joe Linus aka One-Legged Heart

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SMOKE/SHADOW: alone_alive!

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Greetings, Worthy in-crowder:   Late July 2014.

Recording artists in today’s environment face some weird  choices.  Those of us who have in the past made studio album recordings had some reasonable expectation to recoup those costs through royalties received  by the sale and distribution of our work. That expectation is no longer reasonable with the devaluation of recordings  we’ve experienced through streaming, file sharing and digital media. Since albums are no longer viable as a for-profit venture for most recording artists, there is little financial motivation from a business point of view, to support  the production of an album today.

At that same moment, the physics of  music production  have been made universally accessible  such that certain kinds of  music may be recorded using a laptop and free software.  Developers of social media have been motivated to exploit the desire of the mass audience for  free music, and major labels with extensive back  catalogues of recorded music  have given over their catalogues at a fraction of their previous valuation, for fear of being left out  of the new world order.  

Although everyone loves free music, many  established artists have experienced drastic reduction in the amount of royalties received for the sale and distribution of their work in the digital world, and seen  earnings dwindle to negligible  amounts,  impacting their business decisions, despite a global presence and millions of listeners.

The album itself has become  digitally obsolete with the inception of i-tunes, which prohibits album offerings and requires all album tracks to be presented as singles.  At some retailers the tracks of the artist are simply listed alphabetically, regardless of date issued,  completely decimating the  concept.

The MP3, with its reduced soundstage, has sponsored a new thinness in quality reminiscent of the transistor radio broadcast at the same moment digital recording has realized the potential of incredible sound in the professional studio setting.  Few earbud  listeners even notice.

As an artist matures through this epoch, it is not surprising to encounter some confusion and frustration. Just how is the artist to make a recording, and how is the artist to present new work to the audience?

Real artists generally will hear and feel their work more deeply and refine their craft as they move on to  record new works.  The artist values the work they do highly, of course, or they wouldn’t spend their time doing it. When the traditional financial model no longer supports a bottom line, how does it make sense to  spend time creating sounds that few can even hear or  appreciate?  

These questions take us dangerously close to the nature of the artist and the practice of being an artist. The notion that an artist is a gambler taking a desperate chance on a smash hit is a bit off point for real people.   To be sure, the artist exists in real time, for a relatively  brief time only. The works are produced within a life of passing years, Time spent as an artist.  Then the artist is gone. What remains are the works, the creations of the artist.

At least one important notion comes up under this light.  When the artist is alive, we can only hope it is a productive life of creating art, regardless of audience appreciation or profit models of business developers.  To this notion I renew my subscription, and I hope you will too.

It is in this spirit that I offer my new album. Some of you remember me as your favorite songwriter/singer from your high school and college days. Some of you recall me as the artist painting in a country studio, or recollect me as that fellow building stone walls and garden paths.  Some will swear you’ve heard me on the radio, seen me every morning writing  at a table by the sea, or performing my works at whatever venue.  Add to this those folks  I’ve met in the now-gutted artist colony of Myspace.

Glad to meet and grateful for all of that as I continue work on this album of ten new songs.  Still, I am wondering   just how I will deliver my new album to  the audience upon release.  It’s occurred to me to place it in a mobile listening room as a travelling exhibit.  Hmmm, I like that idea. Support the Arts.

Peace/Sincerely/joe Linus aka One-Legged Heart /song without end/ in-crowd newsletter july 2014