[Photo: It’s hard sell anarchism when yaz got da puppy eyes]
Moby proves he fits the ‘progressive’ label in a new interview with Mashable detailing his agenda to let his music ‘free to the world’ via BitTorrent bundling.
An issue which has been highly contested by musicians the world over, Moby unashamedly promotes the act of BitTorrent-ing his new album, ‘Innocents’. With over 2 million downloads so far and more than 50 remixes chucked up on Soundcloud, one’s gotta wonder what exactly the profitability of this move is.
But Mobes, being as experienced as he is, and with his highly-vegan-beautiful-atheist-spirit-of-shiny-bald-headed-giving has rejected the need for coin, instead allowing his music to flow free to the world and put at the hands of any shmuck.
I really like the idea of not just giving people finished content. It’s giving them something that if they choose to they can manipulate and play with however they want.
He continued the essence of ‘let your ya be ya’ in further comment,
When people try to control content in the digital world, there’s something about that that seems kind of depressing to me.The most interesting results happen when there is no control. I love the democratic anarchy of the online world.
We have to wonder, however, if the concept is hiding a potentially dark backing. Whilst it’s all very well and good for Mobes to release his music free to the public, and might even be profitable for producers remixing his work, we wonder if an increase in this ‘democratic anarchy’, with pressures for producers to release their work for free, will create a struggle for producers attempting to, I don’t know, make money from their own music?
In this, what might be seen as a selfless music release could instead be contributing to the struggle to sell records an keep the music business highly profitable. It’s hard enough to sell music these days as it is, without those in a privileged position giving it away willy-nilly and encouraging others to do the same.
As always, the chiller has a response for everything;
Artists who are adaptable are doing fine. A musician who makes records, tours, DJs, remixes, does music for video games and films is doing fine. If you can learn how to adapt — it’s really weird and unhealthy when people talk about restricting progress to accommodate the inability of people to adapt.
We guess the question we’d like to ask Mobes is, what if one doesn’t want to lend their work for video games and film? What if one doesn’t want to go on tour or have DJ remixes? Is there still a market for those who want music for the sake of music? Or do we just have to recognise that music distribution in a digital age will be at the creative mercy of the masses?
Ah, the blessings and curses of the internet!