More And More Musicians Seem To Get It

from the slowly,-but-surely dept

One of the encouraging things over the past couple of years has been the increasing number of artists who do seem to get digital technologies, and figure out ways to embrace them. From Maria Schneider to Pearl Jam to the String Cheese Incident we've tried to highlight artists who have learned to treat fans like fans, rather than criminals. It's good to encourage these types of activities, so thanks to Jeremiah for letting us know "Thomas Hawk has an interesting (and visually pleasing) post up about Bob Schneider, a Texas-born folk/rock singer. Thomas is enamored by Bob's practice of providing live recordings of his gigs *AT* his gigs. From Hawk's post:
"So Bob shares his music on his website for free. Yeah, that's cool, but what else does he do? Well, as a music collector I love live recordings. There's something about those little nuances in your favorite songs that make them so very enjoyable after you've really grown attached to a song. So I was really excited to hear during last night's performance that it was being recorded and that you could buy a copy after the show of the show. I bought a copy, a 2CD set for $15, and the sound quality is outstanding. Much better than the bootleg CDs that I used to trade and a real treat to add to my digital library and something with meaning and memory for me from having seen the show."
The one thing I like most about Bob's "products" (I hate calling it that) is his quality guarantee: 'If for some reason, you don't dig it, please bring it back and we'll give you your money back or give you another one.'"

Jeremiah also asks if we'll see bigger acts try this sort of thing -- which we already have. We've written about a few bands that offer live recordings of shows just as those shows end, but there's one (big) problem with the concept. It's been patented. Clear Channel, who owns the patent, has threatened bands that do this, claiming patent infringement. Hopefully, this patent is successfully busted by the EFF. It's currently being re-examined based on prior art the EFF submitted.


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    jason, 6 Jun 2006 @ 1:16am

    I got a 2 cd set from a billy idol concert here in VA and it was awesome. The quality was excellent and available right after the show. It was such a great idea and you know what, it was a live album and worth every penny. not some thing that was produced in the studio. i am sure that almost all of the money from that will go to the artists and that is fine by me. He provided a service for me the fan and i appreciated that. He didn't treat me like sony or the riaa would. He was doing what sony and the riaa should have been doing which is give the "fans" what they want. He understood that embracing the technology and ditching the old buisness model was going to serve his interests anyway. Fans are the people you sell to in the end. everyone in between just cuts your profit after operating expenses down to nil. Look to the future people, not the past.

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