International Trade (in musical virtuosity)

by Russ Roberts on August 30, 2006

in Music

Here’s a fascinating New York Times story about how the web let’s people around the world communicate musical ideas and share arrangements. It also illustrates how the power of the creative urge can overcome a lack of intellectual property rights.

The story is about a rock guitar version of Pachelbel’s Canon and the mysterious virtuoso who played it and put it up on YouTube.

I don’t know about you, but a rock guitar solo of Pachelbel’s Canon sounds pretty horrifying. But  I got goose bumps anyway. The guy can play. The video is here.

It’s pretty popular. It’s been seen around 8 MILLION times. What an interesting world we live in.


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