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Jeremy Grenhart
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 0Posted on Aug 18th, 2012 | re: New Beck Album Song Reader Only Available As Sheet Music (150 comments)

Apology accepted Fern.

 0Posted on Aug 11th, 2012 | re: New Beck Album Song Reader Only Available As Sheet Music (150 comments)

I’ve been called worse by better people.

 0Posted on Aug 11th, 2012 | re: New Beck Album Song Reader Only Available As Sheet Music (150 comments)

You’ve missed the point Fern. Accessibility isn’t the issue. There’s actually been an intentional effort made to make it less accessible. You’ve made mass accessibility of Art a virtue, and have imposed that as a virtue on the Artist as well. In this instance, your sense of what ‘virtue’ is, is not shared. To answer your first question; if you choose not to support this record it doesn’t mean you are not supporting the Arts, but you also can’t devalue it. The only options on the table are value it, or walk away…only theft is not an option. Sorry you find an Artist making an effort to revalue the industry pompous. I find your imposition of altruistic virtue on Art and Artist alike to be trite, in a didactically socialist sort of way. The many ways in which this record does re-value music as a commodity have been explained to you, so try a re-read when you’re ready.

 0Posted on Aug 10th, 2012 | re: New Beck Album Song Reader Only Available As Sheet Music (150 comments)

First, I would like to thank everyone for just having this debate; “Everyone” including Beck, to musicians, to music appreciators, to music usurpers. It has been interesting to watch this conversation develop, as it’s a discussion which is in dire need of having.

Releasing an LP of sheet music is a great idea for a variety of reasons: Foremost of which, is that it challenges the value of music. In an age where music is still consumed, but has been reduced to 0 value as a commodity, any attempt to revalue Art is welcomed in my book. Our cultures value/consumption of music is anomalous to be sure. Historically, if a product (or service) had no value, the reason was lack of demand. One could use lamplighters, or chimney sweeps as an example. No so with music. The demand is HUGE, but the value is low. Why? Because everyone feels entitled to it, and therefor steals it. This one particular point of the debate is objective; taking something which belongs to someone else without compensation or dispensation is theft.

The notion of entitlement, in this instance, has been challenged by making the product inaccessible to those who don’t understand the delivery method. Brilliant. This leaves the individual with one of a few options. One: buy the sheet music and play it . Two: learn to read sheet music. Three: Pay someone with knowledge of reading music to play it. Four: Don’t engage this record. Stealing the record from a torrent is conspicuously absent. Only valuing the commodity in some way shape or form is left as an option.

There is no “app to play this”, and the point of the record is not “so you can hear it.” The intention is to illustrate how we (as a culture) mindlessly, and carelessly, consume that which isn’t ours, with no regard for the Artist, or how we impact the industry. Perhaps some of the people who “don’t get it”, may be demystified if it were applied to a different commodity which is more highly valued. How about we start to steal all the clothes we want, devalue the market to the point of collapse, and then only sewing patterns were available. How about instead of buying a home, we start forcing construction workers to work for free (because they love construction work so much!), devalue the industry to the point of collapse, until only old blueprints were available. How about instead of watching TV, we all steal someone else’s signal, devalue the industry to the point of collapse, and had to READ a book. Making a dent?

If you care about Art, or music, or business, or ethics, support this (and other) projects. Buy a record…the whole thing! Don’t stream it on Spotify! Buy the whole damn thing; maybe even the CD!!! Value the things about which you care. Remember that you vote every time you purchase anything. Please vote for music!!!