Entries from December 2007 ↓

Season’s Greetings!

2008 will see a lot of changes at Karmafan. We’ll have new ways for fans to support the artists they like, and some major updates to the site and widget.

We’re busy working on these…

But all we can offer you for now is our best wishes for the season!

David Byrne and Thom Yorke on the Real Value of Music [WIRED]

Interesting discussion now online from WIRED magazine. Yorke comments that letting fans choose how much to pay for In Rainbows “released us from something. It wasn’t nihilistic, implying that the music’s not worth anything at all. It was the total opposite. And people took it as it was meant. Maybe that’s just people having a little faith in what we’re doing.”

He also mentions that “we’ve made more money out of this record than out of all the other Radiohead albums put together, forever — in terms of anything on the Net.”

How Pay-What-You-Want Will Change The Music Industry

Some very good points today from theseminal.com about how artists and fans both benefit from new distribution models:

“The pay-what-you-want model works better for fans and artists alike. Just about the only player it doesn’t work for is record labels. But they’ve been working against the interests of artists and fans for so long now, they can hardly expect any sympathy. Their business model will be supplanted by one that not only cuts out the middle-man but delivers a better and more fairly priced product as well.”

Filmmakers reaching more fans through new channels

TorrentFreak has an interesting piece about how independent filmmakers are reaching incredible numbers of fans through alternative distribution channels. The Man from Earth is a great example. It has become one of the most popular downloads over the last few months (the film “went from the being the 11,235th most popular movie on IMDB to being the 5th most popular one” after being ripped and uploaded). This quote from the producer of the film says it all:

“Our independent movie had next to no advertising budget and very little going for it until somebody ripped one of the DVD screeners and put the movie online for all to download. After that happened, people were watching it and started posting mostly all positive reviews on IMDb, Amazon and other places. Most of the feedback from everyone who has downloaded “The Man From Earth” has been overwhelmingly positive. People like our movie and are talking about it, all thanks to piracy on the net!”

They are also accepting donations on their site because they recognise that the film is already out there. It’s the perfect model. Make something really good and let as many people see it as possible. You will benefit - although maybe indirectly and in a different way from the old idea of selling individual products. The Man From Earth might have languished on a shelf, waiting for random shoppers to be distracted from mainstream movies long enough to take a chance. Instead, it has been seen by thousands in a short time, and it continues to remain popular. The fans have even taken on the task of distributing and marketing the film, keeping it available and recommending it to friends. The main thing for the creators to worry about was to make something worth watching in the first place. And they certainly did that.

Radio Popolare

Karmafan was discussed on Radio Popolare in Milan today. Thanks to Michele Salvador (check out his paintings at www.michelesalvador.it) for letting us know. We want Karmafan to be accessible to everyone around the world, so it’s good to see that so many people like the idea.