This week two artists have announced that they’re recording a new album, using Facebook live streams. First up is Esperanza Spalding. Starting at 9am on September 12, she’s spending the next 3 days (77 hours actually) writing/rehearsing/recording, and at the end of that process will produce a CD – 7,777 copies. I signed up for the signed edition, which is $60US. You can get an unsigned one for $50.
Then there’s Neil Finn (I’ll put the YouTube link for this one in the comments). Neil’s process is slightly different – there’s no pre-purchase, and he’s working one day a week for 4 weeks, then recording the album live on the fifth day. Even though he says it’s all going to be worked out during these rehearsals he’s already decided the title, and that there’ll be 9 tracks, which seems a bit premature if it’s really all going to be worked on on FB. Anyway, I’ll tune in and have a look.
Maybe there’s other people doing this, I haven’t seen any. Is this the future of recording albums as we know it (Jim)?