Yep, Seofon's Zero Point (on Foundry) was a great one.
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I've been listening to The Zombies a lot recently and in particular their album, "Odessey and Oracle" (Yes, the title was misspelt: long story there). They are basically one of those bands that was just missed by the public, and never got the recognition they deserved. If you're into psychedelic 60's baroque pop, then Odessey is one of the greatest albums you're likely to hear.
I recently was honored by the use of my art on two separate releases of Alio Die, which is something I could not have imagined when I was sitting in distant lands, creating art to the soundtrack of his music.
- Intelligent Toys 5 (Sutemos)
First listen. Didn't sound as spectacular as 4, but interesting stuff for sure.
3 albums and free. Have not heard it all yet.
The Problem is solved. The Label will pay for the mastering which
is going to be done by a professional Mastering Guy. Which means
that i don't need to worry about this process. A good thing. Instead
of this i can plan a few Concerts for a small tour to promote the record
when it comes out.
It's not that I don't have a desire to hear music, it's more like I need a rest.
I didn't have any problem with HOS/Fathom for releasing both very commercial material and less commercial material. What bugged me about what happened there, which led to the demise of Fathom, was that they started out small and humble, and apparently satisfied with selling a smaller number of copies of CDs. Then when they started releasing the more commercial stuff, as I understand it, they changed their operation and added a ton of overhead (lots of employees and expensive offices) which made the Fathom type releases no longer feasible.
I say, fine, do the more commercial stuff if you like, but not if it's just a quick path to becoming a bloated, overly-profit-focused corporate entity that can no longer "afford" to do the kind of cool, artistic stuff that got you where you are in the first place.
I had a brief conversation with Stephen Hill when he stopped by. I remember him telling me that the success of more commercial releases such as those by John Boswell and the "Celtic Twilight" series helped to subsidize the releases on Fathom. I doubt that there was any pressure placed by the HOS/Fathom label on Steve or Robert to commercialize their sound.
That is not what the artist on the label told me in conversation (I should point out this was not from just Steve & Robert I heard this, but from other artists as well). To be fair I think Stephen may remember it this way as from my understanding he was not the main person putting the pressure on the artists.
Wouldn't be AS bad if sites only put up 64kbs versions of albums,
but putting up 320kbs versions is simply giving the album away
... making many labels wonder why they bother putting all their
time and effort into releasing this music. No surprise we are seeing
more cdr/download releases. Maybe in the future it will be only free
net releases ... with very little quality control, embedded ads,
interspersed political slogans, and plenty of malware.