Amanda Palmer makes me want to have a twitter account, just so I can see what she’s doing.
After watching this video, I looked at my last post – Claire Anne Carr, who was and is giving away something awesome, on bandcamp, a site which allows you to give what you want to artists who make stuff you like.
I also found a new email from the Humble Indie Bundle: an organization that allows you to pay what you want for dozens of games. You can give them a pittance, but loads of people choose to pay hundreds of pounds.
I can think of any number of fully funded kickstarters, and things that I want to give money to.* SMBC’s new space opera, and Anita Serkeesian’s “Tropes Vs Women In Games”. Ryan North’s “To Be Or Not To Be” got funded in about 24 hours! Most of these ended up so overfunded they had to completely change their business plan: I’m looking at you, Double Fine.
These sites aren’t really ways for me to pay, or save money. These are ways for me to give what little I have. They are also some of my favourite places on the internet. I think Amanda Palmer may have a point…
It’s possible that over the next few years, these things will all die down. Bandcamp, kickstarter, humble bundle, etc may all become less extraordinary. Not even go bankrupt, but get replaced by a more regulated and easily monetised system. Economists of the future, I beg you not to do this. Lets keep the internet as it is for a bit.
*Things that I will give money to, when I’m employed.
Well, since being one of the coolest people on earth is a pretty awesome feat, I really want to be able to donate money to Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra for their new song. Sadly, I am too poor. The best I can do is tell you, my viewership, about the fact that they are giving away (theoretically) FREE MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS.
Can I embed stuff here? No? Then I’ll have to tell you to go to the link below that has an image attached. Go get stuff!
And if you want an idea as to what this sounds like, I can only say that it’s a bit like this.
I feel it’s kind of sad that this is a sampler which is longer than a number of albums that I can name, and yet it’s for free, and the intention is to use it to promote the actual album. I don’t know what makes it sad – that it’s being “given away” like this, that giving it away is a viable move, or that I actually can’t afford to give the money that I want to – but it seems a wee bit unfair still.
…I’ve just seen Amanda Palmer naked…
I mean “I’ve just watched the video for her newest song with her new band I did not know that she had a new band They sound really good I like this song It has a lot of cool wordplay and stuff You should totally watch that video above unless you do not like nudity.”
*runs off to have a cold shower*
… Now that I’m back, I also want to point out that her and her husband are literally the coolest people on the planet. And that I need to listen to EVEN MORE of her music and read EVEN MORE of his books.
Because. Just because.
Do they have an album (Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra, not Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman)? Yes. Yes they do.