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ArtistShare

In Cool Sites, Guitar Heros on April 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm

This is a fascinating concept. ArtistShare was started in 2003, and has been allowing fans to show appreciation for their favorite artists by funding their recording projects in exchange for access to the creative process, LTD Edition recordings, VIP access to recording sessions and even credit listing on the CD.”

Dealing with the file sharing issue they go on to explain: “The explosion of digital downloading has shaken the roots of the music industry as we’ve known it – the concept of creating music for sale has become a tenuous prospect, as record labels and artists continue to lose profits due to “illegal” file sharing”

There are of course strong opinions on both sides of this issue, but this company has a unique outlook and solution to loss of revenue to musicians. It seems to me ArtistShare is bringing live performance directly to fans. Both the artists and fans have a stake in the music

Here is a youtube live 1995 version of “Throughout” by Jim Hall and Bill Frisell playing live.

You can listen to it here on the AtistShare website as the first track of their CD, Hemisphere.

Very Interesting! Doesn’t quite sound like the same tune does it? But as explained here,  “Throughout” has been recorded by Frisell many times and in many contexts, but it’s never sounded this open, this expressive.”

What is really nice is the fact that ArtistShare does many genres of music, with great taste in all aspects of production. Take a chance, you’ll find some great music.

Check them out @http://www.artistshare.com/home/

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