Re: [rumori] the oldest issue in the world: money

From: john rifle (
Date: Thu Dec 05 2002 - 06:53:25 PST

--- illegal art <> wrote:
> >We did this in the altruistic belief that our work
> was constructed
> >from the previously 'finished' works of others, and
> so the least we
> >could do is stay poor and seek only to cover our
> monetary outlay in
> >making and maintaining our public presence.
> do others hold this belief as well? that because a
> work samples it
> should be given away free? is it somehow a lesser
> art that isn't
> deserving of compensation and financial support??
> artists who don't
> sample can make a living from their music, but
> samplers shouldn't??
> never mind the fact that most of us couldn't make a
> living from music
> even if we really wanted to. i'm all for giving
> music away, but i
> prefer other motives.
> philo

i pressed 500 copies of a cd that utilizes about 50 or
more sample sources. i spent a long time (read: many
several years) constructing songs to weave the samples
through, in hopes of creating a work that wouldn't
just rely on samples, & at the same time, that
wouldn't just rely on the music.

to date, i've sent out or given away about 250 copies.
the fact that i use all those samples somehow makes me
feel like i shouldn't be making money off the thing,
but of course i would like to make it accessible for
other people to hear, so at the distributors' doors i
am presently knocking. at the same time, i guess i
could just make the whole thing available for download
online, but for some reason, i don't always feel as
connected to music that i can only listen to on my
computer. plus, i guess i am old-fashioned & like to
look at the cd artwork while i listen along.

ah well-


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