I’m writing a book called Deleting Music. It’s about the music industries and intellectual property in the digital age.
Specifically, it’s about the problems that arise when music is only considered in terms of its function as commerce, rather than as culture.
I’m interested in archives, identity, education, research, memory, discourse, politics, artistic expression – and the ways in which people use music as part of their everyday lives.
My concern is that because music is only represented as an economic force at a policy level, decisions are being made that threaten our collective cultural capital. And sadly, most of these decisions are being made purely in the short-term interests of corporations, rather than in the interest of citizens, for the preservation or propagation of culture – or, for that matter, the good of artists.
In following this path, we are quite literally Deleting Music.