08-26-2012, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Jazzdogg
I don't see this as being significantly different from publishing sheet music for jazz bands, big bands, concert bands, military bands, dance bands, etc., which has been common practice for decades. And I see nothing questionable or nefarious in it.
What I do find unique is the difference in the discourse that surrounds the distribution of new songs as printed sheet music in different segments of the music industry.
100 years ago, families and individuals routinely consumed new songs in the form of sheet music for piano; back then, pianos were fairly common in American homes, and knowing how to read sheet music was an expected skill for a well-rounded individual. The decline of "traditional/legitimate" musical skills throughout American culture, concurrent with the removal of music and arts programs in the public schools, has been painful and saddening to witness.
I hope Beck's experiment succeeds. With respect to the public's consumption of recorded music, a project of this kind will defer public performance and distribution of recordings, but the eventual outcome will be more fruitful and diverse than a single recording; what's wrong with delayed gratification?
i like this.
your mileage will vary, did vary, might vary and is going to vary