Feeds

T-Bone Burnett: Musos, stay off the net!

A plea to return to analog recording

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

T-Bone Burnett says new artists who decide to keep their recorded music off the interwebs could be making the smartest move they'll ever make as a a musician.

In the past, the veteran musician, songwriter and producer has been a scathing critic of the music industry - but this week he turned his fire on new media and digital sound quality in a splendidly entertaining Q&A at an industry conference on Monday.

"Don't be on Facebook, don't be on MySpace. You know why? Because as soon as you're on MySpace, you're one of six million," he told interviewer Greg Kot at the FMC conference. "Have nothing to do with it," he advised.

Burnett said he thought that 1950s transistor radios sound better than iPods, because they force users to "listen with our intelligence rather than our ears".

He also said he thought young musicians were generally more intelligent than they were in his generation. Burnett also had an interesting take on successive administrations' industrial policy.

"For the past the 30 years, the US has attempted to redesign itself as a knowledge society, and in the 30 years we've reduced the value of our knowledge to zero. We've sold our IP to the east, and it's being sold back to us and we're being paid nothing for it."

Is this as irrational as it sounds? An artist's web presence cuts out the middleman of promotion, marketing and distribution - and potentially allows a global audience to discover the material. Burnett doesn't buy that proposition at all, and said artists should concentrate on making great music. And they should never use the word "monetize", he advised.

"The record industry doesn't care about music, but Google doesn't either," says Burnett.

There's a transcript here, courtesy of Digital Music News, and video highlights here and here. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
Number crunching suggests Yahoo! US is worth less than nothing
China and Japan holdings worth more than entire company
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.