I have often wondered about the music industry. I often wonder what it is thinking; more often I ponder if the cranial cavities of the executives harbor any thought other than “any and all money even remotely associated with music belongs to us!” A new trend comes along to help the industry and it goes vampire on it. The executives just suck the blood out of it.
I remember karaoke nights with my ex-wife. I remember that I dreaded them; she could sing well enough… it was the fact that every night of karaoke meant another trip to the record store. Although it was VERY easy to do, karaoke induced a shopping response in her. Karaoke sold records until the industry licensed karaoke to the point that there were no more karaoke nights. In the end, fewer royalties meant fewer sales. A solid strategy only if one is wishing to exit a market.
In my ex-wife’s defense though, it was still in the day when record stores and radio stations would play entire albums. I shall confess hearing an album often meant I was buying that album. No real worries, though: divorce and the greedy industry solved both problems. “album-oriented rock” sold albums until the industry legislated it out of existence.
If it can associate anything in any way with these things called “royalties,” it sucks it dry. The industry did it to karaoke night, conventions that played background music, and even music at charity events. Some of us feel that the same vampire-like greed has, at least partially, turned Guitar Hero into the walking dead. Way to go, Racketeering Idiot’s Association of Absurdity (RIAA) and co-vultures!
I wonder how Aerosmith feels about this? I mean, short of this game, the only other options to boost album sales were touring nursing homes or some tie in to a fading TV show.
The lesson here is simple. If you want to use music for something, like let us say background music for your video stream or maybe some back ground music for your podcast, deny the RIAA the musician’s sweat and blood. Get a grip on Creative Commons and check out some podsafe artists who would be happy that you promote them by sharing their music.
I mean, which would you rather deal with: a musician singing (or screaming if you are into that) or a horde of zombie like lawyers approaching you moaning “ROYALTIES?” I understand you might end up with some amateur musician. Then again, most of these radical indie artists let you hear them before you buy.
I cannot argue that the industry does have talent of great performers like Christina Aguilera. I wish I could have had a preview of that performance — I would have just tuned in 10 minutes later.
Who knows, maybe I am just an old ranting musician, DJ, and broadcaster? Maybe my cranky aging butt just cannot appreciate “Bruised Ocular Veggies” singing “Sad Cover of Mine” with some dude who likes big hats. It could be that times are changing, after all, and we didn’t want any more music.
We all know, deep in out hearts, that we want to watch Snookie. It was inevitable. Why watch music videos when you can watch some Jersey head get arrested? Besides, music videos made fans want to get copies of the videos, which, of course, only led to piracy.
Maybe Activision should just go in a different direction?
Maybe we need a reality game? In “Sue ‘Em All,” you could get bonus points by suing the dead and network printers. The upper level could be “suing file sharers who don’t own computers or have any known Internet connection.” The possibilities are endless and all the developers would need to do for fresh ideas is wait to be sued themselves.
Just a reminder, your “wet voice” license fees are due no later that February 31, 2011 so, if you wish to continue singing in the shower, make sure to mail your entire wallet in for payment. Otherwise, if you sing in the shower, the industry police will come by and take all your towels.
Also, an update on the Bill known as “The Final Solution” currently being led through the lobbying legislative process by Senator Sould De Soule’s, which will drastically increase the “three strikes” penalties by not only denying Internet service but also cutting off the offender’s ears. It is a reversal of the bill introduced originally by Representative Owned BiRIAA, which removed, as compromise, capital punishment for podcasters. Advocates in favor of the bill are upset that the entire “guilty as accused” section was removed and feel that it will not only reduce lobbying receipts but will continue to allow the use of that obsolete “due process” thing.