First up, don't get me wrong. I like IDM quite a bit, especially Glitchcore
and Drill & Bass
. Not as much as I like post-punk
, or drinking beer
and playing pool
, but as a musical genre
it's definitely something I say "yes" to. The thing is, even though I think it's good, I own hardly any albums by the artists I like. I think I own as many Soft Cell
albums than I do IDM releases, and I'm sure as fuck
not *that* much of a fan of Soft Cell. Why?
I'll tell you why. While I can get lots of releases either inexpensively from music stores or buy records for a couple of dollars at a market
, to obtain IDM releases I have to outlay vast amounts of cash at specialist record shops. I don't mind looking through shops, many a day I've spent happily devoted to the pursuit of CD's and records, but I do care about spending shitloads of my hard-earned pay packet
on one release when I could be getting more of other stuff.
It's not that I'm adverse to spending big on one thing - The other week I got a Jaques Dutronc
compilation for the rather princely sum of $50. But while I don't mind spending what is, to me, a fat wad
of my pay on some remastered works by 60's pop crooner
, I've got a serious problem paying thirty dollars and upwards for an album that's made, for the most part, on a fucking computer
. What expensive instruments, pricey studio mixing/mastering time, and bulky equipment is present to account for the cost? How come I can buy brand new Neu!
reissues for $20, when I would have to spend $15 on a fucking two-track single by Richard
'I left my mp3 player on a train so I'll release my new album even when it's not finished so I don't miss out on any of the profits even though I'm already a rich motherfucker
. Paying IDM prices for the albums you want makes being a fucking Fall completionist
look cheap by comparison. In short. You're all a bunch of fucking rich elitist snobs.