Mr. Basinski has returned a response to my letter. It is as follows:
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my note. I did not have the time to listen to your show, but as you have explained it, I will not ask you to remove the link to the segment of “El Camino Real.”
As an independent artist who has worked for years to make my music and in the last 10 years to strive to make it available for people who are interested in this kind of music, please understand that it is a full time job. Sales of CDs and now MP3s pay for me to be able to keep going and making and releasing more music for my fans to enjoy. Along with all of the hats I wear to do this, I must keep an eye out for pirating, file-sharing, bit-torrents and what not from time to time. I don’t have nor could i afford a legal team to do this…it’s just me here.
Anyway, I would, by doing this, just like young people to understand that the music doesn’t just show up on one’s desktop via the magic of the internet… there are real artists working very hard and struggling to survive who make the work and go to the trouble and expense of making it available. At the risk of looking like an old troll, I would respectfully like for young people to remember that and to support their favorite artists and to buy the music they love. I understand you are a DJ and I appreciate what you are doing and thank you for your support of the work.
Read what the man has said one more time and try to remember to support the musicians you hear and enjoy. I’ve posted a number of links in the sidebar that should make that very, very easy for you. Thanks again to Mr. Basinski for writing – a discussion like this can set a precedent, one that encourages the sharing of information and the proper use of MP3 and other digital media. MP3 file-sharing can hurt small labels and artists who don’t have the support of big money, but it can also benefit them greatly. With Napster lawsuits and legal chaos clouding the news, it is good to know that some musicians are taking the right step forward and acknowledging both the positives and the negatives of file-sharing.
I’ll go ahead and take this opportunity to ask if this means he’ll do an exclusive interview and/or live production on WZBC in the future.
Thanks for reading,