Has Downloading Killed the Music Industry?

What if the purpose of music was to say something meaningful to your audience, instead of being just a vehicle to make money?  Sure, it would be nice to afford to do it full time and make a decent living from it, but do painters?  Not very often.

While making money from music has become harder and harder, making the music has become easier and cheaper.  Nowadays, you can make excellent finished works with little more than a decent laptop, some software, a nice mic or two and a decent audio interface.

Maybe the way to get some “return” out of your music is to contribute to the collective consciousness and reach out and touch other human beings with the sentiments and emotional content of your work.  Maybe that’s when enough people will notice and begin to send money to you.  And if they don’t, isn’t saying something worth saying and having other people respond, enough?

Just a thought.

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You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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