The Vanilla World View is, in a way, a religion that's not a religion, a belief system that does not depend on jargon. The book, or manifesto, also entitled The Vanilla World View, spells out this belief system and unravels some of the "unanswerable questions" that befuddle so many of us .

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

The Cyber Artist’s Revolutionary Manifesto

I, Sassure, realize that, with the advent of the Web, Digital Music Sharing, and a commercially feasible Digital Music Download model, I cannot, and will not, follow the methods and procedures used by brick-and-mortar recording artists whether today or in ages past. Everything has changed; the rules of the past have no relevance now.

First, I will release new songs whenever and however I please. I will not release a new CD every year or two years, and I will not wait until I have enough songs for a new CD. If I wish to release a single song, I will; if I wish to release a pair of songs, I will.

Second, when I am technologically competent to improve the sounds of my songs, or the arrangement of my songs, I will replace my songs with new and improved versions; I will do so whenever I wish. My work is a work-in-progress.....there is never any FINAL form of a song. I can add to it at will; I can change it at will. Let music historians sort the rest out.....

Third, I will sell my music whenever and however I please. I will sell my music at multiple sites if I wish; only by contract will I agree to release my music through a single distribution source. I am now in control of my music; I am therefore now in control of how that music is distributed.

Fourth, I will charge whatever I wish for my music, whenever I wish. I may lower the price of a CD from one day to the next, or I may raise it, or I may simply make a song or CD free for promotional purposes. As creator of my music, I need not explain or justify how I sell or distribute it.

Fifth, I will allow fans of my music to download my songs and create compilations of their own devising. I will have my own groupings of released songs, and if I wish I will group them in order to better organize them chronologically, but I will not expect fans to do the same.

Sixth, I will seek to improve the quality of the CDs my fans create. I will seek a software package that will reverse-render downloaded MP3s into original or near-original WAV files so that, when burned, the CDs will have a sound quality equivalent to what is available from the brick-and-mortar stores.

Seventh, I will create an image of my own devising, or none at all, to represent me, in order to preserve my rights of privacy. My age will be whatever I determine it to be. Let those who listen to my music decide if it's the right "age" for them.

Eight, I will decide if, when, and how any live performances will take place to support the music that is available online. The old model was to tour and play songs in concert in order to become better known. The new model understands that my online presence and distribution of my music is equivalent to the old model's relentless touring and performing. Under the new model, I will perform live if I wish, and I will tour if I wish, to support my music that has already proven itself online.

Nine, this new model of music distribution means that I am in control of my expenditures. If I wish to hire a lawyer, I will, but I will not be bound to do so in order to perpetuate the old model's unfair and outrageously uneven compensation structure. My hiring of a manager, of a promoter, of a legal adviser, will be done as necessary, not as a de facto requirement.

Finally, ten, I declare that, as a cyber-artist in an online world that spans global markets, I am working on a tabula rasa, a blank slate. It's a new world now, and what fixtures, agreements, arrangements, partnerships, and collaborations I may initiate or create will be from scratch, will occur on a level playing field. I will not recognize the applicability of older-model structures and arrangements to this new environment.

Rather than simply a corollary or addendum to the brick-and-mortar music world, I wish to declare that the online Digital Music Revolution is an entity unto itself, that it must develop as a separate entity, and that those of us who wish to work solely within this revolutionary entity must not feel compelled to justify our new-model existence based on old-model standards.

This document, created June 29, 2004, may be revised at any time. Like my music, this manifesto is a work-in-progress. Like my music, this Revolution is a work-in-progress.


Friday, June 25, 2004

Dancing It Forward

You may not have noticed, but I replaced the "Dance It Forward" MP3 on the site with an improved version. Doing something like this would have been unheard-of just a couple of years ago. I expect this sort of thing to be pretty common practice...at least once the Revolution is fully underway.

I may put together some sort of Digital Music Manifesto, a summation of what once was, but now is no longer, and a summation of what is to come, and what will become standard practice.

It's a new dawn......well, it worked when Grace Slick said it at Woodstock......

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Slow As We Go

I have no pose. I have no game,
Only Love, steady force, Nature force,
Midnight power.
Counting every strand of your hair,
Sparking fragrant skin everywhere,
Slow as we go....

Ebb and flow, the
Ocean of your Love, the
Coral of your soul
I lean upon, I set on fire.
I swim beneath the stars
But rising higher,
Electric rings of Ethereal Desire,
Slow as we go....

Breathe with me forever
Flower Love, misty dream.
You waver here before me in a
Creamy haze of majesty.
I love the whole of you, the
Fine control of you, the
Silky essence of the Dance you do,
Slow as we go,
Slow as we go....

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Steady As We Go

I just found out that "Tantric Night Flight" was in the Indiejukebox Top 20 for May....which is why I haven't yanked it from the site yet....it and "Approaching Nirvana" are both top downloads for the Vanilla World View CD. My instrumental, "Mesmerism", has fared pretty well too...soon I'll have it on CNET's music.download.com site.

There's been a lot of reaction to "The Way The Music Died", a PBS special that recently aired. I don't know about music dying, but things are about to change in ways you would never imagine. I see a ton of digital music download sites active by mid-2005.....then the major record labels will begin partnering with the most successful, and there will be a huge shift away from the old way of making CDs. For one thing, you'll be able to order a CD with a lineup of songs you choose. Artists themselves will release songs on a regular basis, instead of every time Halley's Comet passes. And so on and so forth....

As my own hour of transformation approaches, I am trying to wrap up the Dance It Forward CD......to that end I am adding in a new one, "Love Ascension"...or at least I will when I finish the thing. Since I'm looking at twelve tracks, I will therefore toss one out as well.....easy come, easy go.....though they may show up in a later incarnation, a later project.

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