Saturday, April 28, 2018

Streaming: salvation?

According to Sam Wolfson in the Guardian, streaming has revived or even saved the music industry. Patrick Clarke of the Quietus begs to differ, as do his interviewees, Rocket Recordings' Chris Reeder and Cosey Fanni Tutti, formerly of Throbbing Gristle. I know who I'm more inclined to believe.

Clarke's article is particularly horrifying in its discussion of the ways in which streaming is changing not merely the industry but music itself. Songs are now often seen as nothing but products to be specifically created and precision-targeted to fit into particular playlists like Peaceful Guitar and Infinite Acoustic. Both sound fuckawful, but not quite as fuckawful as Indie Brunch...

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