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For his first MidemNet Blog post, Mark Kelly, member of UK rock group Marillion, explains how the band has willingly let its recordings loose in the internet…

Although I’ve been using the internet since the days of Netscape I’ve never posted to a blog before. So to get me started, here’s a short introduction to what’s happening in the Marillion camp right now.

I was asked to share my views on the future of the music industry and I suppose the timing couldn’t be better because right now Marillion have just begun an experiment with our latest release that you may be interested in.  We have a new double CD coming out on October 20th but already it’s all over the internet, and file-sharing sites are offering it for download to anyone with a copy of Limewire, Bit Torrent or and any other P2P software.

Normally this knowledge would make me angry or fill me with despair but not this time. We have teamed up with a new company called Music Glue in an attempt to get something back from all those people who like our music but don’t seem to want to pay for it. Rather than get into the boring details of how it works, let’s just say that Music Glue have attached a widget to the wma (Windows Media Audio) version of the songs that enables us get a message to these otherwise unknown fans.

Unfortunately it’s not possible to do the same thing with MP3 files, the preferred format for downloaders everywhere, which are starting to appear alongside the wma versions. This was why we had to take the difficult decision to “release” our album long before the CDs were available for people to rip and share.

We are using this opportunity to see if we can persuade them to part with some money for our music or maybe even buy a concert ticket or T-shirt. Over the coming months I’ll be back to let you know how it’s going.  If you want to join the tens of thousands of people downloading our music for free, head over to www.musicglue.com/marillion and it’s all yours. Be warned, we might rattle the honesty box in your direction sometime in the future..


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