Sea of Noise

Wed, 21 Sep 2005

Music Piracy Bad for the Soul?

It seems that Nick Southall isn't the only music downloader worried about his soul. Kyle David suggests that we go ahead and screw the government and the major labels, but seriously think about what it's doing to our personal legacies:

By downloading, not only do I not have a story to tell, I don't actually get to talk to anyone. The internet is based strongly on the friendliness of strangers, and while I seeded over two gigabites [sic] off of someone else's computer, we never once exchanged pleasantries. And when I do burn this CD, and when I spin it at the club and people ask if it was hard to attain (because it's an indie club full of like-minded people) I can't say that I had to look through over thirty places to find it. I can't say it was difficult. All I can say is that I burned it, that I'm a pirate, and that I took the easy road. What am I left with? The music, which is obviously a plus, but there's no context surrounding it. There's no spirit there. I know exactly what mood I was in when I bought the Vanilla Sky soundtrack when I was 18, and how I felt when I first heard the voice of Jeff Buckley, but I barely remember thinking anything at all when I downloaded Radiohead. And to make sure I'm not stepping on my own toes, I know for certain that it's not because it's Radiohead.

In other words, it's not the destination, it's the journey; and we make our own musical meaning.


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