repost of an item from the Induce Act blog circa March 2005 (and links to (someone else’s) pics from the sat nite (8/12/6) show I attended after the break. I’ve seen SY many times before in concert, but this was definitely one of the best shows of theirs that I’ve seen.)
For those of us who think that digital delivers a harsher sound than analog, it’s a sonic nightmare dealing with the new world reality of MP3s. They’re even more compressed and harsh than CDs, and in the case of vintage grooves – be it Led Zeppelin, Bad Brains, or Pavement – sound even more detached from musical vibration.
But even if MP3 music sounds lame, as long as it’s recognizable in form, free, and shareable, it’s here to stay.
Once again, we’re being told that home taping (in the form of ripping and burning) is killing music. But it’s not: It simply exists as a nod to the true love and ego involved in sharing music with friends and lovers. Trying to control music sharing – by shutting down P2P sites or MP3 blogs or BitTorrent or whatever other technology comes along – is like trying to control an affair of the heart. Nothing will stop it.
Adapted from Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture, edited by Thurston Moore.
* SY 8/12 pics with M. Ibold of Pavement / setlist: Teenage Riot, Reena, Incinerate, What a Waste, Ericâ€™s Trip, Do You Believe in Rapture?, 100%, Turquoise Boy, Rats, Jams Run Free, Pink Steam (Thurston’s lo9ve song to a girl he met in 1979), Shaking Hell (encore)