a question for you

“Record companies used to charge a fee for making it possible for people to listen to recorded music. Now their main function is to prohibit people from listening to music unless they pay off these corporations.” – Bob Ostertag (Creative Life, p. 165) 

I propose that we no longer need music production teams. Put the money back into the hands of the artists themselves. Give them autonomy and cut out the non-creative middlemen altogether. Years ago, the production teams were needed to mix and master,  to aid in distribution and marketing, and to produce tangible records. Today, what’s the point? And, if this is the case, how can we change copyright/intellectual property laws to reflect the needs of todays’ artists? Discuss.

(p.s. I’m coming from a place of having worked briefly in a recording studio, and having taken many courses in audio production… as well as being a musician)



  1. Basic question before we get to answer yours: does ‘the musician’ serve primarily an artistic function, a social function, or a marketplace function. (NB. the answer ‘all three in part’ is not acceptable, you have to pick a priority and run with it; it will then colour your attitude to ‘middlemen’.)

      1. That being the case there is no commercial product only an artistic one, the finished piece of music, the finished performance, being the only aim of the musician’s endeavour. ‘Distribution and marketing’ and all the other commercial paraphernalia are then irrelevant, satisfaction being derived from nothing more (nor less) than the actual creation of the work of art. Your question becomes a matter of pure definition.

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