You can’t hide your lose forever.

July 8th, 2008 by David Gerard
Industry

You can fool much of the press quite a bit of the time, but the markets don’t care if you run baby-mulching machines — only if you just can’t mulch them any more. Despite ever-fatter 5″ disks … low-res convenience beats hi-res nuisance every time.

2 Responses to “You can’t hide your lose forever.”

  1. Welcome to the New Age // Andrew Joslyn Says:

    […] “The problem isn’t piracy — it’s competition. There is too much music and too many musicians, and the amateurs are often good enough for the public. This is healthy for culture, not so much for aesthetics, and shit for musicians. Literally everyone is a musician if they want to be. Good for culture, bad for employment. The serious problem for the working musician, though, isn’t records being cheap — it’s competition from other musicians. Because any talentless hack is now a musician. There are bands who would have trouble playing a police siren in tune, who download a cracked copy of Cubase — you know how much musicians pirate their software, VSTs and sample packs, right? — and tap in every note. There are people like me who do this. A two-hundred-quid laptop with LMMS and I suddenly have better studio equipment than I could have hired for $100/hour thirty years ago. You can do better with a proper engineer in a proper studio, but you don’t have to. And whenever quality competes with convenience, convenience wins every time. […]

  2. Notes from Andrew Joslyn — The Monarch Review Says:

    […] “The problem isn’t piracy — it’s competition. There is too much music and too many musicians, and the amateurs are often good enough for the public. This is healthy for culture, not so much for aesthetics, and shit for musicians. Literally everyone is a musician if they want to be. Good for culture, bad for employment. The serious problem for the working musician, though, isn’t records being cheap — it’s competition from other musicians. Because any talentless hack is now a musician. There are bands who would have trouble playing a police siren in tune, who download a cracked copy of Cubase — you know how much musicians pirate their software, VSTs and sample packs, right? — and tap in every note. There are people like me who do this. A two-hundred-quid laptop with LMMS and I suddenly have better studio equipment than I could have hired for $100/hour thirty years ago. You can do better with a proper engineer in a proper studio, but you don’t have to. And whenever quality competes with convenience, convenience wins every time. […]

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