Mother’s music is distributed by the Zorata editions.

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Originally, when the record had just been invented, it was a means by which the artist or musician could expand his work and influence far beyond the limits of his physical presence and possibilities. It was like an extension of himself, while the basis of his being and art remained concentrated on the principle of concerts, on live representations. But soon the pursuit of profit took over, and what was initially an artistic extension degenerated into a commercial activity. This way the creative and artistic aspects were compromised: where the pursuit of gain gets the upper hand in a phenomenon as art, the material world and the ideological world come into conflict. The world of art is concerned with the principle of the ideal; art aims to lift the ordinary, everyday life to a higher, ideological reality.

It is harmony, beauty and order which are the pillars of the world of art. When it comes to earning money, quite different principles come into play. Earning money in its purest form has to do with maintaining the visible, earthly phenomena. It is a purely physical, almost pragmatic activity, quite the opposite of the ideological world in which art operates. When these worlds get mixed up, it is the world of art which loses importance, and literally pays the price of the increase on a physical, financial level.

In order to protect art, it is important to distinguish these two things or worlds carefully, and even to separate them. In principle, the artist is not a tradesman, and when others concern themselves with his creations and start trading with them, it is important that the artistic expression or its product shall always prevail.

The crisis that the record industry is currently facing, because recordings are copied or directly downloaded from sources such as the Internet, is to a large extent the result of this conflict between the material and the ideological.

The artist has become a commercial product, a (possible) way of earning a lot of money quickly, and his art is geared to the demands of the public. In the course of 60-70 years, the principle of the ideal has subtly slipped away from art, and what remains is mostly a tasteless uniformity, or anyway something which lacks a certain essence. Unfortunately, the fact that this product is subsequently treated with little respect is a sad consequence, but what lies at the root of it? If the audience is consciously or unconsciously seen as a source of profit, then the mirror of life also shows an attitude of self-interest and profit to the other side: cheap forgeries of art and borrowed ideas.

This problem can only be solved if the artist is going to take his work seriously again, and is able to recapture respect for himself and his art. Making records or CDs involves costs, which are reflected in the selling prices of these products. In addition, it is reasonable that the artist or musician can make a living, like everybody else, and that too is usually included in this price. But that is quite different from a (purely) commercial affair, which after all deforms art and wrongs its deepest essence.

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