In a time where the CD as a medium is constantly declared extinct it is quite remarkable that new labels are founded. It has been long known that it is easier for smaller labels (usually run by only a handful of people) to survive in the constantly changing music market than for some of the former major players, who were used to work with big budgets and big outfits and now are slowly becoming more like agencies, mainly living from the promotion and marketing of their stars and taking a share of their concert fees.
This is Borstlap’s most controversial chapter so far. In German we would say “he pulls his pants down”, meaning that he is revealing his pet hatreds for certain composers (especially Boulez, who he constantly criticizes for being extremely shallow and simple while hiding it under a layer of clever wordplay). These are the most important concepts of this chapter in a nutshell: