new music! new fun! new psychoses!

ieatpants is proud to present “simulation of an artist

this collection of songs turned out to be much more personal than i had anticipated… that’s because i started with a goal of combining a love of echoey guitars and effects-laden loops with a few jaunty acoustic tunes about cramming my giant legs into the smallest airline seat ever. but it turned out all the songs are by the same guy. as fucking pretentious as it sounds, i’m really happy with the way this album turned out… the last 12 tracks were recorded all at once and probably could stand to be their own little EP, but I feel like they are representative of the struggle between making a catchy or silly song and creating a moody, atmospheric guitar piece… plus i love the cover–i used a blank CD insert, my old scanner, an extra messy marker, and some nifty images of J.L. Borges and i can’t believe how excelelnt it came out.

ok, i’m done telling you how awesome i am.

in addition, i have lately been playing music with an old friend. we’ve put together a nice representation of how fun we are: The Gentlemen of the Western Reserve – “The Rise and Fall of the West(ern Reserve)”

recorded in one saturday in a living room while someone was in the kitchen cooking up various meats for us to try… i recomend “horse race jubilee” and “bunnies” to get you started.

all music is under creative commons copyright… suck it, corporate!

and finally, believe it or not, more updates soon!

what is youtube doing?

Are they exploiting us?

A couple of years ago, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion US. That’s a lot of money.

The only conclusion is that youtube is managing to make a giant profit… and all because we are constantly uploading our own content. Here’s the interesting bit: youtube can and does delete whatever videos it feels are infringing or violating an artist’s copyright. However, the video does stick around for a while, sometimes for several days. Just long enough for youtube to rake in the ad revenue with a giant pointy rake… that money should actually be going to the artist, no?

what about the youtuber’s whose videos get millions of views? why don’t they get a slice of the money pie?

I know as a creator/video artist, you accept certain responsibilities for what can be done with your video. However, there is an implicit amount of trust between us and youtube, right? If they sold the videos to Miramax and sold DVDs full of the most popular videos, someone (probably a lot of someones) would be pissed off.

…we don’t expect them to do that, and yet we’re allowing them to do something like that on a smaller scale.

consider NBC.com.
they’ve decided that they can make money by putting all of their shows online. and it’s working well. they basically have an NBC-youtube hybrid. the only difference is they own the copyright and are expecting a return on the video from the viewer (in the form of ad clicking or watching).
ok, im done ranting now. it’s friday. have a beer. chill out, dummy.