At 06:59 PM 2007-02-08, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote: >However, a future without record companies (or whatever their digital >equivalent will turn out to be) also seems somewhat impractical. I can >promote my two CD's on my web site (one of a hundred million or so >sites)...but that requires the potential customers to have a reason >to visit the site. Since the CD's are in a niche genre (blues)...what >I would need to do is to mail out "promo" copies to every station >(electromagnetic-wave radio AND net-based "radio") in hopes it will >be heard and folks will like the music enough to do a web search for >a source (or that the deejays will tell their listeners where >to look...?!). As it is, the now-vanishing model has "record companies" >mailing out promo copies...and, through a web of distributors, making >their "product" available in both "record stores" and general-merchandise >stores/chains that sell CD's. Note that as a relative unknown, I can't >access this distribution web...! Hello, Steven, First of all, CD distribution may also be a thing of the past. People would download the tracks they want from your Web site and pay for them. What I see happening is that music again become more local and participatory. Fortunately, we live in the Greater Toronto Area where there is no lack of wonderful musicians. Are you going to Winterfolk? I'm not as I have a very local thing with good classical music happening at our local church here in Aurora. I know several really good folksingers within an hour's drive of me. While we can reach out via the Web, and we can send out promo copies, word of mouth and the friendly mix tape (one of the things DRM suppresses) go a long way to getting the word out. I can't recall many albums I have bought just by browsing -- and few of the browsing ones really satisfied. Here's an example of someone I just found while working on Marie-Lynn's benefit ( www.marielynnhammond.com ) which was a success: http://myspace.com/mariannegirard1 and she lives fifteen minutes from me. Due to the benefit, I got on several really good musician's mailing lists--in a genre that is my niche (blues isn't, sorry, but I don't blame you if folk isn't yours). Cheers, Richard Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask] Aurora, Ontario, Canada (905) 713 6733 1-877-TAPE-FIX Detailed contact information: http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.