The pearls you cast before swine make you seem alive

Committed to sharing her music via the net, Kristin Hersh is throwing her muses at us in unconventional ways. In this small manifesto she writes:

I think I need to engage in a grassroots kind of capitalism, choosing principles over profits, values over image, ideals over marketing. I have to create a permeable membrane between artist and listener — I’m a craftsperson, after all. (…) This little business will be interactive and intelligent; you will not be lied to, no shiny poison, no middle man.

Kristins work is featured on the website Cash is ‘a Coalition of Artists and Stake Holders building an open-source platform for the new, distributed music business.’

CASH Music is committed to providing a flexible platform through which artists and audiences may interact and support one another. Audiences want the art to continue. Artists want to continue creating. Supportive relationships create this flow, a read-write culture where all are parties to a richer artistic experience. CASH supports artists, their audiences — and perhaps most importantly — this vital and emerging read-write culture.

You are encouraged to download and use the music, donations are free, and welcome because “music grows on trees, but money doesn’t”.
If you’re looking to receive some acknowledgment in return for your cash, such as a visit to the studio, or a mention on the next cd sleeve, find some financing recipes here

Kristin’s recordings can be downloaded in several formats including lossless audio. For each song, Kristin also provides lyric sheets and a “Works in Progress” demo version. Kristin also offers her songs in “Read-Write” format, which can be found here
A list with some fun remixes and works inspired by Hersh’s work can be found here

The songs are published under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license. Through the Creative Commons remix project ccmixter some acappella versions of of her songs can be found.

So why does this post on a musician appear on a blog about Open Source Video?
hmm … good question: I find this a beautiful example of how aspects of creative practices can be reshaped using open content licenses and the distributive characteristics of the web, and would want to see more of that, also in the video world. Forming coalitions, collective platforms for sharing work, experimenting with alternative economical models; if you know of interesting examples of such projects, please drop us a line.

Posted on: Sunday, June 15, 2008 by: in category: Copyrights and licenses, Media archives