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Tweakbench – Triforce – a VST instrument that emulates NES sounds. [via]

Posted on - February 28, 2005 [at] 9:13 pm by Brad
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After getting a bunch of email over my micropatronage post the other day, I’ve been giving some more thought to Kottke’s micropatronage concept as it relates to music.

I think we can all agree that the Internet has blown music distribution wide open and that physical CDs are rapidly being replaced by digital downloading. It’s also unlikely that DRM or legal threats will do much to stop the flow of music on the net. If these things are true, musicians are going to need a system of making money that doesn’t rely on controlling the distribution of music.


Posted on - February 24, 2005 [at] 1:12 pm by Brad
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Metafilter’s freaking out about it, but Jason Kottke’s idea of macropatronage is an interesting one. The idea is essentially that regular folks can sponsor Jason so that he can go about blogging and doing web projects full-time. The write-up:

I’m attempting to revisit the idea of arts patronage in the context of the internet. Patrons of the arts have typically been wealthy individuals, well-heeled foundations, or corporations. As we’ve seen in many contexts, the net allows individuals from geographically dispersed locations to aggregate themselves for any number of reasons. So, when you’ve got a group of people who are interested in a particular artist, writer, etc., they should be able to mobilize over the internet and support that person directly instead of waiting around for the MacArthur Foundation or Cosimo de Medici to do it.

Whether Jason “deserves” to live off of his work or not is ultimately up to fans and supporters, which to me is about as pure as it gets. If you’re not big on him, try to think of an artist you love and ask yourself how much you’d be willing to pay to keep that artist doing his or her thing for the next year or more.

Donations of course aren’t a new idea, but I think the micropatronage term is an interesting switch in the fan/artist dynamic. “Donations” in context of the arts sounds like a tip — “the artist is clearly doing okay on his or her own, but here’s a bit extra.” “Patronage” however sounds more serious — like the work couldn’t have existed without it.

Jason’s doing it for something relatively intangible too, which should be of interest to musicians as the Internet is rapidly making music intangible. If you believe CDs are dying and want artists to resist DRM, the only thing musicians might soon have left under their control is whether new music gets made or not. Maybe micropatronage fits into that somehow.

Posted on - February 22, 2005 [at] 3:50 pm by Brad
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How To Belly Dance album – “For fun! Health! Profit!” Full MP3s available.

Posted on - February 21, 2005 [at] 12:21 pm by Brad
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Here’s the source for I Think I Started A Trend (61mb). Australians seem to like this song and I, in turn, like them. Send me your remixes and whatever other stuff you make with my dumb sounds!

Posted on - February 20, 2005 [at] 2:47 pm by Brad
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Beatallica gets threatened by Sony – owners of the Beatles catalog threatens Beatallica. Dumb.

Posted on - February 18, 2005 [at] 12:58 am by Brad
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Upgrading to WordPress 1.5 looks like it’ll be more work than I thought and maybe it’d be easier to do just re-do the whole damn thing. If you’re a web designer, please drop me a line at

Posted on - February 17, 2005 [at] 3:03 pm by Brad
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Man, you gotta be a cold son of a bitch to paint a target on a dog’s eye.

Posted on - February 16, 2005 [at] 5:19 pm by Brad
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WordPress 1.5 Released – I’ve been waiting for this for a while, awesome.

Posted on - February 15, 2005 [at] 6:37 am by Brad
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Jazz Composer Nabs Grammy After Web-Only Sales. Crazy! Maria Schneider sold 10,000 copies and it cost $87,000 to make the album, which was apparently put up by fans via the ArtistShare service.

I hadn’t heard about ArtistShare before, it seems to be mostly adult contemporary artists. Interesting phenomenon. For $87,000 I could blow $1,000 on recording and $86,000 on securing myself a Grammy.

Posted on - February 14, 2005 [at] 12:02 pm by Brad
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