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Mon, 02 Oct 2006

Bach and Beyond / Gabriela Montero
Bach and Beyond could be Exhibit A in the case against today's recording industry. Not because there's anything wrong with it; there isn't. But if the bully boys and girls at the RIAA had existed a few centuries ago, an album like this would never have been possible. Hell, Bach himself would have found it hard to create music if he'd been hampered by the record firms' insistence that music be captured in amber and preserved, untouched, forevermore. Improvization and manipulation of what came before is at the heart of music, and always has been. What's changed is the technology, and the ability of big companies and their abusive legal representation to stomp out hundred, likely thousands, of years of tradition.

Their behavior sucks. And it would have done more than suck in Bach's time; it would have deprived us of our musical heritage, just as Disney and friends continue to co-opt our storytelling tradition and put that too under lock and key. Maybe some day we'll realize what we're losing and take back our heritage. But probably not.

Bach and Beyond
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