Polish classical pianist Krystian Zimerman’s answer is youtube! When his concert in the middle of playing Karol Szymanowksi’s Variations on a Polish Theme in B Minor at the Ruhr piano festival in Essen, he was distracted by a member of the audience filming him on their mobile phone, he stops concert in protest, then he told the audience that he had lost many recording projects and contracts because music managers had told him: “We’re sorry, that has already been on YouTube.” “The destruction of music because of YouTube is enormous,” he added.
A music journalist had said of past few years of his music, he have got rid of all CDs, all records, all tapes. He even wiped out hard drive, leaving nothing on iTunes, because he thinks live for music is everything, and spend most nights of the week at gigs or in nightclubs. Yet the digital age was starting to offer freedom from all this clutter, so it would be free! The stream music from the internet specially of youtube as the mood took everyone! Just like William Blake said, “I wouldn’t bind myself to a joy, I would kiss the joy as it flew.” The journalist also said “like I thought it might, it’s just the music that has died – because I started listening to it on my laptop…Listening on my laptop wasn’t so much making me think music shouldn’t take up physical space – it was making me forget the aural space that music was supposed to take up. My ears stopped expecting so much from the sound. The songs were compressed; the quality decreased; the speakers just two little discreet areas on either side of my typing hands. The music sounded about as deep as an oatcake on there. There was no graphic equaliser or anything like that – if I wanted to experience the song with more dimension to it, I just turned the volume up. It’s not so much that my laptop made all other physical forms redundant, it’s that it made music so dull that I lost interest in music.”
So he think music has died now and thrown away all his CDs and only listen on laptop.
Music has died? may be yes, but who’s answer is right?