Intellectual property is a fallacy*. Everything I produce is either stolen outright from the cultural continuum* and then inevitably altered by my tastes and deficiencies or is, at best, a synthesis of the works of many others, which is in turn a synthesis of the works of others, ad infinitum all the way to Neanderthals blowing into bone flutes and beyond. I am happy to give away my music to whoever may benefit from it. I would prefer it not be used to sell cars or Viagra or anything like that, but I’m not too worried about it.
If, however, you feel that my music has contributed in some minuscule way to rendering the world a less abrasive, more enjoyable place, and you would like to help give more time to make art, instead of toiling at the soul-killing, body-mangling, time-devouring jobs with which I have sustained myself since the age of 16, then I would be happier still to accept your money. Even better, you should hire me to compose music for your play or film, or to play accordion for your kid’s Bat Mitzvah, your husband’s birthday party, or beneath your beloved’s window by moonlight. I own several neckties, and I know how to tie them.
If you are a musician and would like a score for any of my original compositions, feel free to contact me.
*See 95 Theses: Art and Machine by Marc Awodey, The Minimal Press, 2004
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I made my living as a writer for 25 y, & I do believe in intellectual property. Artists should be paid for their labor & creativity as others are. Art has been essential to society for >40,000 y.