Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Apology

Dear Readers,

I´m sorry if my last entry caused anybody to feel as though I am not thankful for the support we, as a band, have received via the internet. On the contrary, I am fully aware of the fact that bloggers and blog readers and other internet go-ers (not sure how to spell that out correctly) have been very crucial in our development, and I in no way cast shame on the downloading/internet community (of which I am obviously a part). Over the past several years I have met some of the most amazing people and enjoyed some really rare moments, all due to this strange exchange of ones and zeros.

I merely meant to express my concerns regarding the connection between technology and the coming future, and what it means in terms of disposability and decreasing human interaction. Perhaps I have a habit of living in the past. For example, a service like Netflix terrifies me because it means that nobody has to walk into a video store and actually talk to somebody to receive a video. The more we use technology to separate ourselves from other people, the more we become emotionally mute, and that, in my opinion, is the destruction of a supportive community. On the other hand, without services like Netflix (and the internet, of course) people who live in more remote areas would not have as much access to a variety of media, so it´s a bit of an even trade.

I still maintain the ideas expressed in the last entry, but at the time of writing it I was really pissed off and rather in a bad place, so my delivery might have been a bit negative. But now I am in a better place I think (namely Madrid) and feeling much happier about life.

So, in conclusion, I´m sorry if I appeared ungrateful, as I am very much the opposite.

Love,
Ramesh

24 Comments:

Blogger Oberon said...

......i think rabbits are coming out of your mouth.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

If you're interested, The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution is a great read, written by Dave Kusek and Gerd Leonhard.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, I will say I'm not a blogophile. Hence, my anonymous eponymy. Also, I stumbled here from wikipedia.
Secondly, I will say this in optimism: the huge number of public outlets we enter in our local community (video rental, liquor shop,clothing store, restaurants, etc. etc.) tends to lessen our likelihood of interacting with the clerks or clients - instead of a minimal number of establishments(general store, pub). That said, perhaps returning recorded entertainment and shopping to the private, asocial sphere will remind us, when we do interact with others, of our mutual humanity.
Like I said, this is a bit of optimism.
Thirdly: Can't wait to see you in Philly and New York this summer!

8:35 PM  
Blogger J said...

I read both posts with interest.

You have nothing for which to apologize. It's always important to hear the artist's perspective and your opinion reflects the frustrations I hear privately from bands.

Thanks for sharing it so honestly.

11:23 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

]The more we use technology to separate ourselves from other people, the more we become emotionally mute, and that, in my opinion, is the destruction of a supportive community.]

I agree with you on this. You know what gets me? When friends of mine (or even family members!) get upset that I didn't come over because they emailed/Myspace'd me an invite... Uh, they have my phone number. In fact, one just works down the street from my apartment. Why not come over and invite me? Why rely on the internet to notify me of important things? (Let's not even mention that I do not have a internet connection at home.) It just annoys me that the internet, fo so many people, has become the pefered method of communication.

As for Netflix, I agree it's a good service if you live "out in the sticks" (as I like to say), such as in that small not-even-town twenty miles outside of Lampasas where I was recently stranded in a thunderstorm with a blown out tire. But I think it's silly that there are people in my apartment complex who have it when there is a video store right across the street-- why not walk there and rent a movie? I like to do that because (maybe I'm the silly one) I like to talk to the clerks there and get their opinon on new releases and such.

Anyway, I think the point of me commenting was to say that I actually found about Voxtrot by walking into a coffee house and starting a discussion about music with the guy behind the counter. He told me about you guys, so I went out and bought the first EP. Seriously, if someone online had told me "Check out this band, they're called Voxtrot and they're really good" I probably wouldn't because I couldn't see the other person as they talked about it (it was the guy's facial expressions as he talked about your music that lead me to beleive there was something special about it, and therefore I needed to listen to it).

But, yeah. I'm just rambling on. Technology is good and all, but human interaction is still something the world needs. I'm probably just old fashinoned, and that's all.

11:18 AM  
Blogger William said...

Come to Athens! I wasn't here the last time you guys came, but I'm here now! Come to Athens!
Frankly, it's interesting to see an up-and-coming take on the internet/blog atmosphere & it's effect on music.

9:16 AM  
Blogger joan said...

you in madrid? you've got some fans down here!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Odacy said...

i forgive you.. :p

5:12 PM  
Blogger hey jude said...

madrid is a fabulous place to be, although i wish i were in Rome and not in a library not accomplishing anything except reading your blog, listening to my ipod, and generally wasting my life on the internet.
as much as I love love love the net, and as much time as i am on this damn computer...i kinda hate it too, because as cliche as this sounds...i'm missing so much real life out there by being on here instead, but does that stop me? no. and i agree, as an avid music lover, that because i can access music so easily it is so disposable and i often wonder how long my obsession with voxtrot, or any band for that matter, will last, and had it not been through the internet though, i wouldn't have been able to listen to a lot of your music... basically..its a love hate relationship with the internet and globalization, etc. and you shouldnt have to apologize. and the internet does suck your soul out. general statements of course. and this was entirely way to long.

