Hello, everyone. My name is Karl.
I am (or used to be) a musician. In the early 1990’s, I studied music composition at a four-year university in Indiana. I have worked at local venues (Church, O’Brien’s, Great Scott), worked at a chain record store (Tower Records on Newbury Street), and written reviews for local music magazines (Lollipop). As a noise musician (Karlheinz), I have released albums through underground noise labels (Truculent, Hospital, RRRecords), done three Midwestern tours, and performed live at pretty much every local venue. Still, by most standards, I am not a professional musician – with the exception of Tower Records, none of the aforementioned gigs have paid the bills, and I am not a member of any musician’s union or PRO.
Nowadays, I am busy being a programmer. I am currently attending a local Boston university, to get a B.S. in Computer Science. My focus is on back-end Web development, and on mobile development (particularly Android), but I also love C++, so who knows what I’ll end up doing.
About The Blog
My original intent in writing this blog was to counteract the disinformation that has been deliberately spread through certain copyright maximalist websites, particularly David Lowery’s notorious Trichordist blog. That will always be my primary focus. But simply being a reactionary isn’t particularly helpful, so I hope to expand this blog into a discourse about artists’ rights, copyright laws, the public benefit, the concerns of other stakeholders, and the innate conflict between them.
In music theory, a “tritone” is a diminished fifth interval. During the Middle Ages, it was called “diabolus in musica” (“the Devil in music”). So, “Tritonester” seems like an appropriate name for a someone that is acting as a devil’s advocate for music.
I hope you have a good time reading the articles, and I hope you share them with your friends. To make it easier to do that, all posts here are released under a CC-BY license. You may use the words I’ve written here for any purpose, even a commercial purpose, as long as you credit me, and provide a link back to this blog (preferably to the actual article itself).
The opinions on this blog are purely my own. Obviously, there is absolutely no relation between this site and the Trichordist blog. I am not associated with any corporation, nor with any musician’s organization. No posts are sponsored. Any advertisements on this site are placed there by WordPress, and I neither control their content nor make any money from them.
This is an opinion site, and should be treated as such. When I make factual claims, I will post references, preferably to online sources. I try diligently to get information directly from the parties involved, though of course that’s not always possible. If anything I write is factually wrong, then leave a comment or contact me, and I will edit the post or issue a retraction. I will not reveal private information or correspondence without permission.
I do not claim to speak for all musicians. On a personal level, most of my friends are musicians (mostly amateur, some professional, one or two on major labels), and I believe that they would agree with what I say. But I do not speak for them either. They’re grown-ups, and can speak for themselves.
I also do not claim to have any kind of moral superiority or special ethical insight. (In my book, if someone claims that they are acting “ethically,” you should immediately check your back pocket to make sure your wallet is still there.) Still, I think I have a handle on what society in general considers moral, which is the exact definition of “ethical.” I have no problem calling people out on unethical behavior. I leave it up to you, the readers, to decide whether I am right.
With that out of the way, enjoy!