Ohrenschmaus 12/2013

Ich habe meine iTunes Gutscheine genutzt um mir ein neue Musik zu beschaffen. Nach einigen Stunden Probehören und etlichen Klickorgien ist bei mir folgendes auf der Festplatte aufgeschlagen:

Nicht bei iTunes gekauft, sondern direkt über die Webseite. Die großartige Sophie Hunger darf in keiner Musiksammlung fehlen. Der Tour-Film von ‘The Rules of Fire’ hat mir auch sehr gut gefallen:

Mein US-Kollege Zach hat mich mit dem Musikvideo zu ‘Wires’ auf die Band ‘Red Fang’ aufmerksam gemacht. Alle drei Alben haben sofort den Weg auf meine Festplatte gefunden (Bandcamp):

Nachdem Tobias Baier mehrfach von ‘Biffy Clyro’ geschwärmt hat, kam ich einfach nicht drum herum mir die Band wenigstens mal anzuhören. Die Folge: Bereits 2 Alben gekauft, der Rest folgt alsbald!

Bereits vor geraumer Zeit zugelegt, aber noch nie erwähnt:

Ich bekomme regelmäßig Fragen aus dem Freundes- und Bekanntenkreis nach Musik, daher habe ich mich entschlossen monatlich einen ‘Ohrenschmaus’-Post zu verfassen. Den nächsten gibt es dann Ende Januar 2014.

What is music worth to you?

While looking out for independent games, I found “Dear Esther” a couple of weeks ago. I watched some reviews of the game and was fascinated and thrilled by its soundtrack. It is composed and performed by Jessica Curry, a highly awarded and independent composer from England.

All 17 tracks describe a musical journey, from “Dear Esther” to “Ascension”. You should listen to it as a whole, complete from the beginning to the end. Either on really good speakers and loud, or via headphones. There were a lot of moments that gave me goose bumps, especially “Standing Stones”, “Remember”, “Ascension” or “The very Air”.

I wanted to know more about this great composer and her other projects, wanted to see if she released other albums or tracks. While I was on her web site, I saw that she had a Twitter account — and of course I had to thank her for this epic piece of work. I began following her and when I opened Echofon this morning, I was very shocked to read that her revenue was only 93 EUR for 24,000 people who have listened to that soundtrack on Spotfiy. Yes I think that music has to be affordable, but 0,003875 EUR per song? THAT IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS! I can finally understand why some labels removed their whole catalogue from Spotify.

My first impulse is to say, remove it, if they pay that miserable, then good riddance. There are enough options for people to preview your songs (e.g. iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp). If they like your work, they should support you by buying your tracks and albums. Now instead, they listen to it and pay a company for the streaming service — which gives the artist almost nothing in return for their music. Another reason not to like streaming services like Spotify.

Now that you know how it is. If you like that soundtrack, please buy it from here. Even if you have a premium Spotify subscription. You will support her to make a living creating this great music. And do not only support her, do it with every artist you like. Independent or not.


I cannot understand the hype Spotify caused. I think it is a great tool — like last.fm — to find new music genres and artists, but why the hell should I download a tool and pay for it? Last.fm is offering me more, and is free, with optional subscriber support.

I found a nice excerpt of an interview that sums up what I think about music subscription services:

Nobody wants to subscribe to music. They’ve bought it for 50 years. They bought 45s, they bought LPs, they bought 8-tracks, they bought cassettes, they bought CDs. Why now do they want to start renting their music? People like to buy it and they like to do what they damn well please with it when they buy it.

The rental model is a money-driven thing. Some finance person looked at AOL getting paid every month and said, ‘I’d sure like to get some of that recurring subscription revenue. Wouldn’t that be nice?’ It’s certainly not a user-driven thing. Nobody ever went out and asked users, ‘Would you like to keep paying us every month for music that you thought you already bought?’

–Steve Jobs (April 2003)