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Friday, March 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Who Cares If You Have an Audience?

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In 1967, Milton Babbitt wrote a famous article "Who Cares if You Listen?" arguing that modern music had reached such a high level that laypeople were no longer qualified to appreciate it. The ensuing controversy raised basic questions about the artistic endeavor: WHY do we create, FOR whom, and with WHAT expectations? Today, popular artists face these exact same issues as their predecessors in the avant garde did a generation ago. As music becomes commoditized and acclaim comes in tiny Facebook "likes", it begs the question: what are we creating for?
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Brian Felsen

Pres- As President of CD Baby from 2008-14, Mr. Felsen was responsible for all business development, operations, customer service, marketing, and technology at the world's largest online distributor of independent music. He also founded BookBaby, which digitally distributes the works... Read More →
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Jeff Murphy

Co-ownerShoesA member of the band SHOES since 1974 along with brother John Murphy and Gary Klebe. Started home-recording and pressing records on the band's indie label, Black Vinyl Records in 1975. Signed with Elektra records in 1979 thru 1982. Appeared in 4 music videos featured... Read More →
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Graham Reynolds

ArtistCalled “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Austin-based composer-bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack... Read More →
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Jane Siberry

Occasionally rising into the limelight like a proper Canadian phoenix, Siberry has been steadily making musical offerings  above and below the radar since 1981. Fifteen CDs to be exact. These have been released on both large labels and small. (Warner/Reprise, A&M, Windham Hill and... Read More →

Friday March 15, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 11AB

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