Music Complete(ly Different)
New Order’s tenth studio album, “Music Complete”, was released on Friday 25 September.
Last Wednesday, a fellow blogger shared a link to download the new album—two days before it was officially available.
On the morning that “Music Complete” was released, Amazon (from where I ordered a physical copy) sent me a link to download the album in MP3 format.
The same morning, a buddy who ordered the vinyl box set forwarded me the link that he received to download the album in WAV format.
Spotify had the album available to stream for free on the day of its release.
When I returned home from work on Friday, the CD I ordered from Amazon was in my mailbox.
That evening in Germany, there was an album premiere party and Q & A session with New Order, all of which was streamed live on the Electronic Beats website.
And I still haven’t heard “Music Complete” yet.
While growing up in the 1980s, and throughout the 1990s, there was an excitement to buying a new album on vinyl or compact disc in a brick & mortar store, and then racing home to play it on a proper stereo system and admire the packaging.
I liken listening to certain music as attending a religious service—it should be an experience involving specific traditions in a designated ‘place of worship.’
The new music distribution model provides instant gratification, although usually in some lesser quality. Call me old-fashioned, but in removing both the effort required for acquiring new music and the feeling of anticipation, that sense of excitement has been lost.