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Date: 08/01/12 07:33 PM

31 Responses to The Oatmeal On The Failing Music Industry [Pic]

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    fancylad Male 30-39
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    August 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm
    Link: The Oatmeal On The Failing Music Industry - It`s pretty sh*tty now, but it can only get better.
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    August 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm
    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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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    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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    i-am-evil Male 18-29
    510 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm
    That will never happen. Marketing is a tough task.
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    August 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm
    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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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15841 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm
    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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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
    1625 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    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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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm
    nice reduced version jackass
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    August 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm
    @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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    Suicism Male 18-29
    3625 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    Wow - that is the first Oatmeal clip that I LOL`d at. Hellu clever.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
    4794 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 11:40 pm
    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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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
    2353 posts
    August 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm
    Studios are only necessary if you are trying to make something very complex or you aren`t very good. If you make good music it comes through no matter how "poor" (I call it honest) the recording is. I have some very serious audio gear and all that matters is that is that the musician cares. The love and passion is more important than perfectly recorded tracks (whatever the hell that is). There is no hiding the truth. I`ve bought albums that were recorded in people`s apartments btw.
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    Pensiveace Male 30-39
    2 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 12:31 am
    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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    FredSpudman Male 18-29
    653 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 2:42 am
    @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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    GTrain Male 18-29
    166 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 4:26 am
    The Oatmeal is f*cking awful.
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    gifosa89aas Female 40-49
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    August 2, 2012 at 5:28 am
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    Zach82 Male 30-39
    319 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 5:30 am
    Yeah, because lots of artists can live off of internet donations.
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    faaaaq Male 18-29
    693 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 6:26 am
    if TDK thinks youtube has every song ever made, he clearly only listens to "top 20" type songs...
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
    5414 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 8:22 am
    I often to go YouTube to find talented people like Kariu.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 8:35 am
    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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    keith2 Male 30-39
    2588 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 8:55 am
    Those free passes haven`t gone away..
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    keith2 Male 30-39
    2588 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 9:02 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.
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    icklevamp Female 18-29
    375 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 9:58 am
    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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    Rorschach_ Male 40-49
    115 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 11:55 am
    @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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    jamie76 Male 30-39
    2345 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 11:56 am
    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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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
    5812 posts
    August 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    you don`t need all that...all you need is this

    http://www.audiotool.com/

    and autotune.
    Got the autotune covered:

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    oldallen671 Male 30-39
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    Vimto Male 40-49
    2853 posts
    August 3, 2012 at 7:26 am
    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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    furrything Male 50-59
    1340 posts
    August 3, 2012 at 11:15 am
    Yeah....great. But not gonna happen, as nowadays people are....hey! A squirrel!!
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
    4348 posts
    August 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm
    i agree with the oatmeal.
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    zekumi Female 18-29
    400 posts
    August 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    Louis CK did *exactly* this (it was even priced for $5) for downloads and streaming of his stand-up.

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