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Offline Smurf

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The Value of Music (for Music read Writing?)
« on: October 21, 2015, 10:52:03 AM »
I read a long blog post by Simon Indelicate of a band called The Indelicates about how he viewed the value of music and how you could still make a money (if a living might be harder to come by). A lot of his points seemed to me to have a lot in common with writing and publishing, so I thought it might be of interest here.

If I understand him correctly, his basic point is that music is so common that music in itself is worthless - and that this isn't new, it isn't caused by the new technologies. However, what is valuable is you, and the scarcity you can create around your music.

The most important lesson to learn is that your music is worthless while it remains abundant. It will only start to gain value once you create scarcity around it. ... People value music that they are personally connected to and such music is scarce - therefore it is not worthless.

He doesn't have a magic bullet solution, but he does perhaps give an explanation for why the non-writing work you need to do as a writer is so necessary.

He makes a lot more sense in his piece. Although he does swear quite freely at times. Just mentally switch "writing" for "music", and "publisher" for "record company".

Hope it's of interest / help.

The piece is here:
"My ancestors would spit on me if I broke bread with a Crow."
"So would mine. But f**k 'em, they're dead."
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Offline handsomegenius

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Re: The Value of Music (for Music read Writing?)
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2015, 06:08:20 AM »
I don't think it's the same at all. People haven't stopped buying books like they have CDs. There's nothing like the same costs as there are in recording a full length album either. Also, just about every business on the planet has need of people who can write well - only a very few have need of people to write music.
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