That’s a good point. I play too, and if this can encourage more to pick up, or sit at, an instrument, that can only be a good thing.
That’s a good point. I wouldn’t say it is the way music was distributed for the vast majority of the past few thousand years, but I would agree that the number of decades when sheet music was *the* way is far greater than the number of decades for which recordings have been dominant.
Surely he *must* have recorded the songs himself too, no? And he’ll release his versions a little aftewards, that’s what I’m guessing. I love this idea though. With all the talk of how record labels from the physical age of music are adapting to the digital age, Beck is harking back yet further to marry the print age and the digital age.
This sort of collaborative approach to music making, between artist and fan, is going to become more common. But, whereas Bjork sidelined everyone without an iPad, Beck is sidelining everybody who isn’t musical. So long as these innovations are in any way exclusive, they’re not quite hitting the mark. The Internet should be about inclusivity, not exclusivity.