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It is a reasonable concern and, as a highly introverted person, I can relate to it. But she started to lose me when she began blaming the digital era for making it more challenging for the "quiet musician" to thrive.

It has always been the case that musicians who were actively self-promoting, mailing out demos, integrating themselves into the "scene," and performing live were more likely, on average, to get noticed, get contracts, and see financial returns on their work compared to so-called quiet musicians.

The digital age doesn't fundamentally change that pattern. If anything, I would argue that the digital era is a godsend for quiet musicians. Artists can now record a high-quality album in their living rooms, release it on Bandcamp or other platforms, and have instant world-wide access at little cost. And, although an artist can choose to self-promote that album via social media and other outlets, there is certainly no contractual obligations that require the quiet musician to do so. Simply put, the contemporary environment is much better suited than the old one for enabling the quiet musician to focus exclusively on his or her art.

Can a quiet musician make a living off his or her music? I think that's a separate issue and I won't expand on it here except to note that there is little reason to believe that being a musician has ever been a lucrative occupation. There are, of course, many salient examples of wealthy musicians and artists. But they represent the tip of a large, deep iceberg that now exists and has always existed in unprofitable waters.

In short, although I fully understand why an artist might be frustrated over the idea that building a fan base may require more than simply recording a great album, I think Simone's claim that the digital era and social media are responsible for "forced entrepreneurship" is misguided. Being a successful artist has always required some degree of entrepreneurship. But, at least in the current environment, one can actually record a record and distribute it worldwide with little investment and no contractual complications. No one is "forcing" artists to do anything. And that, in my view, is the beauty of the digital environment that she holds accountable for her woes. 

What I missed most about having a label wasn’t the monetary investment, but the right to be quiet, the insulation provided from incessant self-promotion. I was a singer, not a saleswoman. Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur.

Interesting read. It isn't always clear what point she really wanted to make, but the essay was thought provoking nonetheless.

The irony is that she is quite good at self-promotion.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 24, 2013, 03:35:47 PM »
By the way, you mentioned that the Virlyn- Man Asleep album has the potential to be-- a "sleeper". Well said ;-)

I wish I could be that clever on purpose!

Aaron Martin / Christoph Berg - Day Has Ended
A new release from Dronarivm, which is currently being curated by Pleq. This is a split album with tracks that fall nicely into the experimental/minimal/modern composition category.  The Berg tracks are outstanding. And, although the first Martin track is excellent, I'm still warming up to the other ones. (I'm not a huge fan of pipe organs.) The CD is still in the mail, but the Dronarivm photos suggest that the packaging will be lovely. Samples/Buy:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sampling in Ambient Music
« on: September 24, 2013, 03:27:03 PM »
Damn. Now I'm more curious than ever!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 22, 2013, 07:10:48 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it, Joe. I think it has the potential to be a "sleeper"--one of those albums that might not make a huge impression of folks at first, but will stand the test of time well.

Speaking of The Boats (re: your other post): Just noticed this upcoming Fluid Audio release featuring Craig Tattersall:
The samples are fantastic. But, like much of the Facture stuff, the damn thing is sold out before even being released. I want to stab myself in the throat.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 22, 2013, 09:57:51 AM »
Brian McBride - The Effective Disconnect
A Winged Victory for the Sullen - ST

Great drone-meets-chamber music albums.

This year marks Kranky's 20th anniversary. There is a nice article on the subject here:

Stars of the Lid and Loscil will be performing on Dec 15th as part of a four-night Kranky celebration in Chicago. I'm considering hitting that.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 18, 2013, 06:10:24 PM »
Finished Lexicon, by Max Barry. Excellent novel. The basic premise is that there is a secret organization of linguists (or modern "wizards") who have uncovered ways of manipulating language in order to bypass people's normal psychological defenses and, thereby, control their behavior.  The story is focused on one girl, Emily, who is recruited into the organization and, depending on which characters you identify with, either loses her way or transcends the organization. The narrative structure is quite clever (I wont' reveal the details). The only downside for me was that the "magic" of the world requires too many sky-hooks (just take the author's word for it kind-of-stuff). In addition, many of the themes reminded me of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash--maybe too much so. Recommended, nonetheless.

