A few posts ago I waxed poetic about my nostalgic attachment to going to ye olde record store and picking up a new disc. Having said all that, there are moments when I am truly in awe and enamoured with the perks of how music is shared and expressed in the digital era.
Case in point, the endless array of free downloads that I peruse obsessively from up and coming indie artists courtesy of Pitchfork. More specifically, I was thrilled to download the latest Nine Inch Nails album that Trent Reznor decided just to release for free online. Admittedly I am not a huge fan, though as a result of this I am at least inclined to listen to and ponder this latest offering.
I love the fact that as a musician Reznor had the choice to release his music for the sake of it and just put it out there into the universe. It is actually an astute gesture from the perspective of self promotion and I am encouraged to see how some artists are subverting the traditional distribution methods and are getting their music out there on their own terms.
I also appreciate the creative commons license attached to this album, and the encouragement for anyone to remix tracks as they seem fit. It creates a stronger sense of connectivity and participation with the music that is an easily realized bi-product of this digital era.
This is the sort of thing that makes me giddy, so please excuse me while I go and try to free up some more space on my hard drive!