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Technology and the Music Business
Old 1st May 2010
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Technology and the Music Business

With all of your experience, how would you say changes in technology over the past few decades have most affected the music business and musicians' relationships with the industry? Particularly for musicians in rock, jazz, and electronic, but all across the board.

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Old 7th May 2010
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Well at least CDs meant the end of cassettes - a horrible format

The industry (meaning labels, A & R etc) have never given two hoots about the technology, except when it saves them money or gives them an excuse to charge more for , or re-sell a product.

I don't think the changes have meant that better records are being made. It's just that more people are making them because it IS affordable. This means more stuff to wade through in a dying market.

If DAWs didn't exist I would probably not have a studio these days. A pair of digital tape machines cost me $200k in 1986, but that's when we sold records by the boatload.
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