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Experiments in digital music distribution: The latest from Saul Williams and Nicolas Jaar

Distributing music in the digital age is one of the most challenging aspects that an artist faces today.  There is no way around the analog hole- the fundamental nature of music that allows sound to be recorded by analog means therefore circumventing even the strictest copy protection.  It’s sound, and it’s simple to record and share.  So in today’s world of torrents, MP3s and increasing bandwidth, it’s naive for an artist to believe that his or her music will not be shared against the laws of copy protection.  In fact, those artists who can embrace that can find success in the fact that more people than ever are being exposed to their music- this is a good thing.  Two artists recently have challenged the traditional models of distribution in innovative ways that are both exciting and so far very successful. (more…)