Musicians, hackers, and writers are in mess right now, because they love making stuff and they want to share it, but the internet makes everything free, or below the wages that anyone could possibly live on. These days you can use Spotify to listen to any song you want, for almost no money.
So folks are figuring out how they’ll be able to make a living from their creativity. In the meantime, some are giving it away for free (much to the frustration of the middlemen who used to profit from them) through NoiseTrade (explained here by founder Derek Webb) and other venues.
Here’s another way, one that counters everything-cheap-and-easy with intimacy, particularity, and much-much-less…
Musician Nicolas Jaar, owner of the record label Clown & Sunset, has developed The Prism, a tiny and beautiful device containing 12 otherwise unreleased songs. The device “restores physicality to the listening experience”, and certainly, restores value to the music it transmits.