July 27, 2003

Soulseek and Contemporary Music

It has come to my attention, ;-) that there is a ton of contemporary music, including MP3's by most of the composers we talk about here, available through the Soulseek P2P system. I don't want to get into the ethics of this process, which are controversial, however, I do think that as a way to sample new music, this could possibly be one of the most important new music promotional processes underway today.

Because Soulseek allows the P2P file sharer to browse other shared files, one can easily find other recordings by similar artits. I've seen PDF's of Ligeti's etudes, complete Stockhausen Licht recordings, Messiaen, Sciarrino, Xenakis, and others.

I'm not going to argue about the economic consequences of this process, so folks who might get upset about this, flame away. But I find it encouraging that there are literally hundreds of 20 somethings out there finding out about, and digging Ligeti, et al, because of this network.

As far as I'm concerned, the biggest problem facing new music is the lack of ears, without that arguing about the lack of sales is meaningless.

Just a pointer... http://www.slsk.org - for the software.

Posted by jeff at July 27, 2003 03:57 PM

Thank God for Soulseek et. al. Since I first dived into the world of P2P, I've had the chance to sample a wide range of music I've never considered. 75% of all the CD's I buy are thanks to trying out acts with a few mp3's. This way, I don't have to waste £12.99 everytime I want to find out if something is up my street or not. It's widened my musical horizons to no end.

And don't worry about the whole ethics fuoure; they were all pissed when recording came on the scene because "no one would go to live shows" and "everyone would be able to copy other musicians ideas". They were all pissed when tapes came along because "people could copy and distribute music however they pleased". They were all pissed when CD Burners came out. Now they're pissed with internet distribution.

Record Companies and horrible institutions like the RIAA will get over it, they always have, but we have to wait until they can get over it by making FAT SACKS OF CASH.


Posted by: devon at July 28, 2003 05:24 PM

muy bueno

Posted by: gabriel at July 29, 2003 09:05 PM