TouMilou Music | Support
While music lovers used to spend their money to build personal collections of albums of their favorite artists, streaming services now provide them with access to basically all music out there for a trifle. To artists this means that recorded music is no longer a marketable product unless they cater for the masses.
Even a moderately ambitious recording project will take an investment of a couple of thousands of euros – there are studio costs, musicians fees, expenses for transportation, consumables, design, printing, pressing, promotion, and so forth. Streaming will earn you a couple of tenths of a cent per play, which means that it takes millions of streams to merely break even.
For mainstream artists such volumes present no problem. However, if music is Frisian, Latvian, Basque or belonging to any such small ethnic group, if it is progressive, avant-garde, experimental or—since you are here—contemporary modal, if it is fringy, obscure or even subversive, then its audience is bound to be too small to support recordings commercially. Music in any such category is not recorded to make money, but to build a reputation or merely for the love of it. It represents an investment.
Great music, can we find it on Spotify?
While streaming is said to have saved the music industry, it has sofar failed to create an environment where musicians and composers, the actual creators of music, thrive. A system that basically defines value by volume can ultimately only produce blandness. There is nothing wrong with mainstream, but music renews itself in the fringes so we need those to be viable too. Independent artists need your support – streaming them won’t cut it. So, no, Erato, Európe and Pîrî Reis are not on Spotify or any such streaming service. But they are still easy to access!
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Play the music
The scores are there for you to try. People ask, but you don’t need my permission to play the music and I’d be delighted to hear the result!
Make a donation
You can also make a donation and support an ongoing or next project – there is always something happening. It will be greatly appreciated, and your support will be acknowledged on a next release (unless you’d prefer to remain anonymous).