Well, although the RIAA and Sound Exchange are foolishly working their hardest to cripple internet radio, the beat does go on here at Pandora, which means it’s time for another Play Listen Repeat discussion.
This isn’t like fiddling while Rome burns, or like the band playing while the Titanic goes down; let’s think of it more like having a fascinating conversation while we’re waiting in line to dunk our grammar school principal in one of those dunking machines.
Dunk Tank(1).jpg
Here’s what’s on the curator’s mind today: is the easy availability of music as digital files, and is the fundamental similarity those files have with other digital files like emails, taxes, word documents, and such, an aesthetic liability for the music?
In other words, are we seeing the supermodel without her makeup on? Or are we simply getting past the surface so that we can have a real relationship with the music, free of myths and posturing?
Do tell.


  1. AJ
    March 30, 2007 at 11:57am
    Wow, Donna, I have to disagree with you entirely on that. I think the emergence of digital music has revived the art of it--through its sheer ability to connect people with the music that truly touches them. In my opinion, taste in music is extremely personal and corporate dominance could never satisfy everyone. The ease of finding music has made it possible for more people to find the stuff that makes them realize what its purpose is. I am a musician and its becoming evident that niche artists that may never land themselves on corporate radio are having an easier time sustaining themselves and finding that critical mass of fans who, without digital music, would never have heard of them. Live music is thriving as a result of ipods, its not dying by any means.
  2. David
    March 31, 2007 at 4:08am
    I think music industry is too old-fashioned to understand and use the new opportunities of digital life. Becouse file downloading is not an enemy, it's a great opportunity. I hope RIAA and other dickheads can't stop you, and I can enjoy Pandora in the future too.
  3. donna
    April 04, 2007 at 11:52am
    Well, the question wasn't digital music versus corporate dominance. The impact of the corporate structure on the music industry is an entirely separate issue altogether. The question was solely about digital music as a medium for delivering and listening to music which, in my view, has had an impact on the live audience. When I talk about live music, I'm not talking about the big venue shows featuring big name, signed artists. I'm talking about the local scene in any town and the surrounding region. In some ways, this has been helped by digital music. In other ways, I think there's been some detriment. It's not a hands-down good or bad, but I do think the impact has been noticeable.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Please complete all required fields.
Required fields marked with *. No worries, your email address will not be published.
Leave a reply