The Oatmeal On The Failing Music Industry [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 5 years ago in

It"s pretty sh*tty now, but it can only get better.
Credits: The Oatmeal
There are 30 comments:
Female 400
Louis CK did *exactly* this (it was even priced for $5) for downloads and streaming of his stand-up.
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Female 4,420
i agree with the oatmeal.
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Male 1,397
Yeah....great. But not gonna happen, as nowadays people are....hey! A squirrel!!
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Male 2,862
While I agree with the bottom pic, the thing it`s missing is marketing (and you`ve no idea how much it pains me to say that.)
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Male 5,811
[quote]you don`t need all that...all you need is this

http://www.audiotool.com/

and autotune.[/quote]
Got the autotune covered:

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Male 2,344
Thursday, August 2, 2012 9:02:44 AM
Also, get a computer and the software with a high-end sound card. Get a cheap-o MIDI keyboard. Get a decent mic, pre-amp, then soundproof a closet. Now you can start producing "professional" pop music.


you don`t need all that...all you need is this

http://www.audiotool.com/

and autotune.
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Male 115
@faaaaq: From youtube, I downloaded 2 hours of music in the style of Fallout: New Vegas. Definitely, Not, top 20. And I agree with Oatmeal on this.
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Female 375
faaaaq, I`m a teacher, half my students have songs on youtube, what the heck are you looking for that isn`t on youtube??
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Male 2,591
Also, get a computer and the software with a high-end sound card. Get a cheap-o MIDI keyboard. Get a decent mic, pre-amp, then soundproof a closet. Now you can start producing "professional" pop music.
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Male 2,591
Those free passes haven`t gone away..
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Male 5,811
Yeah, those poor record companies. They`re so hard-done-by. Maybe they should have planned a better business model to account for online music formats. It`s not my fault they suck at business now.
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Male 5,413
I often to go YouTube to find talented people like Kariu.
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Male 694
if TDK thinks youtube has every song ever made, he clearly only listens to "top 20" type songs...
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Male 319
Yeah, because lots of artists can live off of internet donations.
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Male 166
The Oatmeal is f*cking awful.
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Male 653
@TKD There are no ads, except for the ads. Also, not a complete library of every song ever, not by a long shot.
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Male 2
This is already happening. www.bandcamp.com is a website where you can hear music from artists and buy the music directly from them.
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Male 4,793
I just watch all my music on youtube. free, no ads, library of every song that has ever existed, problem solved.
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Male 3,631
Wow - that is the first Oatmeal clip that I LOL`d at. Hellu clever.
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Male 1,625
@Gerry: Louis CK already had a following, and its much different to produce stand up comedy than music/books.

musicians don`t have the studio or equipment to make a professional CD, plus many don`t have the ears to synthesize, distort, or edit their own music.

and 1% (being generous there) of independently published ebooks are worth the read. publishing companies don`t just take what you wrote, word for word, and slap a cover on it. they give you pointers, critique your work, and set you on the path to a better book. imagine an ebook of JK Rowling`s Harry Potter, it probably wouldn`t be too far off from the final chapter of her final book (deathly hallows).
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Male 2,855
nice reduced version jackass
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Male 1,625
oatmeal is delusional. the reason there are record companies are because bands can`t afford to pay for studio time on their own. the benefit of having a professionally record track is to get radio time and fans.

the ultimate goal for a musician, other than to make lots of music that he thinks sounds great, is to get packed concerts and sell lots of merchandise there.

just as you wouldn`t watch a movie filmed on a home camera with the director, choreographer, and writer also doing special effects on his own computer, you wouldn`t pay for a record by a band who mixed their own music in their garage.
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Male 15,832
I remember when bands sold $5 concert tickets to promote $5 albums. Now they sell $.99 downloads to promote $200 concert tickets, and they want me to feel sorry for them.
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Male 3,310
Gerry, that`s because Louis CK kicks ass. Not everyone kicks ass. So in the end they`ll have to use spam (shotgun approach) to try and find their audience.
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Male 510
That will never happen. Marketing is a tough task.
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Male 39,904

Louis CK has bypassed promoters and done is online sales himself. He sold his video cheeply and made many times what he hoped to. The excess went to charities.

Why can`t musicians do this? With computers to edit, produce, distort or synthesize their own music, I don`t see why they need the "Music Industry" anymore.

Writers can shoot their own works out via e-books so who needs Publishers?
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Male 3,310
Great, after years of horrible prefabricated bands and engineered set music we will be traveling back to the days of the starving artist. Reward: I get cheap music!!
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Male 20,905
Link: The Oatmeal On The Failing Music Industry [Pic] [Rate Link] - It`s pretty sh*tty now, but it can only get better.
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