... The attached story which ran in Salon.com will show a positive example how two marquis and sincere artists have dedicated their time and energy to creating
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, Jan 28, 2004
... The attached story
which ran in Salon.com will show a positive example how two marquis and
sincere artists have dedicated their time and energy to creating a new
artist alliance. Please look at the story for some
inspiration---because our industry's right now are experiencing radical
transformation, and while some can say that only the strong will
survive, it is my sincere belief that it's going to take a lot more
It is going to take talent, an incredibly
strong and passionate team, and a lot more than just being on
Hoping you are well and happy,
Steven Zuckerman www.globalentertainmentnetwork.com
Gabriel, Brian Eno unveil digital "manifesto" By
26, 2004 |
France (AP) -- Rock veterans Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno are launching a
provocative new musicians' alliance that would cut against the industry
grain by letting artists sell their music online instead of only through
the Internet transforming how people buy and listen to songs, musicians need
to act now to claim digital music's future, Gabriel and Eno argued Monday as
they handed out a slim red manifesto at a huge dealmaking music conference
known as Midem.
They call the plan the "Magnificent Union of
Digitally Downloading Artists" -- or MUDDA, which has a less lofty ring to
"Unless artists quickly grasp the possibilities that are
available to them, then the rules will get written, and they'll get written
without much input from artists," said Eno, who has a long history of
experimenting with technology.
By removing record labels from the
equation, artists can set their own prices and set their own agendas, said
the two independent musicians, who hope to launch the online alliance within
Their pamphlet lists ideas for artists to explore once
they're freed from the confines of the CD format. One might decide to
release a minute of music every day for a month. Another could post several
recorded variations of the same song and ask fans what they like
Gabriel, who has his own label, Real World Records, said he
isn't trying to shut down the record companies -- he just wants to give
artists more options.
"There are some artists who already tried to do
everything on their own," he said, adding that those musicians often found
out they didn't like marketing or accounting. "We believe there will be all
sorts of models for this."
A representative with the venture said
other musicians had expressed interest in participating in the alliance, but
did not provide names.
One band that has found its niche online is
the jam band Phish, which sells downloads of its concerts at
The band's relationship with its devoted fans is
often compared to that of the Grateful Dead, and the site is another chance
for close contact. But it also generates plenty of money: more than $2.25
million in sales since 2002.
What's driving the movement is the
success of legitimate download sites such as Apple's Internet music store,
iTunes, which sells songs for 99 cents a pop in the United
Both Gabriel and Eno started their careers in the 1960s and
remain immensely influential.
As a means to help unsigned artists,
their effort "is certainly going to be a valuable and interesting thing to
do," said Josh Bernoff, principal analyst with Forrester Research in
"But for anyone (already) signed it's almost
certainly a violation of their contract," said Bernoff, who addressed the
conference over the weekend. "It's not in a record company's best interest
to have large pieces of music out there that they don't have control
Gabriel co-founded a European company, On Demand Distribution,
which runs legal download sites in 11 European countries.
would provide the technology for MUDDA, though Gabriel and Eno are looking
for online partners.
Europe's sites haven't yet caught up to the
success of the U.S. portals. Apple's iTunes, for example, is planning a
European launch this year, which is expected to build interest in legal
downloading in a market where many people don't realize there's even such a
Because both legal and illegal sites offer tunes a la carte,
many in the industry believe they'll make albums less important by putting
the focus on catchy singles.
Eno and Gabriel both suggested they'd
welcome a chance to make songs that stand alone.
"I'm an artist who
works incredibly slowly," Gabriel said. "If some of those (songs) could be
made available, you don't have to be so trapped into this old way of being
confined only by the album cycle."
The former Genesis singer and
World Music promoter is interested in putting multiple versions of the same
song online. He's also looking forward to being able to hear unfinished
music from other artists.
"We tend at the moment ... to try to find a
moment when a song is right. You stick the pin in the butterfly and put it
in the box and you sell the box," he said. "Music is actually a living thing
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