Liked what you heard from Moby on the Music That Changes The Worldbox set from the David Lynch Foundation? Well, there’s more where that came from. Moby will be performing his exclusive track Poison Tree on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, this Thursday, April 26. And, if you didn’t get your copy of the box set because they sold out on Record Store Day, you can try your local record store again — along with other retailers — after the Leno performance, as we have shipped more of these beautiful, very cool box sets out!
In addition, Moby has a new album coming out on April 30th called Destroyed: Remixed which will be available through his official online store. The talented electro-musician’s new release features a selection of previously released remixes and exclusive material, plus Moby’s brand new 30-minute-long ambient track called “All Sides Gone.”
The Destroyed: Remixed album features collaborated remixes from an array of prominent artists including, Yeasayer, Holy Ghost!, Paul van Dyk, Photek and, our favorite artist — David Lynch.
Felix Oberholzer-Gee of Harvard Business School and Koleman Strumpf of UNC Chapel Hill (now at the University of Kansas) once claimed in a 2004 paper that file-sharing did not have a measurable effect on recorded music sales. Since then though, they have reversed their claims in their 2010 paper, stating now for a fact that, yes, illegal downloading may undercut sales. From their most recent paper (page 16), “The majority of studies find that file sharing reduces sales, with estimated displacement rates ranging 3.5% for movies (Rob and Waldfogel, 2007) to rates as high as 30% for music (Zentner, 2006).” With the emergence of Peer to Peer (P2P) sharing, music is more accessible than ever to be downloaded for free (read: illegally).
Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf used SoundScan figures to explain the increase in new music works. In 2000, 35,516 albums were released. Seven years later, 79,695 albums (including 25,159 digital albums) were published (Nielsen SoundScan, 2008).
Since 2000, the number of recordings produced has more than doubled, they later concluded. This makes it difficult to argue that weaker copyright protection has had a negative impact on artists incentives to be creative.
It would be interesting to hear their thoughts on the drop in new musical creative works. After steadily rising for years, the number of new releases in 2009 dropped to 98,000 from 105,000 in 2008. While works have been released, actual newcreative works have declined. Originality from artists have been diminishing year to year. For example, this figure includes re-releases, new compilations of existing songs, and new digital-only versions of catalog albums. Does that mean artists had less incentive to create in 2009? Or they may want to look at the other side of music copyright and consider what file-sharing has done to songwriters and the number of new compositions being written each year.
The researchers admitted that artists today have an incentive to spend more time touring as a result of lower recorded music revenues. More time spent touring means more time between albums because there is less incentive to create new works rather than perform. However, for new artists who want to break into the market, lower barriers to entry should provide ample reason to create in the hopes of someday having the luxury of deciding between touring or more frequent recordings.
More compelling, when data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the number of people employed under the category of “musical groups and artists” is compared with music sales, a strong correlation is evident. (see chart below). Selling music is an important motivator to creating music, and that the decline in sales has correlated with fewer people making a living in music.
These unfortunate statistics demonstrate that illegal downloading undermines the entire chain of creating and investing in music. So more and more artists slowly grow into new careers because of the lack of availability and prospective riches that come from becoming a musician.
So please support your favorite artists, both local and worldwide, by buying their music. Otherwise they may only tour and never release new music!
A group of indie music lovers from Raleigh, NC launched Altavoz in 1994. The current owners, husband and wife team Nelson Jacobsen and Jess Sarmiento, bought the company not long after and moved it to the Washington, DC area.
In late 1999, Altavoz was distributing some pretty cool indie artists and had launched its own prototype online broadcasting station in a co-marketing agreement with Microsoft and Ibeam. By the time of the dot com crash, the Altavoz broadband streaming station had 78 thousand people streaming music each day, and Altavoz.com was getting 1.2 million hits a day.
Today, Altavoz is refocused and re-energized with a fresh outlook and expanded strategy. We go beyond the traditional distribution service offerings, merging them with out-of-the box solutions that increase visibility and promise to deliver impressive results. We’re a passionate bunch; we take risks and thrive on creativity. We can be nimble and flexible because we aren’t under the thumb of a major corporation.
The entire Altavoz staff spends each day focusing on what we do best: leveraging decades of expertise and relationships to ensure placement AND purchase of your product in any and all retail environments. The mantra “Buy Indie, Support Local” guides our retail strategy. We understand the important role retailers have in their community and the value customers and fans put on the discovery of new music at the local record shop. At the same time, we want our products to be in every place the fan demands it — so we leverage the physical placement of product with placement in digital and other platforms/channels, and ensure they reinforce each other, making it easier for artists to make their mark and earn a living.
We don’t make a move without thinking about how our actions affect our suppliers and partners — and how we can make a positive impact. We connect artists and entertainment content producers with social causes, so when you do business with us, you are supporting good works in local communities and around the world. Our social change arm – Help Earth Foundation – directs our charitable giving. It might seem sappy, but we really do believe that collectively little things can make a big difference. And most of all, we believe that people with passion can help change the world.
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