Danger Mouse's The Grey Album (33 1/3) by Charles Fairchild

By Charles Fairchild

This e-book marks the 10th anniversary of The gray Album. the web free up and flow of what hazard Mouse known as his 'art undertaking' used to be an unforeseen watershed within the turn-of-the-century brawls over electronic inventive perform. The album's suppression encouraged common electronic civil disobedience and taken a chain of contests and conflicts over inventive autonomy within the on-line global to mainstream understanding. The gray Album highlighted, through its very shape, the profound adjustments wrought by means of the recent know-how and represented the fight over the tectonic shifts within the creation, distribution and intake of track. yet this isn't why it concerns.

The gray Album concerns since it is greater than only a smart, if legally ambiguous, amalgam. it truly is an immense and compelling case learn concerning the prestige of the album as a cultural shape in an period whilst the album seems to be wasting its coherence and gear. might be most significantly, The gray Album concerns since it alterations how we predict in regards to the traditions of musical perform of which it's a half.

possibility Mouse created a extensive, creative observation on kinds of musical creativity that experience outlined all types of song for hundreds of years: borrowing, appropriation, homage, derivation, allusion and citation. The fight over this album wasn't almost about who will get to take advantage of new know-how and the way. The conflict over The gray Album struck on the middle of the very legitimacy of a protracted recognized and valued kind of musical expression: the translation of the paintings of 1 artist through one other.

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He quickly stepped back. Fortunately for him, and for us, that wasn’t good enough for some people. They took his album, crossed that line, and kept on going. They are the main reason we know about this album and can still get it. It is the nature of the line that Burton and his supporters crossed that is the subject of this chapter. The aesthetic practices of the powerful I ended the last chapter by suggesting there exists a vague and widespread misunderstanding about what the music industry is for.

The numbers they make public are central markers of that control. As I will show in the next section, these numbers always express a fundamental distinction in the market for music: the importance of market value over sales numbers. indd 24 24 • 25/07/2014 12:12 CH A RLES FA IRCHILD 1980s. 24 As I argued in the introduction, the music industry, like all industries, has no choice but to pursue constantly increasing profits by any and all means. This has meant embracing the album to the detriment, exclusion or even wholesale destruction of competing formats.

7 billion,” a jump of nearly 10 percent from the previous year. ”31 So, the apparently terminal decline of the single in “leading nations” would seem to exclude the five most dominant music markets on the planet. These two utterly incommensurate “facts” unwittingly capture the heart of the problem. Albums contribute a lot more to the market value of the big players in the music industry than singles and this always trumped the single’s affordability and obvious appeal to lots of people all over the world.

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