William Goode’s Journal 2015 EU VAT tax update on how it affects Australian digital musicians and small businesses.

Well I have kindly been told by a person on Twitter after I left a message out there trying to confirm if the new European Union VAT tax would affect Australians and this is so, it does apply to anyone selling to an EU country from outside of the EU. Good old Twitter, quick responses too.

I also have this link to the European Commission Taxation and Customs Union which gives some really good information on the tax rules as they apply to the EU and outside sales to the EU.

I guess people have to remember it is digital suppliers this year but it is planned to include all sales next year.

I don’t know how this will affect Ebay, PayPal, Etsy etc etc. As I mentioned in my last post the online music service Bandcamp has already on their blog said they will look after the taxes admin. You can read their site for more information. Sites like Etsy have said they will not be looking after the tax for  consumers, mind you they have mainly non digital items. I guess we’ll see when it affects their business next year when all sales to the EU are affected.

Until I get more info…au revoir.

William Goode’s Journal – Kevin Ayers

It is with great sadness that I found out of the passing of Kevin Ayers at the age of 68. I’m not going to write a lot as there is plenty to be read on the web written by people who knew him and had interviewed him. However I felt his passing should be remembered. I feel his position in the world of music especially UK music had been a little forgotten, as many like him are. I know many people admired his talent and how he lived his musical life in his own way.

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Kevin Ayers

I first new of Kevin Ayers the same as many did through Soft Machine who chose their band name from the book by Willam S Burroughs “The Soft machine”. Apparently band member Daevid Allen, an Australian knew William S Burroughs and rang him and asked him for his permission. Obviously given.

Soft Machine were one of the most influential bands ever and part of the “Canterbury Scene” which included other great bands including Caravan, Gong, Hatfield and North, Egg and Matching Mole, there were many more.

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The influential band Soft Machine

Kevin Ayers was a founding member of Soft Machine for only their first album and felt the jazzy and extended solos direction they wished to go in didn’t suit him and so he left for a solo and collaboration career. He went on to record many solo albums the first being Joy Of A Toy and his last The Unfairground.

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Kevin Ayers

Kevin Ayers ultimately ended up living in France in the lovely village of Montolieu.

He will be remembered as a key figure in the British Prog/Psychedelia scene and of course as one of the great British songwriters.

Kevin Ayers time recording for the Harvest label included working with Mike Oldfield and Robert Wyatt (Wyatt was a Soft Machine member) along with other great musicians such as David Bedford and Lol Coxhill (both Bedford and Coxhill recorded for John Peels Dandelion label for a short time. The Dandelion label is another interesting story).

Picture of a Kevin Ayers album

Kevin Ayers at one stage recorded for the Harvest record label.

In one interview Kevin Ayers says “I think you have to have a bit missing upstairs, or just be hungry for fame and money, to play the industry game. I’m not very good at it.”

That kind of sums up his attitude to the music business and who can disagree with him.

He was a consumate artist who wasn’t prepared to sacrifice his ideal of what his music should be just to be part of a business he couldn’t quite believe in. You can only admire him for that.

He has left us all a wealth of music and the world is a better place for it.

A picture of a younger Kevin Ayers

The young Kevin Ayers


William Goode’s Journal – A change of focus

This blog is changing focus, there will still be posts on recording and  music technology, however there’s been a great deal happening economically, socially and politically over the last two or three years and much to write about. The emphasis will now be on on  politics, art and music.

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William Goode

The Outer Blue Records and Publishing releases include music, poetry, pinhole photography and art, drawings and painting. This is the current bio.

Outer Blue is an independent record and publishing label founded by William Goode.
William Goode is an Australian poet, electronic and folk musician, pinhole camera photographer and painter. He has released and recorded music under the aliases Big Moth, Calum MacDonald,The Crime Poets, The Political Cellos and of course William Goode.

His recording output has included electronic/ambient techno, folk, avant garde/experimental, electric guitar driven songs and spoken word.

William Goode poetry crosses from the avant-garde L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E (language poetry) to “Dark”, “Haiku” and “Prose”.

Electronic art is considered a result of conceptual art and is connected closely to digital art, video art and electronic music.
Examples of William Goodes electronic art can be found at the William Goode website along with his paintings.  William Goode generally uses his own photography for his album and EP releases.

William Goode is a supporter of amateurism and uninhibited responsive artistic communication considering this as leading to more spontaneous and authentic art.
Amateurism is not just considered in monetery  terms or as a measure of professionalism but as a way of thinking, of how art is undertaken, the act of the performance, the doing and the making being more or at least equally as important as the actual finished work.

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