The net watches over us. But what does the net and all those handy gizmos and "Li'l Bulbs" do when nobody watches over them? What happens to my data when I exist no longer? When I'm just gone. On vacation. In the hospital. In the cemetery? When I start to forget. When I can't remember the password, but others do. Or don't. What's gonna happen to all my digital legacy? Who can use it? Who can access it? Who needs to have access? And who better not? And all that networked stuff, that carries on buzzing and flashing unwaveringly? The webcam happily keeps filming. The router keeps, uhm, routing. What about all those evil hackers who are taking advantage of the opportunity and kidnap unmaintained devices, networks and platforms?
"Care about digital leftovers?"
A challenge for everyone because it is relevant to everyone! Join in! Be there and let your imagination and expertise run wild!
It gets tricky when it comes to digitally surviving. For some it is important to leave no or at least a clean digital trail. Some want to leave a seamless digital heritage. Others don't give a dime. But Musicians have no choice!
Sheet music has stood the test of time. Over centuries. It is something else with music carriers. After 100 years, the phonograph cylinder sounds, well, "special". Our good old tapes are slowly becoming transparent and bursting with tesa patches. CD's happily dissolve and hard drives get "headaches" every now and then. Putting everything in the cloud is not really a generation-spanning solution.
If the spread is big enough, there will probably always be one person on the planet who has exactly THE aria of Caruso on a working record. And the music sheets for this aria reside in the vault of a rich collector or are exhibited in a museum. Bingo.
However, it is another ballgame when it comes to digitized electronic music. Loops loop digitally. Putting down a loop on paper is a challenge that no mentally sane person would accept. And if the recording is supposedly "safe", the reputation of the musician must outlive the time. How much sense does it make to have a wonderful record if nobody listens to it because the one who made it has long been forgotten and so has the music.
Brand AND art must survive!
Eeasier said than done. But it has to be done. Otherwise, the unfortunate offspring might have access to and control over the music but no income from it.
So, how do musicians deal with this dilemma? I'll spend lots of time with some wonderful artists who will share their wisdom on that subject with me. And you! Starting in Vienna next week and ending in Berlin. What a treat! Love it!