On Singing for My Supper

First, singing for my lunch: I had a great time with Paul Myoda's media/technology/art seminar Wednesday at City College. A bunch of very cool folks. Paul, of course, is one of the designers of the Tribute in Light, and quite a bit more, as you can see at his NY gallery, Friedrich Petzel.)

Then, singing for my supper: I was just checking my Amazon Associates reports, and I found some eye-popping results:

  • The Lost in Translation soundtracks are practically flying off the page. It's nice that people are digging it, but I didn't expect my Sofia Coppola material would be such a shopping catalyst.

    I can see how mentioning something more obscure, like A Notebook on Cities and Clothes (Wim Wenders' Yohji Yamamoto documentary), might tempt people to shop (or at least window shop). But the soundtrack seems like an intentional purchase; you'd just go to Amazon directly. No complaints, just many thanks.

    The real surprise, though, was seeing the impact of variations in commissions for a soundtrack or DVD (usually 2.5-3.0% now) vs a classic book (up to 15%). You're buying 20 soundtracks for every catalog of Matthew Barney's The Cremaster Cycle or every book/DVD of David Byrne: E.E.E.I. (Envisioning Emotional Epistemological Information) about PowerPoint art, but those books easily rack up 10 times the commission.

    It almost makes me want to become the Gizmodo of art tomes.

  • Since 2001 here at greg.org, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

    Many thanks to the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for supporting greg.org that time.

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