Reacting against the whole thing of providing your music to stream for free, Father John Misty aka ex-Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman, has released a MIDI version of his entire upcoming album I Love You, Honeybear, in collaboration with Casey Wescott.
The housing for this wonderful gift to audiences the world over is a fake bit of tech startup lampoonery, too, called SAP. It's all taking the piss and it's kinda funny but I'm not sure if I wholeheartedly "like" his sore and entitled way of saying things. If someone wants to put their album up to stream for free, that's fine. If someone wants to charge money for music, that's fine. But for Mr. Tillman, it's Serious Business And Nobody Should Ever Give Music Away For Free.
I want this version of the album. I really like the MIDI version. They sound like expanded-upon K.K. Slider songs from Animal Crossing. I wonder if it'd be against trading standards, because if I went to buy I Love You, Honeybear (which I won't) and didn't get this MIDI version, then surely that'd be misleading the customer? He does say the songs streaming are an accurate portrayal of the album, which I hope is not untrue.
He says this on his silly SAP site:
I am pleased to introduce SAP, a new signal-to-audio process by which popular albums are "sapped" of their performances, original vocal, atmosphere and other distracting affectations so the consumer can decide quickly and efficiently whether they like a musical composition, based strictly on its formal attributes, enough to spend money on it. SAP files sound incredible when compressed and streamed at low resolutions over any laptop speaker or cell phone. They are cheap to produce and take up even less space than the average MP3. They contain just enough meta-data to be recognized by sophisticated genre aggregation software. Everything you love about discovering and sharing free music, minus the cost to anyone: artist or fan.
It's out 9th February everywhere and 10th February in North America.