In Rainbows

I just bought the new Radiohead album I'm dying to hear it. Here's the opening track. It's all clappy. Not crappy. Clappy

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Blogger suttonhoo said...

so how rude would I be if I asked what you opted to pay?

I love that part of the story -- that they're letting folks decide. I hope they eventually publish what the average expenditure was.

October 04, 2007 11:49 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Not at all - I paid 8 pounds. I'm not a rich man, I'm afraid. But I'm sure the average will be over 5-6 pounds, which is more than enough for them to make a killing.

October 05, 2007 12:20 am  
Blogger Stina said...

they'll make a killing either way because there are a lot of suckers out there who'll buy the full lp/artwork version for 40 quid (set price). like me. i'm sure they've had their accountants look into it.

October 08, 2007 8:52 am  
Anonymous Martin said...

Goodness, yes. With a fan base like that, there's no reason to go through the trouble of record companies. That ominous sound in the background of the record is the sound of dying label dinosaurs.

October 08, 2007 3:20 pm  
Blogger Jul-Larsen said...

What's the difference between Radiohead and Piratforlaget? (Apart from the obvious difference in quality.)

October 12, 2007 12:32 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

That's a really interesting question, Jules. And I admit I had to stop and think about it for a second, but I think when you think about it, it's not that hard at all:

Piratforlaget is an attempt to get more money to the artist instead of the publishing house, yes. But there are two major differences.

The big difference between the international music industry and the publishing industry (in Norway, at least) is that the publishing industry takes its role as artistic production house first-and-foremost seriously. Encouraging authors in their artistic work is their first priority. The big record companies, OTOH, will far more often take active part in making music conform to lowest-common-denominator standards.

But even more important is the development of the last 7-8 years: it has become more important for the record companies to make money than to disseminate the work. Artists make money through concerts, not record sales. The most important function of records is a) as art b) as attention-getters for concerts. Any profit should be secondary.

I could easily live with a record industry which worked more like publishing houses, taking music and new media seriously, and therefore concentrating more on artistic development and distribution than profit. What the music industry of the future will offer us is first and foremost basically the same thing as publishing houses offer us today: editors and spreading the word/work.

October 12, 2007 1:54 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

There was supposed to be a "2nd" in there somewhere.

October 12, 2007 2:12 pm  

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