L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 244, October 26, 2003
"We're throwing away the future"
Open Source Music
Exclusive to TLE
This is my version of "think globally act locally".
I can't change the world. I've been working for individual freedom for 40 yrs or so. And it must be that I'm doing the wrong things because things are worse now than 40yrs ago.
I believe that the recording industry as we know it is dead, killed by technology, just as they killed the live music industry with quality recordings. Is it better (for music in general) to have 1000 musicians making a million dollars or a million musicians making a $1000?
The Mp3 download wars are no different than the buggy whip industry attacking the auto industry for putting them out of business.
So I have invented something I call "Open Source Music" as a parallel to "open source software". Any music I write from now on will be "Open Source Music". I'm starting it off here with a little libertarian song. (We can't beat the collectivist politically so maybe we can sing them to freedom). Song is called "Tom Paine Rag". Mostly just guitar music with headlines from the news and the tag line "Tom wouldn't like it that way".
By the way I would like a verse about gun laws but haven't come up with a good one yet.
Go to the following link (then follow links to "Tom Paine Rag" and
feel free to use any thing I've written anyway you like, as long as
you don't claim to have written it.