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A Modern Musician's Existential Dread

What's it mean to make music anymore anyway? This is a question many of us find ourselves asking ourselves nowadays as we fumble around with various strange online sites, wondering, "Is this what building an audience really means?", like the meme of the anime man with glasses reaching out to the butterfly. Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, digital distributors, you know, what's it all add up to. The thing is, if by some miracle people do really actually listen to the music, why is that even a goal? Because 1/1000 of a penny will come back? Because some nebulous "audience" might be "built" or whatever. And it's not even about the money, you know, and it's not about the audience either, it's like, so what if people listen to the music, why does that even matter.

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