I’m going to try and explain what I mean by an Open Band.
As you well know, the Goblin Orchestra is a band / music collective that creates the instruments it plays. But there’s more it it than that, we want to work using what other people have called Open Band Principles.
Now, these are philosophies and ideas that have been transposed / translated from Open Source principles and adapted to music. If you look at our about page, you can see three ideas to this approach:
We give our music away freely
Yes we do. If you want all our music, you can have it. It will be available through our website or through various torrent sites and you can do pretty much what you want with it. Ans long as you name-check us. We will most likely provide better quality audio wrapped in more interesting packaging at a premium rate, but your basic MP3 will be freely available to do what you will with.
We build community
Being in a band is about reputation. Our fans are our reputation. If we treat you nice, you will treat us nice. And that’s all we want. There’s strength in community. There safety in community and we want our community to feel like they are part of the band. Something you can contribute to as well as benefit from.
It would be nice if the Goblin Orchestra earned money exploring this Open Band concept, even if it is to pay for deluxe items, merch, venues, raw materials for new kit and the occasional weird tea. So, we will be selling things through our website at a fairly respectable price. We may even involve the Radiohead pay-what-you-want theory to some of our releases. We just want to give things to you that have a fair value.
That’s pretty much it. A later post will look at some of the other Open Source principles we’ll be hijacking and using as part of this band, but for now these are the three guiding principles that we’re going to follow.
If you’ve got anything to add, or have some ideas, please add to the conversation in the comments section. Thanks.