After reading the recent DLA Mark Riddick interview
, I got to thinking about what else could happen with metal, as it moves, along with other media, to digital formats.
As was mentioned in the interview, costs are cut that involve making the copies of CDs and shipping them, but perhaps more significant: all previous forms of presentation can, and I submit will been abandoned. The romanticized metal tradition of presenting band with (1)artistically considerate, usually geometrical logos and (2)abstract/epic cover art would not prove in a realm where that sort of visual show won't make someone "buy the record", especially considering growing efforts like hi.arc.tow.
, where the music isn't seen as an ends to profit.
With regards to presentation, I think one of two things can occur. Minimalists, following the black metal path, would deny all visual forms and strive (admirably) for pure music, or (unadmirably) go back to peddling their home-recorded, 2nd rate LLN ripoff tapes, claiming the material supremacy of vinyl and plastic. On the other hand, I think more thorough individuals would use digitization to present music more fully by taking advantage of the thus far unexplored media - perhaps even objects as out there as interactive websites (maybe music + prozakhistan
? I think Beherit is doing something along these lines), or album-long music videos/films.
Though that sort of creativity might at first sound more akin to what electronic artists have been doing, I don't think it stands outside the abilities or inclinations of Burzum, Beherit, or TRITSISO-era At the Gates.