Thus he gained a bit more of my respectSå steg han några grader i min aktning

I kind of attacked Chris Cornell a few weeks ago. During an interview with Pulse of radio, I thought he said a lot of pretty stupid things. Still think so, but the world isn’t just black and white. When Todd Martens from LA Times made an interview with him recently. Chris had a very good statement which I thought could be worth to mention:

“In terms of giving away the song for free, Cornell said the Web has overall had a positive effect on the music business. For one, less money is wasted.

People have had to figure out how to go back into their garages and make a record without having to spend a half of a million dollars,” Cornell said. “That was never necessary, anyway, and everyone is figuring that out now. It’s similar to shooting a video. The last big-budget video I did was for $1 million, and that was in Audioslave. It didn’t look like it needed to cost that much.”

Reading such things certainly make you think that the record companies bitching about how hard it is to make profitable business with the internet around is kind of hard to take seriously. I mean, it seems like there might be a few things which can be made more efficient, to use a slight understatement… There can’t be anyone who really think that Audioslave would have sold less albums if that certain video costed $0.5 million dollars instead?

Anyway, on the other hand, Chris might still consider about his aversion against using modern equipment (like a smartphone) when going back into the garage. Why should it be worse to use an iPhone instead of a traditional 4-track taperecorder? (Check my old post again).

And, one should of course never make to much of what you can read that someone said in an interview. I guess there are very few people out there, including myself of course, who certainly doesn’t speak without making any strange sayings sometimes. Jag gick ju ganska hårt åt Chris Cornell för några veckor sen. Tyckte att han under en intervju med Pulse of radio sa en hel del ganska dumma saker. Det står jag visserligen fortfarande fast vid, men världen är inte svart och vit. När Todd Martens på LA Times intervjuade honom härom veckan så hade han däremot en mycket bra synpunkt, som jag tänkte lyfta fram.

“In terms of giving away the song for free, Cornell said the Web has overall had a positive effect on the music business. For one, less money is wasted.

People have had to figure out how to go back into their garages and make a record without having to spend a half of a million dollars,” Cornell said. “That was never necessary, anyway, and everyone is figuring that out now. It’s similar to shooting a video. The last big-budget video I did was for $1 million, and that was in Audioslave. It didn’t look like it needed to cost that much.”

I skenet av sånt här så kan man väl säga att skivbolagens gnäll om hur svårt det är att bedriva affärer på grund av internet inte känns så lätt att ta på allvar? Det verkar ju, försiktigt uttryckt, finnas en del man kan göra för att effektivisera verksamheten. Är det verkligen någon som tror att det gått sämre för Audioslave om samma video filmats med en budget på en halv miljon dollar istället?

Nåväl, däremot kanske Chris borde fundera lite mer över sin aversion mot att använda moderna verktyg (t ex en smartphone) när man nu återvänder till sitt garage. Varför skulle det vara värre att t ex använda en iPhone istället för en traditional 4-kanalers portastudio? (Se min förra post igen).

Menmen, man kanske inte ska dra på för stora växlar om någon baserat på vad dom råkar säga i en intervju. Om man ser till sig själv så pratar man ju inte direkt felfritt, om man säger så. Skulle någon trycka upp allting man säger hade det nog funnits “ett och annat” att ifrågasätta där, även från min egen sida 🙂

 

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