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I think CD Baby let the artist set their own price for downloads, the artist pays them to put the release on there.

As for dowloads being thought of as not a "proper" album, this happened a few years ago with cassettes and Cds. Small independant labels would release their artists on cassette, others would do CD, artist on cassette would be eventually "ignored" as to be on CD meant you were a proper artist. Its a silly argument because any self respecting artist would put exactly the same amount of effort into the music regardless of what medium it was going to be released on.

Now we have download v CD/CDR, as well as CD v CDR, some people won't buy downloads, they want a CD but not a CDR, others are quite happy to buy downloads, and others are happy to buy a CD and a CDR. This will probably never go away, its the world we live in, and everybody is an individual.

There has always been poor quality stuff released, but you get that in all styles of music, not just Ambient, and while the download era is here with us, there probably seems to be more of it. If you look at various download sites you can come across some artists who are releasing 3-4 hour albums every week, I don't know how they do it, and your first thought is, that must be crap music maybe it is, maybe it isn't, I don't know so I can't say, I choose not to buy it.Maybe it isn't downloads that will kill off music, but peoples fear that a download isn't a proper album, and ultimately will choose not to buy it. So putting the ball back into the artists court, what do we need to do to convince otherwise?                 

Sorry if I rambled on a bit.

Happy anniversary John, and wishing you many more to come :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Press Releases
« on: May 04, 2010, 12:13:54 PM »
I think press releases can be valuable as long as they are down to earth, and don't gush with the "stunnings" and "all time classic" syndrome. I would never feel right about describing my own music as stunning, etc! I think putting some sound samples of the album to work alongside the press release, gives those that are interested, the opportunity to read a bit about the album and to listen to bits of it also, that way they can get some idea of whether it may be worth having or not  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: April 27, 2010, 05:49:07 AM »
Look forward to their release Pete.
CD and/or Download?

Thats a great interview John, very interesting and very informative, an excellent read. :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 04, 2010, 01:48:35 PM »
Hawkwind - Levitation
Transatlantic - The Whirlwind
Awakenings 2010 Vol 1 & 1.5

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Phobos Update
« on: March 28, 2010, 12:17:39 PM »
Thanks drone on, I hope you enjoy both those Awakenings albums.
Best wishes

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Phobos Update
« on: March 24, 2010, 02:39:37 PM »
I have an exclusive previously unreleased track on the Awakenings 2010 Vol 1.5 "Ambient Heritage" Compilation Cd. The track is called "Decaying Mind". The cd is available from AmbientLive at

It is also available as a download from Musiczeit at

On the album front I hope to have the recording of my next album finished soon. The album title will be "Monolith"

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 24, 2010, 02:22:29 PM »
Opeth - Watershed, IMO not as good as Ghost Reveries but still enjoyable

This is a great mix Pete, and for those who aren't familiar with the music of Igneous Flame, it serves as a great introduction to it. Excellent, and well done :)


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2010, 03:57:27 PM »
Over the lastfew weeks:-

Disturbed Earth -  Thoughts of the Sleepless

Mathias Grassow - Transpersonal

Igneous Flame/Achromus - Halo

Seren Ffordd - Stellar Nurseries

Steve Brand - Circular Scriptures
 :) :)

How about this way of rating ambient album sales:-

1) A cup of tea

2) A cup of cold tea

3) Without milk or sugar

4) Or tea

5) And out of a cracked cup an' all :D :D

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ012: Is it Analog or Analogue?
« on: February 04, 2010, 06:02:21 AM »
Its Analogue here in the UK  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: One for the reverb-heads
« on: January 21, 2010, 06:46:01 AM »
Try this one, something a little bit different in a reverb.  :o


Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ008: How old are you?
« on: January 21, 2010, 06:33:38 AM »
50, but I feel like I am in my mid 20's, that is until I look in the mirror,aarghhh!!!!!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New CD
« on: January 18, 2010, 12:28:01 PM »
Darkness Within is now also available as a Digital Download from AtmoWorks at


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2009!!!1
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:41:56 PM »
Thanks to drone on and hjalmer for including Darkness Within on their Best of 2009 list. Your support is very much appreciated.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 10, 2009, 03:33:43 PM »
let's see - recent spinifications:

miles davis - miles smiles
phobos - the darkenss within
plastikman - consumed
disturbed earth / steve brand - the first day unnamed

Hi jkn
Thanks for including me on your currently listening selection

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: One for the reverb-heads
« on: December 10, 2009, 07:21:47 AM »
Have you tried DaSample Glaceverb which was also a freeware reverb for Windows. I like this one a lot

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 10, 2009, 06:47:10 AM »
At home
Oophoi - Signals from the Great Beyond, I just love everything Gigi does
Oophoi - Hymns to a Silent Sky, Stunning album
Steve Roach - Afterlight, still can't make up my mind about this one!

In the car
.... and now for something louder!!!
Opeth - Ghost Reveries, one of the best, if not THE best death/progressive rock bands
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Machine Head - The Blackening, hard, aggressive and heavy!!

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