May 18, 2009

Danger Mouse and his blank CD-R release.

This news seems really amazing to me. DJ Danger Mouse is going to release a blank CD-R along with proper art work so anybody who buys it is free to find the album on the web and record it themselves.

While this news is presented as a part of a battle between Danger Mouse and EMI, I think it also represents a very important concept of modern music industry. It's not the music that we buy when we buy a CD. It's a material piece of fandom, a chance to support a favorite artist, a sign of devotion to a certain kind of music. So in this world it doesn't really matter if an artist sells a blank CD, or even some sort of artwork without any sign of music.

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