Why I love Jonathan Coulton
Jonathan Coulton is a New York-based songwriter who has engaged in several song-a-week experiments.
Take a few listens and you’ll see he’s much better equipped than I am… he’s also got a great following and is able to make a living out of novelty songs.
I first discovered Jonathan while I was in the midst of my World of Warcraft addiction – through a fantastic video featuring his zombie song Re: Your Brains created by a Photoshop developer called Spiff [in his spare time, I’m sure].
Anyway, now that I don’t have WoW, I still have Jonathan’s music.
He’s recently written a great entry on his blog about the economics of making music available for free using Creative Commons (which is why people can ‘collaborate’ and use his material in their own creative efforts) right alongside his efforts to sell merchandise, tickets and even (god forbid) music.
Read his blog entry, Payday!
I will continue to provide my RTRFM stuff for free for now, and should do something about getting my Creative Commons licensing sorted out.
When my dreams come true and I’m able to develop my musical ideas further, I may want to recoup some of my future recording costs by giving people the opportunity to buy songs (of a superior standard to what I currently offer) or allow people to donate… but that’s a matter for the future.
At the moment, I’m just glad people are enjoying what I do and have the opportunity to share it with other people.
By directing them here (hopefully).
Oh… please leave comments… they’re as good as hard currency to me. Until I need to buy something.