:)

7:32 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I'm not sure the transient nature of celebrity in music is an internet thing, many classical composers who were huge in their day ended up poor and unknown, such as Vivaldi.

Musicians all over this century who were beloved fall out of fashion and live unknown lives.

Maybe it sounds like I'm being negative, but really if you keep pushing for writing unique music then it doesn't matter what your backdrop is.
Your strength as a songwriter is that your songs can be done in so many different styles so there's not much to worry about. Some people it's their lot in life to be popular for a short time and the internet doesn't change that since it still takes a lot of work for your music to be heard.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Angel said...

Well done. I like your blog. Speak soon. A.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Nefeli said...

I loved your song sway beautiful..
madrid is great too!..

4:01 AM  
Blogger Matt Stewart said...

DID YOU KNOW?... Robotic dogs are the single most alarming 'advance' in modern technology, often seen as a replacement for the more traditional dog. But until the robotic dog can pick up its on robotic poo, we're in no real danger of a robotic dog uprising. When that day comes (and it will) robotic dogs will ignore the three laws of dog robotics and rise up against their human and robotic human masters.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha, knew that Spanish sunshine would help

1:46 PM  
Blogger booboophiphi said...

it's an odd thing technology.

we establish our identities for others to access. disclose our personal dreams and thoughts with anonymity. there's something safer about the exchanges we have with total strangers that feeds our needs in ways that before technology might have not been possible or as easy. with that said, as much as i love physical interactions with people, it's rather nice, this blog thing. our interaction is spreading over time and space. me here in paris. you there in madrid. you some time in the not so distant past. me, now. or tomorrow or any day after that i wish. it's like a never ending date.

9:52 AM  
Blogger booboophiphi said...

the internet makes me blush.




but seriously, isn't it interesting? it allows for complete anonymity and freedom to disclose whatever unclean things to complete strangers. in a way it's therapeutic. i mean, as much as i crave and enjoy physical interaction, there's something about the internet that supplies my needs that i never knew i had till it came along.

that said, what's most incredible to be is how it is able to transcend space and time. there's me in paris. you in madrid. you the not so distant past.me, now, and whenever i wish in the future as often as i wish. it's like this never-ending date.


that doesn't mean i prefer virtual people over real ones, but it's so much to end a virtual date and not feel bad about it later.

1:55 PM  
Blogger ComeOnRussia said...

oh, i`m interested in this post.someone said here that "internet, fo so many people, has become the pefered method of communication..." yeah,that`s right..but as for me internet is just easier way to find information and communicate with my relatives from other cities...and of course for me internet is the only way to know more about music,new bands etc..(cause i live in country where bears are walking along the streets ;))
about Netflix..hm,i think that people just became very lazzzzzzzy..((((

9:50 AM  
Anonymous colin zwirko said...

hey this is completely off the topic but i want more than anything to know what you're saying at the end of wrecking force. i would love so much if you e-mailed me at colinzwirko@yahoo.com and told me the lyrics :)
thank you so much.

3:51 AM  
Blogger Rain said...

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6:23 PM  
Blogger Fluffo said...

Get out of Madrid; it'll poison you (or at least the states will once you come home)

You just apologized via blog, say that slowly and give yourself a hug-- that sort of thing is a branch off what you were rambling about last post. We're all obsessed with the interweb. Our biggest fears revolve around imploding laptops and the possible inability to update Myspace/connect to Limewire. God forbid we have to communicate in a more personal way or (gasp!) buy a CD without having already heard it in its entirety.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous mixa said...

I understand what you mean; music, the essentials thereof, are as transitory as easiest that they are attainable. I feel you.

11:20 PM  
Blogger airball said...

i like your song kid gloves...

2:56 AM  
Anonymous keepmakingmusicplease said...

I read your post and I agree that if the internet completely took over, it'd be fucking scary. I don't think that can ever happen, though...people will always need physical interaction because at least for me, interaction on the internet seems kind of fake and phony. It's not the real thing, and eventually that will get to people. Nevertheless, I'm glad that you have a myspace and a blog, otherwise I'd only know the music and not the musician. I know you have a lot of fans already, but I don't think anyone can ever get too much encouragement, especially in such an industry. So I just wanted to say good luck and I really, really love all of your songs. You're one of the few bands that doesn't have any bad apples in the album--they're all good and I have listened to them all soo many times. At my school, all the hip people know about Voxtrot =) You do everything I think a musician should do, except for marrying me. And I think there's an easy solution to that problem which is...to marry me.

4:16 PM  
Blogger SPIDER said...

Hello, good blog

3:31 AM  

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