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28 November 2007


Chris Becker

Actually, I enjoyed reading this man's perspective. I wasn't offended at all. It sort of reminded me of some of the passages in a great book called Mansion On The Hill which adds some perspective to Morris' views (and is far from a glowing one dimensional look at the history of the rock and roll recording industry).

And this quote from the interviewer “Ultimately, it's convenience and ease of use that drive new media formats. That's why cassettes made inroads against records, why CDs killed them both, and why MP3s are well on their way to burying CDs.” I don’t exactly disagree with that. But it doesn’t make me happy at all. I don’t like mp3s. They sound like shit. They do not represent for me a leap forward by any stretch of the imagination – not when it comes to sound. And sound is what I am passionate about.

As an artist, I’m not exactly worried about “convenience” and “ease of use.” I don’t worry about those things at all when I’m creating or listening to work. In fact, trying to figure out how to continue my own artistic journey in this so-called brave new digital world is about an uneasy a thing an individual can do.

BUT there are so many interesting hybrids out there – both artistic and when it comes to financial survival…I will continue to absorb but look beyond the life experience of executives like Morris as well as the editors of Wired magazine. Somewhere in between the two may be my future…


Chris, Chris, Chris. I'm not offended. I am amused.

If a CEO in any other industry admitted in a public forum:

"Yeah, our sales have been in free-fall for the past several years and will continue to nosedive for the foreseeable future. This is mostly due to the fact that I don't really give a shit about the technology that has transformed our industry. In fact, I give so little of a shit that I did not bother to even learn enough about the topic to be in a position to hire someone who might possibly have been able to prevent -- or at the very least, foresee -- the total clusterfuck you see before you today"

... then one might reasonably conclude that this was a CEO on his way out the door.

Chris Becker

Hey at least he's taking ownership of his ignorance! :)

Can you imagine Quincy Jones ever saying something like that? Or Jay-Z? Hell no.

But even the quote you cite above reads to me as being pretty honest and delivered with some sense of perspective of how the paradigm has shifted. This interview to me reads like a review of the history of the recording industry from the mouth of someone who was in the trenches. I may disagree with the man's past decision making, but I am not amused by him. He's funny - but I'm not laughing AT him.

I'm sorry, but Wired magazine actually gives a shit about my survival in the 21st century as an artist? I don't think so...

And I did not say you (Darcy) were offended.

More reading:
Tricksta by Nik Cohn

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