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Interviews: Ask Jonathan Coulton What You Will 48

Jonathan Coulton's song Code Monkey became an anthem for many programmers (not just ones with managers named Rob) and his success is proof that you really can become an internet rock star. Since we last talked, Coulton has became the house musician for the NPR show Ask Me Another and had one of his songs copied without permission, credit, or thanks by the show Glee, much to his chagrin. Jonathan has agreed to answer all your questions about music, internet stardom, and robots. Normal Slashdot interview rules apply.
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Interviews: Ask Jonathan Coulton What You Will

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  • more karaoke tracks? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Nick Number ( 447026 ) on Friday March 14, 2014 @12:46PM (#46484133) Homepage Journal

    Over the past five years I've taken on the mantle of karaoke nerd (I will also answer to diva), and I've really enjoyed performing the karaoke tracks [] which I bought from your website and persuaded various KJs to import. "First of May" tends to get me some funny looks, and despite the disclaimer, I've yet to be punched in the nose after singing it./

    Do you have plans to release any new karaoke tracks? Is there any chance that "Still Alive" will get one, or does Valve own those rights?

    What about more sheet music?

  • The Presidents (Score:3, Interesting)

    by enzo_romeo ( 756095 ) on Friday March 14, 2014 @12:47PM (#46484151)
    Any plans on releasing an updated version on the internets? I've liked the additional lyrics when I hear it live. And thank you sir for your work. ~ from a fellow code monkey
  • The Good Wife (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jeffmeden ( 135043 ) on Friday March 14, 2014 @01:01PM (#46484289) Homepage Journal

    When the CBS show "The Good Wife" copied your Glee saga (in the season 5 episode titled "Goliath and David") right down to the Reddit sleuths uncovering the background noise, did you receive credit or compensation? It would be pretty hilarious if that too were blatantly reproduced without permission...

  • by Bhull ( 644157 ) on Friday March 14, 2014 @01:07PM (#46484349)
    Can you give some details about the technology you use on stage when playing live without a band?
  • by Overzeetop ( 214511 ) on Friday March 14, 2014 @01:29PM (#46484617) Journal

    As a consumer listening to songs I find only a small percentage of work of any single artist strikes that perfect mix that makes me want to put a song on a "favorites" playlist. As you look back at your library of songs, is there a group that you think really are just meh and how many do you still really, really enjoy performing? As a followup - if the songs you perform the most get stale for you as a performer do you look to your catalog to keep things fresh or do you prefer to write new material?

  • by wertigon ( 1204486 ) on Friday March 14, 2014 @03:13PM (#46485865)

    Hi Jonathan!

    These days it's quite popular to both bash the copyright system and sue those thieving filesharers to oblivion. I'd like to ask you what you, as an independant musician, think would be a good balance between the creator rights and the public interests? Would it be a RIAA wet dream where all the content is locked up behind paywalls and getting a copy from an unauthorized source, like say a library, would constitute a crime with a minimum of 6 months in jail? Do you believe more in the Pirate Parties vision of abolishing the monopoly on creating copies, but retaining the protection against economic abuse? Or are you more in favor of going full nuclear by abolishing the entire copyright system alltogether? Thank you for all the great songs you have produced over the years!

"Never face facts; if you do, you'll never get up in the morning." -- Marlo Thomas