Web Documentary: How The Internet Changed Heavy Metal

from the hint:-for-the-better dept

A few weeks ago, I wrote about an upcoming web documentary by Metal Injection looking at the impact of the internet on heavy metal, among other things. The internet-focused episode was released last week, and it contains lots of interesting tidbits about the metal scene's reaction to changing technologies.

I say "tidbtis" because the format of the documentary is a little frustrating. It jumps rapidly back and forth among interviews with a huge variety of people including musicians, promoters, journalists and label representatives. It's kind of hard to keep track of who everyone is, and nobody really gets the time to make longer, more complex points, which also means there are a few quotes that are hard to interpret without the surrounding context. Nevertheless, there are some great views expressed, most of which will be familiar to Techdirt regulars.

At its core, the metal scene (like most music scenes) seems to be embracing the internet. One thing I found interesting was the number of people who clearly accept what's happening even if they don't entirely approve of it: whether they think that there is too much crappy music out there now, or that file sharing is bad for artists, they acknowledge that these things are here to stay and the only thing to do is embrace them and move forward.

There is also a running thread of the idea that the metal genre is especially well-positioned to build online business models, because metal fans tend to be big consumers of merchandise, and have a huge appreciation for large-form artwork and appealing physical products. Several people point out that it's no surprise the metal world embraced filesharing, since the golden age of heavy metal was fueled by tape trading—a topic that's discussed in more detail over at the Metalluminati blog.

You can watch the full documentary below.


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Apr 2012 @ 9:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: artists rights for an ethical internet everyone should be paid fairly

    >strongly opposed to all anti-piracy measures whoever proposes and whenever they are proposed

    If those anti-piracy measures actually worked you might actually have a case. What we've seen is that years of suing has had shoddy, unevaluated evidence, over-the-top penalties for non-commercial infringement, and a general lack of technological understanding in these issues. If you can take down Megaupload under current law why do you need SOPA to be proposed in the first place?

    You can whine about Techdirt all you want, but even outside the Internet, few people are amused by the sort of idiocy that surrounds these cases. Prosecution against Megaupload has spent years of planning, taxpayer-funded resources and what did they get? Nothing but procedural fuck-ups. I don't see why they should be forgiven for this epic level of sheer idiocy.

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