Firstly, the obvious: like most people, we find advertising intrusive, deceptive, offensive, and at least partly responsible for many people's financial debt, family stress levels, low self-esteem, and general lack of health (such as obesity.) No, McDonalds don't make you eat those hamburgers, but they cleverly convince you that it's cool to do so. No, the makers of Soloflex (or Boflex, Bodylastics, etc.) don't call you fat and ugly, but they cleverly insinuate you won't be accepted in public unless you have the body of the models using the equipment they're selling. Advertising is also a major impetus behind the world's troubles with materialism, environmental waste, and lack of social justice (have's vs. the have-not's.)
The less obvious answer is why advertising is good. It can often provide valuable information (new technology), and at the same time, entertain. It introduces us to a lot of new talented people, and can often start someone on their way to a lucrative career in the entertainment industry. Obviously, it also plays a major role in helping our global economy.
Instead of complaining about advertising, we decided back in 1999 to do something more unique, artistic, and interesting.
What FSFS accomplishes?
Our compilation utilizes the advantages of advertising, while completely avoiding the disadvantages.
Free Speech For Sale educates, informs, entertains, and gives exposure to over two dozen talented artists.
While we didn't hide the fact that all of the source material from this compilation came from commercials, ad campaigns, PSA's, and promos, we made great efforts to completely change the original context of the message from the original source material. A newer and more interesting message is successfully created out of the very detritus that inspired this compilation in the first place, without ever actually advertising any product, platform, or president.
Most importantly, FSFS proves that it is possible to make new audio art out of old recordings without having to deconstruct the sound beyond recognition. We have proven that you can sample the works of others in your own work, and at the same time remain completely unique from the sampled source material.
Is This Album For Sale?
Not from us, it isn't. We'd be sued otherwise.
The album's source material is copy written from several advertisers and producers who would charge us way too much money to legally clear the samples, if they are even willing to negotiate at all. The content of this album would likely offend them to the point where they wouldn't want it to exist, as it criticizes their very industry using the same clever tricks they use to sell their products. Frankly, we don't feel any of them deserve to get paid a second time for the recordings they've already been overpaid to produce. More importantly, I feel what we're doing is making new art out of their old art, and furthermore, we should be allowed to be financially compensated ourselves for making such art!
This is also one of the subtle irony's of this project.
While we are giving something away for "free", we want to be "for sale."
For more information as to why we can't, read about Copyright and "Fair Use."
Here's a link to a list of resources provided by the Stanford University Libraries.
For more biased opinions, read Negativland's essays on Changing Copyright Law and "Fair Use."
What is reverse shoplifting?
Droplifting! "Droplifting" is a term coined by Richard Holland of Turntable Trainwreck to describe a unique form of record distribution - the reverse of shoplifting. It involves dropping a disc of your music in the racks of a record store without knowledge of the store's owner or staff. This is a tactic which we used to promote the content of The Droplift Project, and will be used again (at least in part) to promote the content of Free Speech For Sale. Outside of internet distribution, this is one of the only other ways we can do it. Though it may not be as effective as the internet, we must admit it is the most fun method. :)
Who is behind FSFS?
The same artists behind "The Droplift Project" and "Dictionaraoke." This compilation's content, cover art, financing, mastering, web hosting, and project plan came together 100% entirely on the internet via several mailing lists, most notably the Snuggles mailing list. For more info, you should read about snuggles.
Last time, we shocked the media with a clever model of distribution which entirely bypassed record labels and distributors: DROPLIFTING! This time, we're shocking them with our content.
How can I help the cause?
Pressing the CD's, mailing them out, and hosting the web space has been a continuous financial burden. If you would like to help, we would be forever grateful if you donated to us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
What is available from this site?
A plethora of free music, including the entire Free Speech For Sale CD in mp3 or in uncompressed .wav format (ready to burn directly to a CDR.)
We also provide you with the same high-quality art work that we sent to the pressing plant so you can make your own inserts to go along with your high-quality CD copies.
Most importantly, we give you a list of artists who have participated in this compilation, links to their websites, and a chance to get exposed to some of the most creative and innovative artists on the internet.
What if my CD self destructs?
another copy from our site isn't a desirable option for you, you can email
us (email@example.com) and ask us to send you one.
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