Downloading is a symptom of a cause: inconvenience.

What is un-sustainable is the stubborn business practices of the media distributors who refuse to release their dead-man’s grasp on old models. If anything, the proof-pudding has indicated a less-scarce, reasonably price alternative to current models is EXTREMELY sustainable.

“…or one thing, that works for Radiohead and the world’s most popular stand up comedian of the moment, but a “pay what you will” structure isn’t going to work for a band you’ve never heard of, or a Television show” – Videogum.

I’d be curious to see the numbers on this. Says who? My guess is the system would work just as well for a smaller band as it does for Radiohead. Sure the “band you’ve never heard of” isn’t going to make a million dollars but they weren’t going to make a million dollars with a record deal either. Doesn’t it seem like a better plan for everyone if the consumers who like their music get to pay less per record and the band gets to see more $$ per sale?

For the record, services like the Humble Bundles and Bandcamp see people more-often-than-not willingly paying more than the minimum and/or average price for products.

Additionally, I fail to understand why this model would not work for a television show.

“8 million dollars isn’t even that good of a budget for a movie” – Videogum.

Yes it is. $8M dollars is a lot of money. Many, myself included, would argue that $200M is too much to spend on a movie. When did we decide actors and performers are worth millions upon millions of dollars for their appearances in movies? Bill Murray has famously said he doesn’t even “leave the driveway” for $50k. If anything, we need a redefinition of the appropriate budget for a movie and not a new funding model to make sure every movie which is going to get made gets its “neccesary” $200M or whatever would be considered a “good budget.”

“That means that for a $1.29 download from iTunes, after Apple takes its standard 30 percent fee, the artist would be paid 13 or 14 cents; for five million downloads, that amounts to about $650,000. As one of five writers of the song, Cee Lo would also make about $45,000 in publishing royalties on those downloads.” – NY Times

Cee Lo Green makes an estimated ~$700k a year from songwriting alone. And we are still complaining about the state of the music industry. “That leaves him a long way from the $20 million he is estimated to make this year”, this article reads. As if this is what he is entitled to and it is a shame he has to work so hard touring and shaking hands in order to meet his quota.

Maybe I am reading this wrong, being on the pro-reform side of the argument but the point remains – ~$700k a year and we talk about the decline of record sales and the plight of the recording artist.


Bleep Bloop

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

4:30 am and letting performance software run, looking for leaks and spikes. Is it now too *early* to drink a beer?

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Recently Penned Over-Wrought Potential Songtitles

Monday, April 5th, 2010

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  • i hear myself in this
  • if not now, when?
  • if i can forgive myself one thing, let it be this
  • memories of things which have no history (or something along these lines)
  • it comes and then probably, yeah : it goes.

Just Some Notes

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

photo by crunchcandy.

The First.

A man who is able to – and perhaps compulsively does – take notes of every occurrence within his immediate surroundings. That is to say, he able within the span of one minute to record the entirety of that minutes happenings restricted on to his current locus. Does this ability betray further special skills: Time travel? Extremely quick handwriting? Omniscience? Perhaps the man is not a normal man, but perhaps he is. Were he not a normal man, who would he be… God, perhaps? Were he a “normal” man, it’s rather unlikely you’d welcome such hurried scribblings as anything of import.

Not the Library of Babel, The Author of The Library of Babel.

A chorus which counts off the seconds, minutes and hours related to his note taking. A clock which keeps time / tempo. A clock like one of those old train time-table clocks, with the numbers made of slats which fall into one another. This is the sound which keeps the time. Sync’d to midi, probably. An ensemble, as well.

Does this man live on the train? Probably not.

The Second.

  • A band begins to play.
  • A video cassette is inserted into a VCR
  • Play is pushed
  • The very first images on the screen are perfectly in time with the music

The Third

5 sisters.
4 Porn Stars.

And an irrational fear of the mundane.

How to Fade Up / Fade In using QLab

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

I have had to do this like a million times in the last 2 years and if I put any considerable amount times between instances, I always completely forget. Fade ins in QLab are the most ass backwards designed, pain in the ass to remember feature in an otherwise elegantly and well designed program. It’s not hard – but for me, for some reason – its stupid-hard to remember.

So here’s a step by step set of instructions, just as much for me (cause I just figured it out after 20 minutes of grinding my teeeth) as for anyone else.

  • Create a Sound Cue
  • Create a Fade Cue after the Sound Cue
  • Drop the Sound Cue into the Fade Cue
  • Set the Sound Cue’s MASTER FADE LEVEL to -INF
  • Set the Fade Cue’s levels to where you would like the volume to fade up to
  • Make sure the fade is set to ABSOLUTE