The Prophet of Pop

The Prophet of Pop


Rethink Music with Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, Damian Kulash, and Neil Gaiman

posted by S. Russ

8 songs in 8 hours.  That’s what artists Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), Damian Kulash (OK Go), and author Neil Gaiman have been attempting from 4 pm to 12 am today.  The idea to write and record 8 songs in 8 hours, which will be released online tomorrow, is a part of the Rethink music project.  The conference challenges artists to rethink music from a licensing and distribution standpoint, and this particular project is aimed at showing how internet distribution has changed how music can be recorded.

As I have observed the session via the excellent live camera, I have had many thoughts.  As an artist and a producer, the frantic nature of the 8 hours initially made me anxious and more than a little queasy.  I have been involved in my fair share of recording sessions, and those with time limits are more than often more nerve-wracking than they are creative and even useful.  Once I got over that, it became inspiring to observe these four different yet talented artists working together.  They each took different roles in each song, working with each other’s strengths to make the best music that they could.  Though fighting colds, bad recording tendencies, and a deadline, thus far the songs have all turned out to be completely quality.  That is just impressive.

It remains to be seen if they will get to 8 songs or not since as of right now at 11 pm they are at either five or six songs.  In the grand scheme of things that will matter little.  What this project is proving is that music as a raw and natural art form is still alive and well – and it isn’t tied to any kind of distribution schedule.  This session is capturing a special energy that has been knocked out many musicians by years of record label involvement and a reliance on popular trends rather than art.  That statement won’t be lost on those who take in the music, and these artists deserve all of the recognition they can get.

Related – Record Store Day Is Saturday!

Follow the Prophet of Pop on Twitter and on Facebook!



Advertisement
Comments read comments(3)
post a comment
Tamara

posted April 26, 2011 at 5:56 pm


Is Neil Gaiman writing lyrics, or is he also a musician? I know him as an author. This reminds me of NaNoWriMo, which encourages people to write. Is the music out now?



report abuse
 

The Prophet

posted April 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm


Neil did a lot of writing and does vocals on a track. It is awesome!!

http://music.amandapalmer.net/album/nighty-night

Because the Origami is my favorite.



report abuse
 

JJ

posted July 3, 2011 at 4:06 am


I just heard Neil Gaiman’s song he wrote. Now I see why he likes Palmer, they are both terrible. This is gonna suck bigtime.



report abuse
 

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the beliefnet.com terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to beliefnet.com and may be used by beliefnet.com in accordance with the agreements.



Previous Posts

This "Sexy And I Know It" Cover Is Life Changing
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsvlsuLau5c[/youtube] This rad cover of "Sexy And I Know It" by LMFAO is currently blowing up the internet and blowing ladies' minds. Turns out this guy looks a lot like me, and he is from South Carolina where I lived for many, many years. I am starting to

posted 9:43:05am May. 15, 2012 | read full post »

A Fond Farewell to the Sing-Off - or, WHAT!?! There Goes Another One of My Favorite Shows
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOKuAigsrec[/youtube] I would love to be able to stick my head in the sand like a TV executive. Now, granted, I don't know too much about what they do, but I know one thing that they do - make decisions that don't seem to make any amount of common sense.

posted 9:15:20am May. 15, 2012 | read full post »

Hot Problems - The Best Song Ever
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__HeE6NWmDE&feature=share[/youtube] I can relate to this.  Hot dudes have problems too.  I'm just glad someone was brave enough to speak about this powerful message.

posted 11:29:09am Apr. 20, 2012 | read full post »

Lionel Richie... What Are You Doing??
Pop and R&B legend Lionel Richie has suddenly popped on the charts again.  I love me some Lionel, and have since his glory days in the '80s, so I was excited to see what he had going on. I wish I hadn't.  Here's why: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAqz0AwLRjk&ob=av2e[/youtub

posted 4:12:07pm Apr. 19, 2012 | read full post »

Why Couples Should Watch Ice Loves Coco
I love my wife, and my wife loves reality television.  Generally I will play a video game or read a book while she watches the Kardashians, Say Yes to the Dress, and similar programs.  Those shows aren't really my thing, I'm more of a Justified/South Park/ kind of fellow.  Lately she has really g

posted 10:41:31am Apr. 18, 2012 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.