From: "Karl Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
> While I don't know the particular site being discussed, I can only guess
> that the market is so small that the copyright owner does not see any
> economic incentiveto make the material available on CD. In one of the
> publications Steve mentioned, one that I reviewed for the ARSC Bulletin,
> it was mention that only a very small percentage of early recordings have
> been reissued.
> Then what of what interests me, non-commercial or broadcast recordings?
> As a long time collector of a fairly esoteric aspect of recorded music,
> (Symphonic works of the 20th Century), and as one who will retire shortly,
> I wondered what will happen to my collection. None of the libraries I
> contacted, including the one where I was archivist, had any interest. And,
> upon reflection, why would I want to donate to a library? The collection
> would likely sit in a basement and not be cataloged or reformatted. Even
> if it were, you would likely have to go to the library to hear it...not my
> idea of reasonable access.
> Having my own record company, Pierian, I thought about issuing some of
> this "pirate" material (old broadcasts). To see if there would be a market
> for such material, I posted to three email lists, the URLs for my uploads
> of the Symphonies of Daniel Gregory Mason, conducted by the likes of Bruno
> Walter and John Barbirolli. Out of approximately 3,000 total list members
> I had about 75 downloads. You can't even give it away. But for those 75
> who did download those symphonies, I would like to think that hearing that
> music will have great meaning.
> Yet, even more to my point, is the question of access. Say you were doing
> research on those symphonies. You can't find any recording listed in OCLC.
> What does that say about access, research and scholarship. Should
> libraries join those email lists and start downloading? Should libraries
> be buying all of those "pirate" CDs? For me, the answer is obvious.
> I believe, the US copyrights are as ill-conceived as was prohibition.
The problem is that the "record industry" (insofar as such s thing still
has chosen to market its product to VERY young "consumers"...and by doing
so has reduced its product to "teen-friendly" "urban dance" material.
as a market for classical music still exists, it is being fed by (often sold
stores) reissue CD's of various European recordings (often p.d. where they
originated, but effectively untraceable in most cases...?!).
I can drop by Dollarama (a Toronto-based $1-2 chain) and pick up any of
an innumerable bunch of classical CD's for $1 each...?! Needless to say,
this discourages BMG-RCA or CBS-Sony from trying to merchandise any
classical CD's...even though they usually own the rights to virtually ALL
Steven C. Barr