even though i'm not of the opinion that music without a price attached has no value, he does make some interesting remarks. money is a huge factor in the creation of music, no doubt. investment is important, and the current climate is not attractive to put money in new music. especially not the kind that only exists to be listened to. music that isn't there to promote concerts, soundtrack games, or other moneymaking areas is rather doomed.
yet i don't see how this will ever be changed. i don't think music is lacking in quality these days. there's a lot of bad stuff out there, but there's also a lot of good stuff, despite the lack of investments. in fact, when i think of my favourite records, lots of them have been made with modest funding. would it be a better world if they got an expensive marketing campaign? yet it would be more fair if they earned some money with it..
hmm - maybe this little rant doesn't contribute a lot to the debate, but it remains an interesting and complicated puzzle.
anyways, dj shadow. i like endtroducing a lot, but never bought an other record of him... seems like that one is just right/enough for me.