[rumori] commodification of our 'alternative'? (was re:genre)

Boster, Bob [rumori] commodification of our 'alternative'? (was re:genre)
Thu, 10 Dec 1998 09:29:40 -0800 (00913310980, c=US%a=_%p=HIII%l=MAIN_SERVER-981210172940Z-13452atserver2.orban.com)

>From: The Evolution Control Committee[SMTP:eccatpobox.com]
> Solicitation for opinions: Do you think makers of mediage/collage
>rock/sample music should be able to make a living from it and forget their
>day jobs?

I guess my feeling would be to extend the practice the other
direction...instead of "us" getting paid for making this stuff, the making of this stuff should extend into everyday practice of the bulk of
the population. Like cooking, or at least like making mixed tapes.
People with day jobs all over the world should be making this kind of
stuff. Including "us"...
Not that I'm resistant to the idea of making a living off of art, but I
think it's not only the slippery slope issue you outlined, but a sense
of needing to waste a lot of time in promotion and other business
practices just to close the financial loop, when I would actually prefer
to focus on making the work instead. And if I have to maintain a day
job to do that, so be it. Then I still have the joy of it being "for its own sake" instead of "to pay the rent".
Wondering how many practitioners whose day job involves the same craft
as their art feel less inspired to make the work because their hands are
in the same machine all day long. I know I would make more desktop
audio pieces if I didn't stare at a computer all day long at work...but
it just makes me want to play around with live electronics more.