I came to think about a thing earlier today, upon reading a new post by my brother: why on earth am I writing in English? I used to be better, you know, but these days my written English flows slower, and I’m constantly watching myself do grammatical errors. Maybe I should start writing in Swedish, breaking a decade-long tradition of publishing on the web. or maybe not. Maybe I should do both, mixing it up. Nar. This is, after all, a good exercise, and I would probably spam my own blog if I were to shift to a language that lets me babble to my hearts content. Still, I’d like to write in Swedish again. My brother’s newly started blog made me yearn for cursing in Swedish words again. It’s entertainment. Rantertainment.
So, anyway, I just came home from a cup of coffee with my friends Buck & Werner. Buck, I hadn’t seen in years. We used to do drunken online word-battle way back when. Sparring partners in cusswords. Today, we came to discuss music distribution. It came to my knowledge that a Swedish record store pays 100 Swedish crowns + VAT for a CD. That means that a store pays about 13 euros per CD! No wonder records are expensive in regular record stores. If you’re using an independent distributor, you (the record label) get maybe 55 crowns per CD. Then the distributor adds maybe 45 crowns. The store adds taxes, and another 30-60 crowns. If it was not so bad, I’d call it hilarious. But now? Maybe preposterous? Or just plain silly. This means that bigger companies with their own distribution makes 100 crowns per CD, BAM! into their pockets. Of those, maybe 5, 10, 15 goes to the artist. The rest goes to something else. The corporate machine. The beast. The husk, as I called it before. Something needs to be done, and done now, and it has nothing to do with punitive measures. If not, I fear that much of the music industry, including independents, will have a hard time surviving. That would be a pity, indeed, but it has little to do with piracy per se, but with silly price tags and too many stratas involved. Someone ought to clean that biz up, but good.
These past few weeks has seen the start of a battle between Swedish anti-piracy groups/Corporate shills/general numbnuts and pro-piracy interests/hackers/general law dilettantes. My take? Shove it, you big corps, you! I think it’s pretty clear that I think artists should get paid, and companies who work for artists as well. But what I don’t think, is that it’s a good thing to stigmatize file sharers.
Sure, I’ve downloaded my share. Let’s see, what movies did I last “steal” from those companies? Last of England and Jubilee by Derek Jarman, 12 Stories About John Zorn by Claudia Heuermann and finally La Société du spectacle by Guy Debord. Oh, and that Bruce Haack documentary by Philip Anagnos. I ask you, why the FUCK would I spend time downloading mainstream crapola that I can rent in any store for 2 bucks. And why the fuck would YOU do anything of the sort, either? Forgive me, but clogging the networks with readily available Hollywood schlock is just plain insipid & boring. I’d rather go to archive.org and dl some ephemera without being stigmatized by the “Biz”. That said, I actually rented a Hollywood movie yesterday. Not for the first time, not for the last, I’m sure, but the shenanigans of the movie industry will make me think twice before renting or buying from them again.
Did I mention I just ordered yet another TV series today?
Basically: die, you dinosaurs, die. An industry that was once exciting and happening (Columbia’s Odyssey branch even tried to sell Stockhausen and musique concrÃ¨te to HIPPIES in the late 60s, for chrissakes!) is now but a qliphoth. A husk, void of what was once good.
Yup. I just upgraded to the BRAND SPANKING NEW WordPress 1.5, which means that the standard template is used. & it’s looking good, yo! It’s based on Binary Bonsai‘s “Kubrick” theme. Pretty sober & stylish, so I will stick for it for a while. I must admit that I don’t honestly don’t understand the inner workings of em as compared to px. Or I do, but it takes some gettin’ used to it. So visual change = soon. Ish. First I have to finish this dry-ass sandwich:
Since Movable Type decided to take a big dump, I haven’t written. The reason has been, in short, That I haven’t had time to find an alternative & set it up. Finally: WordPress. It is a bit different, and far from as pretty out of the box, which means I will try a couple of different looks and methods when it comes to posting/updating/whatnot. I’ve started to feel like writing again, too. Ranting, if you will. Anyway, I’ll let this first post end here. Please check back…