Nice review. Order placed!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Nominated for an Emmy Award
« on: September 18, 2013, 05:57:44 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:16:31 AM »
Blamstrain - Disfold
A favorite of mine from the Sending Orbs label, released in 2006. Airy ambient music with very subtle beats. The details are wonderful; great for headphones listening. Samples/Buy:

Description without a Place - Filaments
Experimental ambient from APK and Entia Non/James McDougall on dataObscura. I don't want to make Anthony blush, but this is a pretty badass release and one of the better collaborative discs I've heard. APK's artistic keyboard skills combined with Entia Non's "let's throw bits into a ceiling fan" approach work surprisingly well together. Samples/Buy:

Virlyn - Man Asleep
From ETALABEL. This is a moderately dark ambient release, focusing mostly on experimental manipulations of acoustic sources. This is likely to appeal to folks who enjoy Deaf Center and some of the Miasmah releases.  Samples/Buy:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 10, 2013, 05:57:52 PM »
Letna - Adria
Letna - White City

Interesting stuff. Adria is an album containing minimally processed guitar with subtle clicks and pops. If someone had told me it was a Deupree/Scott/Fischer collaboration, I would have fallen for it. Organic and lovely. Highly recommended. Samples here:

White City also has a similar minimalist, glitchy atmosphere, but is more obviously electronic in its perspective.  Samples and free/legit download here:

I enjoyed the first few tracks. But then my daughter told me to turn if off because it was making her feel unsettled.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: September 07, 2013, 08:02:21 AM »
How would you deal with this situation?

If she is a coffee fan, get her an inexpensive gift card to a near-by cafe with a note that says something along the lines of "I get the sense that something isn't right between us. I value your friendship, so please let me know if you want to chat. Sincerely, Mr. Drone On." If she's mad at you for something you did (e.g., gossip) or didn't do, probably the best thing you can do is give her some time, but drop the hint without being intrusive that you're on her side.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 06, 2013, 06:18:51 PM »
Nunc Stans - We Leave without Speaking + Peninsula
Excellent recordings from the talented, prolific, and versatile APK. Both of these releases contain a nice mixture of electronic ambiance, isolationist atmospheres, and subtle yet unobtrusive experimentation. Of the two discs, I have a preference for Peninsula. The title track is particularly incredible with headphones.

Samples here:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 04, 2013, 04:39:24 PM »

I just started another Max Barry book - "Lexicon."  So far so good.

Just started this too! Eager to hear your thoughts when you're done.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:55:28 PM »
36 - Shadow Play
This didn't really grab me at first. I left it on repeat one day, however, and it really started to grow on me. It is much simpler in structure than some of the other 36 releases, but with great melodies and a nice retro feel.

Marco Madia - Music for Plants
Fantastic music from the Dewtone label. Reminds me a bit of some of Segue's work combined with Sonmi451.
DL/Samples here:

Welcome. Interesting background. Enjoyed your sounds.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 27, 2013, 06:43:58 PM »
The new Stay Theories release sounds great.

Listening to some City Centre Offices favorites from the early to mid 2000's:
Porn Sword Tobaco - ST
Swod - Gehen
Marsen Jules - Herbstlaub
The Remote Viewer - You're Going To Love Our Defeatist Attitude

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 26, 2013, 05:29:16 PM »
The Innocent: A Novel - David Baldacci
Finished this one recently. Baldacci has a talent for writing fast-paced thrillers that don't make you want to roll your eyes. This one tells the story of Will Robie, an assassin working with the U.S. government, who is being hunted for reasons he has yet to uncover. What stands out about this novel is that the set of events that set everything in motion are really quite simple. But, when you don't have the benefit of seeing how it happens, sorting through the resulting complexities is quite difficult. I appreciate it when the premise of a novel is actually simple because I think authors sometimes assume that complex outcomes must derive from complex causes. 

I'm currently reading the next in the series, The Hit. Also a good Will Robie story (so far). He is charged with assassinating another assassin.  That's a whole lot of scopes and rifles!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: August 25, 2013, 08:27:22 AM »
The package from Projekt arrived well over a week ago and I've given everything a few listens now. My first introduction to Forrest Fang was Gongland. That album always struck me as containing a creative mixture of various eastern instrumentation and styles and em-based ambient. It is really unique album and one that has remained in rotation around my house despite its age. With that as context, it is really fascinating to hear releases prior to Gongland that seem more firmly rooted on one side of that coin vs. the other. I'm really enjoying Wolf/Migration, but I, must confess, I also feel a bit like an archeologist who is uncovering the origins of the modern Forest Fang sound; it is hard for me to appreciate the albums on their own terms. Some of the tracks really stand out as brilliant. I'm particularly fond of The Luminous Crowd, A Quiet Place, Silent Fields, and Karina. I also prefer Wolf over Migration. Many of the songs on Migration have a one-track quality and don't have the richness of the multi-instrumentation contained in Wolf.

I'm somewhat reluctant to note, given the fact that this is a re-release celebration, that what I really enjoyed from this package was the "free with your order" copy of Unbound.  That is some of the best drone work I've listened to lately. It is just as good with head phones and deep listening as it is as background ambiance. A true gem.

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