This possibly overlaps with other lines discussions on capitalism and left-ish politics, but I felt like it might merit a specific thread. Either way, the quote in question was:
“Make Noise is anarchic, democratic, inclusive, and liberating”
The thought which immediately popped into my head was: this might be true of their approach to creativity / aesthetics, but is it true of them as a company as well? Surely saying that MN represent these values requires some knowledge of how they’re constituted, structured and managed, right?
I’ve recently joined a worker-owned cooperative, and have just come back from a three-day retreat focusing on things like decentralised decision-making, non-hierarchical working structures and collective models of business ownership: it’s all relatively new stuff to me, but I thought it might be interesting to consider some of those issues in the context of the music tech industry as well… I feel like small, boutique manufacturers of the kind which populate this corner of the industry could potentially be a good fit for alternative ways of thinking about ownership and profit.
Are there any synth or music tech companies (including MakeNoise, or for that matter monome) exploring co-operative or non-profit models of ownership or stewardship, or are they all constituted as privately-owned enterprises? Is co-operative ownership a feasible or useful model for the music tech industry more widely?