“Whateva! They’re so much better live!”
did you hear about the guy who won one of sufjan stevens’ songs in a contest, and the only way anyone else can hear it is if they go to visit him at his apartment in brooklyn since he wont release/post it on the internet
Not only is music still physically available, and not only is the mp3 far from replacing cds, but there’s a whole new wave of reappreciation of the physical aspect of music, not just by collectors and stuff like that, I mean that there’s a new industry of vinyls and cassettes world wide, and musicians releasing albums on these formats. It’s not only an effort made by people who appreciate formats, but also by the very same record companies, looking to counteract on the loses that mp3’s have represented. Yeah.
I disagree. There is a niche market for physical musical media, yes. But it’s niche. I enjoy the pops and spinning of my collected vinyls, but I appreciate it with nostalgia, not sincerity. C&G hit it right on the head here.
Also, I wouldn’t go to Brooklyn for anything SS released.
Well I think nostalgia is sincere, isn’t it? Maybe music as a physical object is gaining scarcity, but recordings themselves were always scarce. That is, while one moment might be mass produced, it was only one moment, and all the other moments were heard by whoever heard them and then passed on. That’s still true. No matter how many live recordings we take, or acoustic versions of the same song, they will still be only one moment in the middle of infinite moments which we have missed…practice sessions, live concerts recorded but not published…the physical object has become more scarce, but mp3s themselves are recordings just like any other recordings, and while each recording can be heard by millions, it is still a prioritizing, it is still one moment over a million others. Maybe what I want to say is that I do agree with most of what is being said in this cartoon, I just don’t agree with the extreme that everything is recorded-the object is ‘unnecessary’ because it was replaced by mp3s, music as a physical object is scarce, but that doesn’t mean that the act of prioritizing is gone, an artist still picks and chooses out of a million takes and those takes vanish. We go to live concerts and never hear it like that again, especially because the recording equipment/what speakers you use to play it back undeniably alters the original. Things change because we want them to, whether we know it or not…it’s pretty cool. : )
Nostalgia is a sincere delusion, but nothing else.