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tumblr user taurusinthetardis made this post on June 9th, using the song “Flare” by Clark “plazmataz” Powell off Homestuck vol. 8,and deliberately did not give credit, calling it an “experiment”. That post now has over 45,000 notes; the song has close to 150,000 plays. And nobody knows that Clark Powell wrote it! In fact, some people are pissed off that “the surprise” is now “ruined” for them. Of course, taurusinthetardis would never do something that mean. Their plan is to release the name of the artist on June 24th, and not a second sooner. Presumably this is to prove the point that “oh shit, Homestuck isn’t terrible, how can it be when something this beautiful exists”.
In case you can’t parse the various ways why that’s bullshit, let me break it down for you. Clark Powell deserved to be credited from day one, and only revealing that he’s the artist behind this “mystery track” on your terms, when you decide it’s convenient for you, is the scummiest and most self-serving thing I’ve heard in a long time. If your plan falls apart at the idea of an independent artist getting recognition for their work, it really wasn’t a good plan to begin with, yeah?
It’s not just that taurusinthetardis is being self-serving, though. This affects Clark Powell far, far worse than anyone else. That’s 45,000 notes and 150,000 plays that he gets zero credit or recognition for. That is a huge amount of popularity for anybody. It’s the kind of thing that could make or break somebody’s entire career.
One last thing. I’m not at all familiar with the royalty agreement that the Homestuck music team set up with Andrew Hussie, nor the payment plan that Bandcamp has to its artists. But let’s run some rough numbers. Homestuck vol. 8 sells for $10.25 and has 41 tracks on it. Paypal takes $0.59 from each sale so we’re down to $9.66. Making some assumptions (everyone gets the same cut, Andrew takes no royalties of his own), that’s $0.24 per track. Assuming half of the 150,000 plays on that post would have gone on to purchase the album if they’d known it was an option, 75,000 * $0.24 is $18,000.
That’s $18,000 that Clark Powell should have gotten for this track. $18,000 on an “experiment” to presumably prove the already-obvious point that Homestuck isn’t “all bad”.
That’s why you always attribute the artist.
People have been coming out in my defense today in big ways, just to show that they respect music and the people who make it; I’ve been floored. Thank you so much, to all of you.
I make my music for you.
As a reminder, to all who heard the song and maybe wondered what it was, it’s called Flare. I wrote it, it was used in Homestuck, and you can buy the song here.
it never fails to impress me how thoroughly gross and entitled people are about the homestuck musicians
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