I’m temped to write a counter-paper.
1. context. so you have not heard of the internet? how does one get to the postage stamp sized icon for the track without having found out about it? and read enough about it or had enough recommendations from friends you respect? Never went into a record store and decided to purchase an album simply because someone told you “dude, you have to check this out?”
2. commercial radio? wait…what…..people still listen to it to make their musical purchase decisions? never heard of youtube soundcloud spotify….
3.media. wait….didnt we figure out the internet exists?
4. I could go on but… I think I made my point. If I didn’t, then more wont help.
Even the initial premise is flawed. It is not the little artist that is impacted by piracy so much as the big media. The niche players found the internet a great way to market their music directly. or via bandcamp.
3 years ago David Byrne said that the internet would suck all creativity from the universe. or suck all creative content from the world. or something about sucking. This year Bowie disagreed.
More to the point. Music is music. It doesn’t have to be complex to be good. It just has to be good. And remember Stravinsky wrote soundtracks. How many years before the internet did he write soundtracks? How many centuries ago did court musicians write what is basically background music for dinner? The only thing missing back then was dubstep. I will admit it: you need a VST for dubstep and for that you need a computer and probably digital. the rest? Premise seems flawed. Arguments seem lacking. Now pardon me while I go look for a job as an insurance salesman so I can write great 20th century modern classical music….