Re: is is all dead?
- From: Darkstones <darkstones@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 13:00:06 GMT
In article <1124273257.280847.180560@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
> I certainly agree with some of the points mentioned in the piece, such
> as lots of clubs playing the "same old" tracks etc. and the fact that
> there's lots of people out there who call themselves "DJs" and just
> have a box of copies/mp3s etc.
The comments about burnt CD's irked me somewhat.
Personally, I think the ability to burn your own cd's is one of the
best tools to have become available to DJ's in recent years. The
argument against it is that illegally downloaded tracks deprive the
artist/record company of revenue - I'd agree with that in the case of
joe public downloading, but when you consider that bands and record
companies quite happily give free CD's to DJ's the piracy argument
doesn't really apply.
My only real beef with DJ's downloading tracks is that the inferior
sound quality of low bitrate mp3s really shows up on a club system.
There's also the benefits burnt cd's for transferring heavy-to-carry
vinyl onto a lighter format, being able to choose the best tracks from
several cd's and put them on to only one, making a copy because you
want to keep your original rare copy of the cd/record unscratched and
unstolen at home, recording clever mixes and mash ups, tweaking the
sound quality of poorly produced material etc etc not to mention having
a way of playing internet-only releases of songs e.g VNV's Chrome.
Using the internet vastly increases the amount of music that a DJ can
choose from - in fact the choice is so huge you have to have a good
knowledge of your genre to know what you are looking for, and you have
to sift through a lot of dross. In my opinion it also levels the
playing field between established and new acts in terms of letting
people hear new music. DJ Cyberchrist is probably too young to remember
this, but my recollections of the origins of industrial and other
alternative music in the early eighties was of cheap printed fanzines
and free cassettes sent through the post - to me, the internet is just
the modern equivalent, and a damn sight quicker and easier.
I agree that someone can download a few tracks and call themselves a dj
for a pose, but it soon shows up when they perform in public, and they
tend not to be the type of people who are prepared to put in the effort
and take the financial risk of running a club. Only people who love
their music and want to share it tend to do that.
I heard a comment recently speculating about the effect of online
stores such as itunes on the future of music. As you can now buy any
single track from an album, the pressure is going to be on to produce
albums where every track is important, rather than an album with two or
three singles and a few dodgy filler tracks. I'm not sure that this is
good in the sense that artists might be less likely to take risks and
experiment for fear of poor sales, but it is convenient (and legal) for
DJ's who only want one track.
Alright, I'll stop now
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