The New Music Cottage Industry
February 25, 2011
The ‘New Age’ of globalized music communities is the best thing to happen to individual and independent musicians since the middle ages. Virtual busking is now possible, and goes on every second of every minute of every day, somewhere in the world. Many of us who collaborate internationally will know this to be true that the value of being able to ‘meet’ another musician of similar tastes, halfway across the globe and exchange musical ideas and record tracks together is inestimable. Interchanges of artistic ideas and collaborative technology are like international diplomacy in terms of goodwill and information flow. It is possible to release the finished work globally, and simultaneously.
Concerts can likewise be effected in ‘real’ time online, by use of various ‘streaming’ technologies. Recording, mixing, mastering, video production, graphics, websites, all can be done from one room, one computer and the appropriate software. There are many ‘archive’ sites where you can upload your finished album and if you decide to let anyone hear the tracks from the album for free, you can opt to release under a Creative Commons Licence. If you want to sell physical copies there is always CD Baby who will stock a limited amount of product for you, and ship to your customers for a small fee. You can be your own Electra, EMI, or Warner Bros!