Not only are we more than casual music fans, we’re musicians working in the industry.
Despite the fact that the market has been revolutionized, and the way in which musicians record and build a band have changed, musician are still creating great music.
There are elements to the industry that I think is great for the artist. Everyone has there own home recording studio. Production’s now in the control of the artist. With that freedom comes the influx of mediocre music.
“With that freedom comes the influx of mediocre music.”
“Ninety percent of everything is crap.”
The internet will inflict complete garbage on you that one would have never heard otherwise. But it will also expose you to awesome sauce that you certainly never would have heard.
As far as popular music production, people have really changed how they listen to music, and the popular drek generally reflects that. Folks will sit and give a TV show their complete attention. But very, very few will just sit and listen to an album. It’s all shuffle play on computer speakers and earbuds while you clean the dishes or jog, or go to the store.
Really, the stereophile or music person is in a better position now in a lot of ways. You can sample before you fork over for an album, and the ability to find and be able to buy new things is better than it has ever been. The person to person touch is gone, I think thats part of the reason why so many are going with vinyl. Little shops that sell vinyl, the process of readying a record, all these little routines make listening to tunes special and out of the norm. It takes time. Also the likely hood of listening through a crappy system is self limitingwhy go to all this trouble when you actually are going to hear it through tiny tin cans or something. I just get the CD, but from bands who really like good sounding tunes so they mix it that way.