Just For the Fun of it? Contemporary Strategies for Making, Distributing and Gifting Music

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    Technological developments in home recording and internet distribution mean
    that it is now easier than ever before for musicians both to create music and to
    distribute it directly to consumers. The traditional economic relations and structures
    of the recording and copyright industries may largely be bypassed through
    processes of disintermediation, and musicians have much greater control over
    their own recorded works than is typically afforded by the commercial recording
    companies. Many musicians have adopted alternative strategies for making their
    music available to the public, and it is on one broad subset of these musicians
    that this paper will focus. These musicians make their music available for free
    download/streaming through sites such as Bandcamp, Free Music Archive and
    the Internet Archive, or directly through their own websites. In some cases the
    music is released through collective netlabels and Creative Commons licenses,
    while in others copyright is retained and the music is made available on a “name
    your price” basis with no minimum amount specified. This article will examine
    such practices in terms of theories of gifting, and in relation to Jacques Attali’s
    notion of the age or mode of composition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationContemporary Popular Music Studies
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music 2017
    EditorsI Medic, M Dumnic
    PublisherSpringer Berlin
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-658-25253-3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


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