The way music is spread has always changed over time. I mean, there was a time when all music was live music, and you could only get to know a song if someone actually played it close enough to you. There was no "pressing the repeat button". Can you imagine that? Then, with the help of Guido of Arezzo, notation music evolved enough to make it possible for composers to record their complex harmonies, and that's why you ever heard of Bach, for example.
Nowadays, we seem to be in a standpoint in music history as streaming services take over the industry as the most proeminent way of listening to music without actually going to a gig or concert. YouTube and other platforms also contribute to the idea that the acces to music has never been so easy. Can we go any further than that? Well, probably.
I might be wrong, but it seems that something has been lost along the way, as songs are mostly appreciated individually, and albums, partially, thus losing their sense of "unit". For those who just want to put together a couple of songs that are not in any sense correlated, an album is still a good way to go.
What I came up with is not a "solution", but a new way of looking at it. It's about putting music in literature via platforms like Widbook, that allows you to insert links and audios in the pages. In other words: The songs are inserted in a fictional story, in which the characters depicts the process of writing the songs as they evolve in the romance.
What I've been writing is a novel of formation that focus on the psychological and moral growth of the characters(in this case an artist). It gives the author an opportunity for delving into the songwriting process making it an art in itself. That's something that has already been experimented by Damon Albarn in his fictional act Gorillaz, but they focused much more on the visual aspect of it, as the story of the band members serves more as an entertainment that accompanies the song, and not as a crucial part of it.
I want to delve further into the story until it becomes inseparable from the music, making it impossible for someone to read the story without listening to the music, and vice-versa.
The platform I chose was widbook.com , which provides me with a space where I can publish the chapters gradually as I finish them, edit whenever I want, and most importantly: insert music links when necessary.
The goal is to publish an average of 1-3 chapters per week in English and Portuguese, and the first one is already on its way with four songs in it. I have 32 songs more to "release". See? Instead of releasing singles to "advertise" an album, chapters are released. It works more or less like a TV show, not an album.
The name of the book will be "Where The Youth Fear to Tread", a title that I borrowed from Alexander Pope's line "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread", which means that people without good sense or judgment will have no hesitation in tackling a situation that even the wisest would avoid. It's a book about both the virtues and flaws/pretensions of young people.
You will be able to follow my posts and listen to my songs here:
I've quit my job to work on it full-time as a sabbatical, working 1 to 2 hours a day as a private English/French teacher to make a living, but I find myself willing to focus solely on this project. That's why I'm giving crowdfunding a chance. Any help is welcome.
The money is aimed at the sabbatical and for surviving on the way down to Rio de Janeiro(I'm moving there hitchhiking in December to start playing live). Also, to help me better record my songs.
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Thanks in advance!! I'll be giving physical copies of the finished work to those who donate 100 dollars, and a party will be held if the funding succeed. You're all invited.
Ps: all the images, except for my profile one, belongs to Joris Lyon. And you can contact me through [email protected] to debate or suggest.