Technology makes interesting bedfellows, and the headline above twists my brain just a bit. But Sidney Chen, artistic administrator of the Kronos Quartet, singer, and blogger, has quite a bit to say about why net neutrality is important to the future of new music. He talks about net neutrality in a podcast at the Future of Music Coalition’s blog.
As of July 27, 2008, 929 bands and 184 labels have pledged their support for the campaign. Rock the Net?s sales will benefit the Future of Music Coalition?s campaign for net neutrality - it?s an excellent way to contribute to a worthy cause, considering that the album?s worth the price regardless.
Kronos Quartet Artistic Administrator Sidney Chen recently spoke with the Future of Music Coalition for a podcast, in which he discusses the role the internet has played in the life of Kronos. From allowing for greater connectivity with existing fans and accessing new audiences via social networks and blogs, to opening the Quartet to new sounds and even new collaborationsâ€”like the highly successful Requiem for a Dream soundtrack, which came about after an unexpected e-mail, through the group’s site, from the film’s producerâ€”the freedom and openness of the internet has had a significant impact on the group.
Wilco, Bright Eyes, They Might Be Giants, Aimee Mann, DJ Spooky, Guster and others have contributed songs to benefit the Future Of Music Coalition’s Rock the Net campaign to save net neutrality. According to the organization, “the current structure of the web lets the biggest companies and the smallest bedroom recording artist exist on an equal technological playing field.
Bands from Bright Eyes to Wilco have contributed tracks to the Future of Music Coalition?s Rock the Net compilation, proceeds from the sales of which will go to the organization?s campaign in favor of net neutrality.