Michael posted the following on Facebook earlier today:
We are in the middle of getting Videoranch ready for the Holidays so things are a little wobbly in there now. We are making sure that it is stays the secure site that it is while we add some more features. We have a lot of stuff sitting around on the floor right now while we pull stuff apart and put stuff togetther. Like the Holiday meals that are at hand.
Christian and Circe played a show at VR2D yesterday -- and unfortunately had to do it with a lot of the parts not working -- like chat -- and most unfortunately the tip jar. Thank heavens the video and sound stream worked well -- they sound and look great -- and so they did on VR2D.
I'm spending most of my time these days on setting up online facilities at Videoranch for concerts next year in VR3D and VR2D, The old music business paradigm has gotten so tattered that it no longer works for real artists and live music from the likes of C&C -- so I am trying to build and offer a way to get live music back in our lives.
Spotify and Apple Music and Pandora, etc. have all done real damage to the life and welfare of artists -- especially musical performances. Its not a new story -- people who don't make music exploiting people who do -- but its still just as sad and IMO just as wrong.
I was glad to see Taylor Swift, and now Adele shut out Spotify, from their latest recordings -- and of course The Ocean is not available for those streaming services either -- but I don't think that is a long term solution. Streaming is not the problem. Fair wage is --- just like in the working community everywhere. Think of that if you subscribe to these services, Your money is not getting to the people that deserve and need it the most.
As an artist I struggle along. If I had not inherited some money from my family I would not be able to maintain my pursuit -- and these last few years all aritist royalties have just fallen off a cliff. The big money you hear about comes from touring -- live shows. My last royalty statement from Warner Brothers Publishing was $1.71, They didn't send the money -- just the statement.
There have always been good people in the music "business" as well as bad -- but the music itself is under the care and production of musicians who support it. So VR2D and VR3D are going to venture forth more in 2016 to bring a system of access to the net for artists directly -- so the money falls into the hands of the creators first and not just the purveyors.
Thanks to all who showed up to C&C's show -- and apologies for the lousy tech from our side. We're working on it -- better things ahead -- for all. The tip jar will back up and running for the next shows -- whenever they may be -- and that will be a good way to make a direct payment to the artist for good value received.
More news to come about this in the next few months.
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