>We can, however, put a nice frame around our art. If we are artists we
Absolutely! Images sell!
This is *so* important in modern culture, where even our brocolli has to be
dyed a perfect green and packaged up in PET plastic so that it 'looks
People are buying images not just the product.
They believe their purchases define them as an individual, and want to put
their money into images that they feel they can relate to or are suggestive
of how they would *like* to see themselves.
Visual imagery can convey so much of where the music is coming from, as
well as what the people making it are about.
To this end, I have been carefully studying web sites to get good ideas on
how to carry this out.
I have a bookmark folder of what I call 'prototype' web sites - those that
have very high visual impact (in a classy, artistic way), and seem to be
very effective in drawing you into their site, stimulating your curiousity
about the content and the people behind it, and at the same time conveying
to you a sense of the *value* of what they have to offer.
It is quite an art, and clearly takes a lot of work, but I think it really
I have definitely noticed, as Carlo has mentioned, that images - especially
high resolution *photographs* have the highest impact.
The background and layout can be very stark and simple, as long as there
are numerous interesting photographs to catch the eye and draw you in. ("A
picture is worth a thousand words", etc.)
>Point I'm making. Perhaps we need to explain to people what exactly to
I agree wholeheartedly with this as well - that's another thing I've been
noticing about popular and succesful web sites.
They give you a glimpse of the people behind the scenes - let you know who
they are, what they think and are trying to accomplish.
This humanizes the whole (hopefully very classy) presentation, reminding
you that there are real people behind it all - (and they could really use
People seem to really love this and respond to it.
We are so disconnected in this modern industrial world - this creates a
means of reconnecting on a personal level.
>And then when Richard Stallman's essays have been song over again, and
That is what is so great about it - lighting that fire in others and
watching the fires spread.
This is how the world changes.
>Yep! That's pretty much it! Just because we're not CHARGING doesn't mean
>* VERY spiffy web sites, like animated CD covers
Very interesting ideas.
I don't agree with the 'downloadable music is superior' part - but it is
certainly not 'inferior'.
It has its own place, and deserves compensation (i.e. donations), just as
much as any other.
>Get the facts: downloadable music makes people happier! Independent